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Pran Pratishta

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Prana Pratishta & Maha Kumbhabhisheka Mohotsav Novermber 9-12,2017

November 9th Thursday 6:30PM TO 9.00 PM

  • Bhagavadanugna
  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Acharya,Ritvikvaranam
  • Rakshabandhanam
  • Ajasradeeparadhanam
  • Mrutsangrahanam
  • Ankuraropanam
  • Teertha,Prasada Viniyogam
  • November 10th Friday
  • 9:00Am to 12 pm
  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Panchagavyaprasanam
  • Akalmashahomam
  • Yagasalavastuhomam
  • Poornahuti
  • Teertha,Prasada Viniyogam

November 10th Friday 9:00Am to 12 pm

  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Agnimathanam
  • Agnipratishtha
  • Kumbha Aavahanam
  • Kumbha Aradhanam
  • Vuktahomam
  • Poornahuti
  • Teertha,Prasada Viniyogam

November 10th Friday 5:00PM to 9 pm

  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Agnimathanam
  • Agnipratishtha
  • Kumbha Aavahanam
  • Kumbha Aradhanam
  • Vuktahomam
  • Poornahuti
  • Teertha,Prasada Viniyogam
  • Jala yatra,Shobha Yatra

November 11th saturday 9:00AM to 1 pm

  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Agni Pranayanam
  • Kumbha Aradhanam
  • Vukta hoamam
  • Netronmeelanam
  • Pancha gavya,Ksheera,Jala
  • Adhivasam
  • (Adhivasa Trayam)
  • Adhivasa Homam
  • Poornahuti
  • Ashtabandhana Dravya pooja
  • Ratnanyasam
  • Yantra Sthapanam,
  • Bimba Sthapanam
  • jala Yatra,sikhar abhishekam by
  • sponsors
  • Harati Mantrapushpam
  • Teerthaprasada Viniyogam

November 11th Saturday 4:00PM to 9 pm

  • Shobha Yatra
  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Agnipranayanam
  • Kumbharadhanam
  • Mahasanti Homam
  • Mahasanti Tirumanajnam
  • Bimba Vastu
  • Bimba Raksabandhanm
  • Sayanadhivasam,
  • (Dhanya,Pushpa,Phala,Dhanadhivasam)
  • Howtraprasamsanam
  • Vuktahomam
  • Poornahuti
  • Teertha,Prasada Viniyogam

November 12th Sunday 5:30 AM to 12 pm

  • Suprabhatam
  • Vishwaksenapooja
  • Punyahavachanam
  • Agni Pranayanam
  • Kumbha Aradhanam
  • Vukta hoamam
  • Mahapoornahuti
  • Kubha yatra
  • Kumbhabhishekam &Prana
  • prathista
  • Kala Avahanam
  • Kumbha Prokshana
  • Alankaram
  • Kanya,Go,Dhanya,Ajya,Oshadhi
  • Darsanam
  • Archana,Chaturveda Parayanam
  • Acharya Rutwik Sambhavana
  • Teerthaprasada Viniyogam

Prana pratishtha significance

The Deity form of the Lord is said to appear in eight varieties — stone, wood, metal, earth, paint, sand, the mind or jewels.
Sanatana dharma in Hinduism, an icon, image, statue or idol is called Murti or Pratima. Murti in the Hindu temples they are physical bodies which have been energized to vibrate in a certain way such that they impact everything around them. The entire concept and the science behind the idols and their handling is given under Agama Shastra, a tantric scientific methodology that has been perfected over many millenia. The idol as indeed the entire temple becomes a vibrating body that can impact any person that is in the vicinity of the temple. This practice of energizing idols was traditionally known as “Prana Prathishta“, literally meaning Establishment of the Life force in the idol. In English, although not completely consistent, we could use the word consecration for it.

