The Unique Temple in USA


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THE UNIQUE TEMPLE – Part I
Last week end, I returned after over a month-long stay in PomonaNew York attending the 7th year Brahmotsavam of Sri Ranganatha temple there. You may wonder what is so special about a Brahmotsavam which is being celebrated in all temples, not only in India but elsewhere also.
This write up will tell you how it is so special here in Pomona which other temples do not seem to have. To the best of my knowledge and belief, I am cataloguing some unique features of Sri Ranganatha TemplePomonaNew York. I am subject to correction, if anyone could provide similar features existing in any other temple in the USA.
* This is the ONLY temple built exclusively for Lord Ranganatha (of Srirangam) in Bhujanga Sayana TirullOlam while there any number of temples coming up in all parts of  the world for other PerumaaLs.
* This is the ONLY temple constructed at the specific command of the Sage, the 44th Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt, who built the Rajagopuram by converting the old tower known as “MoTTai GOpuram” (Bald tower) because it stood half-completed for CENTURIES – an achievement that even Azhwars had not attempted.
* This is the ONLY temple which shares the honorific of being a replica of Srirangam Temple Ranganatha temple otherwise known as “BhoolOka VaikunTam”
* This is the ONLY temple that even though Aagama Saastras do not prohibit kshudra Devatas being accommodated as “Parivaara Devatas” adorning the temple towers (Raja gOpurams),  this temple does not have any  Sannidhis for Kshudra Devatas either inside or even as Parivaara Devatas outside. Thus this represents the ultimate resort for mumukshus (those desirous of “mOksham”)
* This the ONLY temple that does not indulge in “anna vikriyam” (selling food) which is specifically prohibited as heinous sin in the Saastras. In fact, FREE food is served 24/7 for all Sevarthis, irrespective of the number, age or gender discrimination who come for Darsanam. All that is required to enter the MaDappaLLi is that one should be in “Svaroopam” (with grihastas in Pancha-katcham and Sumangalis in MaDisaar Sarees + the religious marks on the forehead).
*This is the ONLY temple with a “NO TICKET” system under which no charges are levied for various services including Archanas, AbhishEkams etc. but the temple also provides the Archana offerings (fruits etc) ABSOLUTELY FREE. Of course, the temple is not averse to accepting and acknowledging anything that is offered out of free will and whole heartedly, – even that under the principle of “YATHAA SAKTI” (according to one’s capacity and willingness)
* This is the ONLY temple that arranges during festivals FREE transport from and to the Airports/ Bus Stations etc by chartered buses / cars of volunteers etc to serve outstation devotees for attending the temple.
* This is the ONLY temple that arranges for FREE accommodation (to the extent possible) in or around the place where the temple is located.
Thus, this temple stands apart distinctively from so many other temples in USA.

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Why should you visit a temple?


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HINDU TEMPLES AROUND THE WORLD

Temple Visits

TEMPLES – WHY VISIT ? THAT TOO DAILY? – Does visiting a temple give any benefit ? – Yes, Read on!

TRS Iyengar

There are thousand and thousands of temples all over India AND ABROAD in different size, shape and locations but not all of them considered to be in the Vedic way.

Generally the temples are located in a place where earth’s magnetic wave path densely passes through. It can be in the outer skirts of the town/village or city, even in middle of the dwelling place, or on a hilltop. The essence of visiting a temple is considered here. For every Hindu, it is a must to pay a visit twice every day to the Hindu Temples in their locations. In simple terms, these temples are located strategic to a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic wave distributions of north/south pole thrust.

Because of its location where high magnetic values are available, the Main Idol is placed in the core center, and also because they place a copper plate written with some Vedic scripts, which is buried, beneath the Main Idol’s placement known as “Garbhagriha” or Moolasthan, the copper absorbs the earths magnetic waves and radiates to the surroundings. Thus a person who regularly visiting a temple and taking clockwise rounds of the Main Idol’s placement, automatically receive the beamed magnetic values absorbed in his body. This is very slow and a regular visit will make him absorb more energy. What scientifically it is known is positive energy. In addition, the Sanctum sanctorum is completely enclosed on three sides. The effect of all energies is very high in here. The lamp that is lit radiates the heat and light energy. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers gives the sound energy. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy. The effect of all these energies is activated by the positive energy that comes out of the idol. This is in addition to the north/south pole magnetic energy that is absorbed by the copper plate and utensils that are kept in the Moolasthan known as grabagraham. The water is used for the Pooja is mixed with Cardamom, Benzoine, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Clove, etc. are mixed that is known as “Theertham”. This water becomes more energized because it receives the positive ness of all these energies combined. When persons go to the temple for the Deepaaraadhana, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all. That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies. It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized. Hence it is given as prasadam to the devotees

Lost energy in a days work is regained this way and one gets being refreshed slightly. The positive energy that is spread out in the entire temple and especially around where the main idol is placed, are simply absorbed in one’s body and mind, for those who take a regular clock-wise round circle every day. In addition at the temples they offer holy water about three spoons. This water is mainly a source of magneto therapy kind because usually they place the copper water vessel at the Garbhagriha. It also contains the values of cardamom, clove, saffron, etc to add taste and Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves are put into the water to increase its medicinal value! The clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & Tulsi leave essence protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and benzoine known as Pachha Karpuram, acts as a mouth refreshing agents! This way, one’s health too is protected, by regularly visiting the Temples. The entire thing just become more energized locally, that the visit and consuming the holy water and the other offerings are worth for the visitor’s health and longevity.

