The great and dangerous in life is nothing however your divine play
– A track composed by the good Tamil poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharati
Within the heart of Chennai, is situated a well-liked centuries previous Temple often known as Sri Kalikambal Temple, where Goddess Mother Kali in her benevolent type, showers divine grace on her devotees. The Temple was visited by the good Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji in 1677, and was frequented by the good Tamil poet Subramania Bharati who composed many well-known songs reminiscent of“Yathumagi Nindrai Kali” in praise of the Goddess of this Temple. In newer occasions, this Temple served because the setting for the good Bollywood artist Rajinikanth’s movie “Baba” . In the 1800’s, ice slabs carved out of Walden Pond near Boston, have been exported to the Ice Home in Chennai to cater to native refrigeration needs. Two centuries later, because of the untiring efforts of Shivacharya Bhairavasundaram, a way more priceless item has been introduced within the other path from Chennai to Boston, specifically the presence and blessings of Mom Kalikambal in our midst.
Shri Bhairav Ji has established a gorgeous Temple for Mom Kalikambal in Bellingham, MA. The individuals of Larger Boston are very fortunate to have among them Shivacharya Bhairav Ji, an alumnus of the Madras Sanskrit School, and an experienced and highly revered priest well-versed within the religious traditions of Hinduism, who’s well-known within the space, and who can also be intently related to the religious custodians of the Chennai Kalikambal Temple. In truth, the late Guru Deiva Shri Dr. Sivasri Sambamurthy Sivachariar of the Chennai Kalikambal Temple was Bhairav Ji’s main mentor and guide. His son and disciple Guru Swami Sathasivom Sivacharyar of the Chennai Kalikambal Temple continues to mentor and guide Bhairav JI in his mission, and units aside time to go to the Boston Kalikambal Temple to take part in necessary events.
As we speak
The Boston Kalikambal Shiva Temple in its two years of existence has proved to be a religious magnet attracting throngs of devotees from Massachusetts as well as neighboring states. The Temple hosts shrines for Mom Kalikambal, Lord Omkareshwara (Shiva) within the type of a tall and exquisite Shiva Linga, Lord Ganesha, Lord Subrahmanya together with his consorts Valli and Devasena, Lord Ayyappan, Lord Guruvayurappan, Lord Hanuman and other deities. Every day worship rituals are carried out within the Temple, and particular providers are carried out on days of special spiritual significance as prescribed by custom. Devotees are permitted and inspired to perform abhishek on an Abhisheka Lingam devoted for this objective. Bhairav Ji, who’s a grasp in the artwork of alankaram, clothes up and decorates the deities exquisitely and with nice attention to detail, creating an experience of rapture in the hearts of devotees who come for darshan. The Temple reverberates with chants of Om Namah Shivaya, Sri Rudram and different sacred mantras, and in addition features a meditation corridor with a Dhyana Linga. The Temple has also hosted quite a few cultural events including music live shows, dance recitals, and lectures by eminent students together with Prof. Ramasubramanian of IIT, Bombay, Acharya Arumuganathaswamy, Editor of the Hinduism At present magazine revealed from Hawaii, Mahamahopadhyaya Acharya Sri Dorbala Prabhakara Sarma, a famend Sanskrit shatavadhani and scholar in Nyaya Sastra and Vedanta, and Dr. Shanmuga Sivachariyar, a scholar in Agama Shastra. The Temple also hosts Sanskrit courses carried out by Samskrita Bharati.
The Boston Kalikambal Temple is at present housed in momentary premises that’s a part of a buying plaza on North Most important Road in Bellingham, MA. As the restrictions of the momentary premises both when it comes to accommodating the growing crowd of devotees and in offering a strong religious ambience turned evident, Bhairav Ji has launched into a mission to create a everlasting house for Mother Kalikambal in Boston, inbuilt accordance with our religious traditions, and with the blessings of religious preceptors and help of devotees. A permanent Temple with a complete building space of more than 54000 square ft is envisioned with an estimated value of about $300 per sq. foot. Bhairav Ji just lately announced that the first part of this undertaking, specifically the acquisition of land on which the Temple shall be constructed, has been efficiently accomplished. Bhairav Ji and his staff of enthusiastic volunteers have now taken the leap to provoke the subsequent part of this dream, specifically developing the Temple constructing (“Nootana Aalaya Nirmaanam”) and has commenced fund raising activities for this. The staff seeks your generous donations and contributions (kainkarya) to make this dream a actuality. Bhairav Ji factors out that previously in India, the supply of Temple patronage was royalty – the Emperors, Rajas and Princes who ruled the land. In the trendy days, Temple patrons are the generous donors locally who rush to help noble causes. Accordingly, Kalikambal Temple plans to acknowledge and honor donors making numerous degree of donations with titles that symbolize numerous tiers of royalty including Kainkarya Chakravarthy (Diamond tier – one hundred thousand dollars and above), Kainkarya Maharaja (Gold tier – Fifteen thousand dollars and above) to Dharma Rakshaka (Silver tier – One thousand 2 hundred dollars and above).