 

Sanatana Dharma, popularly known as Hindu Religion gives us the liberty to worship the Supreme in many forms of which “Prathima Upaasana”and “Praatika Upasana” are widely prevalent. One should begin by seeking God at least in one object (Saligraama, Linga, Sculpture, SriChakra etc) through concentration, which is the rationale behind “Prathima Upasana”, concentration through the medium of consecrated idol or symbol. The other form of worship is the meditation through sound symbols, like “OM”. Both these forms are conveniently practiced in Temples, where one can feel the presence of God (Sannidhyam) that leads one‟s thoughts to greater heights in a spiritual atmosphere. The sunrays contain a lot of heat energy. If we keep a piece of cloth in the sun it does not catch fire. But, if we place a lens and focus the sunrays on the piece of cloth, after sometime it will catch fire. Similarly, in order to get the grace of omnipresent Lord, we have to build temples where we can focus the power of the Lord in a consecrated idol. The process of the consecration is called “Praana Pratishta”. The learned Priest, on behalf of the devotee, performs “Aatma pooja” first, that is, he meditates on his inn inner self encased in his body. By appropriate mantras he first purifies his body including his life forces (praanas) and his sense organs. The vital airs and the organs of perception and activity animating in him as the microcosm of the universe, which is the macrocosm, are transferred by gestures to the accompaniment of mantras on to the idol or the image, wherein the manifestation of the supreme (ishta devathas) is devoutly invoked. The following prayer is uttered before the “Praana Pratishta”: “Svaatma-samstham ajam suddham twaa-madhya Parameswara Aranyaa-miva havyaasam moortau aavaahayaam-yaham” “Oh Lord of the world, you are unborn and pure; Thou art in my heart; I invoke you in my concentration even as fire in “arani‟ wood comes out by friction. The “Aagama” texts deals with the manner of conducting the kumbhabhishekam ceremony ( pouring the consecrated waters on the deity and the temple Gopurams (steeples)) at the end of “Praana Prathista” periodically which consists of a group of rituals beginning with the selection of site up to and including the installation of the deity. The process of homogenizing, synergising and uniting the mystique powers of the idol (vigraha) of the Lord constitutes “Kumbhaabhishekam”. „Kumbha‟ means head and denotes „Shikara‟ or crown of the temple. On the appointed day and at the auspicious time fixed thereto, the „Kumbha‟ is bathed with the charged sanctified holy waters in the sanctified pots and by a mystique process the life forces (Praanic powers) trickle down a silver wire and enter the Deity installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. „Kumbhabhishekam‟ consists of a number of rituals that may extend from one to nine days.

 

The word aagama generally refers to Vedas. However, the descriptive literature under the heading „Aagama‟ is a discipline describing various forms of worship, esoteric rituals for installation of the deity, rules of building temples, role of priests etc. “ Aagatam Panchavakrathu gatancha Girijaanana Matancha Vaasudevasya tasmaad-Aagama-muchyathe” Aagamas are divided into three categories- Saiva, Vaishnava and Sakta. Saiva temples(Siva worshippers) use the Saiva aagamaas to perform this consecration and Vaishnava temples (Vishnu worshippers) use the Vaishnava aagamaas. Devi (Goddess) worshippers use the Sakta aagamas in Devi temples to invoke the image or symbol in the female form. The „Pratishta‟ ritual begins with “Karshana”, ploughing done when the temple site is selected, followed by „Vaastupooja‟* and finally Kumbhabhishekam. After the consecration, the image in the sanctum is no more looked upon as a stone image. Now it is the Lord Himself worshipped in all „His‟ powers and „Glory‟. The Aagama shastras, ordain performance of a “punar-uddhaarana kumbhabhishekam” of every temple once in twelve years. Sometimes, major repair works have to be carried out to the temple at this time, then it is called “Jeernod-dhaarana Kumbhabhishekam”. This ritual is required to be performed to all the deities, in the garbhagrahas of all temples in a temple complex. Through the medium of an elaborate chain of Yaagas and Yagnas (fire sacrifices) the full potencey of infused powers (Sannidhyam) is restored to the idols at the appropriate muhurtam (time) on an auspicious day. Through the redress of genuine difficulties and grievances of the discerning and deserving devotees, the inherent and infused spiritual powers of the installed idols are diminished over a period of time.
It is also possible that through unintended deficiencies (apacharaas) while conducting of poojas, prayers, aaraadhanaas etc., to the installed deities in the sanctum sanctorum, by either, in the absolute merits and physical purity of the performing priests or in the improper pronunciation and recital of the prescribed number of mantras or a host of other related factors, the installed idol‟s omnipotence (sannidhya) gets progressively diminished and demand rejuvenation or restoration. This is the purpose with which Kumbhabhishekam is done periodically. The Kumbhabhishekam ceremony consists of the erection of japas, chants of Vedas, sanctifying Kalasaas (pots of water), Homas and Yagnas. The finale is the pouring of the sanctified water from the kalasas over the stupis (steeple) on the top of the central Vimaana or the sanctum sanctorum, the gopurams and the main and other deities, by the priests.

