There was once a man named Poosalar, a great devotee of Shiva. His most ardent wish was to build a temple for his lord. As he sat under the tree, in tattered clothes and a hungry belly, he began to plan his dream temple.
There are instructions to be followed before constructing a temple…beginning with choosing an auspicious date and laying the foundation to building it, part by part. Poosalar first acquainted himself with all these instructions and then followed them diligently. He travelled far and wide to get the right granite. He spent hours and days getting a panel right. He consulted almanacs on which figure should face which direction.
Finally, the outside gopuram was almost ready. Then he began fashioning the deity… the sanctum sanctorum was ready and then the day came for installing the deity with a kumbabhishekam.
Meanwhile, Pallava King Rajasimha, was also building a temple in the neighbouring town of Kancheepuram. It was grand and opulent. His temple, too, was now ready for kumbabhishekam. He summoned the priest and an auspicious date and time was fixed. The excited and satisfied king went to bed in great anticipation.
When the night was still young he had a dream. Shiva came to him. “You have to change the date of the kumbabhishekam,” Shiva said. “On that day I have to be present at another temple not far from yours, where also the kumbabhishekam is being done. It is far more beautiful than yours.”
The vision of Shiva filled the king with inexplicable joy but he was curious to see the temple that could be more beautiful than his. So the next morning, the king set out, looking for this new temple.
He scanned the countryside but to no avail. As he was returning home he saw Poosalar seated under a tree. The sheer brilliance of that man in tattered clothes attracted the king and he thought he would stop by. When Poosalar opened his eyes he beheld the king sitting in front of him. The king paid his obeisance to him and said the reason why he was wandering about was that he was looking for a newly built temple. “Do you know who is building a temple that is so beautiful that words cannot describe it and the kumabishekam is slated for tomorrow?”
Poosalar smiled and told him it was his temple. “Really? Then where is the temple,” asked the perplexed king.
Poosalar responded: “I have built the temple in my mind and will be consecrating it also in my mind.” The king was stunned. Wasn’t this the true pupose of life, to consecrate divinity within? When the temple is within, only good prevails. Negative thoughts, ill will, violence, hatred and such other afflictions cannot enter the mind. It is full of blessings, and good wishes and the devotee becomes one with the divine.
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