Linga Bhairavi Temple Timings:
Morning: 6:30 AM to 8:20 PM
Evening: 1:20 PM to 4:20 PM
Abhishekham: – 7:40 AM, 12:40 PM & 7:40 PM every day
As darkas the darkest night, a pair of glowing eyes that penetrate deep into the recess of your heart, a gloriously sparkling Third Eye that perceives a dimension beyond the physical, graciously giving arms that bestow infinite Grace to all in need, a pure gold sari that reflects her grandeur – Linga Bhairavi is the most exuberant expression of the Divine Feminine, residing in a triangular-shaped abode at the Velliangiri Foothills.
Unique in her manifestation in the form of a linga, the eight feet tall Devi was consecrated by Sadhguru as a powerful energy form with a solidified mercury core. The consecration of Linga Bhairavi was conducted through prana pratishtha, a rare mystical process that uses life energies to transform mere stone into a deity.
Refined and raw, powerful and colorful, earthy, humane and mother-like, Linga Bhairavi is an absolute woman of ultimate proportions, fierce and compassionate at once. Representing the creative and nurturing aspects of the universe, she is the ultimate manifestation of the Mother Goddess – powerful and all-encompassing. Whether a devotee seeks to acquire, enjoy, or transcend the physical and material aspects of life – Devi is the Ultimate Giver of all that and more.
The energy of Linga Bhairavi strengthens the three basic chakras in the human system; thus stabilizing one’s body, mind and energy system. For all those who seek to live life intensely, Devi’s Presence and Grace will assist in the process. If one allows her Grace to function, life will happen in such exuberance that the longing to transcend the physical and touch the spiritual will naturally arise. For those who aspire for spiritual wellbeing, the benevolent Goddess helps in overcoming obstacles on the path and delivers them to the realm of Ultimate Liberation.
Various offerings are available in this space to allow devotees to benefit from Devi’s abundant Grace. There are unique rituals that assist in every step that one takes in life, from birth to death and in-between. These rituals are designed to ensure that every life experience becomes a possibility to be touched by the Divine.
The Devi is only an appendage to the Dhyanalinga. When we consecrated Dhyanalinga, the southwestern corner [of the periphery] becoming a space for Devi was always on my mind. I think I spoke about it a couple of times but at that time, we neither had the means nor the time on our hands to do it; but it was essentially planned this way.
The Dhyanalinga is like a womb; it is the yoni of the Devi. When we say yoni, you must understand the word yoni is describing a womb. In the Sanskrit language and in most indigenous languages, there is no equivalent word for vagina. It is only when somebody’s intelligence gets hijacked by his hormones and he starts thinking sexually, that he thinks of a vagina as a separate part. Otherwise, yoni means womb. It was seen as a sacred space that all of us have to inhabit in the most crucial part of our making when we have nothing in our hands. At that time, when everything is in the hands of nature, that space protects us and makes us. So, this was held as the most sacred space.
Always, in the Shakti and Shiva principle, wherever linga and yoni are presented, it is the inside of the womb that you are seeing. That is why the female part, the avudaiyar, is at the base and the linga is inside. So, when you enter the Dhyanalinga space, you are inside of the womb and the linga is inside the womb; that is how it is shown.
So, the Devi was always a part of this triangle. It is just that we had not created an official space yet. Right now, this is where Bhairavi is. This is a complete system now, in some way – not in terms of Dhyanalinga, he is complete by himself – but as a space, this has been slightly incomplete. This triangle [the Devi space] is the pubic triangle of the Devi and this [the Dhyanalinga dome] is the inside of the womb and the Dhyanalinga is inside of it.
The first, life-generating reverberation that happens out of this is called Spanda, and that is why the Spanda Hall is here. The Spanda Hall and Devi’s abode are exactly in the same direction. At the time when we built the Spanda Hall, I had not spoken about building her abode. I had to do a lot of convincing to tell them, “This is the angle I want the Spanda Hall in.” They said, “No, this will look better, that will look better.” I said, “No, this is the way we want it because this is a whole system.” So, now this is the yoni; the linga is inside. The first reverberation is already on. Actually, if we had had the time and means and the necessary social maturity, we should have started from this end [the Devi]. We should have first established Bhairavi, then gone for Dhyanalinga, then gone for Spanda Hall – that would have been the natural order of things.
Maybe I don’t look it, but, you know, I’m very happy today. Human faces are not engineered to truly express what the inner spaces are capable of, what could happen within a human being. In making Devi’s abode, we have had so much more freedom in terms of time – time has been on our hands – and in terms of money, because all of you have contributed in so many ways to make this happen. Any number of people here have been constantly contributing, which we did not have when we built Dhyanalinga. Yesterday morning, when we went into the Dhyanalinga for a certain process, suddenly I felt “Oh, it looks so stark compared to this.” We did all that in such a hurry, and after that, there has not been a single day’s break because it is open every day and every day it is full. Many things that we thought we will do there to make Dhyanalinga better, we did not do in all these 10 years of time because it is open seven days a week; there is really no room to work.
I think in the next year, we are also going to beautify his abode a bit.
