Saturday

Chitra Poornima - Brightest Full Moon of the Year

View from my corridor in Melaka, Malaysia - SOOC

Chitra Poornima - As per Hinduism, this is the day sacred to Chitra Gupta, the Keeper of Deeds. It is considered the most important full moon of the year as it provides us the opportunity to erase karmic mistakes from the eternal record book created and maintained by Lord Chitra Gupta.

Another myth specific to my home town (Madurai, India) is that Lord Indra, the King of Lords had sinned and as a penance, he was asked to go to Earth and worship Lord Shiva in Kadamba Vana (Ancient name for Madurai). There Indra finds Lord Shiva in the form of Linga and he builds a temple for Him. Also Indra builds a Shakthi (Consort of Shiva) temple next to Shiva's temple. Indra wanted to use flowers for worship and finds a Golden lotus pond near by. The day Indra did his prayers to cleanse his sins was on Chitra Poornima, the full moon that comes in the Hindu Month of Chitra!

Down the centuries, the Shiva, Shakthi temples and Golden Lotus pond (supposed to be built by Indra) was united by various Hindu rulers and now it is Meenakshi Amman temple. Here is a file shot of Golden Lotus pond on high religious day!

Golden Lotus Pond, Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India. SSS2

12 comments:

chubskulit said...

Stunning. I ma now your blog's follower.

Joy and Shadow, have a blessed Sunday!

Joops said...

Beautiful shot. Following your blog now.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Stunning photos! Those lights are magical! A beautiful tradition!

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Great post! Gorgeous shots! The lights are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

jewaicious said...

What beautiful night captures!

shutterbuggbitten said...

Great shots! I love the cityscape.

Kelly said...

I like night shots and that bottom one is wonderful! So many bright lights!

LadyFi said...

Wonderful shots!

Susie of Arabia said...

Love the 2nd shot especially - nice!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Thanks for this glimpse of Madurai's history. Very interesting! I especially loved your first photo with the full moon.

Black Jack's Carol said...

"The opportunity to erase karmic mistakes from the eternal record book" is something I imagine most of us desire at one point or another. I know I do. Interesting post. Thank you!

Louis la Vache said...

Good capture of the recent Super Moon!

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