Ashtotara kalasa abhisheka
The ancient sages of the Vaikhanasa lineage bestowed mantras to purify and sanctify water. Using
these mantras, 108 Kalasas are energized with the aura of sacred rivers and are offered to the Lord
through a ritual bath known as Ashtotara Kalasa Abhisheka. This is accompanied with chanting of
Pancha Veda Suktas, the which are said to bestow auspiciousness and cleanse all negativity.
The number 108 holds special significance, as it represents the 108 Chakras in the human body.
Celestially, The distance between the earth and the sun is approximately 108 times the sun's
diameter. The distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the moon's diameter, and the
diameter of the sun is 108 times the earth's diameter. Astronomically, the celestial path of the sun
and moon is divided into 27 equal sections called nakshatras, and each of these into four parts
called paadas, or "steps". This means there are the sun and the moon take 108 steps in the sky
during earths orbit.
So through this Seva, the devotee offers the human microcosm and the celestial macrocosm through
108 Kalasas. It represents that the Lord is the sole refuge of all. Offered with the intent of
establishing world peace, taking part in this Seva bestows purity, serenity, & spiritual merit. We
invite you to experience this divine Seva. May Sri Srinivasa, the refuge of the universe, shower his
grace upon us all.