Millions of temples of varied shapes, sizes and architecture homing different Gods and Goddesses with or of various customs and worships are present throughout the world, primarily in India. But all temples are not constructed in Vedic Way following our Ancient Hindu Temple principles.
In the modern world of ours, it’s difficult to find most suitable vacant location in cities for construction of temples and in some places a lot of distance is to be travelled to reach temples built in Vedic Ways. Out of respect, love and belief, construction of temples started in localities so that devotees can visit temples frequently and worship God.
~VEDIC RULES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPLES~
A temple should be constructed in a place where Earth’s magnetic wave path passes through densely. These places could be in the outskirts of city or town or village or in the centre of most populated residential location or on a hilltop, in a cave or on a small island in the middle of a river.
Temples should be constructed in a place where positive energy is abundantly available from the Magnetic and Electrical wave distribution of North to South Pole of Earth’s polar thrust. The main idol of God is placed in the centre of this location. This core centre is known as Garbhagriha or Moolasthanam.
The core centre of temple is the place where the Magnetic waves of Earth are found to be maximum. It is a well known fact that copper plates inscribed with Vedic Scripts or Shlokas are buried beneath the main Idol. Purpose of these plates is to absorb the Earth’s magnetic waves and radiate it to the surroundings.
Devotees or persons who regularly visits temples and walks clockwise around the Main Idol or the Garbhagriha receives the Beamed Magnetic Waves and his or her body absorbs it. Although it is a very slow process, yet regular and frequent visit to temples helps in absorption of more positive energy and scientifically, it is the positive energy which we all need for a healthy life.
Three essential elements in a temple•°∆°•
Three principal elements in every temple are Sthala (temple site); Teertha (Temple tank) and Moorthy/ Murti (the deity or idol). A temple could also be associated with a tree, called the Sthala Vriksham as in many temples we can find sacred ashoka and banyan trees.
Certain areas on earth are more sacred than others, some on account of their situation, others because of their sparkling waters, and others because of the association or habitation of saintly people. – Mahabharata, Anusanana Parva 108: 16-18
Temples are often located in a kshetra or an energy field which contains three essential aspects for sustaining and transmitting powerful spiritual energies.
The first of these aspects is the moorthy, the idol which contains the energy made of a special material that can reflect and hold energy for sustained periods of time without disintegrating.
The second is sthalam, the energy field. Certain locations serve as natural energy centers depending on their geological positioning, presence of minerals in the earth or underground running water. Other fields are those which have become energy hubs because of the continuous worship and spiritual activities there over prolonged periods of time. Any space which has been sanctified by prayer and rituals eventually evolves into a sthalam.
The third is teertham, a sacred water body. Most kshetras are located by or near rivers, the ocean or mineral water springs.
The best location for a temple is at a teertha as the water in a teertha, which is continuously exposed to the powerful energies of a kshetra, is actually a superconductor of cosmic energy.
A teertha is a holy place, a crossing place for the “upward journey of the soul and a place for the downward crossing of higher entities, who sometimes descend to this world for the good of humankind“. The Sanskrit word teertha comes from tri, to cross. One meaning is to cross a ford or a shallow part of a body of water. Teertha also symbolizes crossing over one’s karmas.
Crossing the water or crossing the ocean is an important symbol in Vedic literature for attaining liberation. Many temples are located by or near rivers, oceans, or mineral water springs, and if not, they will have a large water tank or pool. It is quite obvious that sea-water and mineral water have powerful natural electrolytes acting as catalysts for the process of energy transmission to happen. Interestingly, when water is exposed to a high electric potential, it ionizes rapidly. So the water in a teertham or tank, which is continuously exposed to the powerful energies of a kshetra, is actually a superconductor of cosmic energy!
When entering such a water-body, negative energies are cleansed and our body is made ready to absorb positive energy influences. Hence the practice of first taking a dip in the healing water-body before visiting the sanctum of the temple.
Temples radiate energy•°∆°•
A Japanese scientist, Dr. Emoto has carried out research on the power of thoughts and has proved that thoughts have a tangible effect on material objects.
Dr. Emoto took samples of water from the same source, put it in different containers and exposed it to different influences.
To one sample he spoke positive words of love and gratitude and recited Buddhist chants. Over another he spoke negative words of anger, hatred and war. Then he froze the water so that it could be photographed it in its crystalline form.
Beautiful clear crystals, like diamonds formed in the samples exposed to positive energy. With the samples exposed to negative energies, the crystal structure appeared dark, misshapen and ghost like.
Over three hundred experiments conducted by Emoto repeatedly proves the effect of words and thoughts on water that are recorded in his book, Messages From Water.
Water can hold, radiate and respond to your thoughts. When simple water can respond to our thoughts, our vibrations, why not a structure? Why not a temple, why not a stone? It can become alive with our thoughts, our emotions. Our Masters have created so many methods and techniques to hold the positive energy, so that humanity can be helped by that positive energy. The mechanisms or techniques which they created to hold that positive energy and radiate it are Temples.
The mantras, when chanted continuously, the very air vibrates with the pure vibrations
The Masters have installed the energy in the earth elements, in the stone. These are the idols or moorthies. They have installed the same energy in the water. That is teerthas. That is why every Indian temple will have a tank or a river as a teertha. Third they installed the same energy in the fire.
