Monday, June 23, 2008

Daily Pooja

Daily Pooja
Do the Puja anyway you can,with devotion and love for Lord in your heart. God out of His mercy will overlook all the shortcomings of men if they pursue the path of devotion with fervour. At the end of worship, daily or occasional, a prayer is offered to God not to mind the defects while chanting the mantras or adopting the procedures or for forgetting to do some duties out of ignorance. The Almighty is compassionate enough to ignore such errors. Thus, mercy being His chief trait, a devotee need not be concerned with minor defects if his endeavour is absolutely sincere but the enjoined duties should not be abandoned.
All pujaas are like our birthday parties :-
· dhaayna : we first comtemplate whom to invite
· aahvaahana: we telephone and invite
· aasana : when they arrive give them place to sit down
· arghyaM : offer water to wash hands
· paadyam : offer water to wash feet
· aachamanam : offer some water(or paanakam) to drink
· gudopahaara : some thing to eat - light snacks
· snaanam : take him to bath (you chant shlokas telling the mahimaa of the god/goddess - suuktaas
· panchamrita : 5 nectars are selected to give bath; as well as waters of various tiirthas and fruit water (phalodaka), water of gold or jewels (hiraNyodaka, ratnodaka)
· gandha : sandle paste for the body
· vastrayugmam : two pieces of clothe to wear
· yajnopaveeta : sacred thread
· akshata : unbroken decorated rice offered.
· parimala dravya : scents
· aabharaNa : ornaments
· pushpani : flowers
· maala : garland
· pratiShThaapana: make him/her sit on the aasana;
now attend to him further
· anga puujaa : each organ is being thought of and flowers offered to them
· pushpa puujaa : on each of his/her various names, a veriety of flowers are offered
· patra puujaa : likewise with leaves of different plants.
· aShTottara puujaa : 108 names which are very special to the deity are uttered
· If possible, sahasranaama puuja : 1008 names of the deity
All these offer you the increased concentration and deeper going into the ONE deity you are worshipping NOW
· dhuupa : agarbatti
· diipa : light
· naivedya : offer 5 to 21 variety of preparations
· hastaprakshalana : wash hands
· karodvarthana : apply water and gandha to hands
· paniiya : drinking water
· phalam or mahaaphalam : fruits (which symbolize all fruits of our actions
· taambuula : paan for digestion
· mangala aarati : wishing well and show aarati- asking for light of knowledge
· pradakshiNaa : for removal of all sins of aeons
· namaskaaram : total surrender
· praarthana : prayers (here you say why you called and why you did the puuja)
· kshamaapana : apoalogies for mistakes
· braahmaNa suvaasini : represent living deities
· visarjana puuja : leaving them
· arghya pradaanam : offering arghya by those who fasted and those who came late or those like ladies of the house who could not participate in the puujas because of other works, can now get full merit by offering arghya which is equivalent to whole puuja.
· Krishnarpanam : Offer all the pujas and their fruits back to the Lord.
· All shlokas basically say what the subtitle means and with lot of various stuti or praise.The shlokas also treat the deity as all powerful, and often narrate some portion of his/or her story or describe physical or other attributes.
Two Minute Daily Puja
Each time when you say 'Samarpayami' (literally: I am offering), please offer two akataas to the LORD with love and devotion.
Akshatha is uncooked rice, if possible colored with kumkum , saffron powder, termaric and a little bit of water. Can be prepared well advance for a week and kept near the ALTAR
Dhyaanam Samarpayami
Think or meditate on the LORD
Aawaahanam Samarpayami
Offering invitation the LORD
Aasanam Samarpayami
Offer a seat to the LORD
Paadyam Samarpayami
offer water to wash the feet
Arghyam Samarpayami
offer water to wash the hands
Aachamaneeyam Samarpayami
offer water to drink
Snaanam Samarpayami
Give bath to the LORD
Maha Abhishekam Samarpayami
main head bath
make Him/Her seated
Vasthram Samarpayami
Offer clothes to the LORD
Yajnopaveetham Samarpayami
Offer the Holy Thread to the LORD
Gandham Samarpayami
offer sandlewood paste/powder
Akshatham Samarpayami
Offer Akshatha to the LORD
Pushpam Samarpayami
Offer flowers to the LORD
Ashthothtra Poojam Samarpayami
Offer the Holy 108 names of the LORD
Dhoopam Aaghraapayaami
offer agarbatti
Deepam Darshayaami
offer light
Neivedyam Samarpayami
Offer food to the LORD
Phalam Samarpayami
Offer Fruits the LORD
Taamboolam Samarpayami
offer beetle nut and leaves
Dakshinam Samarpayami
Offer money to the LORD
Maha Nirajanam Samarpayami
the main aarati
Pradakshinam Samarpayami
taking clockwise rounds in front of the lord
Namaskaram Samarpayami
prostrations offer them
Mantra Pushpam Samarpayami
both incantations and flowers
Praarthanaam Samarpayami
offering prayers; List your requests
Xamaapanam Samarpayami
offering apologies to lord for any mistakes
"the divine that resides in my heart bows to the same divine who resides in your heart"
om shanti,shanti shanti ~ may there be peace, peace & perfect peace always

1 comment:

bhuvani said...

A beautiful descpription of daily and sure makes daily pooja a pleasant experience.

with regards,