Maha Kumbhabhishekam Significance

According to our Hindu Traditions, a devalaya (Hindu Temple) is considered a very sacred place for worship. It is a place for devotees to focus and pray to God for spiritual attainment. Therefore, maintaining the Sannidhyam (divine power and attributes) of the Vigrahas is a top priority in our temples. This fact that the eternal supreme divine resides in the temple superstructure is stated in our Vedic scripture: “deho devalayah prokto jivo devah sanatanah”. The divine power of the deities is maintained by performing daily religious rituals, and utsavams in accordance with the Agama Shasthras that guides our temple procedures. However, due to the passage of time, and other circumstances, defilement is likely to occur in the temple environment. As a result, the Sannidhyam (Devine power) of the deities that provide protection and blessings to all of us may be impacted. Therefore, steps must be undertaken through religious ceremonies to make certain that the temple’s sanctity is maintained. Maha Kumbhabhishekam/ Maha Samprokshanam is such a grand religious ceremony that is performed every 12 years to reinstate the Sannidhyam (divine power and attributes) of the Archa Murthis (deities) in the temple. This is accomplished by performing rigorous religious ceremonies that comprise of purificatory rites and grand consecration of the murthis. The word “Samprokshnam/Abhishekam” in simple terms means sprinkling of holy sanctified water on the deities, gopurams and vimanams (towers) from the vessels (Kumbhas) with sacred Veda mantras.

How Maha Kumbhabhishekam is performed

Maha Kumbhabhishekam is scheduled as a five-day religious event beginning September 10th, 2024, with the final grand event culminating on September, 15th, 2024. We are assembling a team of priests and Veda parayana pundits from temples all over USA to augment our temple priests. Two huge Yagasalas will be erected with Homa Kundas and vedikas to facilitate the Havans and all religious activities every day. The daily religious activities are performed in the morning and evening. These include japam, havans, kumbha aradhana, archana, purificatory rites. The new Vigrahas will undergo the traditional rites as ordained in the Agama Shastras (Adhivasa Thrayam, Bimba Sudhhi, Akshin Mochanam). They are erected in the assigned shrines prior to the grand event and will undergo the sealing process of Asthabandhana. On the concluding day, Sunday, September 15, after the grand Purnahuti is completed, the priests will transport the Kumbhas filled with consecrated water and divine energy to the main temple in a grand procession with the vibrations of Vidic chants, and melodious rhythms of Nadaswaram. At the auspicious muhurtham time, the Acharyas (priests) will perform the union of the sanctified water in the kumbhas with the Gopurams, Vimanams, and deities by sprinkling the water and invoking the Mantra Nyasa (appropriate Vedic mantras). During this auspicious time, the sannidhyam (divine power) will be transferred back from the kumbhas of the balayalam to the existing deities and prana pratistha (infusion of divine energy) for the new deities. This celebration offers a rare opportunity for our devotees to witness an authentic religious ceremony performed by a team of learned priests assembled for this purpose. Vastu Shasthra, Agamas and Vedas highlight the spiritual importance and benefit of Alayam, Hindu temple for our devotees and community at-large for their well-being and fulfillment of aspirations in this Sanskrit sloka below: “Vastu Shasthram pravakshyami lokanam hita kamyaya”

Devotees can fulfill their dreams by watching the beauty of gods with both eyes and experience a once in a life-time divine feeling. The grand event concludes in the afternoon with Kalyana Utsavams (Marriage Ceremonies) for Sri Padmavathi and Sri Venkateswara Swami, Siva and Devi Parvathi.