Five senses of human beings; visual, kinesthetic, olfactory, auditory and palate are designed to perceive and experience this world, the beautiful creation of Almighty. One lifetime seems to be not enough to acquire its holistic and complete understanding. So, one is continuously exploring the world through these senses
-Dr Ujwala Chakradeo
In the process, discovering the path to the inside world is completely forgotten. These five senses are to be conquered before attention is diverted to real ‘Self’ within oneself. So, the place that awakens these five senses by realising the existence of Panchamahabhutas is the place of God.
Temple of Prabhu Shri Ram in Ramtek is one such place of God. During his exile, Ram passed this place and rested for a while. Thus the name Ramtek. Kavi Kalidas composed his famous epic ‘Meghdoot’ when he was on this small hill ‘Ramtek’. The beauty of nature described in ‘Meghdoot’ can be experienced even today when you visit Ramtek. Poet has imagined the travel of a cloud from Ramtek to Alkapuri. The epic's place's description is so vivid and lucid as though a modern-day drone camera is taking the picture. It is a matter of great surprise when details of the poem match accurately with reality. The wind's touch from this hill on the body further ignites Rama's devotion in mind even today.
Balaji's temple on the hill of Tirumala also gives a similar experience. Nature's elegance is at its prime on Saptagiri Hill as well. According to legend, Lord Srinivasa met Bhudevi Padmavati and promised her to come and marry her.
Rama, the high hill, Sita, Bhudevi, the beauty of nature and many things seem to be similar in these two places. Not only in these two places but also on any of the teerth kshetra the hill. Presence of blowing wind is prominent, and that makes the difference in the microclimate.
Such places have always been visited by us several times. During school days picnics, with friends and sometimes with a beloved to share private moments. Whenever one sees such a hill, the warmth of the cold wind changes the temper and the mindset. It is like cultivating the land for sowing the seeds of devotion.
View of a temple on the top of the hill is common. The Almighty abode indeed has to be at the height, closer to the skies and near heaven, wrapped up in a pleasant breeze.
(The columnist is Principal of SMM College of Architecture, Nagpur and specialises in Bharatiya Architectural Heritage)