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Re: Digest bhakti.v003.n026

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Date: Fri Jul 31 1998 - 07:06:16 PDT

Sri Anbil Ramaswamy wrote: 
<<The Sthala Puraanam story goes that a Rishi (whose name I do not remember)
wanted the Lord to marry his 365 daughters. And, the Lord conceded to his
request and married all his daughters  on 'one a day' basis in this Ksetram.
And, that is how he got the name "Nitya Kalyaana Perumaal" !

Again, the story proceeds to say how the Lord merged all HIs brides into one
entity and put her on His left lap. Thus, the Kshetram came to be known as
"Tiru Eda Venthai" 'Eda'  means left.>>

How beautiful! Although there may be as many interpretations here as there are
Sahridayas, the way I saw it is Sthala refers to Place, space....When that
represents Cosmic Space, or Sacred Space, 365 refers to time (days in a year).
Marrying sacred space with sacred time (each day of the year, merging into one
full year) is symbolic of the centre-space of any garbhagriha, where time and
space merge into timelessness..