 

During this process, natural glue specially prepared consisting of eight ingredients called “Ashtabandhana” is used to cement the idol firmly to the pedestal. Priests perform a special pooja called the “Ashtabandhana pooja” prior to the construction work in the shrine around the vigrahas. Experienced Shilpis (temple sculptors) participate in this and are graced with temple honors. An „Aacharya‟ who is sufficiently experienced in conducting such spiritual rituals is identified and the temple management requests him to conduct the kumbhabhishekam.

 

Recitation of the Vedas inside the temple premises is an important prerequisite for this ceremony. A Yagnasala is built by the side of the main temple. Apart from the pedestal for the main kalasa at the center of the yagna shala, seven homa kundas are generally prepared for the main deity, besides individual homa kundas for the other deities. These seven homakundas are intended for the seven forms of fire- , Gaarhapatya, Anvaharya, Aahavaniya, Avasathya, Sabhya, poundareeka and sramanaka The main kunda is sanctified by the performance of the various homas. Along with the Kumbhabhishekam done to the main deity, the same is being repeated to the other deities of the temple simultaneously. Vimaana (steeple), Dwjasthamba (flag post) and Balipeetha (sacrificial pedestal) abhishekams are also done at the same time. After this ceremony is over, the priests come around, sprinkling this holy water over all the devotees present. This is considered very auspicious and is called “Prokshanam”.

 

Homas, ordained in the Aagama sastras, to be performed during this time, are performed with due ritualistic care and attention. Poornahuti and Mahaa Deepa-aaradhana are performed at the end of the proceedings. At the conclusion of the ceremony the power secured by the performance of the various Homas are transferred to the main homakunda. Thereafter, rituals follow to transfer the divine power accumulated in the main homakunda to the main kalasa installed at the center of the Yaagasala. The sacred fire of the Homakunda is extinguished thereafter. Elaborate poojas are conducted to kalasaas to energize the same with all the power. The highlight of this process is bathing of the Vimaana (steeple) and all the deities from the water of the kalasaas, by the priests. The Aacharyas are the center of attraction with their prominent turbans. Mahadeepa Aradhana to the sanctified deities after the kumbhabhishekam, and performing Shodashopachara (sixteen steps) Pooja is a memorable sight. Theertha, prasada distribution and „Annadhaana ‟ .bring down the curtain to the grand ritual of great significance. Traditionally, the Kumbhabhishekam ceremony is followed by special poojas for the benefit of society and mankind as a whole. Accordingly, on the evening of this ceremony santhi Kalyana utsavams (marriage ceremonies) are performed followed by taking the deities in a procession. According to the Aagama sastras that guide temple rituals “Mandala Abhishekam” must be performed for over a month (normally40 or 45 days) after the completion of the Mahaa- Samprokshanam or Maha Kumbhabhishekam. The Mandala pooja enhances the divine presence in the consecrated (recharged) archana and moola (main) vigrahaas. Kumbhabhishekam ceremony has everlasting effect on the society as a whole, besides on devotees. Aagama sastras mention, “Sarvaroga nivrityartham, sarva yaaga phalapradam Sarva sampathkaram nreenam putrapoutrabhi vardhanam, It is conducted with the sole purpose of eradicating all illness, obtaining good benefits from various Yagaas, deriving rich benefits for the well being and for the healthy propagation of the progeny. The kumbhabhishekam brings all- round prosperity not only to any particular group or devotees but also to the society as a whole. As we all know Sanatana Dharma postulates „Vasudheka kutumbakam‟ the whole world is one family and „Eko vipraha Bahuda vadanti‟, wise men call the ONE (Supreme) by many names
and forms.

 

Char Dham Hindu Temple invites you to participate in this spiritual event and receive divine energy that will permeate the temple. There are many opportunities where the devotee can touch the vigrahas and perform some of the poojas throughout the three day event. Through the participation of the community, the powers of the chanted mantras are multiplied thereby benefitting the devotee and their community.

