Magic & Mystery of Bade Mandir

Away, far away from the clamour of India's capital(New Delhi) lies a place where people's souls can be charged and their hearts seduced with beauty. Here, the air is fresh, the grass is green, and the eye brought up short by a gleaming white marble structure mounted by a massive, granite linga.

The linga proclaims the fact that this place is the seat of Lord Shiva. It climbs up to the sky, prophesying the rise of Shiva dharma or righteousness, and a new dawn of religious consciousness. A beautiful statue outside in the garden shows Lord Shiva as a handsome, fair youth. His wide, kind eyes are open, His face is relaxed in a half smile, and His hand raised to grant blessings. His seat is an enormous, open lotus flower and He has for His canopy a five-headed serpent (the sheshanag) that sways above His head.

Inside the complex, a gleaming brass visage of the Great Lord shows Him in the same posture. Significantly, Shiva, the supreme yogi, is not meditating. He is on His tiger mat and has just uncrossed one of His legs, and is ready to look into the problems of His devotees.

The sacred words Om Namah Shivay are emblazoned inside the main hall.

They offer an immortal promise: that Lord Shiva's and indeed Guruji's help (for they are one and the same) are at hand to anyone who but trusts Him.

An impossible dome gets built

That these grounds of the Mandir are indeed Lord Shankara's favourite is borne out by the stupendous incidents that have been witnessed by those involved in its construction and those who frequent the temple.

Indeed, the indications of the greatness and power of the mandir were apparent right from its inception. The unique structure of the mandir's dome was very difficult for the architect to imagine and realize. As instructed by Guruji, the dome was to be in the shape of a shivlinga (divine symbol of Lord Shiva's non-corporal aspect), which required it to be circular at the top. This was possible provided a solid base was given to the structure. But Guruji wanted a hollow base. The architect believed this design was unfeasible and put up stiff resistance. But, finally construction began on the above-mentioned lines. The lower half of the linga was constructed without any problem. But the construction of the circular top, which was always a difficult proposition, was not easy. The top developed a crack in the absence of any sort of support.

Guruji's construction in-charge, a Sikh gentleman known as Raghuveer - who incidentally has very weak eyesight (and thereby hangs another fascinating tale of Guruji's power at work for those who would seek and find) - was told of the problem. He asked the constructor to give it a second shot, but the result was disappointingly the same. The problem was put before Guruji. And Guruji said: "Ask them to try it once again, this time I will provide my base for support".

So, construction was taken up for the third time - and the circular top was completed without any cracks whatsoever. Guruji's support had evidently made up for the inherent physical weakness of the structure!!

That it is His spiritual force that still keeps the structure from collapsing was also proved. When it was built, the shivlinga was made up of lightweight tiles. Later, the lightweight tiles were replaced with granite tiles. On top of that, a heavy chandelier that roped down to the hall was hung from the middle of the linga's dome. Thus, not only was an unfeasible structure built, weight was added on to it. But, with Guruji's grace it remains resilient and stable.