Surimantra Pata (29)

Posted: 29.06.2010
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Surimantra Pata

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Surimantra also known as Pancha Namaskara Mahamantra is generally worshipped by monks who aim at attaining the spiritual heights of Gautamaswami one of the main disciples of Lord Mahavira. Therefore Gautamaswami occupies the central position in the whole mandala.

It is a big lotus mandala encircled by a panel of 24 Tirthankaras. On top of this circle is the sacred syllable HRIM. Immediately below that panel are 16 petals containing different mantras. The second circle panel depicts images of legendary figures worthy of salutations. The space within the two intersecting triangles in the innermost circle, has Gautamaswami seated in meditative posture

Several rows of gods, four goddesses seated in four corners and  by lay worshippers - all are present outside the mandala to witness it and bless the devotee. As is customary, the gurupada, the footprints of the guru, are being worshipped by a devotee.

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