Showing posts with label ABHISEKA. Show all posts
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Hinduism - ABHISEKA


One of the most prevalent daily practices at temples and shrines is abhiseka, or consecration, during which the image or murti of a deity is ritually cleansed.

The ceremonial consecrating of a temple might vary from a modest washing of a deity in water or milk to the ritual consecrating of an entire building.

This temple abhiseka, also known as kumbhabhiseka, is carried out every twelve years by temples that can afford to renovate or restore their structures.

The abhiseka is then said to rejuvenate the deities' strength inside.

The deity may be ritually washed with a number of things ranging from turmeric water, which is said to be cooling and cleansing, to honey, fruit, and curds in the more complicated abhiseka rites done in bigger temples.

It's rare to discover written texts that explain why different substances are employed, although a little brochure in one temple in Tamil Nadu said that sugar cane juice is presented for health, sandalwood oil may bring happiness, and rice-flour powder may be offered to remove debt (Foulston 2002: 125–26).

The amount of components utilized in an abhiseka ritual is determined by what is provided by worshippers or the temple's budget.

The abhiseka rites in Tamil Nadu tend to be more elaborate at the bigger temples, where flowers, turmeric, and sandal paste appear to be more widely accessible and less expensive.

Showering a god with flowers, water, or milk, on the other hand, is a profoundly intimate gesture that strengthens the link between deity and devotee.

The abhiseka ceremony is usually followed by arti and the deity's adornment.

In South India, this usually entails transforming a simple black stone picture into a feast for the eyes and nose using deep yellow sandal paste, flowers, and highly embellished silk clothes.

Kiran Atma

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See also: 

Artı; Deities; Image worship; Mandir; Temple worship

References And Further Reading:

Foulston, Lynn. 2002. At the Feet of the Goddess: The Divine Feminine in Local Hindu Religion. Brighton and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press.