We are born & brought up seeing our mother & our grandparents performing unique rituals, there is always some reason & story behind performing any ritual. Let us read about different rituals why it is performed and what the reason behind it.
- Lighting Lamp : One can say that this ritual is performed in almost every Indian home where a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. Whereas in few houses this ritual is performed twice a day i.e. in the morning & in the evening. In some places, it is also maintained continuously (Akhanda Deepa). Light symbolizes knowledge, it removes the ignorance & the darkness. the enlivener and the illuminator of all knowledge are Lord Chaitanya. the traditional oil lamp has a spiritual significance, it symbolizes our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wick, the ego. the ego finally perishes When the lamp is lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas get slowly exhausted. The flame of a lamp always burns upwards likewise, we should acquire such knowledge which will help in accomplishing higher goals. That is why before any auspicious event or work we lit a lamp
- Wearing tilak : Tilak is recognized as a religious mark, different religion has different marks or the people belonging to different caste put different marks some may wear white Chandan as a tilak whereas some may wear bhasma or Kasturi mark. some people also wear Kumkum & yellow Haldi or Kesar mark. Every mark has its significance & meanings, people put tilak between the eyebrows, which is the seat of memory and thinking. The spot is known as the Aajna Chakra in the language of Yoga. Tension or stress causes headed & the tilak helps to cool down the forehead, protects us, and prevents energy loss. thus, the tilak is a blessing of the Lord and a protection against wrong tendencies and forces.
- Doing pradakshina (circumambulate) : Even while drawing a circle we cannot draw a circle without a center point, just like that The Lord is the center, source, and essence of our lives. We Recognize the lord as the focal point in our lives, we go about doing our daily chores. Every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the center, which means that wherever or whomever we may be, we are equally close to the Lord. lord grace flows towards us without partiality.
- Ringing bell in temples : When we ring Bell, it produces an auspicious sound & produces the sound Om, which is the universal name of the Lord. Even while doing aarti we ring bells & sometimes also combine them with various musical instruments which decrease or eliminate any inauspicious noises and comments that might disturb or distract the worshippers in their devotion, concentration, and inner peace.
- Doing Aarti : Aarti is done at the end of any pooja or bhajan also while welcoming any guests. We also do clapping & chant devotional songs, play musical instruments which denote joy and auspiciousness, which accompanies the vision of the Lord. Aarati is also performed with camphor when we lit up camphor it means we burn all our ego’s negative tendencies & promote knowledge. At the end of the arati, we place our hands over the flame and then touch our eyes and the top of the head. this means may the light that illuminated the Lord light up my vision; may my vision be divine and my thoughts noble and beautiful.