maximum benefit from specialty yagyas performed in celebrated temples
We've been traveling to India regularly the past 16 years - more than 60 times. Over the years, after working with a number of pandit groups associated with different temples, we've found that some temples (associated with particular Gods or Devatas) specialize in certain yagyas. While they perform a number of different yagyas, some work better than others. This is due to the God or Devata associated with the temple and its relevance for particular yagyas . In this way over the years we have explored and developed working relationships with a number of temples specializing in particular yagyas. It has been our experience and more important our clients' experience - this approach works well.
Here is the rationale.
India is "Dev Bhumi" : land of the Gods. There are many places in India where the Devata value is lively and accessible. Devata or deeper, universal reality (Gods or presiding impulses of natural law) are lively and accessible in and around certain special locations. From one perspective, we can say the Devata, land and families living on the land are not seperate. Although they appear as seperate entities, they are, in fact, part and parcel of the same reality. It can also be said the Devata's reality has permeated these places since before time - universal, eternal laws of nature. Accordingly, temples are constucted at these places. The deeper universal reality (devata) is not separate from the land, the temple or indeed the families who have lived there for generations. And the pandits who perform yagyas at the temples are born of these families.
While the pandits are integral to the Yagyas - because they recite the mantras and perform the ceremonies - they are not separate from the Devata. The land, the temple, the families and the pandits born of those families - are an expression of the deeper universal reality, the greater wholeness or Devata. So it's fair to say that the influence (grace, blessing) of the Devata operates through the temple and the pandits who service the temple.