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May 15, 2009 - First Vishnupati of the Virodhi Year
First Virodhi Varusha Vishnupathi Punya Kaalam
The First Vishnupathi auspicious time period of the Virodhi year occurs on late night May 14 IST (Indian Standard Time) and continues into the morning of May 15, 2009 IST.
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Here are some Siddha revelations on Tanneerkunnam, Lord Varadaraja Perumal and Jalagirinath Shiva given to us by Sathguru Venkataraman of the Agasthiar Siddha Lineage.
Jala Giri = Thanneer KunnamJala = Water = Thanneer. Giri = Hill = kundru = kundram = kunnam. Thus what was once known as JalaGiri is now known as Thanneerkunnam. Now, what is this Water Hill all about? Well it was a place where water itself stood tall as a mountain at a time when the great Vishnupathi episode that we are going to narrate now occurred here on a Vishnupathi day in a different era.
The great Siddha, Thirunabindu Maharishi was an expert in what is known as Jala Yoga worship procedures. As we said above, Jala means water. Thus Jala Yoga worship procedures involve the skilful Siddha use of water in the process of spiritual upliftment. One of the important facets of Jala Yoga worship is having ritual holy baths in sacred temple ponds and other sacred water bodies.
It was Tirunabindu Maharishi who had ritual holy baths in all the sacred water bodies of the world and who selflessly dedicated the fruits of this great vow for the spiritual upliftment of the people of the world.
He is also one of the great Siddhas who made people observe bindu tarpanam using little bits of ginger and honey (refer 1994 back issues of our monthly magazine).
Realizing through his inner eye of wisdom that people in the Kali Yuga will give up this extremely important practice of worship in sacred water bodies and thereby lose important opportunities for spiritual upliftment, Tirunabindu Maharishi resolved to seek the advice of Lord Narayana Himself regarding a solution for this neglect.
Meeting with Lords Narayana and ShivaWhen he got an audience with Lord Narayana and requested the Lord's advice, Lord Narayana said that the March of Time had its own laws and He was not about to change these laws. However, the merciful Lord would not let His devotee go empty handed. So Lord Narayana said, "Only that Jala Yoga expert who worships at 660 million sacred water bodies can give a solution to the problem that you have posed. So why don't we talk about this when you have worshipped at 660 million sacred water bodies?" Tirunabindu Maharishi was overjoyed. The Lord had given him a clue!
Next, Tirunabindu Maharishi went to Lord Shiva. Lord Siva said, "I am not going to say anything different from what Lord Narayan has said." But Lord Siva too did not want His devotee to return empty handed. So He said, "660 theertha water devata angels of 660 million sacred water bodies are longing to see me as Jala Giri Eeswara. Can you be patient till then?" Tiruna bindu Maharishi's joy knew no bounds. Shiva had given him a great blessing too and he could roughly perceive the inner connection between what Lord Narayana had told him and what Lord Siva had said to him.
Tirunabindu Maharishi's Intense TapasyaTirunabindu Maharishi's resolve was further strengthened by what Lords Narayana and Shiva had said. He continued his vow of worshipping at all sacred water bodies with redouibled vigor. And in the course of this remarkable vow, he came to a place called Jala Giri (now known as Thaneerkunnam).
The Maharishi remembered what Shiva had told him - that the 660 million theertha devata angels were wanting to see the Lord as Jala Giri Natha! He could guess that this place had something to do with what the Lord had said. So he decided to spend some time in this place and involve himself in serious Jala Yoga spiritual austerities requesting the blessings of Lord Narayana and Lord Siva.
He sat down in worship and went into a deep meditative trance. Rain or shine, flood or drought did not matter one bit to the Maharishi. Whether the land around him was flooded and immersed him in water or whether he was the land was bone dry in blazing heat, the Maharishi knew neither. His intense meditation on the Lord continued unabated with no concern to the elements.
Tirunabindu Maharishi's Hard Work Bears Fruit!And the time came for Lord Siva to grant the water devata angels their request. So He gave them darshan as Jala Giri Nath Shiva. At that precise moment, Tirunabindu Maharishi's eyes opened by themselves. And what he saw there was a sight that we can only dream of. On one side, amidst waters that had risen high as a hill, he saw Lord Narayana reclining just as He does in the Milky Ocean. On the other side, he saw the Jala Giri Natha Siva Linga in the waters. The overjoyed Maharishi realized that he had been blessed by both Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva and the solution he had sought was at hand.
Varana Shakti Theertham Sacred PondThe 660 million theertha water devata angels did nonstop worship of Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva at JalaGiri for a long time. Since these 660 million angels were in these waters here at the same time, Lords Narayana and Siva said that the shaktis of all these 660 million devata angels will be in the Thaneerkunnam sacred temple pond known as Varana Shakti Theertham. They further nominated this sacred pond to be the Adi Ahoratra Theertham of this world. See darshan pics of this sacred pond in the clip above.
Since Lord JalaGiriNatha Shiva faces this sacred pond, this pond becomes that much more special. Those who work towards renovating this pond and the twin temples of Varadaraja and Shiva here will get great blessings. Devotees should get together for these renovation projects and do this sacred work with an attitude of humility, devotion and surrender to the Divine Will.