Worship at Temple

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Even though the god is omnipresent, there should be a way to worship him and get his grace.

The temples are built for the same purpose to focus the power of the lord in a consecrated idol. They are the unifying force and various rituals are performed in them to invoke the Almighty's blessings for the welfare of the entire humanity.

There are many temples and the idols are installed with the divinity infused into them so that they have sanctity for worshipping.

The most important element of Hindu worship is the daily visit to the temple. The divinity is seen in the idols and so they are worshipped through abhishekam, alankaram, naivedyam, arati and many other upacharas.

The Hindu places of worship have two types of noises such as the ringing of bells or the musical instruments like Nadaswaram and the recitation of mantras.

The temple bells are rung so that the evil spirits will go away from the temple premises.

The God is considered as the Rajadiraja or the king of all kings and so many upacharas such as umbrella, chamara, musical instruments, and vahana are offered to him.

The temples increase the devotion of a person and this devotion helps him to overcome sufferings. The Saguna worship also gives peace of mind because there is a chaitanya in the idol installed in the temple.

The Hindu temples are built with some kind of sanctity and each temple has a history behind it. The divinity of the temple is nurtured through regular Poojas and temple rituals observed with diligence.

The innermost sanctuary of the temple contains the principal image of the deity. The character of each shrine is determined by the deity being worshiped.

In all Hindu shrines the worshippers move clockwise around the central image before approaching the god.

Near the sanctum sanctorum, the worshippers can have the Darshan of the deity.

If there are offerings, they are submitted to the god.

The priest swings the oil lamps, ring the bell and worship the deity with flowers, sandel paste, kumkum etc.

The Karpura aarathi is performed to the deity.

The holy water is given to the worshippers along with kumkum and other things as Prasadam. 

The Pradakshina in temples will comprise of minimum of three rounds.


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