DHWAJASTHAMBA KUMBHABHISHEKAM ( 11-Apr-2016)
FIRST DAY FUNCTION ( Starting with Gramapradakshinam)
DHWAJA STHAMBAM INSTALLATION FUNCTION :
DHWAJASTHAMBA PRATHISHTA & RATHOLSAVAM 2016
New Dhwaja Stambham
Dhwaja Stambha, or Flag Pole, is an important feature of most South Indian Temples. Dhwaja Stambha is installed in front of the temple. Dhwaja Stambha is also referred to as being a medium for the Heavens to be connected to the earth, which would refer to it being a spiritual connector between us earthlings and the Supreme Being, God, above. What could be the reason behind constructing a metal pillar in the precincts of the temple? It is believed that the Dhwaja Stambha is basically an ancient lightning arrestor. Whenever lightning strikes, the metal arrestor, placed such that it is the highest point of the region, induces the charge to conduct through it. The Arrestor then conducts the heavy electrical impulse directly to ground, thus preventing the building from getting damaged. It can be noticed that the top of the Dhwaja Stambha is the highest point of the temple, and thus, whenever lightning would strike, the temple & surrounding houses would be saved from the devastating damage that could have been caused. This is what could be meant from the explanation that it connects “Heaven to earth” (i.e.) it conducts the charges from the clouds above during lightning to earth or ground, which is the electrical term for a no-potential area. It’s really wonderful how our ancient Indian Hindus have incorporated this principle in order to safeguard the most important place of their social setting, the temples. In olden days, Dhwaja stambha is the tallest structure in the village, taller than any buildings. So it will safe guard the whole village from lighting. It’s also referred to as power center.