PRATHISTHA-Installation of the image of the lord.

Prathistha is the name given to the ceremony of installing the image of the lord in a newly built or a renovated Jain temple. But of course it is absolutely essential that Anjan Kriya should be done to the new image. (Smearing of collyrium to the eyes of the image). This ceremony is carried out along with other celebrations for some days. A noble house- holder installs the image of the lord at an auspicious time on an auspicious day. Oh this occasion many kinds of worship are offered to the sacred powers and divine objects along with singing of hymns and observances. The image installed in the temple is only a symbol; but actually it should enable people to install the lord in their hearts.