Friday, April 1, 2011

The Religion without a name

The Religion without a name

                        We speak of the "Hindu Religion", but the religion denoted by the term did not in fact have such a name originally. According to some, the word "Hindu" means "Love"; according to some others a Hindu is one who disapproves ahimsa or violence. This may be an ingenious way of explaining the word.

                        In none of our ancient sastras does the term "Hindu Religion" occur. The name "Hindu" was given us by foreigner. People from countries to our west came to our land across Sindhu river which they called "Indus" or "Hind" and the land adjacent to it by the name "India". The religion of this land came to be "Hindu". The name of a neighboring country is sometimes applied to the land adjacent to it. Let me tell you an interesting story in this connection.

                        In the north people readily give alms to anybody calling himself a Bairaagi. The bairagis have a grievance against southerners because they do not follow the same practice. "Illa po po kahe telungi" is one of their ditties. "Telugus do not give us alms but drive us away": this is the meaning of the line. Actually, Telugus do not say "po, po" but "vellu, vellu" for "go,go". "Po" is a Tamil word. Then how would you explain the line quoted above? During their journey South, the bairagis had first to pass through Telugu country (Andhra); so they thought that the land further South also belonged to the Telugus.

                         There is also the same logic behind the Telugus themselves referred to Tamil Nadu as "Arava Nadu" from the fact that a small area south of Andhra Pradesh is called "Arva". Similarly, foreigners who came to the land of the Sindhus called all Bhaarata beyond also by the same name.

                         However it be, "Hinduism" was not the name of our religion in the different past. Nor was it known as "Vaidhika Matham" (Vedic Religion) or as "Sanaathana Dharma" (the ancient or timeless religion). Our basic texts do not refer to our faith by any name. When i thought about it, I felt that there was something deficient about our religion...............                        (To Be Continued)............


Friday, March 11, 2011

Thirumoorthy Koil_Chengipatti

Thirumoorthy koil, Sengipatti fascinated me on the very first time i
saw it. It was right after my admission at SASTRA (june 2008).
This temple is present in a village, which is about 4-5 km from
Sengipatti. There are bus facilities connecting the village from
sengipatti but frequency is very low. It is best reached the place by
There are totally three important things that are present there.
1.      Paramasivan temple(sorry i’m not sure of the name) , along with
other deities.
2.      Dhyana Mandapam
3.      Ayyanar Koil
1.The interesting fact about the temple is that, it was built by a
Raja who ruled Thanjavur. As we can notice suriyan and chandiran at
the entrance of the temple facing the deity. This temple has a special
variety of villvam, wherein 11 leaves would be attached to a single
       There is also certain other special feature which I’m not sure of, as
I have forgotten them as it had been more than 2 years i had been to
the temple.
2. Another important fact about this temple is that there is a
dyanamandapam where in there is a very rare and fascinating thing one
can notice. We can have the darshan of Poondi Mahan, Gnananadagiri
Swamigal, and Kanchi Mahan along with matha Para Shakthi.
It is said that, this particular place had been the thapovanam for
various great saints and mahaans, and here Poondi Mahan is said to be
the incarnation of Brahma, Gnananadagiri Swamigal that of Maha Vishnu
and Kanchi Mahan that of Parama Sivan. This is the main reason this
kshaetram is call Thrumoorthy koil.
3.ayyanar along with his parivaras is another thing that one notices
as we  come there.
There are several fascinating facts that adorn the temple. By his
grace willing to visit the temple again, to collect further
information about it and would soon post another blog with it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011



This place is nearby villupuram and thirukovilur.
Buses are available from thirukovilur but few. The sivan temple
here in this small town is one of thousands of temples in our
land which don’t get the attention they deserve.
When I went to this temple with my family it was around
9’oclock. But nobody was there in the temple. When we asked
the people there, they told us that there was only one priest both
for the sivan and vishnu temple in that town, and that, the priest
had to come from the other temple. After waiting for around 30
mins the priest came finally. Though my grandfather told me
about the temple even before we started I didn’t appreciate his
words much.
Because in our land all temples have some unbelievable
uniqueness in them. I thought that this temple too had something
special as my grandpa was saying. That’s it. I didn’t expect
anything more…. But only after going there I realised that the
temple had much much more at stake, and many a wonders, than
I had contemplated in my mind.
The lingam in this temple is a svayambu lingam. The temple
traces its origin down back to dvapara yugam. The lingam is
believed to be worshipped by musukunda chakravarti, devargal,
agasthiyar, lord rama, guha namachivayar, also by many rishi’s
and the great nalavar-appar, sundarar, manickavasagar and
thirugnanasambandar.  Wonders of wonders is the
ardhanareeswara form exihibited by the lingam here.
When the divine wedding of sivan and parvati took place in the
kailayam the entire populace of the devas, asuras, siva bakthas
and all divinely people rushed to kailayam. Because of the  
enormous weight on kailayam the northern direction fell low
and the southern direction got lifted up. To balance the weight
sivaperuman asked agasthiya maharishi who only the size of
thumb, to go to the southern direction and balance the baram.

