Thursday, February 25, 2010

ஹோமமும் விக்ரஹ வழிபாடும்

My daughter while browsing the net found a treasure about Homas and idol worshiping. The salient features of the topic is given for your reading.
I am happy to share with you.

Earlier in 1975, the Athiraathra homa was followed by scientists who recorded it by Kirlian photography. A detailed coverage was done by The Hindu at that time. One of the amazing findings of the research then was the appearance of a huge image of dancing Shiva in the homa-smoke that covered the air when the final ahuthi (oblations)
was being done to accompaniment of the chorus chanting of Shiva’s name
The Kirlian photography captured this image. It was as though the Lord appeared in person to accept the offerings! The rationale of homas is that the lord who is worshiped by the homa appears at the end (poorna ahuthi) to accept the offerings.
The vedic seers did not worship the images of gods. The vedic period did not recognise images but only homas as means of doing meditation. It was only in the last 2000 years, vigraha vazhipaadu (image- worship) came into vogue, probably with the diminution in adhering to homa worship.
On the day before his proposed coronation, Rama worshiped his kula-daiva, Sriman Narayna, with the help of sage Vasishta. This worship is described in Valmiki Ramayana. It was in the form of a homa followed by meditation.
Image- worship came much later only. The seers who probably had the dhrushti (vision)to see the gods associated with respective homas had formulated codes for making the images and worship. That is how we can explain the formation of Shiva’s imagery in the Kirlian recordings.

one who attended the homa at Sri LakshmiNarayana Panchayatana Yajna, at Sri Bharathiya Temple, Troy, Michigan on August 1st 2004 happened to see a photograph the image of Hanuman.

With the advent of Kaliyuga, the potency to do the homas deteriorated and
homa was replaced by consecrating images by installing the energy of the deity in the images. The view that the yAgashala of the Vedic period gradually got metamorphosed into temples owing to the cults of devotion is widely accepted by researchers and scholars.