divide Thanthra Sasthra into four sections; 1. Kashmeeri Thanthra.
2. Tibetan Tanthra, 3. Vanga Thanthra. 4. Kerala Thanthra. The first
three deals with individual salvation and the last one, Kerala Thanthra
is concerned more about the salvation of the entire society. Hence
the concentration of Kerala Thanthra is on temple worship and the
rituals related to it. The fundamental principle of temple worship
is in the ritual system of the Supreme Lord who is known in different
forms, names as manifestations and Avatharas.
declares in crystal-clear language that different Deities are different
vibratory fields of the same god. Through the complex rituals of Pratishta
(Installation ceremony) and silent prayers, a powerful and a particular
field of God's vibrations are created. Thanthra considers the temple
as the manifestation of Divinity in the graphic form. Like all ritual
systems, Thanthra is also combined in it all the four yogas (Raja
yoga, Bhakthi yoga, Karma yoga and Njana yoga). Thanthra borrows its
principles and practices chiefly from Raja yoga and Hatha yoga.
traditions divide human body horizontally into five sheaths. 1. Anna
Maya kosa (Physical sheath), 2. Pranamaya kosa (Psychic sheath), 3.
Manomaya kosa (Mental sheath), 4.Vijnanamaya Kosa (Intellectual sheath),
5.Anandamaya kosa (Causal sheath). In the temples of Kerala, we can
find the 'Panchapraakarams' to represent these five sheaths of human
body. Hinduism divides the human body vertically into six charkas
or power centers. They are 1. Mooladhara chakra, 2. Swadhishana chakra,
3. Manipoora chakra, 4. Anahata chakra, 5. Vibhooti chakra, 6. Anjnja
chakra. Above these shad-chakras (six power centers), is the Sahasrara
the time of Pratishta (installation ceremony), using mantras and rituals
particular to that Deity, Thanthri invokes God in that particular
form, using different sets of rituals and silent prayer Manthras for
the various Deities that includes hand gestures and 'Mudhras"
like in Indian classical dances. Thanthra method of hand gestures
are used in all forms of Vedic rituals. Some aspects of Thanthra is
practiced in our daily home rituals like Sandhyavandhanam and home
poojas as also in all Temple rituals and Homam [Havan] like fire rituals.