Agasthiyar obeyed him instantly and he went to southen
direction and started performing poojas to sivan   at  various
sthalams. In one place the kailayanathan gave darisanam to him
in the wedding thirukolam. Agasthiyar prayed to the lord that he
must give this darisanam to all the people all the time.
Lord siva told that whenever abhishekam is performed to him
here with honey he will appear along with parvati. That place is
none other than the place we are talking about, that is

Even today when thaen(honey) abhishekam is performed to the
lingam one can see the ardhanareeswara form of siva in the
middle of the lingam glowing in golden colour. But when honey
is wiped away the ardhanareeswarar disappears. What a wonder
it was to witness it. The golden colour image doesn’t appear
during any other abhisekam ( I mean the abhisekham with milk,
water or anything else). I was stunned and mesmerised and so
were my kins.

The name of the ambal in this temple is called shri muthambika.

A must to be watched temple. When the honey flows over the
Lingam, bhakthi and surprise will also flow in your heart. Believe it, if not experince it!!
There are many temples in and around villupuram which are
must to be watched..
I will tell about them in my next  article!

                                           VENKATRAMAN RAVI

Friday, February 18, 2011

Veda Samrakshanam & Veda Samrakshana Nidhi

Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshithaha

(When you protect Dharma, it will in turn protect you).

Priya Bakthas,

      We all know the importance of Vedas, its spiritual origin, its eternal nature, etc. But according to the current scenario, the learning of Vedas, propagating  it, or even speaking of it in the open has become impossible. Is it not "OUR" duty to nourish them, cherish the people who study them and take it to the world?????. Hence, a a small initiative, as the tamil proverb goes, "Siru Thuli, peru vellam" (small drops lead to an ocean), it has been decided, that WE start a "Veda Samrakshana Nidhi". This nidhi would mainly concentrate on collecting of funds from people who are know the importance of it and also who are realy willing to help, through out their life and to their generations to come on....

      The Points / Terms/Conditions are so...

1. Each month thirty (Rs.32) would be collected from each person. This Rs.32 is only a minimum limit,    always, more contributions are welcome.
2. A new bank account in the name of a person / joint account will be opened up in CUB, Chennai (Cos, most people are of Chennai Origin).
3. People who are at college (SASTRA) will be giving their contributions to one person nominated (Whole-heartedly).
4. The same amount from that person will be deposit the money in the chosen account number (either directly or by net banking, whichever is easier).
5. The sum Rs.32 has been collected on the basis of this:
     a. 16 for a paksham (a fortnight / 15 days, a month has two pakshams, and hence Rs.32)
     b. 16 stands for Brahma Vidhya who is Veda matha - Gayathri.(as Lalitha Sahasranamam says: Suddha Vidhya kurankaara dwija pankthi dwaya ujwala - She who has the Suddha Vidhya - 32 syllabled mantra as two sets of teeth).
6. Since, this is a very small program, we feel that this would be sufficient only if the Veda Students of donate (Reason is - large funds could not be managed, also, at the start level, its better we plan in a small scale, then expand).

Also, a kind request for everyone.... Kindly take interest in doing this, This scheme was first started by OUR Kanchi Paramacharya. His life's goal was to protect and propagate the VEDIC DHARMA and he lived up to it. As his priya sishyas, his priyas bakthaas and daasaas, it is OUR duty to take up his goal and follow his foot steps (Paramaachaaryaal Paadhailae)......

Once again request you to take this task as our own and fulfill Maha Periva's goal for ascending in our Mother Land.

adiyen's pranams to all your Lotus Feet

SathGuru dasan