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.
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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
1
Dhyaanam Samarpayami
Think or meditate on the LORD
2
Aawaahanam Samarpayami
Offering invitation the LORD
3
Aasanam Samarpayami
Offer a seat to the LORD
4
Paadyam Samarpayami
offer water to wash the feet
5
Arghyam Samarpayami
offer water to wash the hands
6
Aachamaneeyam Samarpayami
offer water to drink
7
Snaanam Samarpayami
Give bath to the LORD
8
Maha Abhishekam Samarpayami
main head bath
9
Pratishtaapayaami
make Him/Her seated
10
Vasthram Samarpayami
Offer clothes to the LORD
11
Yajnopaveetham Samarpayami
Offer the Holy Thread to the LORD
12
Gandham Samarpayami
offer sandlewood paste/powder
13
Akshatham Samarpayami
Offer Akshatha to the LORD
14
Pushpam Samarpayami
Offer flowers to the LORD
15
Ashthothtra Poojam Samarpayami
Offer the Holy 108 names of the LORD
16
Dhoopam Aaghraapayaami
offer agarbatti
17
Deepam Darshayaami
offer light
18
Neivedyam Samarpayami
Offer food to the LORD
19
Phalam Samarpayami
Offer Fruits the LORD
20
Taamboolam Samarpayami
offer beetle nut and leaves
21
Dakshinam Samarpayami
Offer money to the LORD
22
Maha Nirajanam Samarpayami
the main aarati
23
Pradakshinam Samarpayami
taking clockwise rounds in front of the lord
24
Namaskaram Samarpayami
prostrations offer them
25
Mantra Pushpam Samarpayami
both incantations and flowers
26
Praarthanaam Samarpayami
offering prayers; List your requests
27
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,
Bhuvani