SPONSORSHIP DETAILS

DEITY SPONSORSHIP

  • SRI JAGANNATH PARIVAR
  • SRI GANESHA
  • SRI MAHALAKSHMI
  • SRI SUDHARSANA
  • SRI DWARIKANATH
  • SRI RADHA KRISHANA
  • SRI SATHYANARAYANA & LAKSHMI
  • SRI SAIBABA
  • SRI BADRINARAYANA
  • SRI DURGA
  • SRI SARASWATHI
  • SRI VIKHANASA MAHA MUNI
  • SRI SHIVA LINGAM
  • SRI VENKATESWARA
  • SRI RAMA PARIVAR
  • SRI AYYAPPA
  • SRI NAVAGRAHA DEVATA
  • SRI VIMALA DEVI
  • SRI DWARAPALAKA
  • SRI PANCHAMUKHI HANUMAN
  • SRI GARUDA
  • SRI NANDI

PLATINUM SPONSOR $10,000

  • SPONSOR CAN PARTICIPATE IN ALL POOJAS DURING KUMBHABISHEKAM
  • PARTICIPATE IN ALL (40 DAYS) MANDALAPOOJA
  • YAJAMANA SANKALPAM
  • SMALL SILVER KALASAM
  • SILK DHOTI, SILK SAREE, SHAWL, BAG, PRASADAM
  • NAVARATHAN SET
  • FREE ABHISHEKAM ONE DEITIES FOR ONE YEAR
  • DAILY FREE ARCHANA AT TEMPLE FOR ONE YEAR

Anna Daan Sponsor $1001.00

  • PARTICIPATE IN GOPURA KALASA ABHISHEKAM DURING KUMBABHISHEKAM
  • COPPER KALASAM
  • SHAWL
  • BAG
  • PRASADAM
  • ANNADAANAM ONE DAY DURING THE KUMBHABISHEKAM IN YOUR FAMILIES NAME

DEITY SPONSOR $2,50,000

  • SPONSOR GETS SPECIAL POOJA LIFE LONG FOR SPONSORED DEITY
  • PARTICIPATE IN ALL POOJAS DURING KHUMBABISHEKAM
  • PARTICIPATE IN ALL (40 DAYS) MANDALAPOOJA
  • YAJAMANA SANKALPAM
  • GOLD PLATED SILVER KALASAM, SILK DHOTI, SILK SAREE, SILVER COIN, NAVARATHAN SET, COTTON DHOTI, BAG, PRASADAM.
  • YEARLY ONCE POOJA AS PER WISH AT YOUR HOME
  • LIFE LONG DAILY FREE ARCHANA AT TEMPLE
  • FREE ABHISHEKAM FOR ALL DEITIES FOR LIFE
  • 1YR ANNADANAM IN YOUR FAMILY’S NAME

GOLD SPONSOR $2500

  • SPONSOR CAN PARTICIPATE IN ALL POOJAS DURING KUMBHABISHEKAM
  • YAJAMANA SANKALPAM
  • SILVER COATED COPPER KALASAM
  • COTTON DHOTI, COTTON SAREE
  • SHAWL
  • SILVER COIN, BAG
  • PRASADAM
  • NAVARATHAN SET
  • YEARLY ONCE ABHISHEKAM & ARCHANA (ON DESIRED DATE)

KALASA SPONSOR $501.00

  • PARTICIPATE IN GOPURA KALASA ABHISHEKAM DURING KUMBABHISHEKAM
  • COPPER KALASAM
  • SHAWL
  • BAG
  • PRASADAM

DIAMOND SPONSOR $15,000

  • SPONSOR CAN PARTICIPATE IN ALL POOJAS DURING KUMBHABISHEKAM
  • PARTICIPATE IN ALL (40 DAYS) MANDALAPOOJA
  • YAJAMANA SANKALPAM
  • SILVER KALASAM
  • SILK DHOTI, SILK SAREE
  • SHAWL, SILVERCOIN, NAVARATAN SET, COTTON DHOTI, BAG, PRASADAM.
  • DAILY FREE ARCHANA FOR ALL DEITYS ONE YEAR
  • FREE ABHISHEKAM FOR ALL DEITIS ONE YEAR
  • ANNADANAM FOR ALL 40 DAYS DURING THE
  • KUMBHABISHEKAM IN YOUR FAMILIES NAME

SILVER SPONSOR $1001.00

  • SPONSOR CAN PARTICIPATE IN ALL POOJAS DURING KUMBHABISHEKAM
  • COPPER KALASAM
  • SHAWL
  • SILVER COIN
  • NAVARATHAN SET
  • BAG
  • PRASADAM