Apart from the above facts, each and every round taken in the temple is just simply burning fats in human body and in those days people regularly visited temples and never used to get sugar complaints/diabetic! In addition to it the Vedic chanting helps visitors some refreshing feeling in body and mind thus achieving mental peace, which is the ultimate aim of every soul. And in those days, it was quite rare, you’ll see persons with Sugar level high in their blood. In fact, the regular round trip to the temple itself protects one from increasing sugar levels.

OKAY, DO ALL THE TEMPLES HAVE THE SAME VALUE?

NO, NOT AT ALL. Those temples constructed in earlier during Vedic Era used to be in accordance with Vedic principles and it has all such rich potentials listed above. As of now only about 180 temples in India qualify this & most of it is situated in the southern part of India. The location, structural, daily rituals followed without fail etc are counted. Unfortunately, some of the temples that are materially worthy are in the verge of collapse and are neglected of any proper maintenance. In fact, most of these architectural marvels deserves protection from the Heritage point of view, if not from the Religious importance!

In fact out of 108 Divyakshetras known as Srivaishnava Divyadesams (SriVaishnava’s Holy Pilgrimage spots) of Sri Vaishnava, 106 are located on the earth, most of them situated in southern part of India, said to be with high value of Vedic reliance. Though many of them in worst condition, still the values can be received by a visit to these places. That’s why the pilgrimage carried out by the religious and orthodox Indians to temples. And sure IT CURE S!! Cure from many ills.

The temples in the roadside and every nook and corner can never be matched with the ones constructed and placed in accordance with Vedic principles. However it may give some relief from a days tension and a visit to a temple itself gives some peace to many, the inner feeling for prayer and Bhakti can never be questioned.

These 108 Divyadesams (Sri Vaishnava pilgrimage spots are known as Divya Kshetram) are found throughout India and they are divided into 7 categories as listed below. These are the state or zones, where temple is located actually.

Thondainaadu – 22 Divyadesams }

Chozhanaadu – 40 Divyadesams }

Nadunaadu – 2 Divyadesams } All situated in Southern part of India

Pandiyanaadu – 18 Divyadesams }

Malayaalanaadu – 13 Divyadesams }

Vadanaadu – 11 Divyadesams and – Situated in Northern part of India + 1 in Nepal

Lord Sri Mahavishnu’s abode 2 Divyadesams – Sri Lord Sriman Narayana’s Abode

There are eight SwayamVyaktha (self revealing) kshetrams in India. It virtually means, that no man created or sculptured those Statues of the Lord in these places, but all of His own appearance and creation. These are holy places where the Lord revealed himself to give darshan (Audience) to the People. These are:

Badrikashramam, Salagramam, Naimisaranyam, Pushkaram, Thirumalai (Tirupathi), Srirangam, Srimushnam & Thothadri (Vanamamalai).

Among the 108 Temples known as Divyadesam for Srivaishnavites, only 106 visibly located on the mother Earth. Rest two known are (the most Srivaishnavites would like to visit on attaining the Moksha, to liberate themselves from rebirth) known as Thiruparkadal and Sri Vaikuntham – The Abodes of Sri Maha Vishnu. These are the places worshipped and sung by great Tamil Saints known as Alwars, the saintly poets who immersed themselves in the divine ocean of Lord Vishnu. Divyadesams are also Divya Kshetrams.

Emperumaan, Lord Sriman Narayanan is found in various Thirukkolam. The Thirukkolam (Appearance of His revered Idols) in 108 Divyakshetrams are listed below:

Kidantha Thirukkolam (Sleeping Posture) – 27 Divya desams

Veetrirundha Thirukkolam (Sitting Position) – 21 Divya desams

Nindra Thirukkolam (Standing Position) – 60 Divya desams

Out of these 108 Divyadesams, as we have seen that The Lord ( Perumal) is gracing on various Thirukkolam (Postures), he is also facing his Thirumugham (Face) on various directions and giving his seva darshan, as below:

The Lord appears facing Towards East direction at 79 temples, facing towards West direction – 19, facing towards North direction – 3 and facing towards South direction in 7 temples.

For additional information with Divyakshetra route, history, and other details please click here. Please do not forget to sign in my guestbook and to make your comments, suggestions and criticism as well.
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