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India is a place which is known for many things and most important of them all is our unique culture. This culture encompasses a lot of things: food, dressing, rituals, faith and so many other things. When we talk of faith, India can take you by surprise. We have so many thriving faiths in this country and each has a unique face of its own. Of all these faiths, Hinduism has and still continues to intrigue most people around the world.
Hinduism is one of the oldest faiths of world. An amalgamation of various rituals, concepts, customs and practices, Hinduism has always been a fascinating faith. The glorious temples of India are the pillars of this amazing faith. If you travel through the length and breadth of India, you will find one thing in huge numbers and of different varieties: temples.
Every morning people thronging to temples is a common sight in India. People believe prayers get answered quickly in temples and hence India's tourism thrives due these exquisite buildings which have been a part of our Indian culture since time immemorial.
Coming back to our faith, do you think prayers get answered quickly if you go a temple? Reason says, no while faith says, yes. What if we tell you, that your faith is right and your reason can be convinced as well?
Hinduism is a religion which has always adhered to science since its inception. Temples, as a part of this faith, are no exceptions. You will find that Hindu temples have amazing science behind their construction and architecture. The science behind the temples can leave you completely and pleasantly surprised.
So, read on to find out about the science behind the Hindu temples and why people visit temples every day.
Storehouse Of Positive Energy
The temples are strategically built at the place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the core centre of the temple which is known as the Garbhagriha or Moolsthanam. In fact, the temples were built around the Garbhagriha.
Storehouse Of Positive Energy
The Moolsthanam is the place where the earth's magnetic waves are found to be at the maximum. Earlier, copper plates used to be placed beneath the idol. These plates absorbs the Earth's magnetic waves and radiate it to the surroundings. So, when you stand near the idol, these energies get absorbed by your body. Therefore it provides your body with the much needed positive energy.
An idol is by no means a God. An idol is the physical image of the Divine. It helps human beings to concentrate and move on to the next stage of realising God. From the worship of the idol, the person moves to the next stage of mental prayers and then to the last stage when he finally realises the Divine. Thus, the idol helps a person to concentrate and it is only a means to the end.
After offering prayers, it is customary to go around the idol at least thrice. This practice is known as parikrama or pradakshina. The idol, which is charged with the positive energy, radiates the same to anything that comes in its vicinity. Therefore when you perform a parikrama around the idol, you get charged up with all the positive energies radiating from the idol. It cures many illnesses and rejuvenates the mind.
Ringing Of Bells
Temple bells are not made of ordinary metal. It is made up of a mix of various metals like cadmium, zinc, lead, copper, nickel, chromium and manganese. The proportion in which each metal is mixed to create a temple bell is the science behind it. Each of these metals is mixed in such a way that when the bell is rung, each metal produces a distinct sound that creates unity of your left and right brain. Therefore the moment you ring the bell, it produces a sharp and long lasting sound which lasts for about seven seconds. The echo of the sound from the bell touches your seven healing centres or chakras of the body. So, the moment the bell is rung, your brain goes blank for a few seconds and you enter a stage of trance. In this state of trance, your brain becomes extremely receptive and aware.
The Powerful Concoction
You must have seen the idols of the temple being washed with a kind of concoction which is later offered to the devotees as 'Charanamrita'. Interestingly, this particular fluid is by no means an ordinary concoction. It is a mixture of tulsi (holy basil), saffron, karpura (camphor), cardamom and clove mixed with water. As we all know that these materials have high medicinal value. Washing the idol is to charge the water with the magnetic radiations thus increasing its medicinal values. Three spoons of this holy water is distributed to devotees. Again, this water is mainly a source of magneto-therapy. Besides, the clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron and tulsi leavess protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and camphor, act as natural mouth fresheners.
Blowing The Conch
In Hinduism, the sound from the conch is associated with the sacred syllable 'Om' which is believed to be the first sound of creation. The Shankha or conch marks the beginning of any good work. The sound of the conch is believed to the purest form of sound which ushers in freshness and new hope. This gets more powerful with the postive energy radiated in the temples and hence has amazing impacts on the devotees.
As known, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred from one body to another. Temples do the same for us. They take the positive energies from the Earth's surface and transfer it to the human body through many mediums. Thus, whatever energy you lose in a day can be regained by regular visit to a temple. The main purpose of a temple is not to offer valuables to the deity. It is aimed at rejuvenating your senses. That is why it is customary to sit in the temple for some time after worship. Offering worship or prayers are not considered paramount but, if one were to leave the temple without sitting down for some time, the entire visit is considered fruitless.