Neeru Teela (Mound)
Adjoining the Math is another
domain famous as Neeru Teela, about which we have briefly talked earlier.
This Teela is higher than the temple platform. This Teela guards and
nurses the remains of Kabir’s surrogate parents, Neeru and Nima. The
shrine is ornamented with beautiful marble stone. The Teela also
accommodates an inn for the visitors.
Before taking sanyas (vow of
saintliness) Sant Kabir used to earn his livelihood by operating the
handloom from this very place. And it was here that Kabir’s journey of
soul-searching and deciphering (adhyatm) began. This constant endeavour
and quest was decribed by the great man as ‘jheeni jheeni beeni
chadariya’. The Teela is the main center of self-reflection while
earning. Kabir emphasised on the importance of work and earning a
livelihood while adhyatm. We see that most of the important figures
during the ‘Bhakti Movement’ followed Kabir’s idea of ‘shramjeevi sant’.
The Kabirpanthi saints too followed this principle and reached
unattainable heights in their mission and careers.
Neeru’s house that stood on the
mound was made of mud with earthen tiles serving as the roof. The house
contained all the handloom apparatus that were destroyed while
demolishing the hut. These old rooms should have been left untouched so
that they could be assessed archaeologically. Remnants of Sant Kabir’s
handloom have been preserved in the Smriti Kaksh, while some other are
preserved in the Har Mandir Sahib temple in Patna. The remaining part of
the Teela has been converted into a patch of greenery with flowers and
trees so as to give the visitors a feel of nature that was so prominent
in Sant Kabir’s verses