Today is Thai Pusam. The festival of worshipping Lord Muruga who was offered of the victorious lance (Vel) by the Divine Mother Parvati. What are the implications of this age-old tradition to the modern world? Is there anything, apart from the ennobling rituals associated with this puja, that gives meaning to this Life?
Reader Yogan Naidoo from South Africa explores beautifully in an article published in our Quarterly spiritual magazine NIRVANA.
A link is placed below. The article starts in Page 18. Wish you all a happy reading!
What is Kumbhabhishekham?
Kumbhabhishekham is a Hindu temple ritual that is believed to homogenize, synergize and unite the mystic powers of the deity. Kumbha means the Head and denotes the Shikhara or Crown of the Temple (usually in the Gopuram) and Abhisekham is ritual bathing.
On the appointed day and at an auspicious time, the Kumbha is bathed with the charged and sanctified holy waters in the sacrificial pot and, by a mystic process, these pranic powers trickle down a silver wire and enter the deity installed inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The deity, which was until then only a granite sculptured stone image, is believed to transform into a vibrant and vivid living representation of the deva or devi with innate beatitude, grace and grandeur, conferring divine blessings on all devotees.