Why questioning the ritual of Abishegham?
The Bollywood movie, OMG (Oh My God) spitted interrogation in 2012 when hundred of millions of cinephiles around the world, who watched this movie, questioned the rituals of abishegham.
At that time, I had several arguments with friends and colleagues who are also persuaded that millions of litres of milk and curd are wasted everyday in abishegham rituals. They claimed that the amount of milk going wasted through the gutters could have fed the poor and needy. This debate is still on for people who do not understand the science behind rituals of abishegham.
But, I wonder how many of my friends who are convinced that abishegham is wastage, would partly cease this practice and shift part of their milk donation to feed the poor. Surprisingly none! So this is a false debate. But to understand this debate, we need to look at two perspectives. The idea of feeding the poor instead of giving milk for abishegham is Karma Yoga. The idea of respecting Vedic and agamic rituals by maintaining milk abishegham is Bhakti Yoga. But, in general the arguers did not understand this practice because religiously speaking it requires a scientific explanation.
As bhaktan (devotees), we often ignore the significance of sanctum-sanctorum (Garbagriha or Moolasthana)in a temple. The size, position and angle placement of the murthy, the size of the sanctum-sanctorum, the height of the temple, the vahanas (deity vehicles such as lion, peacock, mouse etc) in a Hindu temple are not objectswhich are haphazardly decided. All these elements are installed as per temple agamic principles. When properly placed, the temple resonates with the mantra OM. It is said that the air molecule residing inside the sanctum-sanctorum vibrates, thereby producing intense sound.The inner walls also contribute to the vibes. How?
I learned that the specialty of the composition of materials used for abishegham, i.e milk, turmeric and others have low ph value. They are less acidic. If it’s pure cow milk it tends to be slightly higher. The phspectrum is from acidic (upper) to alkaline (lower). Thus, repeated abhishegham, archana and others, create negative ions inside the sanctum-sanctorum. Hence, negative ions produce higher electricity. Science states that dry stone has little conductivity but the bathing of the stone murthy with milk increase the electrical conductivity as the murthy stone gets wet after abishegham. In addition, the copper yantras or chakras put beneath the murthy act as capacitators of electrical charges.
As the deity is well decorated with sandal paste, fresh flowers and cotton cloth, these help to retain the level of moisture content in the air inside the sanctum-sanctorum. As the archagardoes the invocation with mantras, this creates further vibration inside the sanctum-sanctorum with high voltage of energy. Consequently, the archagar performs archanawith lighted camphor and the arathis process helps to spread the air from the sanctum-sanctorum to bhaktans inside the temple. Thus, the bhaktan will inhale the air containing negative ions (blown up by the lighted camphor)which provides a favourable condition to fix oxygen with haemoglobin.
In short, the ingredients used such as milk, sandal paste and other for abishegham create negative ions; it boosts up electricity when interacted with the wet stone murthy in a moisturized environment and spread the vibrating energy when connected with light and camphor. The sanctum-sanctorum spread the energy from its reservoir to the bhaktan who receives.
This is the process of receiving darshana in a temple following abishegham. So, would you agree that abishegham is simply wastage of milk?