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Three holly temples of Sujata village(Part 3)

This is the last article about the movie  “Three holly temples of Sujata village”  taken by the Indian government.
Have you seen the movie already?

If not, click below and check it out!

In last two articles,  I shared about
1. Saraswati temple and  2. Shiva temple.
 Today, I introduce you  Dharmanaya temple

Dharmanaya temple locates  the outskirts of the village  and it’s about 0.5km from  Shiva temple. From ancient times,  local people kept praying  for having babies at this temple. 
They hold pooja,  Hindu worship.
More than 150,000 people participated Yaggya,  fire ceremony at this place.
“Yaggya ceremony”
To a big well in the temple,  people throw offerings  used in pooja ceremony  for their ancestors.
This means series of pooja for ancestors  to leads to Moksha ends at last.
The flow of the pooja is as follows, actually.
1.Pooja at Saraswati temple ↓ 2.Pooja at Shiva temple  ↓ 3.Pooja at Dharmanaya temple ↓ 4.throw all the offerings to the well

By the way…
This temple has  two other commonly known names.
One is “

Three holly temples of Sujata village(Part 2)

Have you seen the movie about  “three holly Hindu temples in Sujata village”  made by the Indian government?
If not yet, check the movie below.

I shared “Saraswati temple”  as the first sacred temple in the last article.
In this article,  I introduce you the second one,  “Matangvapi Temple”  commonly known as Shiva temple.

There are many Shiva lingam indeed.

A column indicated by yellow arrow is also a lingam.

Flowers are left after pooja, Hindu worship.

According to legend…
Once upon a time,  there lived a sadhu (monk)  named Matang.
He kept meditating  by the way in the holly books  to meet and talk with God.

In times long ago,  before Buddha appearance, 
Sadhus meditated  not for enlightenment  but for Meeting God.

One day,  finally Brahma came out  in front of Matang  and his wish came true.
Brahma is a creator god in Hinduism  and said to have created the universe.
“Matangvapi temple” was named after this legend.

Three holly temples of Sujata village(Part 1)

Vicram, a nice young man  from Sujata village 
shared us a movie  featuring holly temples of the village  made by Indian government.
This is Vicram. He speaks English and Japanese.

He’s the type who makes foreign friends quickly.  Especially he is popular  among older madams than him.
Japanese mams,  Vietnamese mams… He’s got many mams all over the world.
Sorry, I didn't mean to go on so long. Let’s get started! The movie shows us  three sacred temples of the village.
People kept worshiping for their ancestors  from time immemorial  at those temples.
Pray for the ancestors to reach Moksha.
Moksha…  it is liberty and to achieve ultimate liberty.
You can feel the atmosphere of the village and temples  even though narrated in Hindi.
Click to see the movie!

I’m going to share what was spoken in English,  so don’t worry about it.

Well… How was the movie? Did you like it?
I hope you enjoyed  the vibe of the village.
The first temple shown in the movie is  “Sarswati Temple”.

The temple locates next to Falgu river  …

Happy distance

If you walk from pastoral Sujata village to  lively Bodhgaya,  you cross Niranjana river  and it takes about 15 minutes.
Sujata village

Bodhgaya is famous for Mahabodhi temple  which is classified as a World Heritage Site.
Mahabodhi Temple
I sometimes go to Bodhgaya for shopping  because fruit and some daily necessaries are  not available in the village.
One day, after shopping,  I ordered fried rice to go 
at one of the restaurants  near Mahabodhi temple.
No customer was in the restaurant  maybe because it was too late for lunch time.

I decided to sit down until the meal got ready.
Suddenly, someone sat down in front of my seat.
I looked up and found that  he was a waiter who got my order.
He started playing with his smartphone  without a word.

The other seats are vacant…
He just smiled when we met eye to eye  as if nothing was wrong.
This is the nearest seat to the kitchen…
I understand  it’s the most convenient seat for you…
I don’t care at all…
But it never happens in Japan. Japanese people …

What Indian school notebook taught me.

From Sujata Village  full of Sujata Healing Energy,  Bihar, India.
Here in the village,  temperature exceeds  40 degrees these days. 

It’s a melting summer season now.
One day before  the summer vacation started, I visited Niranjana public welfare school.
The school was founded  for the kids of poor family. 
The education is completely free of charge.
Children from 3 to 16 years are coming  everyday happily with big smiles.

In the classroom of math.
Children are earnest about studying. Their faces tell how they are serious.

But Wait!!
Notebooks are not placed parallel.
I mean, not like this.

Wait again!!

This girl also…
Not parallel, not strait.
Almost every student’s notebook is  placed like this.
The teacher doesn’t give  any warnings about this. 

It looks nobody cares about it.
But… for me, as grown up in Japan,  this is a little bit uncomfortable look.
I can imagine easily that  Japanese teacher would say NO to this.
“Notebooks shall be parallel to you!”
She must say.

World of Oneness

Jan 2014, I was astonished by their pure and straight energy.

My strong memories came back after four and half years.

Their Kirtan is genuine…
My heart trembles.
10-year-old boys became 14 to 15 years old now.
Boys are taller than me. Their voices are broken.
They are not boys anymore But strong young men.
Even though, they keep pure and straight energy.
Souls are here.
We were born from  the world of oneness.
Our soul is originally the same.
The world is only one.
Those ideas come to me automatically.
They remind me.
Because they are connected to gods in very simple way.
Because they are connected to their subconscious mind.
They only focus now and here.

They chant and do Kirtan every day.
It must be important time, but not special for them at all.
But for us, from foreign countries, it is heart-moving and impressing experience.
We restore a peaceful state of mind.
It reminds us something very important which we’ve lost long long time ago.
Let you come here and meet them to connect with inner God of yours.
If you are …

Clever!? Indian traditional knife

Tell me, In your countries,  how do you cut vegetables?
In my country,  Japan, we use knife and cutting board.

I grip a knife and  move arm  to cut vegetable. 
I didn't know other option until yesterday...
Here in Sujata village  in India...
You don't have to  grip a knife!!!

See, knife is fixed and  what you grip and move is  vegetable!
No need of cutting board!

Wanna try?
Difficult at first maybe.
But you can learn anything from anytime.
Don't worry. You'll get hang of it soon!
(Chapati, Vegetable sabji and Fried Okra)
The lady is cooking for orphan boys who live in the dormitory of Niranjana school in Sujata village.
Her meals are tender and yummy.
Makes the boys smile and healthy. 

From Meera