GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD)

– Expression of biased sentiments of a HINDU
– (Save it, if you like – Discard, if not)

A good lot of people including Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) do participate in deliberation/discussion on Hinduism or Hindutwa irrespective of the fact, whether they know what it is? To me a Hindu cannot be communal (this definition of communal-ism must be apolitical and no narrow means). What so ever little knowledge that BBD possesses no other faith accepts so much of diversity and accommodates every one. No matter, whether anybody is a ‘believer’ or otherwise – all are accepted and honoured.

Kerala – God’s own land sent Aadi Shankaryacharya to rest of the country from a place KALADY (Just 6 K.M. away from Kochi airport). Contributions of Aadi Shankaracharya from a Hindu point of view is unparallel. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Somnath, Dwarka, Kamakhya, Shringeri, Jagannathpuri, Rameshwaram, Pashupatinath, Varanasi, Mahishi ( a undescript small village near Saharsa in Bihar state of India) – you name the place and will find his presence. His teachings are documents of social cohesion – and that is why BBD feels proud to be a Hindu.

Mahabharata, the greatest epic, BBD has so far heard about, is the teachings for finding a way of life. This time, BBD tells about scheming, roaring, arrogant villain of popular television serials and traditional retellings – but a brutally honest Crown Prince, brave and self-willed, willing to fight SUYODHANA. Though named Suyodhana, most used by majority of us used ‘Dur’ to slander him as ‘one who does not know how to wield power or arms’.

Our Duryodhana is worshipped in Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada, popularly known as Peruviruthy Malanada or Malanada is located at Edakkad Ward (Kara) of Poruvazhy village in Kunnathoor Taluk of Kollam district (Kerala State), India. This place is the northern border of Kollam district which Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts share the boundaries. The temple is located equidistant from Adoor (M C Road) on the Northeast and Sasthamcottah on the Southeast. It is also reachable from Kayamkulam and Karunagappally on the NH 47 and Kottarakkara (via Puthoor or Enathu) on the MC road (approximately 25 km from each centre).

There is a Temple (Nada) on the Hill (Mala). Unlike other temples, there is no deity, nor a ‘Sreekovil’ as such in Malanada. Down the hill on the south and west we see vast low lying paddy fields and on the east and north habitated agricultural land. In place of Sreekovil and deity we could see only a raised platform called ‘Althara’ or ‘Mandapam’. In the absence of an idol, devotees submit themselves to a divine power (of their imagination/understanding) through a mental process of ‘Sankalpam’. It is believed that the ‘Sankalpa Moorthy ‘at Malanada is ‘Duryodhana’, the Great Epic Hero of Mahabharatha. The concept is unique in Indian history in as much as ‘Duryodhana’, the Kaurava King known for his ‘Thamoguna’ driven thoughts and actions, being adored as the principal deity in a temple. Enduring beliefs assimilate into personal value system. The myth unravels: as part of his efforts to trace out the ‘Pandavas’ in exile, Duryodhana traversed the forests in the south and reached Malanada hill. By that time he was much tired and went to a nearby house on the north west of Malanada and asked for drinking water. It was Kaduthamsserry Kottaram, where Malanada Appoppan, the priest and ruler of the land was staying. An elderly woman gave him toddy which was customary at that time as a mark of respect. The king enjoyed the drink, but realized after seeing the ‘Kurathali’ worn by the woman that she belonged to an untouchable lower caste by name ‘Kurava’. The king consoled himself and appreciated the divinity of the place and its people who possessed supernatural powers (Siddha). Thereafter, in furtherance of his ‘Rajadharma’, the king sat on the hill and worshipped Lord Siva, praying for the welfare of his people (the prajas). As an act of charity he gave away 100s of acres of agricultural land and paddy fields as freehold to the ‘Devasthana’. Even now the land tax of the above property is being levied in the name of ‘Duryodhana’. The king also ensured that Gandhari, the Royal Mother, Dussala,his sister, Karna, his close associate and ‘Angaraja’, Drona, his ‘Guru’ and the other members of his family were properly and adequately abode and worshipped in the nearby places and members of the ‘Kurava’ caste are poojaris in all such places.

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit