Abhishek Patra is a large tray that is used to bathe the pious idols or deities with holy water and various other ingredients such as curd, honey, milk, clarified butter, fruit juices etc. and this ritual is called ‘Abhishekam’. These trays come in different sizes, shapes and designs depending upon the number and size of the deities to be bathed.
The Abhishek Patra that you see here is made of brass and is rectangular in shape with fine finishing. On the tray of the Patra, the deities are seated, bathed, dressed and decorated accompanied with hymns, chanting of the holy names of God, and Sankirtan. It then opens into a narrow passage from where the ‘Charanamrita’ or the sacred nectar is collected in another metallic vessel. This nectar has a great spiritual significance; obtained from the Lotus feet of the deities, it is regarded as the elixir of life which has the potency of liberating the souls from the cycle of birth and death, and attain the abode of the Supreme Lord.
After being collected, it is then distributed to the devotees, who sip it from their palms. This Abhishek Patra is suitable for bathing small deities. Its body is carved out in different designs and patterns; the base is gracefully engraved with lotus petals giving it an auspicious appearance.
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