Adiyogi Alayam Consecration - Timeline
Join us on the blog for up-to-date coverage of the Adiyogi consecration. Stay tuned on this page for photos, news and footage from the event.
The consecration of the Adiyogi Alayam happened in a glorious manner, witnessed live by over 10,000 people. To re-create the grandeur of the whole event, Isha has put together the Adiyogi Alayam Glimpses Photo CD, with over 80 photos taken from the program. A perfect way to behold the miraculous event of consecration...
Available for purchase at the Isha Yoga Center for Rs. 50 or online at the Isha Download Store for $1.
25 Dec - 11.45am
Watch a video of participants sharing their experiences during the Adiyogi Alayam Consecration.
25 Dec - 12.20am
The program ended past midnight, many people not ready to believe that the two days were already over. Sadhguru, accompanied by Sounds of Isha, sang "Yogeshwara" with his hands folded until the last moment he exited the venue.
24 Dec - 11.36pm
Sadhguru answers questions on a variety of topics, from creating the right atmosphere for sadhana to significance of matted locks to going beyond ones limitations.
24 Dec - 10.14pm
Consecrating people would be the best thing to do because you can move people wherever you want, you can't move this hall wherever you want. But people in today's world have become unreliable, every two days people's intentions keeps shifting... So I am just working the way it works in today's world... If the space is powerful, whoever comes here is touched and transformed.
24 Dec - 10.02pm
Question and answer session with Sadhguru - "What is the difference between consecrating a space, a human being and a form?"
24 Dec - 9.52pm
Crowd bursts into applause as Sadhguru acknowledges all the Brahmacharis and residents who've been working continuously over the last three months to make the Adiyogi Alayam happen.
24 Dec - 9.24pm
Consecration of the Adiyogi Alayam is complete. The session with Sadhguru continued at 9:15 after dinner break.
24 Dec - 7.50pm
The gigantic anklet is lifted by seven Brahmacharis and carried to the entrance of the Alayam and placed around the Adiyogi's right foot.
24 Dec - 7.31pm
He applies kumkum on the linga, draws a set of eyes and places jata on the linga. He then performs a Guru pooja to the Adiyogi and the crowd joins. Then offering of pancha bhutas is followed by a Maha Aarti performed by the Brahmacharis.
24 Dec - 7.10pm
Sadhguru presses the sole of his right foot. A wave of intense cries fills the hall. He then pours water on the linga and removes the cloth from the linga. He smears the venom on the Adiyogi Linga.
24 Dec - 7.07pm
Vibhuti is smeared on Sadhguru's right foot. Sadhguru then pours venom of a black cobra into a glass flask and stoppers it. As he shakes the flask, cries of being overwhelmed emit from the crowd.
24 Dec - 6.57pm
Remnants from the fire process mixed with castor oil, along with black sesame seeds, was offered to all the participants to be applied upon their foreheads.
24 Dec - 6.41pm
Author and poet Arundhathi Subramaniam recites Sadhguru's poem "Adiyogi."
A quiet Sea
A quiet Day
A quiet Mind
But a raging Heart
Blazing with the Fire
Of an ancient Sage.
Burning for many a millennia
Destructive for the ignorant
Enlightening for the seeking
Brutal to the stubborn
Tender to the willing.
When all the tricks fall
The First Yogi's Fire shall
Burn the ignorant pall
To light the future's citadel
Citadels of future are first
built in the minds of Ignorance or Light
These citadels when lit with Grace
Of the Blue-Bodied Maker of all race
Will be a worthy place to dwell here
and a passage to the ways of the beyond.
O' how fortunate are we
To carry the Fire of the Adiyogi.
24 Dec - 5.47pm
Sadhguru does a process with fire in front of the consecrated seat for the Adiyogi Alayam.
24 Dec - 5.12pm
10,000 participants chant in unison to sensitize the space for the consecration. The space feels uplifting and peaceful.
24 Dec - 3.05pm
Samskruti students perform Shivagaami dance - a tribute to the Adiyogi and story of how the Velliangiri mountains became the Kailash of the South.
