Neyyabishekam – Ghee (Clarified Butter) Abishekam
What is Abishekam?
Abishekam is a form of worship where you offer ablution to God by cleansing the deity. Amidst chants of sacred mantras, you can feel the vibrations infuse the sacred elements poured on the deity encompass you with positive and divine energies. It is a simple yet very effective purification process that allows you to internalize and realize the abundance of love flowing within you.
The Spiritual Significance of Ghee
Ghee represents the human soul and is symbolic of devotion and love. It also stands for the possibility of elevating one’s consciousness to a higher plane.
As we rid ourselves of evil or negative effects, ghee also goes through many phases. Although ghee is present in the milk, it remains invisible. The Paramatma or Supreme divine resides in all things without revealing himself. This is the reason ghee is used extensively in many of the Vedic rituals from time immemorial.
Why You Should Perform Ghee Abishekam
Ghee Abishekam to the Gods symbolizes the merging of the human soul with the divine. Ghee Abishekam is the most important worship offered to Ayyappa. Devotees of Ayyappa offer ghee in coconuts called ‘Ney Thengai’ in Tamil.
It is believed that the coconut represents the human body, and the ghee in the coconut signifies the soul. When the ghee is poured on the idol, it represents the joining of the Jeevatma (individual soul) with the Paramatma (the supreme soul of the universe). The coconut is then thrown into the huge Aazhi (fire well), signifying that the body is consumed by fire after the soul is united with the divine.
Immense Benefits of Ghee Abishekam
Ghee Abishekam bestows the devotees with spiritual blessings. As per traditional belief, performing Ghee Abishekam can bestow the following blessings:
- Prosperity and good luck
- Healthy and long life
- Clear all negative emotions blocking success
- Get rid of negativities and surround yourself with positivity
- Attain Moksha (Salvation)
*Any ritual offered with reverence can positively change your life.