Spiritual Tourism XXXII - Heavens on Earth
The Chakkulath Kavu Devi Temple
The Prikriti of Sankhya and the Maya of Vedanta became the Shakti or Devi of Tantra. She is the beginingless Universal Mind, which brought the Universe into existence ( kayanaumeya sudhiaiva Maya Yada Jagath Sarvam idam prasooyathe ) and hence called the Mother of the Universe, Jagath Amba !
In the Epic poem, Ramayana, She is Seetha, the idol of Indian Motherhood.
The day when the Moon tenants the constellation of the Pleiades or Karthika, is widely celebrated here as Pongala or Thri Karthika, in the Holy Month of Vrischika. It falls on Dec 15th in 2013. This temple is in Alleppey District and is about 3000 years old. It is known as the Sabari Mala for women, like the Attukal Temple. The Tantric Image is that of Vana Durga, the Deity sporting in the forest. Naree Puja is another form of Worship. Naree means the feminine aspect of the Masculine Feminine Godhead or Ardha Nareeswara. Jung said that Man is bisexual and this is the meaning behind the concept of Ardha Nareeshwara !
By Govind Kumar
Om Nama Sivaya
Chandra Kala Dhara Sahridaya
Sandra Kala Poornodaya
Laya Nilaya !
O Thou who art blissful
In the Bliss of Thy Own Self !
Hail Thee, Embodiment of all Arts
O wearer of the Crescent !
Thy triune eyes
Are Past, Present and Future !
And Nature, Prakrithi
Danced along with Thee !