Bodhinatha in Madurai

Om namasivaaya vaalga! Today we're in Madurai, a most colorful and lively city. Our morning was graced with having the joy of pilgrimaging to the famed Madurai Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Kovil. This temple is most famed for it's Meenakshi Ambal shrine, yet is actually a Siva temple. Like many other temples, a Sivalingam shrine is the central, main shrine, and in later years a Ambal (Shakti) shrine was added. In the case of Madurai Kovil, the Meenakshi Ambal shrine is much larger, ornate, and receives more attnention. She "took over" the temple in a most beautiful way which is so beautiful and inspiring to see.

Did you know that Pillaiyarpatti and Swamimalai are also Siva temples in which Ganapati and Murugaa, respectively, became the Deities of focus over the centuries? Being a savvy TAKA enthusiast, we're sure you knew.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Through pranayama, through mantra, through tantra, wielding an indomitable will, the last forces of form, time and space subside, as the yogi, deep in nirvikalpa samadhi, merges into Parasiva.
—Gurudeva