Shivoham Shiva Temple situated on Old Airport Road, Bangalore is considered the best Shiva Temple in Bangalore.
It was rejuvenating! Never seen something like this… It opens up your mind and gives you faith that things will change your life, even if they are worst at present- said Ms. Balachandra from Salem when she visited the Shiva temple.
The RVM Foundation Shiva Temple is spreading the power of faith to millions across religions, cultures and creeds for the last 20 years. It all began when RVM and his father, the founders of the temple, had a vision from God to build a Shiva Temple that would propagate Faith, Hope and Belief in Lord Shiva for generations to come. On February 26, 1995, on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri, the Shiva Temple was inaugurated by Sri Shankaracharya of Shringeri.
Major Attraction at Shiva Temple, Bangalore:
“The Most Powerful Shiva Statue in the World”!
It is no doubt, that among the various temples in India, this Shiva mandir is a revered spiritual destination in the world and is abode to a 65-feet-tall Shiva statue, seated in a yogic posture, as a towering symbol of faith. The background is of Mount Kailash, and the holy river Ganges flows from the His matted locks. One experiences a sense of tranquillity while looking at the marvellous Shiva statue, surrounded with mountains and with the blue sky above, it is nothing less than overwhelming. The look on Lord Shiva’s face is so serene that it calms anyone who looks at him. The positive energy that exists in the place is overpowering. It is a feeling that one must experience in his/her lifetime.
Other Attraction of Shiva Temple is the 32 Feet tall Ganesh Statue!
Lord Ganesha, also known as the ‘Lord of Beginnings’ is traditionally worshipped before starting new endeavours, rituals and ceremonies. The 32-feet-tall Ganesha Statue is the first deity at the temple devotees offer their prayers to. The white statue of the Ganapati is seated first in the path of pilgrimage through the mandir. The Ganesha idol blesses devotees as they offer their prayers to him. The sweet-toothed Ganesha is depicted holding a modak in his left hand. The word Vighnaharan means “remover of obstacles”. Devotees tie the ‘Vighnaharan thread’ near the Ganesha praying for their troubles to be resolved. Along with being the destroyer of evils and obstacles, Ganesha is also known as the Lord of success. Ganesha is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. Thousands of devotees throng Shiva Temple on special festive days like Ganesha Chaturthi to worship the mighty elephant god.
Puja’s at the Shiva Temple
Unlike other temples, the puja’s performed at this Shiv temple are not just traditional pujas, but spiritual and uplifting, the devotees performing them claim. The archaka’s or pujaris who are Vedic scholars, inform the importance of puja’s to each devotee for their better understanding and upliftment.
Abhishek is a Sanskrit term which means ‘to cleanse.’ At the RVM foundation Shiv temple while performing the Abhishek, the Shiva Linga is cleansed with milk, milk being a sign of purity. The pujari explains that as the milk is poured over the Linga, we not only cleanse it but also our self and hence wash our sins away.
Maha Yagna Puja
The Yagna Kund at the Shiva temple stands tall at 6 feet, and is one of the tallest Yagna structures in the world. Havan is an ancient spiritual ritual in which offerings like wood, and ghee are offered into a scared fire. It implies that by burning wood and ghee, a devotee also burns negativity along with it and thus after performing the pooja the devotee is filled with positivity and inspiration. By performing the Maha Yagna at RVM foundation Shiv temple, one surrenders themselves to Lord Shiv through Arpanam and gets the divine blessings of Lord Shiv. The Devotees experience a sense of liberation as the flames from holy Yagna soar to the heavens.
The word ‘Navgraha’ is related to Planets and the Universe. The planets are placed in Universe and each of them moves in their own way without disturbing others. Navagraha pooja is done to please the influencing Gods of the nine planets and thus to bring harmony into one’s life. At RVM Foundation Shiv Temple, Navgraha pooja is conducted by making a till batti for all the nine planets or grahas and offering it to the Gods in the form of an aarti and performing the circumambulation of the grahas nine times. The archaka’s explain that, the Navahgraha pooja is a prayer to the creator of the entire universe and the nine planets. By performing the pooja, a devotee symbolically and humbly submits himself/herself to God.
Om Namah Shivaya Archana
At RVM Foundation Shiv Temple, devotees perform the 108 Om Namah Shivaya Yatra. They are given 108 “Om Namah Shivaya” coins to be dropped one-by-one in the 108 holy brass bowls. As the devotees chant “Om Namah Shivaya” while dropping each coin, they cleanse their minds from negative thoughts and pray to Lord Shiva without any distractions. Performing this Yatra, again and again, helps one build a closer connection with God.