There are thousands of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them are considered to be built the Vedic way. Generally, a temple should be located at a place where earth’s magnetic wave path passes through densely. It can be in the outskirts of a town/village or city, or in middle of the dwelling place, or on a hilltop.
The essence of visiting a temple is discussed here. Now, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the core center of the temple, known as “*Garbhagriha*” or *Moolasthanam*.
In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. This *Moolasthanam* is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum. We know that there are some copper plates, inscribed with Vedic scripts, buried beneath the Main Idol. What are they really?
No, they are not God’s / priests’ flash cards when they forget the *shlokas*. The copper plate absorbs earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings. Thus a person regularly visiting a temple and walking clockwise around the Main Idol receives the beamed magnetic waves and his body absorbs it. This is a very slow process and a regular visit will let him absorb more of this positive energy.
Scientifically, it is the positive energy that we all require to have a healthy life. Further, the Sanctum is closed on three sides. This increases the effect of all energies. The lamp that is lit radiates heat energy and also provides light inside the sanctum to the priests or *poojaris* performing the pooja. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers takes a worshipper into trance, thus not letting his mind waver.
When done in groups, this helps people forget personal problems for a while and relieve their stress. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy further aiding in a different good aura. The effect of all these energies is supplemented by the positive energy from the idol, the copper plates and utensils in the *Moolasthan*am / *Garbagraham*.
*Theertham*, the “holy” water used during the pooja to wash the idol is not plain water cleaning the dust off an idol. It is a concoction of Cardamom, *Karpura* (Benzoin), zaffron / saffron, *Tulsi* (Holy Basil), Clove, etc…
Washing the idol is to charge the water with the magnetic radiations thus increasing its medicinal values. Three spoons of this holy water is distributed to devotees. Again, this water is mainly a source of magneto-therapy. Besides, the clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & *Tulsi* leafs protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and *Pachha Karpuram* (benzoin), act as mouth fresheners.
It is proved that *Theertham* is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized. Hence it is given as *prasadam* to the devotees. This way, one can claim to remain healthy by regularly visiting the Temples. This is why our elders used to suggest us to offer prayers at the temple so that you will be cured of many ailments. They were not always superstitious. Yes, in a few cases they did go overboard when due to ignorance they hoped many serious diseases could be cured at temples by deities.
When people go to a temple for the *Deepaaraadhana*, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the assemblages passes on the energy to all. This also explains why men are not allowed to wear shirts at a few temples and women are requested to wear more ornaments during temple visits. It is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed by the women.
Also, it is a practice to leave newly purchased jewels at an idol’s feet and then wear them with the idol’s blessings. This act is now justified after reading this article. This act of “seeking divine blessings” before using any new article, like books or pens or automobiles may have stemmed from this through mere observation.
Energy lost in a day’s work is regained through a temple visit and one is refreshed slightly. The positive energy that is spread out in the entire temple and especially around where the main idol is placed, are simply absorbed by one’s body and mind.
Once Gurudev Sri Chinmayananda, was asked as to “Why do we need to visit a temple, instead pray at home as God is everywhere?”
To this Gurudev answered……
Often when our parents or elders ask us to go to a temple, especially daily, we are defiant. We bombard them with questions: If God is everywhere why do I need to go to a temple? Why is it not sufficient to pray at home in our pooja room or a place where our idol is kept? Isn’t God all pervasive? Isn’t He in my own heart, then why are you insisting that I go all the way to a temple to pray? More often than not we do not receive any better answer than – You should go because we have been going. It’s a good deed! You should go because you are supposed to! To our intellectual minds the above only reconfirm our belief that it is an old tradition which I have no choice but to follow to please my parents
Well,- we can cook at home, so what is the need to go to a restaurant?
– we can be educated at home, what is the need to go to school?
– we can put on the music at home and dance, why go to a dance club?
– we can watch cricket on tv at home, why go to the stadium?
Sinu Joseph On What A Temple Is:
Yes, all this can be done at home, but the experience is much more engaging when we go out because the ambience, the visual impact, the environment, the people of similar interest, the culture, the beauty is so much more when we are in the right place, a place where there is no distraction.
Going to a temple, bowing to a shrine, smelling the agarbatti/karpoor, taking prasad etc evoke a devotional feeling in the heart of the devotee. Stronger the feeling, closer to your goal you get. While we do keep murtis at home, the overall ambience at home cannot match that at a temple, complete with larger and many murtis, the bells, the flowers and the chants.
When we enter into the temple, we feel something different inside us, we are at peace. This is not due to the statue or pictures of gods and goddesses hanging over the walls of temples. This is due to state of mind of visitors in the temple. Everyone comes in the temple with a feeling of surrender. They drop their ego and hatred for some moment and bow down with all their heart. This creates a wave of positive vibes around the temple area.
The tranquility is a natural result of the divine vibrations that constantly pervade a temple. These vibrations result from both the presence of the Lord in His deity form as well the constant chanting of His holy names.
There is fundamental difference between idols and deities. Deities are where “Pran Pratishtha” is performed. Pran Pratishtha means infusing life into an idol with Vedic mantras. Generally, households have idols. In order to take blessing of these deities people visit temples.
Scientific Reason For Visiting Temples:
Human Body As A Representation of A Temple:
A Hindu temple is a divine and yogic representation of a human being with the Deity in the temple representing the God as indweller in humans and all beings.
Comparing the ‘Plan’ of the temple with the human body,
The feet stand for the main entrance.
The Dwaja sthambha (flag pole at the entrance) represents the Svaadhishthana chakra;
The Balipeeta stomach / Manipura chakra;
The Navaranga or Nrityamantapa – heart or Anaahata;
The Sukanaasi – neck;
The Garbha griha (sanctum sanctorium) – head;
The seat of the deity is the middle of the eyebrows ( the place of Aajnya chakra).
Similarly comparing the ‘Elevation’ of the Temple with the human body, read all about it HERE.
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