Dwajasthamba - Flag Staff »

A 52 feet tall Dwajasthambam in front of the 33ft.height Bhaktha Aanjaneya idol was installed on May 26, 2006. In Sanskrit dwaja means whatever is raised, therefore has the connotation of hope, desire, pride and will. Whatever raises man to higher level of understanding and activity is dwaja.

The Pancharathra text insists that a temple without a flag would be in vain and gives some interesting details about the position and height of the mast and the wood or banner etc. It is an image, which is at once relevant to human aspirations and persistent in human thought and actions. The benefit of a flag-mast in temples is obtainment of all that is desired by the devotees.

Another text 'Sivasarvaswa" says it is an indication of the insignia of the deity of the vehicle of the icon that is inside the sanctum. The ceremoniously installed dwajasthambam with its flag hoisted as per the prescribed rituals, would enable Gods and Manes to shower happiness and prosperity, as they would be delighted. Otherwise the demons and goblins would sneak in and make the temple their abode.

The dwaja-sthambam symbolises the kundalini-sakthi. Its base is considered as moolaadhara and its top the sahasraara. The log (dwaja) represents the vertebral column and spinal column of the human body. Similarly the coverings of dwaja by copper, bell-metal etc. arc symbolic of the other bones and ribs around the vertebral column. The vaahana at the top of the dwaja represents the sahasraara chakra through which, it is considered, the ultimate consciousness leaves. The general belief, therefore is that the deity is seated above the vaahana and hence the dwaja is worshipped. Worshipping of dwaja itself equals to worshipping the main idol of the temple. When a devotee sights the flag-staff and bows, he resolves to rise higher like the tall sthamba.