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Why do we walk around the deity in a temple?



We have often seen others and our selves, walk around the temple after our prayer. This practice is not just done in temples but also other religious gatherings and festivals. So why do we have to take a certain number of rounds around a temple or holy fire?

This practice is based upon a scientific reasoning and not some blind faith. When a temple is established and life is infused into the deity through proper Pran-Ppratishtha ceremony, divinity enters the deity. This is in the form of magnetic waves starting from the central point of the base of the deity.

This also has health benefits. The circle makes you physically fit, Vatta-Pitta-Kappa balances happen by inhaling the air. These positive vibrations are blessings that add to one’s strength and protects one from calamities and problems. The sound and the vibrations of the bell and the heat of the burnt camphor adds to the positivity of the place.

Hindus go around the deity in the temples in a clockwise direction. We always assume God is the centre of our existence and because we also assume that Lord is always on our right side. This reminds that we must always lead a righteous life, in the right path called Dharma. The Divine Halo moves clockwise. He also exists everywhere. So when we do Pradakshina or circumambulation, we accept that our actions and thoughts are always centred around God. The centre point is always fixed and remains the same at whatever distance we do the Pradakshina. So we are reminded of the eternal truth that God is the centre of gravity and the main focus of our existence. This is the main principle of Pradakshina.

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What is the importance of lighting a lamp before any religious Ceremony ?


Light and brightness has always been equated with positivity, motivation harbringer of good and associated with spiritual beings. Darkness, on the other hand, has always been associated with evil and the devil.

Light is a form and a symbol of Tej (Absolute fire principle). The lamp is invoked as, ‘तमसो मा ज्‍योतिर्गमय ।’ meaning the lamp leads us from darkness towards light. It burns only to give message of peace and light to the man. The presence of “Agni” fire ensures success. Fire is one of the five elements that form the human body and is a transformed form of Soorya. This is its greatness.

It is a tradition to light a lamp first before starting any auspicious events or rituals. Light symbolizes the absence of darkness, grief and unhappiness. Almighty’s Divine Grace is spread all over the house by lighting the lamps. God’s first and foremost appearance is in the form of Light which we call as ‘Divya Jyotir’ or ‘Divine Light’.

In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice at dawn and dusk – and in a few it is maintained continuously (Akhanda Deepa). All auspicious functions commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.

Flame symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. The Lord is the ‘Knowledge Principle’ (Chaitanya) who is the source, and the illuminator of all knowledge. A lamp teaches you to be upright, rise upwards and dispel darkness. Hence light is worshiped as the Lord himself.

Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Also knowledge is a lasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. Hence we light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth.

But the traditional oil lamp has a further spiritual significance. The oil or ghee in the lamp symbolizes our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wick, the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas get slowly exhausted and the ego too finally perishes. Ghee lamp has more capacity to attract the Sattvik vibrations present in the surrounding atmosphere as compared to oil lamp.

The flame of a lamp always burns upwards. Similarly we should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals. A single lamp can light hundreds more just as a man of knowledge can give it to many more. The brilliance of the light does not diminish despite its repeated use to light many more lamps. So true knowledge does not lessen when shared with or imparted to others.

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The Five Elements of Vastushastra: Water – Part 2



In our first blog in this multi-part series, we introduced you to Earth, the first element of Vastushastra. In this blog, we will talk about the second element, Water.

Water is present on Earth in various forms. In oceans and rivers, snow on mountains, trapped within the soil or as vapour in the clouds. Water is essential for life, the very first life forms on Earth were believed to have lived in water. Without water, life cannot survive.

Because water is so important, it is important in Vastu to use it effectively. Vastushastra suggests ways in which water can be stored hygienically without being wasted. The North-East direction is the direction for water.

Tips for water and North-East:

  • Water tanks and swimming pools must be in the North-East direction
  • No large equipment or construction must take place in this direction


Since water is a free-flowing element, the North-East direction must be kept free of any hurdles or obstructions. Imbalance of the water element can lead to bad health and illness. It is important to ensure that clean water and sewage water are kept in different locations in order to ensure good health and hygiene.


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Why do we worship Kalash


A kalash is a brass, copper or earthen pot filled with water. Mango leaves are placed at the rim of the pot and a coconut is kept in the centre. A red or white thread is tied around its neck or sometimes all round it with a diamond-shaped pattern and may be decorated with designs. Such a pot is called a kalasha.

