Why is Dwajasthambam in front of temples?
Dwajasthambam or Kodimaram can be seen mainly in the temples built in Agama style or South Indian temples.
Dwaja in sanskrit means Flag and Kodi in Tamil means Flag.Sthambam means POLE .
Hence we can say FLAG POLE in English.
In all the temples we have a pillar in front of the Garbhagudi or Moolasthanam (Karuvarai) known as Dwaja sthambam or Kodimaram. Dwajasthambam or kodimaram is actually a stem of big tree and wrapped with the sheets made up of brass or copper or even gold or even just stone.
Whenever you enter a temple ,we will first encounter this Dwajastambham.
When there is festival of 10 days or more or Kumbhabhishekam of a temple a flag will be raised(Kodiyetram) on this pillar indicating its a festival time.
Not only that a Kodimaram is an indication of the spinal cord in our human body as told in Agamas.There are totally 32 spiral bones in our spinal cord and even the flag pole has 32 rings.There are many rules mentioned in the Agamas about the installing of this Dwajasthambam.
The Dwajasthambham is divided into three parts resembling the trimurthis-Bramha,Vishnu and Shiva.
There are different types of Kodimarams depending upon the place and God of worship.
It is said that your worries and wishes should be told to god in front of this Dwajasthambam only.You shouldn’t ask for anything in front of God instead chant his name in Garbhagruha.Lastly after praying to all the gods, men should perform the Ashtanga namaskaram while women should perform the Panchanga namaskaram in front of Dwaja Sthambam.
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