Significance of Kumbabishekam
The Kumbabishekam of London Sivan temple at Lewisham, United Kingdom
was held on June 12. The President of the Board of Trustees Dr T
Sriskandarajah and committee members took a tremendous effort for the
performance of this Kumbabishekam to the satisfaction of devotees.
The London Sivan temple was established in 1993 to cater for the
spiritual needs of many devotees throughout London. This temple has
evolved over the years from solely meeting the spiritual needs of its
devotees, to becoming a cultural and academic sanctuary for children of
all ages. At this temple premises, weekend schools, library, music
school, computer room and modern multi functional auditorium are found.
International conferences are also hosted at this temple. These
provide a unique opportunity for the youth to interact with scholars
from all over the world. Even dedicated debating forums are held during
these conferences for the youth.
A temple is an altar of worship where Murthi pooja and other rituals
are performed invoking the Divine. The Murthi of a Deity in a temple is
a source of spiritual power. This is the result of not only the chanting
of powerful Mantras and the rituals performed during the construction
and the installation of the Murthi of a Deity (Kumbabishekam), but also
the result of Deity poojas and rituals performed at regular times
thereafter. Indeed, places of worship provide man the rhythmic anthem of
love and peace. The temple is the home of the divine king, the lord of
the universe and is a sanctum of peace and bliss. Further, God is the
power and the light that guides a person to Him. He is omnipresent. The
kingdom of God is deep within one, say the Saints and sages. Saint
Thirumoolar says “My heart is the grand temple and God is always present
there.” One may say that prayer and worship could be performed at home.
But according to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa the manifestation of God
is found only where countless devotees including men of realization have
priests reciting Mantrams
The role of Hindu temple is the promotion of education, knowledge and
Hindu philosophy. The Hindu philosophy asserts that everything in the
cosmos is a manifestation of the supreme source. God is essentially
formless, attributeless, and immutable. In fact, a temple is a spiritual
and social institution and a place where devotion, knowledge and service
are blended into a harmonious whole.
Furthermore, a pooja is a simple offering of adoration and service to
God in a spirit of self sacrifice. This is an expression of the human
soul’s ageless desire to be one with God. In fact, there are four stages
in the spiritual path namely Chariyai, Kiriyai, Yoga and Gnana, each
leading to the other and finally “Moksha”.
Saint Thirumoolar describes the four stages in his Thirumanthiram as
Kiriya is worship of Siva in form, Yoga of the formless one, Gnana is
the advanced path in fullness of time, the adoration of the loving heart
The Abhisekam is an important ceremony performed very early in the
morning. It is a sacred act of bathing anointing the image with.”
Pancha Amirtham (ie) milk, honey, fruit, curd and ghee while chanting
mantrams and name of Lord Siva or any other Gods. The image is first
bathed with water and then anointed with above mentioned items, washed
and finally dressed up in silk, flowers, sandal paste for Archanai.
During Abhisekam, camphor is lighted which signifies the burning down
of the ego and desires to ashes and the total illumination of the human
personality by Divine illumination. When all the desires are consumed in
the flame, the Jivaatma becomes one with the Paramaatman.
As the Mantrams cascade from the sanctum sanctorum, as the flowers
are showered on the image and the Aarathi done, the word Arohara
reverberates through the halls of the temple charged with devotion and
In fact, during the Kumbabishekam of this temple, several Nanthy
flags were hoisted in and out of the Temple premises by Vidaikodi
Chelvar Sinnadurai Dhanabalaa and his brother Dr S T Somasekaram who was
the former president of this temple.
As such, let us pray to God Siva and receive His Divine Blessings for
peace, harmony and prosperity.