June 10th, 2012

43. Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

There is always fascinating thing about temples in India - however big it is - on the pictures they looks like the same. Can not capture on the camera this magnificent temple to give the right impression because of harmony in which proportion between height and wide is kept.

This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites. The temple tower is 66 meters high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam - bulbous structure on the top of the temple - is carved out of a single stone.

There is a big statue of Nandi (Shivas bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 5-6 meters long and 4-5 meters high.

The entire temple structure is made out of hard granite stones in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola.

The Brihadeeswarar Temple was built to be the royal temple to display the emperor's vision of his power and his relationship to the universal order.

The temple was the site of the major royal ceremonies such as anointing the emperor and linking him with its deity, Shiva, and the daily rituals of the deities were mirrored by those of the king.

The temple maintained a staff of 600 people in various capacities. Besides the Brahmin priests, these included record-keepers, musicians, scholars, and craftsman of every type as well as housekeeping staff.

We woshed happines to you and everyone wlse on this world from this amazing place.

Om Namah Shivaya

44. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram, India

India and Shri Lanka is not connected now by any roads. However, according to legend Ramayana, Rameshwaram is Island from which Lord Rama built a bridge from India to Shri Lanka to save his captured by demon Ravana wife Sita.

After he built the bridge with a help of monkey king Hanuman and other animals, after he win in the fight demon Ravana - King of Shri Lanka, after he got back his wife Sita from Shri Lanka to India, he prayed here to Shiva to absolve any sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon king Ravana.

To worship Shiva, Rama wanted to have the largest lingam. He directed Hanuman, the monkey lietunant in his army to bring the lingam from Himalayas. Since it took longer to bring the lingam, Sita built a small lingam, which is believed to be the lingam in this temple.

Also it is believed that Patanjali - mainly known as the author of Yogas Sutras - is in the meditative state called somadhi under this temple. Patanjali is also author of the song played on the vedatrac.com website. But this 12th century temple has longest doorways of all Temples in India.

We did our prayers here and wished happiness to everybody from this historically important place - the important part of the way why Vishnu came to Earth as Rama.

And while we did our prayers and where standing in a line of about thousand people to make archana at the Sitas built Shiva Lingam - I had to save also my wife as she just passed out because of lack of oxygen in the temple. So afterwords we also took a bath in holly tanks of temple.

Wishing you Love and Happiness,
Hare Ram, Sita Ram

45. Kothandaramar Temple, Rameshwaram, India

This is new temple but its significance is due to its position - it is actually built on the land bridge from India to Shri Lanka, according to Ramayana built by Rama to walk over it with Ramas army to fight king of Sri Lanka - Ravana.

The temple explains in pictures Ramayana story part because of which this way was built - demon king Ravana did not wanted to believe that Lord Rama will win him in this war even after his advisors told him so.
Walking on this passage I could just imagine - how powerful was Lord Rama and how much he loved his wife Sita to build this "highway" for army forces which conected India and Shri Lanka and how big was the army of both sides for need of such a wide and massive road. It is hard to understand it from nowdays human point of view.

We gave our prayers to Rama and wished happiness to everybody from this amazing place.

Hare Rama

46. Dhanuskodi church, Rameshwaram, India

Being on the place which is built by Rama is enjoyable by the fact itself. We walked all day today that bridge and on our way saw a small and lovely church - standing in between two sea sides.

It was not functioning however we had a chance to see inside of it and give our blessings to Jesus And also do our prayers with his help for happiness of everybody.

Dhanuskodi is the last town road nowadays leads to from island Rameshwaram. Some years ago there was even railway functioning but was destroyed due to tsunami together with the city. Train itself was washed into the sea with all pasengers.

We enjoyed sea side a lot and walking there - just imagining that some years ago this was a bridge to Shri Lanka makes understand the Greatnes of those times gods or how we would call them today - giants.

We wish pure happiness to you!

May God bless you!