India, Nepal, many parts of the Himalaya and the adjoining areas are also known globally as a hub for spirituality, religion, Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda healing, etc which has been followed from the ancient times since thousands of years ago. Many religions were born in this region, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc. Lord Jesus is believed to have traveled to the foothills of the Himalaya. After Indonesia, India has the highest number of mosques in the world.
South India is known to be one of the oldest civilizations. The Tamil language is considered the oldest language in the world. It is also known to have one of the oldest monuments, temples, ancient Sanskrit scriptures, etc in the world.
Thulabharam, also called Tulabhara, Tula-Purusha, and Tula-Dana is one of the oldest Hindu ritual customs, an ancient practice which is followed in many parts of India, but majorly followed in south India. The holy Thulabharam is conducted within the temple complex. Tula means the weighing scale. The word Dana means to donate. Tula in Astrology means the zodiac astrological sign Libra, and its zodiac symbol is also a weighing scale.
The holy practice of Thulabharam involves placing a person on one side of the big weighting scale against commodities or donation-charity items, like food, grains, lentils, fruits, flowers, gold, silver, coins, sugar, rice, or jaggery, coconuts, etc on the other side. The weight balance of the two sides should match or be equal. Once the weight is balanced equally, the items on the other side of the weighing scale are donated to the God or temple, which in turn many temples distribute to the poor or needy or stock for any religious event, etc.
This practice or custom is performed for the auspiciousness and favorability of God towards the person being weighted. The ceremony is performed by the Temple Priests. Fragrant incense sticks are lit and Mantra is chanted. Natives performing the Thulabharam seek God’s grace in life aspects, such as, overall being, success, prosperity, good health, mental peace, children, parents, wealth etc. Each Thulabharam ritual can be for a specific purpose as per the need, desire or problem of the devotee. Many devotees perform the Thulabharam for the grace and worship to Lord Shiva among other deities.
A Mantra for Lord Shiva is—
Om Namah Shivaya
ॐ नमः शिवाय
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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-04-16 13:57:49 )
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