Three And Half Chakras:
Linga Bhairavihas only three-and-half chakras. She has muladhara, swadhisthana, manipuraka and half of anahata. Anahata is comprised of two intersecting triangles, out of which Devi has only one. She is intentionally made that way because she is half of Dhyanalinga. This essential structure has been built into the rasa [“juice” or “mercury] danda [ “bar” or “tube”], a copper tube with liquid mercury that has gone through various intense processes during the past ten-and-half months. The rasa danda is the main energy core for Devi. So the moment the rasa-danda enters Devi is the real moment of birth [29 January 2010] for her. The day before, we established the dridha [“firm” or “stiff”] danda, which has solidified mercury inside. These two, the rasa danda and the dridha danda will reverberate together and make things happen.
So, three-and-half chakras – does this mean she is half a woman? No, she is a complete woman. One half of every human being is feminine, another half is masculine. It is just that in a human being, one-half is overshadowed because of certain hormonal secretions. If testosterone is predominant in you, it sort of overshadows the feminine in you. If estrogen is predominant in you, it overshadows the masculine in you. But there is nobody here who does not have both, the masculine and the feminine, in equal quantity. The question is just to what extent you have subdued one of these aspects, either due to hormonal secretions or just due to social conditioning – it could happen both ways. But Devi is just a woman; we have taken the man out of her. She is a total woman – and that’s dangerous. [Laughs] There is nothing masculine in her; she is purely feminine.
What we have done here is a subtle process. On the first day, even before she came alive, we made the space become like Devi, so we built these three-and-half chakras over the fire. I don’t know if you are aware of this: people have taken pictures of homas [“sacrificial fire ritual”] with what is being referred to as Kirlian photography [named after Russian inventor Semyon Kirlian who accidentally discovered this type of photography in 1939] and with other types of photography which are much more sensitive than normal photography, and during a Durga homa, they found an image of Durga. Forms appeared because of certain mantras. So, these three-and-half chakras that we created on the first day are fully established and alive right now. Even passing my hand though it doesn’t disturb it; it is still in existence. This is so with your body too. You put food into it, so many things happen to the body, but still, your energy body retains its integrity, shape, and form. Otherwise, your body could not continue to function the way it is functioning right now. Every change would dislocate and break it.
These three-and-half chakras that we established here over the fire will probably last for another 30 to 40 days, and then slowly dissipate. But the same three-and-half-chakras have been manifested in the rasa danda; that is literally forever. If the necessary process is kept up in this space, even after 10,000 years, it will still be alive. It cannot be removed because this is not done through mantras; this is done through prana pratishta [Consecration process that involves life energies]. This process involves a certain investment of energy; that is why it took so long to make this happen.
So, if certain basic processes are maintained, even after many thousand years, it will stay as if it was consecrated today. If you go to the Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Kashi which was consecrated about 2030 years ago, and you have some sense of the space and how these things happen, you will find that it is just like brand new, as if it was consecrated yesterday. One thing why this is so is because this temple is in the mountains; invaders did not go there and disturb the process. And the same family lineage which took the responsibility of maintaining the temple over 2000 years ago is still in charge of the temple, and they have maintained it so well. I met the priest there, and when I told him how this temple was consecrated, he became overwhelmed. It seems somewhere the process was written. But now, his son is running a lodge. I said, “What a grave mistake. For more than 2000 years, you kept the temple alive, and right now, your son is busy counting money.” He could count money in the temple as well, but he started a lodge and wanted to do some enterprise because tourism is growing… The biggest draw for tourism in Uttarakhand is the temple, but the guy wants to start a lodge – and a bad one. [Laughs]
So, some maintenance has to happen in Devi’s abode. For this, we are preparing a few women who will be referred to as Bhairaginis. They have been through a few months of sadhana and are slowly coming up. The structure has been built in such a way that you don’t see the girth of everything. The stone columns, everything is like huge rocks. There is no cement; there is no material that could deteriorate over a certain period of time. Even if there are seismological movements in the area – Coimbatore is a seismologically sensitive place – if some basic maintenance here and there is done, this structure will easily stay for a few thousand years.
The structure is geared that way because the Devi is geared that way. But she is also made in such a way that if she is not taken care of for a certain period of time, she will leave the space. And if she leaves, she will leave angry. And when she is angry, you better not be around. This is both an insurance and a threat for the next generations. If you don’t take care of her, she will leave; I won’t be around; you will be around. [Laughs] When she leaves, she is not good. So I hope such things won’t happen. We have set up various backup systems so that she will give them enough time; if beyond that they won’t take care of her, she will leave. She is very sensitive, you know…
How to Reach Linga Bhairavi Temple:
Linga Bhairavi is situated 30 kilometers west of Coimbatore at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains. Coimbatore, a major industrial city in South India, is well connected by air, rail and road. Airlines operate regular flights to Coimbatore from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Train services are available from all major cities in India. Regular bus and taxi services are also available from Coimbatore to Linga Bhairavi.
Direct Buses are available daily between Coimbatore & Linga Bhairavi.
Take the Perur/Siruvani Road through Ukkadam from Coimbatore. Drive past Alandurai and turn right at Irutupallam junction. Linga Bhairavi is another 8 km from the junction (Irutupallam) and about 2 km before Poondi along this road. Signboards giving directions to the Dhyanalinga Shrine can be found en route.
Linga Bhairavi Temple Address:
Coimbatore – 641114