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Glossary

A

Abishegam
Milk anointment
Agni
Fire
Amirtham
Divine nectar/food
Amma
Tamil for mother
Anandam

Bliss

Angapradakshinam

 a.k.a. Angavalam; When devotees lie prostrate, and then roll around the temple, chanting the Lord’s name.

Atharvana Badhra Kaali
Furious form of Mother Adhiparasakthi to fight the evils

B

Brahman
Supreme pervading unchanging reality that is beyond this world and human comprehension

C

Chakaram
Complex sacred geometry of varying shapes used for prayer, worship, devotion and meditation
Chithirai
Tamil month of May
Circumabulation

Worshippers move in a clockwise direction around the temple. In larger temples the ambulatory passageways for circumambulation start at the sanctuary doorway and move inward toward the inner sanctum where the deity is enshrined and therefore the seat of spiritual energy. This is to reflect the spiritual concept of transitioning through the levels in life from worldly to spiritual.  Circumambulation is done in several forms including walking either normally or toe-to-toe, kneeling and moving forward knee-to-knee or rolling prostrate around the temple.

D

Darshan
Auspicious sight of the spiritual Guru or God
Dhrishti
Items used to remove spiritual negative energy eg lime, coconut, pumpkin

G

Gopuram

Large tower resembling a pyramid above the gateway of most South Indian temples

Guru Pooja

Prayer ritual invoking the blessings of the Guru, Arul Thiru Amma

J

Jeeva Samaadhi
Left their mortal body however continue to live in the astral plane
Jothi

Light/flame

K

Kalasa Villakku Pooja
Sacred pot filled with Holy water and sacred lamp ritual worship
Kalasam
Sacred pot filled with Holy water
Kanji
Rice gruel
Karuvarai
Altar for worship

M

Mahaa Yagna
Large scale sacrificial fire worship ritual
Mandapam
Hall
Mandrams
Adhiparasakthi worship centres
Maya

Illusion

N

Navagrahas

9 planets

P

Pooja
Ritual worship of varying types
Pradakshina

The circumambulatory pathway made of stone around the shrine.

Prana
Breath
Pranava

The cosmic sound, that which controls and sustains the life force, through the Prana or breath

S

Sakthis
Devotees of Amma
Siddhars
Highly evolved souls or God-realised beings, similar to Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Mohammed and other great spiritual Masters/Gurus who attained Jeeva Samaadhi (left their mortal body however continue to live in the astral plane
Soolam

Trident

Suyambu
A self-emerging, naturally formed oval-shaped rock form that is worshipped as the embodiment of the omniscient God

T

Tamil
Ancient language of India, commonly spoken in Southern India
Thondu

Service

Turiya State
The fourth state of consciouness which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognises his identity with the supreme Brahman.

V

Villakku
Sacred lamp used for worship

 

 

 

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