Monday, March 10, 2008


Puja ca pujaniyanam

Pooja is the core of worshiping God, in a Thaanthric sense. It's purpose, in essence, is to propitiate the eternal and boundless God in any of it's manifestations (Siva, Vishnu, Durga etc.) by bringing or invoking one of the desired forms to the Poojakan's (Poojaari's) presence, and giving a general royal reception through various oblations and offerings (clothes, decorations, feast etc.), accompanied by chanting of hymns and Manthrams. It is an aspect of Karma Yogam.

What we offer:
Dhyaanam Samarpayami ========(Think or meditate on the Lord)
Aawaahanam Samarpayami =========(Invite the Lord into your home/heart)
Aasanam Samarpayami =========(Offer a seat)
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)
Maha Abhishekam Samarpayami =======(Main head bath)
Pratishtaapayaami =======(Make Him seated)
Vasthram Samarpayami ========(Offer clothes)
Yajnopaveetham Samarpayami ========(Offer the Holy Thread)
Gandham Samarpayami ========(Offer sandlewood paste/powder)
Akshatham Samarpayami ======(Offer Akshatha (rice))
Pushpam Samarpayami =====(Offer flowers)
Ashthothtra Poojam Samarpayami ======(Say the holy names of the Lord)
Dhoopam Aaghraapayaami ======(Offer fragrance)
Deepam Darshayaami =====(Offer light)
Neivedyam Samarpayami ======(Offer food)
Phalam Samarpayami ======(Offer fruit(s))
Taamboolam Samarpayami ======(Offer betel nut and leaves)
Dakshinam Samarpayami =======(Offer wealth)
Maha Nirajanam Samarpayami ======(Perform aarti)
Pradakshinam Samarpayami =======(Continue aarti)
Namaskaram Samarpayami =======(Prostrate before Him)
Mantra Pushpam Samarpayami =======(Offer incantations and flowers)
Praarthanaam Samarpayami =======(Offer prayers, request your desires)
Kshamaapanam Samarpayami =======(Admit wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness)