Revitalizing

A few days stay in the holy place revitalizes the pilgrim. Bath in the clear, sweet waterof Souparnika, winding amidst the forestA few days stay in the holy place revitalizes the pilgrim. Bath in the clear, sweet waterof Souparnika, winding amidst the forest
scenes, is a lingering experience. Two main streams, Kashi- theertham and Agni theertham, originating from the Kudaj aadri mountain, join at Kollur to form the Soupamika. The streams reach Kollur, flowing through forests rich in minerals and medicinal herbs. There is a cave, Garuda-guha, on the river bank near the main bathing ghat.About one km away towards the north-west of the temple is the main bathing ghat with a small shrine of Sri Ganesha on the bank. One is in the midst of abundant variety of flora and fauna – langurs frisking in the trees, heavy-beaked hombills winging their course over the river, flocks of green wild doves darting above.After the bath the pilgrim worships Sri Ganesha, the removerImageSri Ganesha Temple at the Soupamika bathing ghat (photo.Srikant)
ImageI Bus-stand, 2. Sri Mookambika Temple, 3. Sri Ganapathi Temple, 4. Guest Mouse, 5. Soupamika Guest House, 6. Yaathri Nivas, 7. Inspection llunglow, 8.MaathaSathram,9. WaytoSoupamikariver, 10. Sri Ganapathi I cmple on the bank of Soupamika, 11. Bathing Ghat, 12. ISCON Centre,I ‘ (iarudaGuha, 14. Agni-theertham, 15. Kashi-theertham, 16. Soupamika river, 17. Dharma Peedam, 18.ThewaytoKudajaadri.of all obstacles, and proceeds through the road lined with forestI ccs, viewing the glory of nature which culminates as the distant k udajaadri peak. At the junction of the bathing ghat road there is a small shrine of Goddess Kaali, who is represented by a six- loot high anthill. Every marvel ofnature is seen by the spiritual vision of India as a pointer to the infinte creative potentials of the Supreme Reality, and is treated with reverence.Proceeding towards the east, one first reaches in front of the I cm pie’s western gate, and a newcomer is likely to mistake it for

the main gate; but this is the rear gate. Tradition has it that the philosopher-saint Sri Adi Sankaracharya, the great exponent of Advaita philosophy, when first visited the holy place, entered the shrine through this gate and therefore this gate has a special significance. Except on some special occasions this gate remains closed.The pilgrim takes half a round of the temple complex by the right side and reaches the front eastern entrance facing the rivulet Agni-theertham and the lofty Kudajaadri peak. He enters the vast open space with the main shrine in the centre and the shrines of the Parivaara Devatha-s – the accompanying Deities.

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