Thursday, April 8, 2010

Musical Fountains

Akshardham Temple Delhi

The fascinating web of life on earth is complex, precise and beautiful. Its fragile network shows an interdependence between the inflexible man, nature and God. So what we receive for their livelihood through land, water, fire, air and space, we have to pay and sacrifice the body, mind and heart.

To fulfill this role in life, the great sages of India and established the tradition rishis yagna. They chanted mantras, offered grain and ghee in a sacrificial fire (yagna kund) to appease the gods of earth, water, fire, air, etc Yagna means to sacrifice or give generously in appreciation to others.

The Yagnapurush Kund is a fascinating combination of a Vedic yagna kund and a musical fountain. It is the world's largest yagna kund 300 'X 300' with 2870 steps and 108 small shrines. At its center is a lotus shaped yagna kund petals 8-tailored to the Samhita Jayaakhya Panchratra writing. Its perfect geometric forms of ancient India testimony advanced knowledge in mathematics and geometry. At night, downtown comes alive with musical fountain full of color that echoes the Vedic sentiments of India.

Yagnapurush Kund has been named after the founder of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, and the third successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Swami Yagnapurushdasji (Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj).

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