Ancient Hindu Temples are the place that contains pure vibrations of magnetic and electric fields with positive energy. These temples are basically charging stations where the visitors enters into meditative state and human chakras (energy centres) are activated. A Hindu temple is meant to encourage reflection, facilitate purification of one’s mind, and trigger the process of inner realization within the devotee.
Hindu temples come in many styles, are situated in diverse locations, deploy different construction methods and are adapted to different deities and regional beliefs, yet almost all of them share certain core ideas, symbolism and themes.
The selection of location, design, purpose and significance of ancient Hindu temples are explained briefly hereunder.
What is the significance of Temples
1. It is a link between man, deities, and the Universal Purusa in a sacred space.
2. A temple is a miniature cosmos comprised of the five elements and a presiding deity.
3. Most ancient temples were created to address a particular aspect of life, and were thus consecrated to activate one or two particular chakras, the main energy centres within the human system. There are thousands of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them are considered to be built the Vedic way.
What are the aspects of Temples
1. Temples were designed to be spaces where the mind spontaneously moves within and meditation happens effortlessly.
2. Far from being a place of prayer or worship, temples were created as powerful spaces where an individual could imbibe the enshrined energies. When people go to a temple for evening Aartis and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto everyone present there.
3. The lamp that is lit radiates heat energy and also provides light inside the sanctum to the priests.
4. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers takes a worshipper into trance, thus not letting his mind waver. When done in groups, this helps people forget personal problems for a while and relieve their stress.
A Temple bell is another scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary metal. It is made of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and. manganese. The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centres or chakras in your body. The moment bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts.
5. The fragrance from the flowers and the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy that creates a good aura. The effect of all these energies is supplemented by the positive energy from the idol, the copper plates and the utensils used while worshiping the God.
6. Ancient temples were built in such a way that the floor at the centre of the temple were good conductors of the positive vibrations allowing them to pass through our feet to the body. Hence it is necessary to walk bare footed while you enter the core centre of the temple.
7. The idol inside the chamber absorbs all the energy from the bell sound, camphor heat and vibrates the positive energy within the chamber for certain duration of time. When you do the circumambulation at this point of time, you tend to absorb all these positive vibrations once your five senses are activated.
Where ancient Temples are built
1. Ancient Temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust.
Why Hindu visits the Temples
In Bhagwat Gita, Shree Krishna declared as under:
“chatur-vidha bhajante mam, janah sukritino’rjuna
arto jijnasur artharthi, jnani cha bharatarsabha”
How the Temples are designed
1. Square Grid Principle: Predominant number of Hindu ancient temples exhibit the perfect square grid principle The pilgrim is welcomed through 64-grid or 81-grid mathematically structured spaces, a network of art, pillars with carvings and statues that display and celebrate the four important and necessary principles of human life – the pursuit of artha (prosperity, wealth), the pursuit of kama (pleasure, sex), the pursuit of dharma (virtues, ethical life) and the pursuit of moksha (release, self-knowledge).
2. Design of Human Body: The ancient temple particularly south Indian temples are designed as human body, starting with the main entrance and the outermost prakaram.
a. Grabhgriha (Sanctum sanctorum, Sreekovil, or Purusa Space), is core centre of the temple where main idol is placed. In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. The place of the deity is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be highest. It is the Head and location of Ajna Chakra of human body.
b. The centre of the temple, typically below and sometimes above or next to the deity, is mere hollow space with no decoration, symbolically representing Purusa, the Supreme Principle, the sacred Universal, one without form, which is present everywhere, connects everything, and is the essence of everyone. It is location Sahasrara Chakra. Under Panchkosh around human soul, it is Anandamaya kosha – the bliss sheath, here we experience unity with the universal.
c. Shikhara (Vimana or Spire or mountain peak) refer to the rising tower over the sanctum sanctorum where the presiding deity is enshrined is the most prominent and visible part of a Hindu temples. These Shikhara come in many designs and shapes. In some temples, these images may be stories from Hindu Epics.
d. Pradakshina area (Chuttampalam): The area around Grabhgriha is referred as to the Pradakshina (circumambulation) area. The pillars, walls and ceilings typically also have highly ornate carvings or images of the four just and necessary pursuits of life – kama, artha, dharma and moksa. The inner prakaram houses subsidiary shrines, dikpalakas, Saptamatrukas, etc. It is the Face of human body.
e. Namaskara Mandapam is located directly in front of the sanctum sanctorum. It is the Neck of human body and location of Vishuddha chakra. Under Panchkosh around human soul, it is Vijnayanamaya kosha – the intellect sheath which is responsible for inner growth and the acquisition of spiritual knowledge.
f. Inner wall, (Antahara) it is the chest of human body and location of Anahata chakra. Under Panchkosh around human soul, it is Manomaya (mind) kosha which governs perception of the world.
g. Nandi: it is location of Manipuri chakra.
h. Balipeetham or place of sacrifice. It is miniature replica (except the head) of the main temple. Devotee should surrender / sacrifice our ego and bad thoughts in front of the Bali peetam and enter in to the temple with pure mind. It is the Waist of human body and location of Swadhisthana chakra. Inner prakaram of the temple represents Pranamaya kosh which represent life force energy.
i. Dwajasthambam or flag post, generally the idol of the ‘vahana’ (vehicle) of the God is installed on top of the post. It represents Sushumna and starts from Muladhara and ends at Sahasrara.
j. Turtle Lamp located inside the gopuram but before the main entrance. Turtle represents withdrawing our five senses such as seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching that pursues sensual objects of mundane pleasure and looking only inside before entering the temple premises.
k. Gopurams (pyramidal structure) are the elaborate gateway-towers of south Indian temples. It is the Feet.
l. Outer wall. The outer wall of the temple represents the annamaya kosha which is physical body.