A haven for Bridal Mystics, Guruvayur is known for its legends and its ability to generate blissful experiences. This is where the great poet Melpathur wrote a Treatise on the Lord ( the Narayaneeyam ). Guruvayur was also adorned by the Poet Laureate, Poontanam, who composed the Jnanapana, a great poem in Malayalam.
The Condensed Absolut Being, Absolute Knowledge, Absolute Bliss is the Lord, who sports in the garden of the Upanishads !
His Destructive Form as Time Eternal, as the Zodiac, was defined by the poet thus
Thy True Form is as Time !
Chakram The Kala Roopam !
Lies the Zodiac mighty,
The Tropical Zodiac !
The oblique line that beareth,
Planets and constellations !
Known as Kala Chakra, Jyotis Chakra !
And tenanted by Twenty Seven,
Constellations is this Circle of Light,
Also called Bha Chakra !
Like moving fishes,
In this Massive Circle,
Adorned by 108 Lunar Mansions,
Representing Thee as Time !
Its immense speed is great indeed,
With speed supernal, cruel,
To disseminate Karma to all
How amazing, how remarkable !
Legend has it that Jupiter, Guru and Saturn, Vayu chose this place to incarnate. The Seers predicted that this place will become a Heaven on Earth, attracting pilgrims the world over. The great philosopher, Sankara, worshipped the Lord at this temple. Most of the VIPs of the world, the Indian PM, CMs etc have all graced this temple.
After describing the Indescribable, the poet asked for the Lord's forgiveness. Defining Deity in terms of humanity, is like defining the Center in terms of the Circumference !
ignorance I have defined Thy Glory
Forgive this transgression of mine !
I defined the Indefinable
I spoke about the Ineffable
I have spoken about Thy Plays,
In Narayaneeyam, Ode to Thee ,
Hearing Thy Plays are enough,
For Self Realisation divine !
( Ajnathva The Mahatvam yadi ha nigadhitham Vishwanatha kshamedha ...........)
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