Mosque, church or temple-all HOMES OF GODS
The great author of the magnum opus THIRUKKURAL wrote
“பிறப்பொக்கும் எல்லா உயிர்க்கும்”
“All the beings are same in birth”
In Tamil there is an old saying:
”கோவில் இல்லா ஊரில் குடி இருக்க வேண்டாம்”
It is not worth living in a place where there is no temple; hence be in a place where there is a temple- temple for whom? For Gods!!! God is Omnipresent- God is everywhere, God is ‘NOWHERE’- GOD IS “NOW HERE”- is it not funny that we talk about HOMES of GODS in our Sunday story in ENVIUS THOUGHTS!
No fun is involved; can’t we teach our children a, b, c, d………………. or 1, 2, 3, 4…………………………….at home? Then why do we send them to schools from age ONE many a time!!!???? May be out of necessity in the case of young parents where both are employed with no elders to take care of the child in their absence at home. But as a rule there are PreKG, LKG, and UKG upwards to school, college, university etc. Why?
We get a focused and concentrated attention in the places of education. Similarly going to a temple is a great good habit right from the young age and hence we have mosques, churches, Gurudwaras, temples etc. all over the world. We visit, pray in a serene and silent, holy and pleasant atmosphere- focused and concentrated-!, It is in such Homes of Gods that with every chanting of Hymns in praise, the Deity there gets greater and greater power and devotees are blessed with that increasing power and prowess.
It is quite green in my memories. In early 1960, we had a devastating cyclone in the South eastern Tamilnadu and a small house of ours was affected very much. When well meaning friends of my father advised him to shift our residence elsewhere to a more secured and safe locality, he replied that he may not be averse to the idea provided a house is readily available around the local temple as ‘my children have to go to the temple daily in the evenings/nights and unless the house is located nearby a temple, they will lose the good habit”!
Well even today at 76, I am visiting a nearby temple between 7 and 7.30 in the mornings regularly without fail. My ward Nivetha also used to accompany me to the temple on all holidays.
Now that she has gone to spend her summer vacation in US where her father is on deputation for his official purposes, I gave a second assignment (first being MID DAY and MID NIGHT in MID AIR-already published in this Blog on 1/5/16) to write on her visit to a temple there. She, a twelfth standard student here in Chennai in a leading school narrates here under her visit to Shri Ganesh temple in Nashville, Tennessee state in US. Please have a view of her narration:
“I have visited the Ganesh temple in Nashville, Tennessee. I had never thought of a temple in U.S.A. But I was really delighted, when my dad told about the temple.
Nashville Tennessee (US) GANESH TEMPLE
Beautifully decorated principal deity GANESHA in the temple, Nashville.
I like Lord Ganesha very much. I went with my family to visit the temple. When he took me there, I was really impressed on seeing the structure of the temple of Ganesha. It was totally built up with pearl white marbles. We parked our car and entered into the temple. There was a room where we left our sandals and shoes. They told us, not to take photographs of the deity in the temple.
Then we went inside the temple and I saw a huge Ganesha which was beautifully structured. In Tamil they call it as ‘mulasthanam’ (sanctum sanctorum) of the temple (i.e. Ganesha is the main, principal deity of that temple). While we were going into the temple, they were decorating the Lord Ganesha. They were offering prayer to Ganesha (Pooja) and gave us dry grapes as ‘prasadham’. Around this Ganesha many small idols of Ganesha were also kept beautifully. There were also many other deities found there.
The narrator near the dhvajasthambam (flag post) with her mother and younger sister.
Narrator’s father, mother and younger sister in the Ganesh Temple.
While moving around the temple we saw more number of north Indians’ gathering near Lord Jagannath. They were all singing devotional songs together reverentially.
Even though Sri Ganesha temple was beautifully structured, I felt, that it does not come up to the standard and level of our ancient temples in India (mainly Shiva Vishnu temple where I go on all holidays with my uncle). The temple pujari was differently dressed. In that Sri Ganesh temple, during specified days they perform cultural and devotional events. While we visited, the events were taking place. So we sat for a while and saw a beautiful skit presented by the students in English.
We took photos in front of the temple.
I really enjoyed seeing the temple of Ganesh. I also felt sad of missing uncle. I used to go with him to temple on all holidays.”
Yes Homes of Gods are there all over. Visiting them lies in the habits that we inject in our wards and children right from their young age.
I strongly believe that the future of the individuals, the society and the world can be and should be molded by the believers of the Almighty-Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent Creator!
I hope my esteemed viewers would have enjoyed the narration by my ward of her visit to Nashville Ganesh Temple in Tennessee State of US. How I wish all of us have an occasion to visit that temple! Thanks.