The last time I drew something even remotely like this, I was probably 8 or 9. I try to put something, some drawing problem, design problem, etc. on every page that seems difficult. For some reason this one made me want to tear my hair out, but it felt really important to establish a sense of place in the style of a late 80’s nintendo rpg. I think it’s actually readable at this size, which means it will be readable when it’s in print. It’s good to know I didn’t waste all that effort!
The smashan is attached to a small village in the jungle. 4 families live and have lived in this jungle for many generations. The proximity to the mountain means that there are many wandering sadhus whose practices are supported by these 4 families.
This is the temple in the smashan where Ohmnath lives and practices. Entrance at the bottom, the first two rooms are places where worshippers can place their sandals and wash their hands/feet/faces. The first forked hallway goes to first a meditation spot for each family’s guru, then to the brahmana-naga (left) and shesha-naga (right) familial shrines.
The central shrine at this level is a sneaky tantric shrine containing a lingam on the right and a statue that has become known as “the weeping dakini”
Then the garuda-naga (right) family and mithuna-naga (left) family shrines. This is as far as any normal villager would go.
Further in, past the shrine of the weeping dakini, Brahmari Baba sits, past him are a dormer for wandering sadhus (left) and a shrine to the orphic egg (right). Past these two are the shrines committed to the two primary sage-ly lineages from the mountain. Both of these shrines open into an area that contains a havan kunda (sacred fire pit). And then into a central chamber referred to as “the hole”.
At the very top is a shrine to Sheewaji. It is the only space in the temple that is actually built into a large foothill. Many years ago there was a cave-in rendering this particular shrine unseeable and unpassable.
The shape of the temple is meant to suggest the Otz Chiim because I am forever getting peanut butter in my chocolate.