Spiritual Tourism XXXVII - Heavens on Earth
The Nenmara Devi Temple
Absolute Being, Para Brahman, manifested as Absolute Space, Desa Brahman and as Absolute Time, Kala Brahman. Then It mixed with Light, Prakasha Brahman and Sound, Nada Brahman and the Five Elements and became the manifest Universe, His relative aspect ( Apara Brahman ) !
Absolute Being is He, Sah
Relative Being is She, Saa
This is the Brahman and Maya of Vedanta and the Prakriti and Purusha of Sankhya.
Devi is She, the manifest Divinity of the Unmanifest.
The Power of the Unmanifest
Is This Lady with Attributes Six
She is Devi, She is Bhagavathee
And She deceives even the Wise !
So She is called in Sanskrit
As Maha Maya, Grand Illusion !
Jnaninam api chetamsi
Devee Bhagavathee his Sah
Maha Maya Prayachathi.
The main festival here is when the Sun enters the 20th degree of Pisces or Meenam and is celebrated as Nenmara Vela. This is one of the biggest festivals in Kerala and lots of elephants take place in this Pooram !
Belief in a Tutelary Deity is a must for those who seek Self Realisation, as the path to the Unmanifest is rugged and difficult.
Here are some verses from the Master Philosopher and Poet, Sankara. ( Nirvana Dasakam ).
By Govind Kumar