Away In A Hamlet

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The chiming bells , the floral scent , pulsing positive vibes echoed around me .

Some entered with folded hands , some with awe gaping at the Hoisala architecture , but mostly mesmerised by the beauty and divinity that emit from the mother and everything around her .

While I rested casually leaning against a cool column, I saw a figure enter from one of the three entrances placed in cardinal directions . The figure ; a boy , barely ten or twelve years old , his shikha swaying in the ashada wind , draped in shalya ; walked so swiftly swishing the umbrella in his hand probably to dry it of any excess water droplets ; proceeded to prostrate before the goddess .

With one swift turn and before I realized he had completed paying his obeisance around the circum-ambulatory path and with a final bow to the goddess he strode out of the sanctum through the opposite exit.

I watched all that in silence , not aware of my own racing thoughts , enveloped in awe and admiration .

Perhaps a couple minutes passed and then through the same entrance as the boy had entered , like a swarm of bees , students , their attire very much like the boy’s breezed in.

I was still frozen at the same spot and suddenly it occurred to me that , these students , from veda-pathashaala have been the harbingers of an age old legacy , mastering knowledge rooted to our country ; that would probably be lost knowledge if it weren’t for them.

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Their place of dwelling and study situated in a secluded place unknown to many , where they practised a disciplined life of a brahmin.

I had come to realise that my wildest dream to be in a place of fantasy , something out of a book had come true .

It is rather astonishing that I could gather words to describe heaven to this extent . For the feeling of peace and tranquillity of Sringeri can hardly be put to words but can only be felt and experienced .

 

*I understand Sringeri is no longer a hamlet but a thriving town . However , the word hamlet is used only to title the descriptive paragraph *

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