People of the Indian Society who are ardent followers of the almighty consider the temples as their destination of attainment of peace and a way of showing their love for God.
So, relocating any temple has always been a matter of concern and topic of controversy. But, very few are aware of the actual procedures and rituals to be followed for the relocation of these sacred figures.
According to the information we have collected, it seems that the possibility of the relocation can be decided based on the rituals followed (known as Prana Pratishta) while establishing the deity inside the temple.
The deities can be of two different categories. These categories decide the procedure of relocation.
• Dhruva Bera
Dhruva Bera: This idol cannot be moved and is considered to be the main deity of the temple. But in adverse situations people consider it.
Utsava Vigraha: These are the small festive form deities which are paraded around the towns and villages in chariots in order to distribute blessings to the people.
The Utsava Vigrahas can be relocated to another place by performing a padhati known as Shayan ceremony. In this they put the deity to sleep, and then transport them to the other decided location by conducting certain pujas and chanting mantras.
For the main deity that is the Dhruva Bera the pundits can perform visarjan mantra which involves chanting mantras and asking the deity to vacate the idol. After this procedure the idol is considered to be devoid of the divinity and sacredness. Then they can again request the God/Goddess to possess another relocated idol. Another option which is quite rarely done is to perform Visarjan (immerse the idol in sacred water and let it go). After this Prana Pratishta is performed again.
Overally the process of shifting a temple from one place to another solely depends on the believes and thoughts the native people have.