Thursday, July 30, 2009

More about the Pooja

Yes the festival season starts from here :))))
starts from Varalakshmi Vratham that is tomorrow! :)
It is the pooja day for Goddess Lakshmi.
We offer 12 types of food for her.
We give devi some new ornaments if we have.
you can see the fotos of this festival tomorrow! ;-)



How to do the puja

Performing the Varalakshmi puja is said to be equivalent to worshipping all the different forms of Lakshmi.

During the day of the Vratham, make the house very clean and put rangoli on the floors, set up an area about 1 feet in width and height and one that place a plate spread the rice in it. On the rice, place a small Silver Vessel (or) any other good vessel. Decorate the vessel applying it with Sandalwood (Sandanam), Kumkum, Flowers and a Coconut smeared with Turmeric powder. Chant the Sri Lakshmi Prayer and finally dedicate sweets towards Sri Lakshmi. Before that, tie a small thread that is smeared with Turmeric with 9 knots in it and keep this towards the Kalasam (the vessel). After the offerings are made, tie the knotted thread around the neck.

After the puja is over, give the Turmeric and Kumkum to everyone and tie the thread around the right hand.




I humbly Offer this to the lotus feet of the Supreme Mother Goddess Raja Rajeshwari.

VaralakshmiViratham is Observed by most families in south India. Varam is boon. Varalakshmi is the goddess who bestows upon her bhakthas, health, wealth, prosperity, joy, peace, etc.(Ashta Aishwaryam).


On thursday, the kalasam is made and decorated as Amman. For the kalasam you can use a jar or sombhu made of silver, bronze or brass. Even mud pots were used for kalasam in olden days. Fill the pot with a little rice, toor dal, 4 betal leaves, 2 betal nuts, 2 turmeric pods, a 1 rupee coin, 1 lemon. place 5 different kinds of leaves or 5 mango leaves on the mouth of the pot and cover with a coconut that is smeared all over with turmeric powder(manja thengai).

I also read in Devi Bhagavatham another method to make the kalasam. You can fill the pot partially with holy water from any river and place some gold jewellary. cover the mouth of the pot with 5 mango leaves and a coconut smeared with turmeric.

If you have a ambhals Mugam(Face) you can attach it to the kalasam. you can also draw the face of Goddess on the kalasam.If you have a statue of the goddess You can decorate that for the puja. kalasam is further decorated with jewels and silk saree. All this is done in the puja room or a place at home where you want to do the puja. Manja pongal is prepared as prasadam on thursday. At the beginning of the puja Devi is invoked in the Kalasam (Aavahanam). From now we will refer to kalasam as Devi. The devi can be placed on a special platform(andapam) decorated with Vaazhai kannu or young plaintain trees and maavilai thooranam.

The method of making the kalasam varies, you can stick to the method passed on by your family. Devotion and faith are most important for the puja.

On friday, the day of varalakshmi puja, the front yard is cleaned and decorated with kolam(As we do everyday). Devi is carried from the front door to the puja room and placed in the Mandapam.

Now the Kalasa pujai, archanai, ashtothra pujai and charadu pujai are performed by a sasthrigal(purohit). If you live in a place where you cannot invitea purohit you can do the puja yourself. puja CDs are easily available. Neivedyam is performed.(offering).

The charadu(yellow thread) is worn in the wrist and the purohit is honoured with sambavanai (Vaayanam).*Thambhulam is distributed to ladies.

On saturday punar pujai is done for the Devi and the neivedyam offered is sundal. Thambulam is distributed to ladies. This culminates the puja.

On saturday night after Deeparaadanai the kalasam is kept in the rice pot for a day.

May the world be blessed by the Goddess Vara Maha Lakshmi!

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