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A TEMPLE UNDER THE SEA!


NISHKALANK MAHADEV TEMPLE
IN BHAVNAGAR, GUJARAT

DURING HIGH TIDE
 


DURING LOW TIDE

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A temple under the sea!

Yes, you are right. It is a temple, that too, a functional temple right under the sea in a place called Koliyak in Bhavnagar in the state of Gujarat in North Western India.
Every day, when the tide is high, only a mast and a flag are visible from the coast. Then, when the waters recede, they reveal a wondrous Shiva temple which is now accessible to the eagerly waiting devotees at about one and a half km into the sea.

Lord Shiva is the deity at this temple; He is called the Nishkalank or pure Shiva-free from imperfections. Devotees throng this place of worship with offerings during the tide recession and hurry back in time before the tide builds up again.

The demand for auspicious Darshan of the Lord peaks during the new moon phase and the full moon phase, when the tides are also most powerful- but then such is the faith of the Shiva bhakts (devotees) that they are prepared for long waits.

LEGEND:
It is believed that the Pandava brothers of Mahabharat fame wanted to atone for the perceived sins in killing their adversaries in the epic battle. When they approached their Guru, mentor and Lord, Sri Krishna,He,out of deference to their beliefs, suggested to pray to Lord Shiva and be guided by Him. Their endeavors led them finally to this marvelous temple, where the pleased Lord Shiva is said to have presented Himself to each of the five Pandavas in the form of a Linga, which explains the five Lingas there.

HOW TO REACH:
Koliyak is about 24 km from Bhavnagar by road. For more details, the official website of Gujarat Tourism may be visited please.






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RIGHT WRONG

Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.

THULABARAM

There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.


But it got to be necessarily what you committed!

For,

Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.