Temples

In Hindu philosophy it is believed that there are 33 Crore ′Devata′, Gods and Goddesses. Although it is believed that god resides in each and every liviling and non-living thing. God is part of mi-utest neutron in an atom, and so as well of the biggest of the cosmic space in outer space. As ‘Aatmaram’, he abodes all the living-beings .Still we see that atleast one temple is present in each and every village or town in india.

Brahma Dev is believed to be the creater of this world, Vishnu Dev is the perpetuator of the world, shouldering the biggest responsibility of creating a path of virtue or ‘Dharma’ for all to follow. Finally, the Shiv Bhagwan is the ultimate devastator of evil.

Ancient Hindu temples are built at places having higher energies. The flooring of temple is made up of special stones or marbles which are good carriers of this energy. It is a rule that before entering into any temple all the devotees should remove their footwear and enter temple. Wherever possible one should take a holy dip in the ‘kund’ or atleast do ‘prokshanam’, sprinkle water on one’s head, eyes symbollically to take bath.

After entering into temple we should ring the bell or ‘ Ghanta’. This Ghanta is made up of various elements put together called ‘Panch-dhatu’. After making the sound of Ghanta we should remain under it and experience the vibrations it creates. This will help in getting rid of all the bad energy around us. This way, our body is ready to receive the positive vibrations and energy of the temple deity. When we walk on temple floor barefoot we receive the positive vibrations in our body.

When we see the God or Godess, our endeavour should be to see and store in mind the deity’s image in such a manner that even if we shut our eyes the God’s image  should appear in our mind. This will happen only if we take a deep look and not just glance at God’s idol blankly. When recieving the Deep-arati we open both our hand and hold them over the Deep to receive the warmth of the flame and then touch our forehead and then head. This is again symbolic expression of receiving God’s grace through two of the sapta-chakras viz. Aadnya Chakra and Sahastrar Chakra.

After taking darshan we do the parikrama or pradakshina( walk around the Sanctum Sanctoram). At the end we do the ‘namaskar’ or ‘sashtang dandawat’, wherein our eight bodyparts are supposed to touch the ground while offering prayers and respect to god. In sashtang namaskar the forehead, chest, both the palms of hands, both knees and both the feet should touch the ground. After doing the namaskar sitting in temple for a while gives one of the most peaceful experience to each and everyone.