24 Dec - 2.55pm
Stability and balance are the most important aspects, whatever one wishes to do
24 Dec - 2.16pm
The reason why we wanted to create an Adiyogi Alayam is first we want to bring back classical yoga in its purest form
24 Dec - 2.05pm
Guru Pooja was performed in front of the consecrated stone base, which will form the seat for the Adiyogi Alayam. Sadhguru then sat and is now explaining about the consecration process which just happened.
24 Dec - 1.48pm
The stone lid has been slide into place on a metal scaffold, after which Sadhguru decorated the engraved sun and moon with turmeric and kumkum paste.
24 Dec - 1.35pm
The lid has been placed on the brass vessel and Sadhguru has made a thick circle, about a hand-breadth across, out of turmeric paste and sesame seeds, which is in the center of the lid. Sadhguru then removed his mala, placing it over the brass container, after which the stone pit was covered with a white cloth.
24 Dec - 1.03pm
Sadhguru has spread vibhuti over both of his arms and has partially filled the brass vessel with sacred ingredients. He is now placing the container into the stone pit with the help of the Bramhacharis.
24 Dec - 12.56pm
Sadhguru, along with the Bramhacharis, is now preparing a large, cylindrical brass vessel, which will be a powerful foundation for the Adiyogi Alayam Consecration.
24 Dec - 12.35pm
Sadhguru walking amongst participants.
24 Dec - 12.11pm
Sadhguru with Bramhacharis preparing separate stone structure next to Linga for consecration. This will be the base for the dais in the Adiyogi Alayam.
24 Dec - 12.02pm
Sadhguru in Adiyogi Alayam - chanting with participants while walking back and forth in front of hall, making an infinity symbol with his right hand.
24 Dec - 11.53am
Sadhguru is making preparations for next phase of consecration process.
24 Dec - 11.29am
Participants chant in the Adiyogi Alayam in preparation for today's consecration.
24 Dec - 7.26am
Here's a short highlight video from Day 1.
24 Dec - 0.14am
After the process with the vibhuti was completed, Sadhguru performed an Aarthi in front of the Linga, moving the flame in a figure-eight - the symbol of the Infinite. Following this, he broke out into "Yogeshwaraya", joined by Sounds of Isha. At the closing, Sadhguru prepared the participants for the next day, saying that while today happened well, tomorrow will be crucial and that they should be alert to everything that is happening there.
23 Dec - 9.22pm
With burning camphor and torches, Sadhguru began the consecration of the Adiyogi Alayam Linga. 20,000 eager eyes watched as Sadhguru used various materials and processes to energize the Linga. The chanting then continued as Sadhguru lit the top with flames of camphor, after which he did a process for the crown of the Linga. A short break for the participants followed, stay tuned for more updates!
23 Dec - 8.22pm
Today evening, participants witnessed another procession - this time for an enormous anklet made of copper, a symbol of the Adiyogi. A fitting offering to the First Yogi, the anklet was carried by seven bramhacharis in a procession led by Sadhguru. Accompanied by chants and the thundering beat of drums, the anklet came to rest in front of the Linga, where Sadhguru began a consecration process while the participants chanted in the background.
23 Dec - 5.59pm
Participants during dining.
23 Dec - 4.11pm
Over 10,000 participants joined together today to take part in the Adiyogi Alayam Consecration. Sadhguru first spoke about the significance of consecration and told those gathered that they weren't here to witness a consecration - they were here to participate in one! In order to create the right kind of situation where each person could give himself to the fullest, Sadhguru gave the participants a mantra which had been specifically created for this purpose. Chanting went on today for much of the afternoon, which was followed by a video covering the unique and sacred consecrations that have happened in Isha over the last two decades, starting with the Dhyanalinga onwards.
Participants are on a break now until 4:30 - more updates soon...
22 Dec - 9.00pm
Over the past few months, the Adiyogi Alayam has been converted from open land into a magnificent hall, capable of holding over 6,000 people. View the video to get a glimpse of how the whole transformation took place, starting with the Bhumi Pooja to the mass-scale construction to last night's process where Sadhguru established the Linga to be used in the consecration.
Sadhguru speaks about consecration and the impact it has on our lives.
Did You Know?
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