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POOJAS

Puja is a word in Sanskrit language. In Sanskrit, words are formed with meaning in mind. For instance in the word puja,'p' stands for 'paapa' meaning sins.'j' stands for 'janma' means birth.With 'p' it removes all accumulated sins, and with 'j' it makes your life's (birth) purpose fulfilled. The Lord being not accessible to our eyes, ears, nose, touch and beyond the ken of ordinary (un-refined) intellect, the ancients devised a method of bringing Lord within the realm of the senses.This method is to worship Him (Her or It) in an object (photo, water, fire, precious jewel, idol etc) which you can touch, feel, smell, see, feel the taste of. Thus all wandering senses are brought to a focus, by belief (faith) and by daily practice.

 

Unshakable faith and long practice, evokes and unfolds hitherto unknown dimensions in awareness, which are generally not communicable in the normal way. Remember the British king who sent his friend Becket to sabotage the Church. Once Becket started working for the church, he got convinced and got converted to their line of thinking and found that the king's views were neither noble nor fair.


Brenen writing in 'Power Play' says that the easterners are centuries ahead in the control of mind and related topics. By puja you will be in a position to inject the noblest thoughts in the subconscious. Above all, one will succeed in solving the mystery of 'Life' .

 

Pooja is a unique way in which a Hindu communicates with his god. This may involve a silent meditation or a loud chanting of mantras with or without offerings to the god. Common offerings to the god during a pooja include flowers, incense, light (Deepa), food items (Naivedya), and sandalwood paste. These offerings are said to represent the five elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth.

In a perfectly conducted pooja the body, mind and the soul of the devotee are so completely integrated that he feels one with his god. Doing poojas on a regular basis brings equanimity and peace to one's mind.

Reasons for doing pooja may range from seeking a general or particular blessing from the god, or just as a mode of expression of one's gratitude to the god. While most poojas can be done on any day, some of the poojas are reserved for special occasions in one's life Subhakariam.com helps you to select a pooja for any particular occasion in your life, or for any special benefit you seek or for any festival of your choice and also arranges to perform them on your behalf.

You may also gift the poojas to your dear ones by directing us to arrange for the pooja in his / her name and send the prasadam to him / her. It would be your unique way of telling him / her how much you care.

 

 

Maha Ganapathy

Ganapathi POOJA Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Lord Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Parvati and is known as the god of wisdom and the remover of all obstacles .Parvati created Ganesha from the scurf of her body so that she could have a son who would be loyal only to her. One day he was acting as her guard while she was bathing and he refused to let Shiva enter. In anger Shiva cut off his head. As Parvati was distressed about this Shiva offered to replace it with the head of the first living being that came along, which happened to be an elephant with a broken tusk. Shiva then went on and rewarded Ganesha by proclaiming that before any pooja, Ganesha would be worshipped. Hence Ganesha pooja is done before any pooja or ritualto improve family bondage, to win over enemies, to overcome disease and to achieve a planned objective without any hindrance. For success without any problems for all works/projects, also for education, marriage, health and wealth

 

Navagraha Puja

Astrology, for centuries regarded as identical with astronomy, has a legendary origin in India where its main purpose was for ascertaining the correct dates times for performing poojas, sacrifices etc.By the 6th century Astrology was regarded as a separate science. At this time in addition to the 2 existing Grahas of Surya(Sun) and Chandra(Moon also called Soma), Indian astrologers added 7 more. They were: Mercury (Buddha), Venus (Shukra), Mars (Mangal),Jupiter (Brihaspati) & Saturn (Shani), Rahu (the ascending mode), & Ketu (the descending mode), which were regarded as planets bringing the total tonine.Many a times we hear people say our time is running bad. These bad times are attributed to the different Grahas (Planets), and their position in the current time. These Grahas can be appeased by performing the Grah shanti pooja.There are 2 ways to perform this pooja. If you know which Graha is affecting you unfavorably, then tell us the name and we can perform the pooja for you. The other way is for us to find out from your Janam Patri and then perform the Pooja for the particular Graha.Graha shanti pooja can also be performed for children born under inauspicious stars.

 

 

 

Maha Lakshmy Puuja

Every human being in this world desires for wealth and prosperity. The Narada purana states that wealth can bestow longevity, resplendent body, good health and strength, fame, and the power to conquer ones enemies. The Acharya states that only by the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi one can attain eternal wealth. Those who worship Her by performing the Sri Mahalakshmy pooja shall be very prosperous. The Sukta has 15 hymns, which are said to bestow different benefits to the performer of this homa. Even the mere recitation of these,bestows prosperity. They are:Prosperity Domestic animals ,Food grains Ownership of Land Good servants Fame Royal influence ,Mental strength ,Attainment of horses ,Attainment of elephants,Clothes,Progeny,Vehicles ,Mystical powers ,Any other wish of the performer

 

 

