485. Morals and Ehics in daily life

Every family was following some morals and ethics in daily life previously. ‘Morality‘ simply means the principle which tells us the distinction between right or wrong and good or bad. The elders in a family  used to tell the youngsters that the head of the family will punish if  the morals and ethics are not followed. So, the youngsters were following them, without questioning.

Nowadays, we see the violation of morals and ethics everywhere. In India, the youngsters simply fly in their two-wheelers, overtaking all the vehicles and violating all traffic rules. Giving respect to elders is considered  as “old-fashion”. In majority of movies, the heros are smoking, drinking & doing rowdyism and that has been liked by the heroines. The younsters also like such movies and follow the actions of heros and heroines. If a guest comes to a house, only elders show hospitality. The youngsters in the family never bother to know who the guest is. They pretend to be busy.  In schools and colleges, the students mock teachers, other students and the Principal.  The elders in the family also have changed a lot. When somebody is absent, the other members in the family immediately start to gossip about that person. What morality the younsters will take from them!

Another serious drawback is all the people, irrespective of age,  are getting addicted to the social media. They believe whatever the media says. They are not checking whether the information given through social media is right or wrong.  Another big thing is everybody wants to lead a selfish life without  bothering about anything and anybody.

Ethics on the other part are set of common realized values of the entire society.  These are the codified or normative version of do’s and dont’s.  It is always taken that the person with the ethical values will always have high moral values.  If morals are followed in all families, ethics in the society can also be easily followed.

We have to think about this and try to follow morals in the family so that ethics in the society will also be restored properly.

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484. Some colourful kolams

I wish to share some colourful kolams put by me.

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482.Kancheepuram Athivaradhar

Whether you believe it or not, I was talking from January 2019 itself, regarding visiting Kancheepuram to have the darshan of Lord Athivaradhar.  I had read about Him long back, in newspaper and magazines. I didn’t expect that  people will flood to Kancheepuram from the nook and corner of the world to see Him.

Very casually, we booked tickets by bus to Kancheepuram from Coimbatore. Fortunately, we got a room in a hotel after trying some 10 hotels for 24th July 2019. We are reading and seeing the news about Athivaradhar darshan almost daily.  We sat readily 4 days before the darshan date for booking the darshan ticket through online. But, after trying for more than 45 minutes, we couldn’t do. But, after few minutes, we saw in the website that the booking for 24th was closed. How could it happen, we don’t know. Later, we have read in a newspaper that the website is not working properly. Then, how the booking  is done daily, that also we don’t know.

We  made up our mind to stand in general queue and definitely will have the darshan of Athivaradhar. After reaching the hotel on 24th morning, we quickly got ready and caught a bus to reach the temple. All the vehicles were stopped 2 KM before the temple and we have to cross the distance by walk only. We never minded walking. So, we happily started to walk and joined  the queue. When we reached the East Gopuram,  the policeman asked us whether we wished to join in Senior Citizen queue and we agreed. He collected some 50 people and allowed inside. I think the crowd is comparatively less in Senior Citizen queue than in general queue. Nobody in the queue pushed or try to overtake us. Everybody walked  like a procession until we reached Vasantha Mandapam.

In the same manner the queue proceeded and we got the historical moment in our life of having the darshan of Lord Athivaradhar.  I cann’t describe it in words. There is  a saying in tamil, “Kaana kann kodi vaendum”. Yes, we could stand for one full minute and had His darshan from foot to head. Oh, that minute was wonderful in my life and we walked out happily with full contentment. Hardly it took one hour and 45 minutes after getting down from the bus, for walking and having His darshan.

I pray for hastlefree darshan for all.

479. Maharashtra tour – V

After visiting Pandharpur, we went to our room. Next day morning, we started early for Thuljapur Bhavani temple.  It is a hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhavani.  It is situated 45  km from  Sholapur. It is one of the Shakthipeda in Maharashtra.  Goddess Bhavani destroyed demons Matanga and Mahisha.  The idol of Bhavani is Suyambu and is the Kuladevi of Shivaji.

