Take a look at this temple in the picture. It is the Tiruchendur temple right on the coast in Tamil Nadu. I wrote about it in my previous post that it escaped the Tsunami. I have been told that the normal sea waves come as close as 100 metres of the temple in normal times. Looking at the wide spread devastation caused by the Tsunami waves, my rational mind cannot understand as to how this temple can escape.
This temple – dedicated to Lord Murugan, the second son of Siva – is in fact a cave, with the entrance at the sea level and the cave slides down to the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Subramaniam (Murugan). When one stands in front of the deity, the sea water level outside is higher than our heads. It is mentioned in the history of the temple that the water god (Lord Varuna) has promised Lord Murugan, that he would not cross the boundary of the temple. It seems that the Water God has kept his promise. While the Tsunami lashed and inundated almost all the places near the coast, it did not enter the temple. On the contrary, at 10.00 hours on the fated day, the sea near the temple receded by a Kilometre – the people could see a big crater with rock formations visible – gradually the sea came back to its original level. But the sea water entered areas nearby the temple, all the coastal areas near Tiruchendur were affected.
To me it is yet another manifestation of things beyond the comprehension of our rational minds.
This post comes courtesy Jayan Moorkanat.