Why One should visit Ancient Temples of India
The Ancient Temples of India
India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions and throngs of tourists/travelers visit this country to experience it through various forms. And one of the forms that reflect this rich heritage is the preserved structures of ancient temples. There are several ancient temples like the Lepakshi Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, the Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand and many more and all of them are unmatched in their architectural splendor and making a profound impact on the visitors.
There are some points well explained by our guest writer Amit that elaborates on the significance and reasons to visit the ancient temples of India.
Location of the Ancient Temples
Ancient temples are located on high energy charged spots caused due to the electric and magnetic wave circulation of the north/south pole thrust. The temple is built around the idol of the deity and the place where the idol is placed is called the ‘Garbhagriha’. Garbhagriha literally means the 'womb chamber'. Garbhagriha also refers to as sanctum sanctorum where resides the idol of the primary deity of the temple. This is the core center of the temple which receives maximum amounts of positive energy. The reason behind this phenomenon is the presence of copper plates with certain Vedic inscriptions buried below the main idol. Magnetic waves of the earth are absorbed by the copper plates and emitted into the surroundings. These waves are absorbed by the body of the person walking around the deity.
Removal of Footwear before Entry
Footwear has to be removed before entering all temples. There are two reasons; the first being preventing the entry of germs or dirt contained in the footwear into the temple premises and spoiling the temple environment with negative energy. Secondly, the central part of the temple floor is supposed to be the highest source of positive energy and walking barefoot over it allows the visitor to absorb all of it.
Sounds of Ringing Temple Bells
It is a practice to ring the temple bells before entering the ‘garbhagriha’ which is the seat of the main idol. The bells are positioned to produce sound waves that enhance the unity in the right and left sections of the brain. The echo created by the ringing lasts for a period of seven seconds or so and this is sufficient to stimulate the seven ‘chakras’ or healing centers in a human body thereby removing all negative thoughts from the mind of the visitor.
Activation of Various Senses
In addition to the ringing of temple bells, there are several other practices that help in activating the varied senses in a human body. One of them is the act of burning camphor before the idol. The inner sanctum of the temple is dark in almost all of the ancient temples and camphor is normally lit before the deity during the Aarthi. It has been said that if you watch the camphor flames after opening your eyes on completion of your prayers then your sight sense is activated. Subsequently, the lit camphor is moved in front of the visitors who place their hands over it and touch their eyes with the warmed hands. This practice ensures the activation of your sense of touch.
Offering of Flowers to the Deity
The sense of smell is activated through the offering of flowers to the deity. Fragrant flowers offered to the deity include rose petals, marigold, jasmine, lotus or any other. The fragrance of the flowers along with that of the incense sticks and camphor activates your sense of smell and is very pleasing to the mind.
Smearing of Kumkum
After the offering of flowers and prayers, the temple priest applies red colored kumkum between the two eyebrows. This spot is regarded as an important nerve point in an individual’s body since prehistoric times. By application of the kumkum, this point is inevitably pressed, facilitating the supply of blood to the facial muscles.
Pradakshina/circumambulation around the Main Idol
The final ritual before exiting from the temple is to walk in the clockwise direction around the main idol within the ‘garbhagriha’ for nine times. The presence of varied charged elements within the inner sanctum of the temple caused due to the ringing of the temple bell, burning of camphor and incense sticks, chanting of mantras work towards clearing the temple of all negative energy and building the area with positive energy. The positive energy vibrating within this area is absorbed by the visitor’s body as he walks closely around the idol of the deity. However, it is essential to pay regular visits to the temple if you want to get full advantage of this positive energy.
Sense of Calm & Inner Peace
A visit to any of the ancient temples instills a sense of calm and inner peace into the entire body and mind of the visitor. It infuses the body with positive energy and enhances the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of the visitor who feels better equipped to face the nitty-gritty of modern life.
On a Concluding Note
The architecture of ancient temples is designed to evoke high levels of positive energy and also store high levels of spiritual energy for many years to come. And this is released in all the following years.
Author: Amit is an avid traveler and passionate writer. His weekends are dedicated to travel and free time dedicated to writing. His passion for both these hobbies made him start realbharat.org. The blog is intended to bring out the real India and present it to the world!
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