We could standfor a minute in front of Goddess Bhavani to offer our prayers. Then we started for Kohlapur.  Kolhapur is a blend of ancient tradition and modern influences. Kolhapur city is on the banks of River Panchganga and reflects a rich heritage along with a fast growing industrial town. The Shri Mahalakshmi Jain Ambabai Temple is one of the most famous temples of Jainism and Hinduism of the state. Mounted on a stone platform, the  murthi of the crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Matha Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The  Sri Yanthra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion, the vahana of the goddess, stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag, the serpent of Vishnu.

After visitng all the temples in our plan we started our journey towards Pune Airport. On the way we spent some hours in our relative’s house. Then we started our journey to Chennai. Finally we came to Coimbatore by train, carrying very sweet memories about the trip.

 

478. Maharashtra tour – Part IV

On 10th May evening we reached Pandharpur and since we made arrangements for our stay and dinner at Palijar Mutt, Ramdham  we went there straightaway. After keeping our luggages in the room, we asked our car driver to drop us before the temple. We booked for darshan through online, already.

There was heavy rush there in the temple but the queue moved quickly. The Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur is officially known as Shri Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir. All the devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the idol of Vithoba.  There is a legend about this temple.  Pundalik is a devoted son to his parents Janudev and Satyavati, who lived in a forest called Dandirvan. But after his wedding, Pundalik begins ill-treating his parents. Tired with their son’s misbehavior and ill treatment, the elderly couple decide to leave for Kashi. However, the elderly couple are not destined to escape their suffering so easily. Upon hearing his parents’ plans, Pundalik and his wife decide to join them on pilgrimage. The ill treatment continues. While the youthful son and his wife ride on horseback, the frail old couple walk in bad weather. Pundalik even makes his old parents work to make his own journey comfortable. Every evening, when the party camps for the night, the son forces his parents to groom the horses and do other jobs.

On the way to Kashi, the group reached the ashram  of a pious and venerable sage, Kukkutswami. Exhausted, the family decides to spend a few days there. That night, when all were asleep, Pundalik by chance is awake and sees a remarkable vision. Just before dawn, a group of beautiful young women, dressed in soiled clothes, enter the ashram; they clean the floor, fetch water and wash the venerable sage’s clothes. After finishing their chores, they go to the prayer-room. When they reappear after prayer, their clothes are spotlessly clean. Then, they vanish as inexplicably as they had appeared.

He approaches the beautiful women and asks details. They reply, they are the Ganga,  Yamuna and other holy rivers of India which are revered for their holiness. Pilgrims wish to take a dip in their holy waters to wash away their sins, which in fact are soiling their clothes. Then, the women say: “But O Pundalik, you, with your ill-treatment of your parents, are the greatest sinner of them all!” Pundalik is utterly shocked and his consciousness transforms. He realizes his misdeeds, becomes entirely devoted to his parents and ensures their comfort.

Impressed by Pundalik’s devotion to his parents, Lord Krishna planned to bless  Pundalik immediately. So, he left for Pundalik’s ashram. Krishna knocks at Pundalik’s door, when he is busy serving his parents food. Pundalik does realize God is at his door. But such was his devotion to his parents, he wants to complete his duties and only then attend the visitor. Then, Pundalik does something strange but out of real devotion. He throws a brick outside for God to stand on and wait for him until he finishes attending to his parents. It is the first day of monsoon so it is wet and muddy outside. If Lord Krishna stands upon a brick his feet will remain clean and dry.

Seeing this act, Krishna was extremely impressed and the ever-loving God waited for his devotee. When Pundalik came out, he begged for pardon but far from being displeased, Krishna was taken over by Pundalik’s love for his parents and granted a boon. Pundalik requested Krishna to stay back on Earth and bless all his true devotees. He agreed to take the form of Vithoba, or God who stood upon a brick, and a temple came up there. Along with Vithoba, Rukmini  is also worshipped here.

We all had very good darshan there and returned to our room peacefully.

