Activities at the Shivoham Shiva Temple for Believers and Seekers
The Shivoham Shiva Temple has several faith building activities for Believers and Seekers. These activities engage devotees, who come to the temple to interact with God, engage with God and communicate with God. Each activity has a symbolic significance for building faith in a believer and showing a way to the seeker. Therefore all visitors are encouraged to participate in all activities to build their faith and achieve their goal of God realization.
108 ONS Yatra
By dropping the coins and chanting Om Namah Shivaya 108 times...
By dropping the coins and chanting Om Namah Shivaya 108 times, a Believer is able to focus and concentrate on Lord Shiva. This Yatra helps cleanse the mind from negative thoughts, enabling one to pray to Lord Shiva without any distraction. It helps the Believer build a closer connection with God.
A Seeker creates Yoga (Union with God) by dropping each coin and chanting Shivoham 108 times. By doing so, the Seeker creates deep love, longing and connectivity with God.
Break a Coconut
By breaking a coconut, a Believer breaks free from the clutches of anger and let goes of anger...
By breaking a coconut, a Believer breaks free from the clutches of anger and let goes of anger from one's life. A Believer also breaks a coconut in the Temple to free oneself from any bad habit. Thus, by chanting Om Namah Shivaya while breaking the coconut, one resolves to free the mind from anger or a bad habit and surrenders the same to God.
By breaking the coconut, a Seeker chants Shivoham and prays to Lord Shiva so that one can break free from the illusion that one is the body. It takes the Seeker to the realization “I am the Atman, not the body”.
A Believer ties the Vighnaharan thread and surrenders all problems...
A Believer ties the Vighnaharan thread and surrenders all problems with the faith that God will take care of the problems. By tying the saffron-colored holy thread, Believers share their problems with Lord Ganesha, who is also fondly referred to as Vighnaharan Ganpathi or “The Remover of Obstacles”.
By tying the knot, a Seeker establishes a Divine Connection with the Supreme, with the deep longing to be tied with God forever and ever.
Paanch Dham Yatra
The Paanch Dham Yatra gives Believers a glimpse of the five most powerful holy places...
The Paanch Dham Yatra gives Believers a glimpse of the five most powerful holy places – Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Amarnath. The devotees get a chance to see all the five holy places, which is believed to help one attain Moksh (Liberation), according to Hindu Mythology.
A Seeker goes on the Paanch Dham Yatra and visits Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Amarnath, only to realize that Lord Shiva is everywhere, not just in the Temples. Lord Shiva is Omnipresent!
Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra
The Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra is a voyage through 12 sacred Jyotir Lings...
The Barah Jyotir Ling Yatra is a voyage through 12 sacred Jyotir Lings from Mahakaleshwar to Rameshwaram, and from Somnath to Vaidyanath. A Believer takes this Yatra as a pilgrimage to feel the glory and power of the Jyotir Lings and to be blessed by Lord Shiva.
After visiting the 12 Jyotir Lings, a Seeker realizes that the Jyoti of Lord Shiva is also inside one’s heart. Every Jyotir Ling makes the Seeker realize that there is a Jyoti in his heart, just as there is Power in the Jyotir Lings.
By doing Ling Abhishek, a Believer shows his gratitude to God by offering water...
The Believer lights a Diya to pray to Lord Shiva, who is the Ocean of kindness and compassion, and pleads to be forgiven for all the wrong acts and omissions that one has committed, knowingly or unknowingly.
A Believer chants Om Namah Shivaya seven times and then drops the coin...
A Believer chants Om Namah Shivaya seven times and then drops the coin in the Holy Manas Sarovar pond to make one’s wishes come true.
A Seeker drops the coin in the holy Manas Sarovar pond chanting Shivoham seven times to express that one is willing to let go of one’s desires and to pray for the grace to become detached and without any desires.
The Believer lights an Agarbatti to pray for someone with the faith that the fragrance...
By lighting the Til Bathi at the Navagraha temple, the Believer invokes Lord’s grace for moving from bad to good times. This helps one remove the negative energies that are around and create positive energy.
The Seeker lights the Til Bathi at the Navagraha temple, to pray to the Planets of the Universe as they represent God as His manifestation.