Sunday In My City – Vishwa Shanti Ashram 1
Sadguru Sant Keshavadas was born at Bhadragiri, a small southern Indian village in Karnataka State, near Bangalore, India in 1934. At the age of 11, he had a mystical and illuminating vision of God at the dilapidated temple at his native place. God told him, “Sing my name”. Since then he tirelessly spread the loving Word of God or “Sanatana Vishwa Dharma,” the ancient wisdom of the Himalayas, throughout India and abroad. After his passing, his wife Rama continues his mission.
|Sadguru Sant Keshavadas|
This ashram is a very enjoyable half-day outing including the travel time. Since 26 January was Republic Day and a national holiday, we decided to take off on a short trip. Many years ago, we had a fleeting visit inside this place – but Vidur was only 5 years old and didn’t remember it at all.
The ashram is spread over fifteen acres and here is what we saw. As we enter, we see, in the distance, a 36 foot tall statue of Vittala, an avatar of Vishnu. And exactly in front, at the foot of the statue is a Lakshmi-Narayana shrine. (Narayana is Lord Vishnu and Sri Lakshmi his consort).
This statue is surrounded by the Ashta Lakshmi-s – the eight Lakshmis, four on each side.
|Vittala’s feet – at eye-level for me|
|A back view of the statue|
There’s a lovely brindavan (Tulsi Plant = holy basil = shrine) out in front.
|Beautifully and intricately carved, this “flower pot” houses the holy basil plant|
|See the base? It is a turtle. I like its smile|
Towards the right of this, is the entrance to the Bhagvad Gita temple. En route to this, we see the seven rivers – Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Cauvery, Narmada, Sindhu and Saraswati – depicted by seven statues.
The building housing the Vishwaroopa (original form of Lord Vishnu in a big way) Statue and Gayatri temple is pulled by the famous chariot, where we see Lord Krishna counseling Arjuna – called the “Gitopadesha” (Gita = the Bhagvad Gita and Upadesha = the narration). This is one of the most significant scenes from the Mahabharata.
The Bhagvad Gita Temple, has the Vishwa Roopa statue of Lord Vishnu – the form Lord Krishna revealed to Arjuna in the Mahabharata. This is quite amazing and beautiful and the walls surrounding this statue are 800 granite slabs on which the entire Bhagvad Gita is inscribed, stanza by stanza, in four languages. Awe-inspiring.
|Relatively speaking – size of the statue relative to Vidur|
Below this shrine is the Gayatri Temple in a heptagon shaped shrine and very very pretty.
I will continue with Part 2 of this post next Sunday. and show you the fun stuff inside the ashram.
Now, I leave you with this beautiful verse from the Bhagvad Gita:
If you are interested, here is the full text of the Bhagvad Gita in English.
If you’d like to ask questions, go ahead. Free your mind and comment.
Let’s go visit the fabulous Unknown Mami who hosts this lovely linky – and enjoy travel together to more cities from there.