The Architecture of Dhyanalinga
The Dhyanalinga layout is geometrically a simple fusion of shapes. Every aspect of the layout has been envisioned and designed by Sadhguru to subtly prepare the visitor for meditativeness. A visitor first steps into the unusual sunken reception with a colossal 17-foot tall white granite monolith, the Sarva Dharma Sthambha. The Sthambha area is built as a yantra, closed on three sides and giving the impression of an open-armed embrace to the visitor. The symbols of nine major religions are inscribed on three sides of this sthamba as a universal welcome to all. On the fourth side are engraved the forms of seven lotuses which represent the seven chakras of the human body or seven different levels of consciousness. The chakras are flanked by flowing forms of snakes that stand for the ida and pingala nadis, the feminine and masculine or the intuitive and logical dimensions of experience. The rising stone sun crowning the sthamba symbolizes a new dawn, while the pattern of fallen leaves beneath the sun signifies death of the past.
The stone gateway or the Thorana is designed according to the principles of traditional Indian architecture. It safeguards the sacred space and acts as the main entrance. Beyond the Thorana rise the three entrance steps symbolizing the three gunas or qualities of the mind - Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. The unusual height of the steps forces the visitor to press the soles of their feet on the pebbled surface of these steps which in turn activate certain nerve centers in the body – a preparation to make a person more receptive to the energies of the Dhyanalinga.