A Chat with Bhairav Ji
I had the chance to talk with Bhairav Ji, through which he shared some fascinating information about the Temple.
In the future in 2010, not lengthy after he left the Sri Lakshmi Temple at Ashland, MA to pursue his inside calling, he unexpectedly acquired an enormous shipment of several murtis from Guru Swami Sathasivom Sivacharyar of the Chennai Kalikambal Temple. He had not asked for them, and never understanding what to do with them he simply stored them at his residence. Mom Kalikambal and her family of deities had landed in Boston and been placed in Bhairav Ji’s care, although he did not know why!
A couple of years later when he was hospitalized with a important sickness, he says he had a realization that highly effective deities that should have been despatched to him to grace the whole Boston group had remained confined inside the four walls of his house. He resolved to right this inadvertent slip by constructing a Temple and enshrining the deities there, so the whole group can receive their blessings. He says things began altering quickly after he made this sankalpa. He not solely regained his health, however was additionally capable of shortly mobilize the funds, assets and group help, to determine a short lived residence for the deities in Bellingham at the present website of the Temple. Also, Guru Swami Sathasivom Sivacharyar who has taken on a mission of building twelve Jyotirlingas in the North American continent, selected the Bellingham Temple for the Omkareshwara Linga (he has put in the Mahakaleshwar Linga in San Diego, CA). Actually, there are so many Shiva Lingas enshrined on the Temple, that Acharya Shri Dorbala Prabhakara, the famend Sanskrit scholar (who likes to assign Sanskritized names to Western towns, simply as the British anglicized names of cities in India), was inspired to recommend that Bellingham should actually be referred to as “Bahulinga Kshetra”! Dr. Shanmuga Sivachariyar, the Agama Shastra scholar made the amusing remark that there couldn’t be a city better than Bellingham to locate this Temple, since its identify has each a “Bell” and “Lingam” in it!
Lots of Bhairav Ji’s devotees appear to share his faith within the energy of the deities enshrined at this vibrant Temple, to guide them in their lives and assist face and clear up their problems. He talked about devotees who had experienced cures from sicknesses by the grace of Devi Kalikambal very similar to he himself had experienced. Bhairav Ji says the Temple is as a lot a divine healing middle as it’s a place of worship. He additionally recalled situations the place devotees felt rescued from a job loss state of affairs by propitiating Lord Ganesha at the Bellingham Temple. He counted wedding ceremony celebrations in households who prayed at the shrine for Goddess Swayamvara Parvati and Lord Kalyana Sundareswarar at the Temple. Bhairav Ji added that he was mentioning all of this solely because most Hindus, in contrast to many other spiritual teams, appear to be shy or humble about acknowledging and discussing what can solely be miracles delivered to them by the Lord in answer to their prayers, and that is something he want to see changed.
Bhairav Ji additionally shared with me his deep bhakti and regard for Sri Kanchi Paramacharya, and the way he felt inspired and guided by this great sage at numerous occasions.
Another Sacred Area for Larger Bostonians
There’s a widespread saying in the Tamil language – “Don’t stay in a city that does not have a Temple” – that emphasizes the significance of dwelling close to a Temple. A Temple supplies a sacred area that enlivens the soul. Regardless that Hindus consider that the Almighty pervades the whole lot and is all over the place, a Temple is the place they go for a pure and targeted expertise of the divine. The spiritually charged surroundings of a Temple infuses serenity, peace, love and a sense of safety, silently guiding the individual on the path of satya (truthfulness), dharma (righteousness), prema (love and compassion), shanti (peace), ahimsa (non-violence) and seva (service to the group). Even the mere glimpse or darshan of the edifice of a Temple has the facility to set off serene feelings (“gopura darisanam koti punyam”), and so Hindus wish to stay close to a Temple. A Temple serves not only as a spot of worship and pilgrimage, but in addition as a middle of Hindu tradition and learning that brings into the group and retains alive historic wisdom such because the vedas and shastras, and, classical music and dance artwork types. The Boston Kalikambal Temple will shine as a singular diamond in the necklace of Hindu Temples adorning the Larger Boston group.
An Alternative to Earn Good Karma
It is stated that dharma protects those that shield it (dharmo rakshati rakshitah). Shivacharya Bhairav Ji seeks your generous help and kainkarya for this sacred venture that won’t only create a permanent house for Mother Kalikambal, Lord Omkareshwara and the other deities enshrined in the Temple, but in addition assist sustain Hindu dharma for our youngsters and their future generations. The Boston Kalikambal Shiva Temple is a 501(c)(three) tax-exempt organization.
For extra details on how you can participate and contribute to this sacred venture, and to make a donation, please visit the Temple website online at http://www.bskst.org/.