Utsavamurthy celebration begins with Sudarshana Homam – May 12, 2018 9AM
What: Utsava Murthy Celebrations at Haridwar!
Location : “Chinmaya Haridwar”, 3551 NW John Olsen Pl, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Date: May 12, 2018
Details: Watch this space for more information…
Open to all!
What is Utsava Murthy?
Most Hindu temples will have sacred images of Gods and Goddesses. In Sanskrit these sacred images are called murthys, which literally means, “forms or shapes.” In general, Hindus worship through the help of these murthys whether in temples or in private homes. In temples two kinds of sacred images can be found: chala murthys and achala murthys. The word “chala” means “movable” and “achala” means “immovable.” The achala murthy is the sacred image, usually made of stone, that is permanently installed in the temple. Such images are generally between three and five feet in height and are cemented into place. The chala murthy, on the other hand, is a small sacred image that can easily be moved. Chala murthys are generally made of metal and are much smaller in size and they can usually been seen on an altar standing in front of or to the side of the achala murthy. Another more common name used to describe the movable or chala murthy is Utsava murthy. “Utsava” means festival, so the Utsava murthy is the “festival murthy” so called because it can be easily moved around for festival purposes that include processions, bathing ceremonies or sacred marriage ceremonies and so on.
What is Sudarshana Homam?
Sudarshana Homam owes it’s origin to the Sudharshana Chakra which is among the major weapons of Lord Vishnu who is the preserver as well as the sustainer of the Universe. Lord Vishnu has always been portrayed as holding the mighty Sudharshana Chakra.
Participating in Sudarshana Homam helps a person destroy negativity, gives him victory over the adversary forces, and protects against the evil eye. The homam grants purification and helps in restoring energies and health. It also promotes success and provides deep levels of purification.