Siddha Agastya! He is ever active, ever merciful and pours love to those who take refuge at Him. GnanaBoomi is humbled to present the Sitthan Arul series in English for its readers. See for yourself if any of these incidents relates to you, if it has any message to you or, if it gives a whole new perception about anything for which you may be looking for an answer. It is indeed true, if you believe in the Siddha Agastya, He is there for you!
“He” is someone with a number of searches within. Even from the conversation between total strangers, he listens to the ‘message’ in it and begins his quest. With an intense burning to accumulate spiritual experience by visiting temples that are worshipped by our ancestors, that he believes existing to this date, temples which are located in places where the very smell of human is not felt!
When he heard the phrases ‘hill top’, ‘Shrine of Lord Shiva’ etc., he began his quest and informed his good friend, who accompanies him in visiting these places, wherever it may be, that “begin your search, let it be wherever, we shall go’. His friend, oh, he is really blessed by Lord Shiva. One day, while he was at his business, a person came and spoke about a hilltop temple of Lord Shiva, some 30 kilometers from his place. He stopped what he was doing, came home and told his mother that he has to go out of station and set forth his quest, without even informing ‘him’.
‘He’ was wondering where his friend went for about four to five days. When the friend came back and narrated him the details, ‘he’ was taken aback. He even thought that the temple that ‘he’ was searching could be just this.
But he did feel that something is not matching, and still, decided to go there and told his friend, “let us both go there the coming Amavasya, please park all your work”.
For ‘he’ does not know that the Lord residing in that hilltop, Maheshwara, is going to collect all ‘his’ debts, with interest and that ‘his’ life is going to be changed upside down (for the good).
Prior to the Amavasya day, before setting forth, ‘he’ said, “O Lord! ‘This’ is starting, having faith in You. Be with and help’ and started with ‘his’ friend. Three of the friends’ friends joined too, which formed as a small group.
It was very crowded at the base of the hill as Amavasya is very special to the preceding deity on the hill. The crowd was such that one has to rub shoulders with others while moving. As ‘he’ did not expect that much of the crowd in his way up, he became tired soon. The friend said, ‘do not lose the track, just follow this’ and proceeded.
He just could not walk beyond a point and thought of taking rest for a while, just then someone said, ‘O Sire, do not sit, just keep walking for if you do, the pain will be more’ and put an end to his decision to sit. Let whatever be, he thought, sat down and then thought about the landmarks he obtained about that temple and compared it with this. None of them matched, he figured and realized that the temple of his quest is not this. But, ‘we’ve come thus far, don’t know how far to go still, above all, for all these task, let us go have the darshan of the Lord even amidst difficulty. He then reached the hilltop in about 6 hours. Once reached, he felt all the energy from his body had drained. He mentioned to his friend that he needs to take bath first and then they can go for darshan.
His friend checked around and found a place. They all took bath and went to the temple. As it was in the evening around 6 PM, there weren’t any crowd.
His friend said, “This is the temple I mentioned. Have darshan.”
The place his friend has taken him was ‘Chathuragiri Sundara Mahalingam’ temple. This, is not the place of his quest but…he forgot himself in the divine, mystic appearance of the Lord, without knowing that there is a big plan being set at him. All that happened in the following night changed his mind greatly as well. When they had the darshan of the Lord again the following morning and came out, he heard the temple bell from a distance.
‘Is there another temple here?’ – he asked his friend who took him to another shrine nearby, another Shiva temple.
I heard about only one temple, but here seems two, he thought.
His good friend figured his thought and said, “This is not the place you searched for, but nevertheless, we are experiencing a lot of divinity within here. The Lord in this shrine is called ‘Sandana Mahalingam’. This shrine has affected me so very much and I can really feel a cool spreading within me. Why not? This place shall well be the solace for us”.
That which was searched for wasn’t obtained, but let us accept the one which is obtained, he thought and offered his sincere prayers to Sandana Mahalingam. Somewhere, as if the air which was waiting for the precise moment, blew away the holy vibhuthi (bhasm) out of which, a few got smeared in ‘his’ head. That marked the beginning.
Mahalingam began to roll the dice. The Chathuranga began, with new episodes!
~ to be continued…!