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The Temples For Beloved

November 28, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Inspirational Stories    Views: 468

Love is immortal. Marital love is the supreme love. It exists even beyond death. Temples for the beloved are the monuments of this matchless love.


Love is immortal. It continues even after death. There are a lot of examples in world history for such immortal love.

An Andhra temple of love

Before it dawns a jingling of bell is heard from a house in the remote corner of a South Indian suburb. It is not a calling for any temple or church service. But it is a commemorating toll of liturgy of a beloved husband.

Everyday the people of that Kurnool suburb are wakened by this chiming of a loving widower.

Mr. Venkateswaralu, a retired police officer from Andhra Pradesh Kurnool in South India gets up very early and performs the ritual Pooja(worship) for the deity in the temple he has built near his house. The deity is none but his own wife who passed away four years ago.

Every day he gets up early in the morning, takes a ritual bath, and wearing a towel around his waist he performs the Pooja worship to the statue of his wife. He offers fruits, coconuts, and other ritual offerings usually given or a deity. The villagers watch this daily ceremony wondering at the love of the retired cop to his beloved wife. This interesting news about their immortal love was published in a Tamil daily called Dinamalar on ninth March of 2008.

Venkateswaralu married Nagalakshmi in 1965.They got two daughters and a son. Four years back his wife Nagalakshmi passed away after being ill for some time. Venkateswaralu is still unable to bear the loss of his beloved wife. Recently he has built a temple for his wife who passed away after thirty nine years of marital life. He believes that she is still alive in the temple with all her cosmic powers.

In India we come across several of such romantic stories though many of them are not noticed by the public at large. Building a temple has been an expression of extreme love. We are quite aware of the immortal love of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan which stands as the marble structure.

Another Love Story Carved in Marble

Taj Mahal at the India city Agra is another love story in marble. In the wondering words of the eminent poet Sir Arnold "It is not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor's love brought in living stones" It is not a mere structure in stones. It is an embodiment of eternal love. It is a school of history which is still teaching the modern sexy world the immortality of "real" love.

A Monument Beyond Death

Death could not bring an end to the love of Shah Jahan. The history of Taj Mahal begins with Mumtaz Mahal's tragic end. Mumtaz Mahal who was known as Arjumand Bano Begam and Shah Jahan who was known as prince Kurram fell in love and got married after five years of romance. When Mumtaz became the queen of the Mughal Empire which comes to about the size of today's Europe, she was given the name Mumtaz Mahal which means the crown of the palace. Their love was very deep and exemplary. It was so deep that she delivered a child for Shah Jahan every year. But Mumtaz had to face sudden death due to some complication in delivering her fourteenth child after nineteen years of their married life. Before dying she requested Shah Jahan to build a mausoleum in her memory which the world had never seen. And Taj Mahal became a reality.

A Challenge To Make Love Real

We are called to think of an immortal love which can save the world from the selfish carnal violence of mere sex. The history of Taj Mahal has been singing the immortality of love through the ever shining edification of Taj Mahal. World is proud today by restating it one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a love story that transcends time and continues to be retold each day . It is a historical fact as stated by the Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore "Taj Mahal is a teardrop on the cheek of Time".


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