On Sunday (evening) of 29th January, 2017 Vastu Shanti Homam was conducted at Arunachaleswarar Temple.
Homam is the offering of different types of poojas to various deities for fulfillment of wishes by welcoming the power of Agni, The Fire of God. These are performed to bring peace, prosperity and success. The Vastu Homam was performed as a ritual dedicated to the direction gods. They are namely, Indra (east), Agni (south-east), Yama (south), Pitru (south-west), Varuna (west), Vayu (north-west), Kuber (North) and Brahma (center).
“Vastu Homam is a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. The Vastu Purusha Mandala is a part of vastu shastra and constitutes the mathematical and diagrammatic basis for generating design. It is the metaphysical plan that incorporates the course of the heavenly bodies and supernatural forces. Purusha refers to energy, power, soul or cosmic man. Mandala is the generic name for any plan or chart which symbolically represents the cosmos”.
In Hindu cosmology the surface of the earth is represented as a square. The earth is represented as four-cornered in reference to the horizon’s relationship with sunrise and sunset, the North and South direction.
It is always protected by all main four deities of the four directions as follows:-
1) Lord Indra (King of Gods) East
2) Lord Varuna (God of Rain, water) West
3) Lord Kubera (God of Wealth) North
4) Lord Yama (God of Death) South
As well as making regular postings on Arunachala Grace of the 2017 Arunachaleswarar Temple Mahakumbhabhishekam, I will also be uploading a fuller report with additional photographs, concentrating on more particular and esoteric information informing about specific Homams conducted throughout this time.
In the meantime readers might like to visit my website Arunachala Samudra at this link here to read sections on: Sacred Architecture—Narrative, Sacred Architecture—Practice, Sacred Geometry and Tamil Nadu Temples.