When the pot is filled with rice or water it is called a purnakumbha which symbolises the lifeless body which when filled with divine life gains the power to perform various actions and makes life complete. On all important occasions like the traditional house warming, weddings, and worships, the kalasha is placed with prescribed rituals. It is placed at the entrance as a sign of welcome. It is also used while welcoming holy people.

It is believed that before the creation, Lord Vishnu was reclining on his serpent, the Ananta, in the ocean of milk. From his navel, rose a lotus on which was seated Lord Brahma, the creator who then created the universe.

The water in the kalasha symbolises these primeval waters from which the entire creation originated. It gives life to all and has the ability to create innumerable names and forms, the motionless objects and the animate beings. All the auspiciousness in the world emanates from this energy behind the universe. The leaves and coconut symbolise creation and the thread denotes the love that binds all the creation together. The kalasha is therefore perceived as sacred and auspicious.

The “Kumbha abhisheka” of a temple is done in a grand manner with elaborate rituals including the pouring of one or more kalashas of holy water on the top of the temple. When the asuras and devas churned the milky ocean, the Lord appeared bearing the pot of nectar, which blessed one with everlasting life.

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Plants and Vastu


Plants, flowers and saplings are often used to decorate the house and bring more peace. It helps us reconnect with nature, adds natural beauty to the house, brings down external noise levels from the streets, attracts birds and hence gives a warm feeling. We all like to decorate our houses using plants but doing so all the time may not necessarily be a good idea. Vastushastra has defined the types of plants that are acceptable to be placed inside the house and plants that are not. In this article, we will be throwing more light on the do’s and dont’s of placing plants around the house.


Flowering plants

Any flowering plant can be generally kept inside the house unless it has thorns or grows in the form of a creeper.

  1. Peace Lilies signify peace and harmony and can be used to brighten up a dull atmosphere
  2. Purple colour flowering plants signify wealth and hence bring prosperity
  3. Growing Lotus and Jasmine plants inside the house are considered very lucky



It is a strict NO to have creepers inside the house. Creepers can be grown outside the house in a garden but must not take the support of a wall or fence, it needs to be independent.

  1. Money plants are the only exception to this rule which can be grown within the house. However, inside the house too it needs to be independent and not grow using the support of walls or grills.


Thorny plants and cacti

Plants that usually have thorns and/or are a species of cacti, should not be kept inside the house. Thorns signify negative energy and can also be hazardous to children and other occupants of the premises. A rose bush is the only exception to this rule and it can be grown inside the house.


Bonsai plants

Bonsai plants should not be kept inside or outside the house. Since bonsai is maintained by restricting the growth of the plant, it can affect the life of the grower as well.


Fruit plants

It is usually difficult to grow plants that bear fruits since the plants are usually very large. Growing fruit-bearing plants outside the house is not a problem. Growing a lemon plant inside the house is considered to be very lucky.

The Amazing Power of Tulsi

India is a country of traditions and customs.There are many explanations given about the spiritual, religious and medicinal benefits of Tulsi.

Tulsi or Holy basil is a sacred plant in Hindus. Tulsi, also know as Hari Priya, is the beloved of Lord Narayan. As one legend goes, Tulsi was the devoted wife of Shankhachud, a celestial being. An untoward incident in her life made her believe that Lord Krishna had somehow tricked her into sinning. Hence, she cursed him to turn into a stone (shaligram). Seeing her devotion and adherence to righteousness, the Lord blessed her saying that she would become the worshipped plant, Tulsi, that would adorn his head. This instance gave Tulsi it’s importance and it was imprinted in the Hindu scriptures that all offerings to Lord Vishnu and his various avatars, including Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, would be incomplete without the offering of the Tulsi leaf.

It is believed that nothing on earth can equal to the virtues of Tulsi, being the only plant that is regarded as self-purifiying. Apart from religious significance, it is great for medicinal purposes too. The plant extract is used to cure n prevent many illnesses and diseases. Boiling tulsi leaves and serving it with tea or even as plain water, is widely used as a deterrant to illnesses such as fever, malaria, cough and cold. Eating the leaves of Tulsi on a regular basis is supposed to help clean the blood of various impurities.

Tulsi is also widely used as a flavouring substance in tea and as a garnish on various dishes. According to ancient texts, Tulsi is glorified as the one who helps in bringing people closer to the divine.

We hope this increased your knowledge of this sacred plant. Some more tips will be coming your way soon. Keep reading!

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