To sing the glory of God, as a link between God and Man, as houses of worship, as structures for religious and spiritual activities, humans throughout history have created a space for the divine. The entire art of building temples is not a mere art; it is a science. Every single facet of it – from the size of the idols to the directions and the sanctum – Yes! Temple architecture is a highly developed science.
1. Science of the Ancient Temples
2. A Temple is more than a building
People have put aside any constraints of money and time to erect inspiring structures built on faith, science and mystery. For most of us, the science of temples built on thousands of years of research and development has been lost…the understanding has been lost. By understanding the science of Indian temples, we can experience the intelligence, power and miracles that these structures were made from and for. Read on…
3. Divine aspects of a temple
A temple is a miniature cosmos comprised of the five elements and a presiding deity. A temple is an outgrowth of the deity which has its own independent intelligence and from which energy is constantly radiating. Essentially, temples were designed to be spaces where the mind spontaneously moves within and meditation happens effortlessly. Every aspect of the temple, from the architecture to the rituals to the kinds of worship offered, has been consciously created to make this experience happen.
4. Energy centers
A look into the ancient past of India and its temples reveals the fundamental science and purpose behind temple building. Far from being a place of prayer or worship, temples were created as powerful spaces where an individual could imbibe the enshrined energies. Most temples were created to address a particular aspect of life, and were thus consecrated to activate one or two particular chakras, the main energy centers within the human system.
5. Construction of a temple
The main deity was often complemented by one or more minor deities carefully positioned along the path of approach to the main deity. Looking at these structures, it is apparent that the temples were built to a certain pattern, certain understanding and purpose, catering to the needs of the individual and the society.
6. Scientific reasons for visiting temples
There are thousands of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them are considered to be built the Vedic way. It is said that in the ancient times, a temple should be located at a place where earth’s magnetic wave path passes through densely. How the energy quotient of a place was measured is not known but keeping in mind the lost advance science fundas of our ancient saints, they would have figured a way out!
7. Location of the deity
Temples are located strategically at a 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 center of the temple. In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. The place of the deity is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum!
8. The metal plate beneath the statue
In most the temples we find that the god’s statue is placed on a copper plate. What could be the possible reason? It is widely believed that these copper plates absorb earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings. Thus a person regularly visiting a temple and walking clockwise around the Main Idol receives the beamed magnetic waves. This is a very slow process and a regular visitor will eventually start feeling the positive vibes.
9. Make of the chamber helps you relive stress
If you would notice, in a temple, the chamber of the god is closed on three sides. This increases the effect of all energies. The lamp that is lit radiates heat energy and also provides light inside the sanctum to the priests. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers takes a worshipper into trance, thus not letting his mind waver. When done in groups, this helps people forget personal problems for a while and relieve their stress.
10. Divine aura
The fragrance from the flowers and the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy that creates a good aura. The effect of all these energies is supplemented by the positive energy from the idol, the copper plates and the utensils used while worshipping the God. When people go to a temple for evening Aartis and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto everyone present there.
11. The holy water (Charna-amrit)
The curd, honey, milk, sugar and coconut water by which we clean the copper idol is believed to make the charna-amrit a blessing. Moreover, the holy water that comprise of tulsi (Basil) leaves and camphor (Karpoor) helps to fight diseases like cold and cough.
12. The magic of temple bells
A Temple bell is another scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary metal. It is made of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and. manganese. The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain.
13. What happens when you ring the temple bell?
The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or chakras in your body. The moment bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts. Invariably you will enter state of Tran’s state where you are very receptive. This Trans state is the one with awareness.
14. Ever seen insects in old temples?
Bells had other reasons also, as most of the old temples never had doors and were located near hills and forest there would have been distinct possibilities for animals, Insects, birds to take shelter. But bell sound doesn’t allow any of the living creatures to sustain inside for a long time. So don’t be surprised if you find Old temples still brimming with energy inside with less dust, no sign of insects or animals.
15. The logic behind idol worship
Deities work as your focal point. Idea is to remind you of your womb and your nine months. Idea here is to remind you of true potential! In silence your thoughts have tremendous potential to become reality. This is why people say “My prayers have come true”. Indeed every prayer has potential to come true provided you prayed in deep awareness. Deity itself has no meaning unless you create. Deity is used more as a focal point or to attack your Mind.
16. Don’t just visit, sit
Traditionally, the belief is that when one goes to a temple one should sit down for a while before coming out, otherwise, the visit would be fruitless. This is so because, temples were built like a public charging place, by which people could charge themselves with an inner energy. People visited the temple before they entered into their daily work, so that they could go about with a certain sense of balance and depth in their lives.
17. No footwear in the temple
Temples are the place that contains pure vibrations of magnetic and electric fields with positive energy. In olden days, temples were built in such a way that the floor at the center of the temple were good conductors of these positive vibrations allowing them to pass through our feet to the body. Hence it is necessary to walk bare footed while you enter the core center of the temple.
18. Cleanliness is godliness
Another known reason is shoes and slippers are used everywhere hence they tend to get all the impurities like dirt, germs etc which spoil the pure environment of the temple and is the source of negative energy.
19. Lighting Camphor
The inner core of the temple is usually dark where the idol is placed. You usually close your eyes to pray and when you open your eyes you should see the camphor which was lit to do the Aarthi in front of the idol. This light seen inside the dark activates your sight sense. The other reason of lighting camphor is for the idol to absorb the heat and vibrate within the chamber for certain period.
The idol inside the chamber absorbs all the energy from the bell sound, camphor heat and vibrates the positive energy within the chamber for certain duration of time. When you do the circumambulation at this point of time, you tend to absorb all these positive vibrations once your five senses are activated.
21. 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 positive energy radiated in the temples and hence has amazing impacts on the devotees.