Bodhinatha is in transit in Tamil Nadu and moving into the southern pilgrimage part of the trip, visiting temples there. Sadhaka Nandinatha was able send some photos while they were connected in Delhi.
Here we have fifteen shots from the bathing day of Ram Navami and another 100 photos to come in a slide show of this event later.
Walking to the ghats….
There are hundreds of thousands of people here. Being Ram Navami, this particular is held in high regard by many.
Many shrines and temples line the ghats. Some of them are actually in the water.
With so many devout Hindus offering their prayers amidst the clanging of temple bells, loudspeaker-broadcast mantras chanted by pandits, the presence of thousands of sadhus, one feels especially close to the Divine.
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta