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Yogapitham

The Yogapitham is the seat of mantra. All Divya Desamas which follow the pancharathra agama perform aradhana to the yogapitham. The details of the yogapitham are only partially visible in most temples whereas in Divyasaketam it is immaculately clear.

The science of Sri pancharathragama very clearly describes the yogapitham which houses the devathas, their forms and their colors and their states. Whoever follows ekayanam(that bhagawan is the only upaayam) or Sri Pancharathragama think and follow and do aradhana this way. But the yogapitham that is housing our Vaikunthanatha, is constructed by clearly depicting each of the devatas in their detailed form. Towards this effort, 900 kgs of Panchaloham was used.

The yogapitham is studded with symbolism. The pitham is built bottom up with first and foremost, the adharasakti (support structure for all bhutas), on top lies kurmam, on top which lies Anantha, on top of Anantha’s head lies Dharani (who bears the burden of all the bhutarasis).

 

  • To the Southeast of the pitham rests dharma (right conduct)
  • Southwest rests Jnana (knowledge)
  • Northwest rests vairagyam (detachment)
  • Northeast lies aishwaryam (prosperity)

These four appear brightly as white lights.

To the East is adharma (lack of Dharma), to the South is ajnanam (ignorance), to the West is avairagyam (lack of detachment), and to the North is anaishwaryam (lack of prosperity). These four appear in the form of a man with Lion face, and four shoulders holding the yogapitham, they all are resplendent.

On top of these, Siva appears with 25 heads, holding his Hands reverentially praying to the yogapitham that has Lord on it. The pitham is symbolically described as a bed. If the 4 Vedas symbolically stand as the four pegs lending support to this pitham , resplendently shining their Light, on top of this, the triad of ahamkara comprising physicality, tejas, and vaiharikam is like the source of the yarn that spans the bed.

The triad of satthva, rajas and tamasgunas appear as the thin thread on top of this, over which the panchabhutas are depicted as a mattress. The jiva who is like owned property of the Lord is depicted as a blanket covering over the mattress. On top, vanhi, soma and suryamandalams reside one on top of other brilliantly. On top of which a 12 petal blooming lotus is depicted as the thick thread that is the source of the yarn, on top of each petal appears progressively srivathsa, vanamala, vaishnavi, vimala, srushti, utkarshini, prajna, satya, aishani, anukampa, pitamaha – all personalities praying to the Lord.

In the first avarana, in the suryamandalam, vyapthi, kanthi, trupthi, sraddha, vidya, jaya, kshama, santhi offer their services fanning the Lord with vinjamarams. In the second avaranam, somamandalam, sanki, chakri, gadi, padmi, musali, khadgi, sarangi offer their respective weapons (ayudhams), in protection of the Lord. In the third avaranam called vanhimandalam – the ashtadikpalakas are in attention waiting to take the command of the Lord. Outside this third avaranamgaruda who is veda-incarnate appears in attention, waiting for the command of the Lord. In the Northeast, waiting in attention for the command of the Lord, and punishing those who cannot stand the glory of Narayana, vishvaksena appears in tarjanimudra.

To the South of the pithambramha, vishnu, siva and to the North sanathkumara, sanakasanandana and others, to the West durga, vighnesa, narada, in the Northwest gurus, paramagurus, parameshtigurus, sarva gurus, pray to the Lord and become the yogapithadevatas.

On Padmasana Lord appears compassionately placing His Left Leg that is resplendent like a thousand Suns on the yogapitham, folding His Right Leg, placing the open palm of His Right hand at the knee of the Right Leg, calling all jivas indicating that This is The place to find refuge ie. the Lotus Feet, placing the other Hand on the pitham for support. Thus Lord gives darshan as the supporting structure and very happy in the presence of along with Sri, Bhu, and Neela and Goda Devi.