477. Maharashtra tour – Part III

In our Maharashtra tour on 9th May after having Baba darshan, we visited Thriambakeshwar and and went to Panchavati.  The place Panchavati has gained holy importance, as it is believed that Rama, Lakshman and Seetha had stayed here, during Ramayana period.

When  Rama and  Seetha were asked to leave Ayodhya by beloved Step-Mother Kaikeyi under the influenced of Manthara her maid, the two left. However, compelled by the love for his elder brother, Lakshman also left with the couple on exile for 14 years. Panchavati was the place where the trio made their home while serving the exile, the word literally meaning ‘Garden of five banyan trees‘. The trees could still be seen in the temple premises nearby Seetha Gufaa. With Godavari flowing nearby, even the scary forests with roving animals became heavenly sanctity.

Kalaram temple , Kapaleshwar temple, Ganga Godavari temple, Sunder Narayan temple, Talkuteshwar temple,temple, NilkantheshwarGoraram mandir Murlidhar Mandir,Tilbhandeshwar mandir, Balaji temple, Sandvyachi devi temple, Vitthal temple, Pataleshwar temple,Naroshankar temple, Ramkund, Karthikswami temple,Dutondya maruti , Katya maruti temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple , Bhadrakali temple,Katpurthala monuments are located in and around Panchavati area.

To visit the above places, we have to travel by auto only, as we have to go through narrow lanes. We gave rest to our taxi driver for 3 hours and visited all places. We came back to Shirdi by night and we stayed there that night.

Next day(10th May)  morning, we started by 4.30 AM and went to Shani Shinganapur, after vacating room in Shirdi.  Shingnapur is 35 km from Ahmednagar city.  Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, officially no theft was reported in the village, as Shani bhagvan won’t allow any thief to enter the place. The temple is believed to be a “Jeet devasthan” ,  “alive temple”, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple icon. Villagers believe that God Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity here is “Swayambhu” that is self emerged from earth in form of black, imposing stone. After having darshan of Shani Baghvan in the pleasant morning, we started our journey to Pandharpur.

I will continue the details in my next blog.

476. Maharashtra tour – Part II

We started our journey to Maharashtra from Chennai, by catching flight to Pune from Chennai on 08-05-2019 night by 11.55. We reached Pune airport by 1.30 AM. The taxi booked by us was waiting for us in Pune airport. It took 4 hours by road to reach Shirdi. Since we have booked room there in Dwaravathi, we reached there straightaway.

Actually we booked one AC room for the first day ie from 4 PM of 8th to next day evening. Since we reached the room by 6 AM on 9th May, we had little time for refreshing. We had bath quickly and started to walk for darshan. It took about 10 minutes to reach the temple. Since, we missed Kakda darshan due to cancellation of flight, we were given special darshan. The special darshan queue joined the darma darshan queue within 5 minutes. Since, it was a thursday, there was heavy rush. But, we could have the drshan of Baba for a minute.

With peace of mind, we came outside the temple to have tiffin.  The tiffin in Maharashtra was OK for us but lunch was not at all suitable. We somehow managed for 3 days. We came to room and immediately started for Thriambakeshwar. It was a big and old Shiva temple. Considered as the holiest temple of India, the Trimbakeshwar Temple houses one of the most important twelve Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva. Perched on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills, the temple is situated in the pious city of Trimbak  in the  Nasik district which finds its mention in the powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra that bestows immortality and longevity. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture. The sacred river Godhavari originates near Trimbak. There is a kunda in temple premises that is considered to be the source of river Godhavari. Amidst the hustling and bustling market of the town, the shikhara of the Trimbakeshwar Temple rises above and witnesses lakhs of devotees every year. The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. The Trimbak town is like a heaven on earth. We will not be able to resist soaking ourselves in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all our regrets and sins. A trip to this sacred place will make us taste freedom, wisdom and spirituality.

From Thriambakeshwar, we started our journey to Panchavadi by car. I will continue my narration in my next blog.