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By Swami Harshananda

Building a temple is not only a sacred act but also a complicated affair. The most important part of it is the ṣadādhārapratiṣthā[1] inside the garbhagrha or the sanctum. The nidhikumbha or nidhikalaśa is the second of these six. It is placed above the ādhāraśilā.[2] It contains several objects like nine precious stones, several metals and minerals, herbs and soils, symbolizing creation and prosperity.


  1. Sadādhārapratiṣthā means fixing up of six supports.
  2. Ādhāraśilā means the base stone.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore