Today was the auspicious day of Maha Ardra Puja which was observed at Kadavul with a magnificent abhishekam to Nataraja.
Since we cannot take pictures of Nataraja, we will share others, starting with this famous picture of Gurudeva who blessed us all with this temple.
Yoginathaswami coordinated with about eight of the other monks who all worked hard for several days preparing a long list of abhishekam items and garlands for today’s truly transcendent puja. Small containers are prepared in advance to hold the honey poured over the murthi during the puja, to share with devotees.
Sadhaka Tejadevanatha is back from his Sojourn in the World. 108 young coconuts were prepared in advance. This was just one of the items used for the bathing of Nataraja which went on for nearly an hour!
The kumbha pot in front which was the last of the items poured over Nataraja.
Gallons and gallons of milk and yogurt (yes, from our own cows)…
One has to be here to see Nataraja all covered in white (yogurt) which is truly an awesome sight!
Offering the arati after each item is poured…
This is artist Manivelu’s depiction of Nataraja in Kadavul temple….
The Sivalingam in front of Nataraja is a pure quartz crystal that originally came from Brazil and was carved into the Hiranyagarbha oval lingam shape by a laboratory in Germany…
The devotees sing Yogaswami’s Natchintanai songs during the “alankaram” or “beautification/dressing” of the deity when the curtains are closed.
The final arati…
It is a transcendent moment for everyone present
Nataraja is magnificently adorned with garlands and flowers.
Nataraja and our Guru lineage are carved into stone above the doorway to the sanctum of Iraivan….
Siva’s blessings pour out to the entire world.
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Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.