San Marga


The pathway which leads to Iraivan Temple. It means “True path.” A term especially important in Saiva Siddhanta. 1) In general, the straight spiritual path leading to the ultimate goal, Self Realization, which does not detour into unnecessary psychic exploration, pointless development of siddhis or karmic quagmires. San Margi names a person who is “on the path,” as opposed to samsari, one engrossed in worldliness. 2) San Marga is also an alternate term for the jnana pada. This path is almost 3,000 feet long, with tropical gardens on either side. It leads to Ganesha, Muruga and ultimately to Siva.

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