Abishekam is the holy bath given to a deity. This is the sacred hydration ceremony performed for inviting divine energies into our lives and remains the most practical means of purifying our own souls. It is a simple but highly effective purification process. Such a ritual is performed to the deities, who are the embodiment of purity.
Ghee or clarified butter represents the human soul. Ghee also represents prosperity as it is considered to be an aspect of Goddess Lakshmi. Ghee has the spiritual property of elevating one’s consciousness to a higher plane. Ghee is got from milk and it symbolizes the progressive evolution from the perishable that is the body to the eternal that is Atman or the soul. This also shows that as the ghee comes from milk but remains invisible. Likewise, Paramatma or God is invisible and resides in all things around us. This is the reason, ghee is used extensively in many of the Vedic rituals from time immemorial.
As ghee represents the human soul, Ghee Abishekam to the Gods symbolizes the merging of the human soul with the divine. Ghee Abishekam is an extremely important worship for Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala, where devotees offer ghee that is carried in coconuts. Once Abishekam to the idol is done with the ghee, empty coconut shells are offered to the fire, stressing the important truth that the soul leaves the body and reaches God.
Ghee Abishekam essentially bestows the devotees with great spiritual attainments. This ceremony done to archetypes Vishnu, Shiva and Ayyappa blesses one with the ultimate Moksha or salvation. Further, ghee has many medicinal properties and hence performing Ghee Abishekam helps to solve complex physical ailments and illnesses, especially those related to ulcer, eyes and skin. This also helps in cleansing negative emotions and promoting positivity.
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