Posted by Vishva News Reporter on April 28, 2005

Invitation To
(Installation of muARtio)
In Hindu Temple Orlando, Florida
Hindu Society of Central Florida

1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, Florida-32707
Phone: (407)699-5277 Fax: (407)699-063
(from the web site: Hindu Society of Central Florida)

Om Sat Gurave Namaha!

The Board of Trustees and executive committee of Hindu Society of Central Florida welcome YOU and YOUR FAMILY to the MAHAA-KUMBHABHISHEKAM and  PRANAPRATISHTAAPANA of our new Vedic temple on Sunday the 19th of June 2005 at 10 am by pradan acharaka, Shri Varada Raja Bhattar in the company of several acharakas and Vedic pundits.

The ceremonies and festivities will commence on Wednesday the 15th morning with Maha Ganapathi homam and continue through until Sunday the 19th evening with Kalayana Utsav.

Five days of rites,rituals, chantings and bhajans will electrify our temples with the highest spiritual power.

Please do’nt miss this once in a life time experience.

Before Prana pratishtaapana of the Idol, first the supreme Brahman will

Aravind Pillai, Chairman-BOT.

Please visit the Orlando Time web site by clicking on this Hindu Society of Central Florida to know about all program at the temple and also see the photos of the temple which is still being finished.

Today PVAF brings the breaking news about the Orlando Hindu Temple ....after publishing on February 19, 2005 on the AASHRAM NEWS the story of how the temple has evolved...You can revisit this story by clicking on the below or go to the AASHRAM archive..


Please click on the next line to learn what Pranaprathishta, Kumbhabhishekam and other Rituals mean in the rituals to be performed at the Orlando Hindu Temple and to see some of the temple photos right here on this PVAF web site.....


Significance of
Pranaprathishta, Kumbhabhishekam
other Rituals
(from the web site: Hindu Society of Central Florida)


Our scriptures recommend the building of a temple and participating in its rituals as one of the highest of Hindu dharmas.

The glory of the Lord is seen and the vibration of the Super Power is felt everywhere in the temple. Combined prayers in temple are believed to be very powerful and benefit the entire community.

The holy presence of divinity (saannidhyam) in the temples will be felt when the temple is built according to the sastras and the deities are properly installed by the priests and sthapathis.

The divinity of temples are further secured and enhanced by continuous worship and periodic festivals in the temple.

Accordingly, our new temple is built under the guidance of world-renowned Padmashri Muthiah Sthapathi and initial festivals are planned by the priests Sri Varadaraja Bhattar and Sri Narayana Bhattar.

This article briefly explains the significance of Pranaprathishta, Kumbhabhishekam and outline salient features of some important rituals that are planned to be performed during the upcoming celebrations. Please see the invitation for complete listing of the events.

The invocation of the Divine presence in the vigraham (murthi) occurs upon completion of the Pranaprathishta ceremony.

The Pranaprathishta and Kumbhabhishekam rituals are generally performed for four or five days with several rites as prescribed in the agama sastras. The phenomena of nature is well represented in these rites – starting with plant kingdom in the beginning phase and animal kingdom (presence of cows and calves) in the last phase of the program.

The program will start with Sri Ganapathi homam and Vishwaksena pooja to propitiate Sri Ganesha and Sri Vishwaksenar. The preparatory rituals include

  • Punyaha Vachanam (purification of the site and location); Acharya Varanam (assignment of duties to the invited priests performing the rituals and offering of special garments to them);
  • Kalasa Sthapanam (invocation of the power of the divinities in the waters kept in pots); Agni Prathishta (establishing the fire for performing the homams);
  • Vastu Pooja / Homam (worship of the Vastu Purusha) and Ankuraarpanam (seeding of the soil - the growth of plants from these seeds symbolizes the prosperity of the temple).

The Adhivasams, where the vigrahams are kept in dhaanyam (grains of paddy), jalam (water), pushpams (flowers), and ratnam (precious stones and metals). The final Adhivasam called Sayyadhivasam is performed by resting of the images in new clothes on beds under blankets.

A good number of homams including

  • Moola Mantra homam,
  • Pariwara homam,
  • Vishnu Parishada Devata homam,
  • Sri Rama Gayathri Taraka Mahamantra homam,
  • Hanuman Gayathri homam,
  • Vimanaadhi Devata homam,
  • Aalaya Pariwara homam,
  • Jeevadhi Tatwa homam,
  • Ruthra homam and Chandi homam

will be performed to invoke the specific divine power. Some of the homas are performed for several days.

The Nadi Sandana ritual transfers the power from the homams to the vigrahams and transforms them into living form.

The Netronmeelanam is another important ritual in which the sthapathi and the priests open the eyes of the vigrahams.


These rituals endowed with divine powers and aim at giving the vigrahams energy and attributes for worship. They are accomplished by the power of the Veda mantras recited by a team of priests with the conduct of the rituals as per the agama sastras.

The yantram, which is a geometric representation of the power of the deity, is installed in the place where the vigraham is installed subsequently. Along with the yantra, precious metals, precious stones, etc. are also placed as per the desires of the devotees.

This is followed by elaborate abhishekams with the sanctified waters from the Kalasams, along with the recitation of appropriate mantras.

Ashtabhandhanam is performed by

  • the sthapathi and it involves fixing the vigraham to its pedestal (Peetam) using a special adhesive paste and developing a bond between the two.
  • Due to corrosive effect of the abhisheka draviyams such as milk, yocurd, lemon etc which are acidic, the bond tend erode over the period of time.
  • Therefore, this procedure should be repeated regularly at 12-year intervals to restore the bonding thus infusing the deity with divine power.
  • When this procedure is performed with gold (Swarnam), the bond and thus the blessing power of the Deity lasts for a period of 100 years.

The benefits of doing Ashtabhandhanam at regular intervals are manifold. This can be explained with the quote,

"sarva yageshu yatpunyam sarvathirtheshu yatphalam sarva daneshu yatpunyam tatsarvam bhandnad bhavem".


Whatever punyam (merit) is obtained by performing a yaga, whatever punyam is earned by bath in all sacred rivers, whatever punyam is gained through charity, the same punyam could be obtained through performing Ashtabhandhanam.

The Ashtabhandhanam helps to remove all afflictions and bestows all kinds of good fortune on the participants. This important ritual is scheduled for the evening of June 18,2005.

The process of homogenizing, synergizing and uniting the mystique powers with the Vigraham of the Lord constitutes Kumbhabhishekam.

  • Kumbha means the head and denotes the crown of the temple. On an auspicious day and time, the Kumbha is bathed with the charged and sanctified holy waters in the sacrificial pots (Kalasams) and by a mystique process, these pranic powers trickle and enter the Deity installed inside the sanctum of the temple.
  • The Deity, which was till then a granite or marble sculptured image is transformed into a vibrant and vivid living form of the Lord with innate beauty, grace and grandeur, conferring His divine blessings (Anugraham) on all those Devotees, who surrender themselves absolutely and take shelter in Him.
  •  It is very important the regular rituals such as abhishekam, homam, alankaram, archana, etc. and daily poojas are performed routinely after these installation ceremonies.

We are blessed with the opportunity to take part in these rare rituals/ ceremonies in June 2005 at our temple.

We invite your active participation with your families and friends in all the events and help with the programs.

There are several opportunities for sponsorships, perform homams and special poojas and offer annadhanam during this program.

Please contact Kumbhabhishekam organizing committee members, if you require any additional information.





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