Every Indian temple will have a lamp which is never switched off, is never put off. It will have a lamp or an agni (fire) which will be continuously burning. Next is the air. The very air is filled with the vibrations of mantras. The mantras, when chanted continuously, when they are repeated, the very air vibrates with the pure vibrations. Above all is the space, the ether.
It can be seen in the temple architecture that a dome structure is always created. Whether it is a south Indian or north Indian temple, there is a dome structure.
Temples are batteries to radiate energy~~
The dome structure (of a temple) is created to hold the ether. It is almost like a battery. They say if you can hold one lightning bolt, if you can store one lightning bolt in a battery, if you have some battery or method to store one lightning, you can supply electricity for any city for more than one year. For more than one year you can supply electricity for any city, for any big city. But we don’t have such a system or method; we don’t have that type of batteries.
Temples are the batteries in which enlightened Masters have stored their energy.
Temples are created just to hold enormous energies. When enlightened Masters come to earth, they will install their energy. Our Masters have designed a beautiful battery which can hold this energy and radiate it for thousands of years. Temples are the batteries in which they have stored their energy.
Repetition of mantras charges the whole energy and hence when you go and stand in front of this energy field, when you offer your thoughts, simply the whole thing becomes reality.
The garbha mandirs or temples are high intense energy, potential energy which is created by an enlightened Master and maintained by regular poojas and mantras. Continuous repetition of mantras charges the whole energy, the whole space is kept alive. When you go and stand in front of this energy field, when you offer your thoughts, simply the whole thing becomes reality.
For example, if you are continuously repeating a particular thought, again and again, you will see your body and mind, everything will be directed towards that thought. Same way if you go and stand in front of an energized moorthy, in front of energy space in the temple and create a wish, your whole body and mind will be tuned to that thought. Naturally it will become reality in your lives.
In the temples, two things will happen. You will have the shakti (energy) to make your dreams into reality. You will have the buddhi (wisdom) to realize what you think as reality itself is a dream. Both will happen when you are in energy space. Temples are created to replace an enlightened Master’s presence. When enlightened Masters leave the planet earth, when they leave their body, they wanted a space which can continuously inspire people, which can continuously heal, which can give them the experience of spirituality, which can give them a sacred feeling. That is why they have created these structures.”
Why deities?…loving devotion to the Divine is used as a technique to purify our common emotions of lust..
The question may arise: If all that is required is a structure which will hold and transmit energy, why do we need the form of a particular deity?
There are two reasons for this: One, most of us are not yet so evolved that we can relate directly to the formless cosmic energy. That is why the ‘Personal Divine’ is a concept close to the heart of every devotee. On the Bhakti Marga (the path of devotion), which is one of the four major paths to enlightenment, loving devotion to the Divine is used as a technique to purify our common emotions of lust, jealousy and selfishness. The devotee withdraws the energies wasted in such emotions, and turns them upon the object of his devotion. When the Divine is present before him in a form he can see, touch and relate to, the transmutation becomes an easy and joyful process.
Second, deities in a real kshetra are always carved in the form of ancient masters and enlightened beings. Even though no longer in the body, they can be invoked through the name or form they used while in the physical plane. When we pray to the deity or chants its name, the corresponding divine vibration is automatically awakened, and becomes available on the energy plane to guide and bless us.
Prana Pratishta ~> How temples get energized:-
When the energy is installed inside the vigraha, you can’t call it a statue, it becomes a deity.
There is a beautiful sloka in Taitreya Upanishad. They say from akasha came the vayu, from vayu came the agni. Agniyar apaha, apap pruthvi, prathibyor annam.
From agni came the water, from the water came the earth. From the earth came other things. In the same way, energy is also brought. Energy exists beyond the ether, beyond the space as Atman, atma shakti. Through the visualization or through meditation, the energy is brought to the Akasha shakti or the space.
From there through verbalization or chanting of mantras, it is brought to the air.
From there through the fire rituals, through the homas it is brought to the fire.
From there it is brought to the kumbha, the water.
From there it is brought to the bimba and installed in the idol.
When the energy is installed inside the vigraha, you can’t call it a statue, it becomes a deity.
A moorthy or deity is made of a special material that can reflect and hold energy for sustained periods of time without disintegrating.
The moorthies in a temple are always sculpted or molded from such materials. Such an idol, in which the Cosmic energy has been invoked and ‘bolted in’ through prana pratishta, is called a moorthy. Just as the energy of the sun can be focused through a lens and powerful energy transmission can happen, the consecrated moorthy becomes the lens to focus and radiate intense cosmic energy.
Acting as a ‘spiritual reactor’, the moorthy can radiate this energy over prolonged periods of time, sometimes even centuries!
The importance of Temples•°∆°•..Temples are much more important than any other comfort..
Our ancestors knew the importance of temples. A temple is the place where the culture is alive, where you can relate with others. This is the space in which you can rejuvenate yourself.
Temples are much more important than any other comfort, any other worldly thing. It is much more basic need for our life than anything else. That is why if you see the Indian villages, it will be very funny. The houses will be constructed with ordinary mud and ordinary material. But the temples will be constructed with granite stone. If you go to every village of India, the costliest structure of that village will be the temple.
Temples have played a major role in keeping the social structure alive. It is temples which kept our whole culture alive and our whole structure alive.