The importance of Prana Prathista of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala
The divine deity souls are souls who have attained moksha and possess the power to reincarnate themselves in another human birth at a time of their choosing. They are far more powerful and are present in many religious places of worships and temples through prana prathista.
This is an act of invoking their divine, godly, angelic presence in idols that are made with properties of metals and elements that are part of their nakshatras and divine embodiment through various mantras by the Thantri. To summarize this is an invitation to that deity soul to reside in the temple at the point where the idol is placed.
All good souls, seeker souls and angelic souls too visit these shrines to recharge their energies to help themselves and others. When sincerely called the divine deity soul will come to the aid of the devotee or all their devotees at any given point of time. Therefore, the kula devi/devta and the deities (in the temple) are considered omnipresent in Hinduism.
In fact these Trinity and deity souls are both omniscient and omnipresent. Prana Prathistas invoked in various temples are duty bound to maintain the traditions of the principal deity in order to gain the benefits of the deity’s energy source which will recharge your pineal gland or the third eye.
The seat of your soul is in the pineal gland. This is the bridge between one’s conscious and subconscious mind (more on this later) these energies help you in meditation and help you find your peace and shows you the path to fruitful living and fulfilling your life’s purpose.
You must have observed everywhere in the above paragraphs ‘of their choice’ is oft mentioned because the universal laws of dharma and karma do not interfere with the ‘free will’ of other souls. However, ordinary souls have forgotten that they beget the consequences of their own karma by acting on their own decisions, indecisions and procrastinations.
Eg. When the rules and rituals of a deity’s house (temple) are flouted deliberately with the intention to disrupt the energy derived from the mantras and pujas of the temple. It causes great harm to the ones who are deliberately committing this act resulting in serious karmic imbalances for them.
It is essential that the priests and devotees sincerely protect the practices of the temple rituals to harness the deity’s energy else being very lax about it can affect everyone concerned including the deliberate disruptors and the lethargic devotees.
It is important to note that many deities are the governing lords of several houses/planets in vedic astrology, which is sourced from Atharva Veda. So deliberately causing harm to any of their homes/temples rituals means you are going to negatively affect your birth chart.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Hindu or a non-Hindu since you are born you have a birth chart and it will be affected.
Eg. The pilgrimage practices of Swami Ayyappa’s Sabarimala shrine are essential to experiencing the energy source of the residing deity. The devotees have to undergo the 41 day vrata or rigorous penance as mentioned here all the said practices increase the biomagnetism of the ardent devotee who follows all these practices.
The pineal gland or the third eye is decalcified and opened following this vrata. Oh and when devotees talk of their experience in the pilgrimage, they have experienced the auras and energies of both Swami Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma Devi both of whom are present in Sabarimala.
Thus the devotee soul can absorb energy from the auras of these existing deity souls. This energy assists in heightened intuition and performing righteous duties naturally. Such devotees who have truly absorbed such energies are often lovingly approached by animals too.
Since animals can see the aura/biomagnetism of the devotee they often lovingly approach such humans and cause them no harm. Eg. there are cases where stray cats or dogs have followed some devotees all the way to their homes. The significance of numbers are immense here. 41 day vratham is a combination of Rahu, Surya and Budh i.e by the end of this period you have only spoken good thoughts and the good thoughts lead to good words and good actions.
The 18 steps are a combination of Shani, Surya and Mangal, climbing the steps are symbolic of nullifying the karma of your present birth and previous births.
I hope this throws much needed light on the concept of Prana Prathista. So, my dear Hindus become followers of Sanatana Dharma and arise to your life’s purpose. Om Vijaybhava!