Poojas All about your poojas
God Ganesha is considered primary God and is worshiped first in any prayers.Ganesha is revered as the son of the Shiva and Parvati, and is always honored first in most worship services and rituals. Ganesha is also known as Vigneswara, Vinayaka, Gajamukha and Ainkaran. Ganpathy is the presiding deity of 'Mooladhara Chakra' which is one of the seven major energy centers in human body. He is worshipped for siddhi (success in undertakings), and buddhi (intelligence). He is also the God of education, knowledge and wisdom. Ganpati puja is performed to remove obstacles, to improve knowledge and wisdom. Without the Grace of Sri Ganesha and His help nothing whatsoever can be achieved. No action can be undertaken without His support, Grace or blessing.
Names of Lord Ganesha
Dhoomraketu, Sumukha, Ekadantha, Gajakarnaka, Lambodara, Vignaraja, Ganadhyaksha, Phalachandra, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vakratunda, Siddhivinayaka, Surpakarna, Heramba, Skandapurvaja, Kapila, Vignesh Wara, Maha-Ganapathi, Pillayar
Satyanarayan Pooja is one of the best & easiest ways to seek blessings from Lord Vishnu, who is the God responsible for maintenance of this Universe. Sri Satyanarayana Puja is performed for auspicious occasions like marriages, blessing a new home, birthdays, or opening a new business. It is believed to bestow good health, prosperity, success, and happiness In order to maintain general happiness, prosperity and well being of the family it is advisable to perform Satyanarayan Pooja at least once every year. There is no hard and fast rule as to when Satyanarayan Pooja to be performed. Morning or evening time is ideal for Pooja. You can perform it after major achievements in life. So also it is ideal to perform Satyanarayan Pooja once every year. It is a great auspicious occasions to invite friends and relatives. Satyanarayan Pooja is to be performed on an auspicious day in consultation with Panditji.
In Bhagavathi Seva, one can see the principles of Thanthra in a simplified form. The ‘Padmam’ which is used as a seat for the Devi is a symbolic representation of the Brahmanda (Universe). Five colors, which are the symbols of ‘Panchabhootas’ (Five elements), are used to make the Padmam. Avahana of the Devi (Invocation) is the simplified version of the Pratishta (Installation). That is why in Kerala the performance of Bhagavathi Seva once in a month is considered to be equal to thirty days temple darsan. While performing Bhagavathi Seva, the priest first elevates himself through some rituals, which have their roots in Raja Yoga and then invokes within himself the Devi consciousness. Then he purifies all the pooja materials. In the second stage, he transfers the Devi consciousness from his body to the Padmam. The Padmam, which is made up of five colors [the symbols of 'Panchabhootas' or five elements] is Universe itself. The Goddess is invoked into this Padmam and treated throughout the pooja as an honored guest.
This pooja is mainly done when any workplace or business is started off for the first time.
This pooja is done to remove the “Dhristi-Dosham”. By performing this pooja we can collect the positive energy around us. This pooja guarantees a successful environment and upliftment in any project or business started.
Bhoomi Pooja is performed before the construction of a New Building / House / factory. Bhoomi Pooja Vidhi can be structured differently to suit the qualities of the land and the intended construction.
This is the most important ritual in Hinduism. This Grihapravesam or House warming ceremony can be done for the new house. The importance of doing
these during Grihapravesam (house warming ceremony) Due to building of a house, 3 types of doshas (sins) come up.
1. Digging the earth because of this many worms die.
2. Cutting of wood – Nature is getting affected. Because Trees are also living beings in the lower end of the life spectrum.
3. Breaking of stones – There is possibility of evil spirits in the stones.
If this is done, it will lead to prosperity in the house, and would lead to good health and peace. The Grihapravesam (entering the house) by doing co pooja (pooja to cow with calf ) and Dwara pooja (pooja to main entrance door ) The milk boiling ceremony is followed by Ganapathi pooja, Ganapathi homam, Navagraha Homam, lakshmi pooja, Kuladevatha Pooja to be done.
Performance of Srardham or obeisance to ancestors is a most sacred duty of the Hindus.
Performing the prescribed Rites for the departed as laid by the Sastras is an important aspect of Hinduism.
Though people are celebrating different festivals/events, they should remember the death ceremony of their ancestors and perform Srardham to make their soul rest in peace This will make our ancestors' soul happy and in-turn our family and next generation of our family will be blessed by them.
Sradha (that which is done with attention and sincerity) is the term used by Brahmins for the annual death ceremony.
Sradha comes from the word Sradha(Trust/loyalty) and indicates the annual ritual performed to offer food to three generations of our ancestors. It is believed that when our manes reach the land of the manes (Pithru Loka) , our one year is one day for them. We are only attempting to offer food and water to them every day.
Pooja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of pooja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine.
Pooja means worship, devotion and reverence. The term pooja is now used to include all forms of worship, ranging from the simple daily offerings of flowers, fruit, leaves, rice, sweetmeats and water to the deities in homes or temples. We do perform the online pooja also.
Lord Shiva is worshiped in His Rudra form, is hailed by all Vedic scriptures as one of the greatest Poojas to remove all evils, to attain all desires and for all round prosperity. Among the poojas performed by the devotees of Lord Shiva, the Pradosha puja is considered to be more auspicious. It is believed that during Pradosha period all the universal beings and Gods come down to earth and attend the worship. Pradosha indicates the meeting of the Sun and the Moon in a horizontal line during their movement on their Axis.
During the Rudrabhiskeham or Pradosha pooja the following offerings are made to Lord Shiva
Milk - Gives Long Life
Ghee - Gives Moksha state
Curd - Gives Good Children
Honey - Gives Melodious Voice
Rice Powder [Arisi Podi] - Frees from Debts
Sugar Cane Juice - Gives good health and removes enmity
Pancha-amrutham - Gives Wealth
Lime Juice - Removes fear of Death
Tender Coconut - Gives enjoyment and full satisfaction in life
Cooked Rice [Annam] - Gives Majestic life
Sandal - Gives Lakshmi’s grace
Sugar - Removes enmity
While offering these, SRI RUDRAM is chanted along with 108 names of Lord Shiva , OM NAMAH SHIVAYA and many more shlokas that help us get into favor with Lord Shiva
In Hindu culture, marriage is one of the most important sanskaras or rites of passage that a Hindu observes during his or her lifetime.
Following are the essential steps of the ceremony.
Swagatam & Madhuperk- Welcoming Groom & his family
Shri Ganesh Prayers & Poonyahvachanam
Vadhu Aagman – Arrival of the Bride
Mangalashtakam & Sankalpa - Mutual Approval
Kannyadaan - Giving Away the Bride
Akshatropanam & Panigrahanam (Hastmelap) - Expectations from Married Life
Mangalsutrabandhanam – Marriage Commitment to Each Other
Vivaah Homa – Worshipping the Sacred Fire
Laja Homa & Agni Pradakshina -Starting the Marriage Journey
Saptapadi – Taking the Marriage Vows with Seven Steps
The couple takes seven steps together to reiterate their aspirations of their married life.
With the first step, we will provide for and support each other.
With the second step, we will develop mental, physical & spiritual strength.
With the third step, we will share the worldly possessions.
With the fourth step, we will acquire knowledge, happiness and peace.
With the fifth step, we will raise strong and virtuous children.
With the sixth step, we will enjoy the fruits of all seasons.
With the seventh step, we will always remain friends and cherish each other.