Sathya Narayana Puja

This pooja is for vishnu who is also called Satyanarayana. He is the preserver of mankind and holds a club, a conch shell, a discuss, and a lotus in his four hands. He covers the universe in three strides; the earth as fire, the atmosphere as lightning, and the sky as he sun. He is extremely gentle of nature and personality thus symbolizing tolerance and patience. His vehicle is Garuda and his consort is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty. Lakshmi symbolizes good fortune and wealth and is the favorite of merchants and traders. Together Vishnu and Lakshmi are a popular duo, worshipped by families seeking material welfare Pooja can be performed on POORNIMA .Any other day for any occasion / reason

 

 

Maha Saraswathy Puja

Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge and the mistress of the arts. Worldly possessions do not interest her. She rules the intellectual and creative realm. Libraries and schools are her temples. She does not adorn herself with gems and jewels. Draped in a white sari, she rides a swan holding a book in one hand and a Veena in anotherAt the dawn of Life, Brahma was so struck by the beauty of his first creation Shatarupa, goddess of material existence that he sprouted five heads to look upon her at all times. He chased her wherever she went, but no matter how hard he tried he could not possess her. To restrain Brahmas lust Shiva, the supreme ascetic,wrenched off one of Brahmas heads. Sobered by the experience, Brahma turned to Saraswati. Saraswatis children the Vedas, showed Brahma the way out of the labyrinth of sensuality. From that day, the four heads of Brahma began chanting the four Vedas.

 

 

Lalitha Devi Puja

This pooja is generally done when ones business or work is not proceeding well. The goddess associated with this pooja is Lakshmi (Lalithadevi)This pooja is performed For the upliftment of business For peace and prosperity This Pooja for lalitha devi.by lalitha saharranama maha mantram It takes 45 days and is performed by 1 Brahmin. The Yantra is generally made on a Silver or Gold plate.lalitha pooja dedicated for Labour Management, Co-operation, Life partner co-operation, Son-father understanding & solvation for all purpose.

 

 

Shodashoopachaara Puja

Traditional ritual consists of sixteen elements and is called Shodasha upachara pooja. This type of worship is also offered in Brahmin households and households where Brahmin priests perform pooja. Each household worships a deity termed Kula Daivata (Family god). In addition there Ishta Daivata (Personal god)Shodasha upachara Dhyana(prayer) Avahana invocation Aaasana (offering seating) Paadya (washing of feet) Arghya (washing of hands) Aachamana (offering of drinking water) Snana (bathing ritual) Vastra (new dress) Yajnopavita (sacred thread)Gandha (sandal paste) Abharana (jewelry) Akshata (colored rice, Turmeric powder, Vermillion powder) Pushpa (flowers) Dhoopa (incense) Deepa (lighted, oil soaked cotton wicks). p) Naivedya (offering of specially prepared food).Water in a pot, (Kalasha) sanctified by invoking the names of seven sacred rivers of India namely Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswathi, Narmada,Sindhu, Kaveri, is used for worship.After the above offerings, Arathi (camphor light) and recitation of Vedic hymns called Mantra Pushpa concludes the Pooja (worship)

 

 

Hanumath (Aanjaneya) Puja

Hanuman is popularly known as a Brahmachari and a faithful follower of Rama. He has a body of steel and the mind of a yogi. His physical and mental abilities, discipline and spiritual purity are comparable to noneAs a child, he mistook the rising sun for a fruit and tried to eat it and in the process disrupted the movements of the nine Grahas. Lord Indra, king of the Devtas and Lord of the skies hurled his thunderbolt to stop Hanuman. Vayu Hanumans father was so angry that he sucked away the air from the three worlds causing all creatures to choke. Vayu was only pacified when the gods granted Hanuman eternal life and absolute wisdomThis event also gave Hanuman the power to overcome the influence of all celestial bodies. Because of this, humans who seek to avert the malevolent influence of Mars and Saturn worship Hanuman.Hanuman pooja can be done on SATERDAY and any other day

 

 

Sri Rudra ( Shiva ) Puja

The lingum of Shiva represents male energy which when combined with the female principle leads to the creation of mankin Shiva is the god of destruction. He represents the darker side of nature and therefore dwells in the mountains and forests. He wears skulls and snakes around his neck and smears himself with ashes. He is the god of gods, powerful, generous, and auspicious Shiva is a yogi rapt in meditation, free from all desires, the emblem of purity and the conqueror of lust, the selfless one who drinks poison for the good of the world. He is easily appeased by prayersHis consort is Uma, better known as Parvati, the daughter of the mountains also known as Hemavati. She is the creative power, the female principle, and the great mother. She is the goddess of Shakti or power. She is the power that makes us live or die, happy or miserable. She is everywhere and in everything. The mantra ya devi sarv bhuteshu shakti rupen sansthita means she who exists as power in all beings

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