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Sunday, 24 May 2015

HOW TO DO SHIVLING PUJA?

Methods of doing Shiva Linga Puja at home:

Importance of doing Shiva Linga Puja: Everyone must understand that doing Puja and worshipping Lord Shiva brings enlightment, gains and benefits. One must understand that not everybody get a chance to do Shiv Puja during their lifetime.

The person will get a chance to do Puja for Lord Vishnu in the 101st of his birth time, if they perform Puja for all other Gods during their 100 previous birth time.

The person will get a chance to do Puja for Lord Shiva in their 101st birth time, if they perform Puja for Lord Vishnu  during their 100 previous birth time.

That is, the worship and Puja of Lord Shiva is possible only for those who have attained the maturity through their experiences during their previous births.

Mental Prepardness for doing Puja to Lord Shiva:

1. The Person should not remain jealous, angry, have possessive attitudes and possess vengenace.

2. The Person should not speak anything that hurts others mentally or physically either in a direct or indirect manner.

3. Puja should not be done to achieve the materialistic benefits like buying assets or earning huge money or enjoy the pleasures of the life.

4. The Person who conducts Puja must remain satisfied on everything that he/she has @ the person should have faith in the Lord Shiva that all his/her materialistic need would be met by the Lord Shiva in the hour of the need.

5.  The Puja must be done with utmost love, affection and dedication.

6. You must treat the Lord Shiva as your father or mother or mentor or friend or Guru/Acharya and as your own family member.

7. You must understand that the Lord Shiva remains within your body and soul. Hence you need to keep your mind clean.

8. A person can be called as a true Shiva bhakt, if he/she treats the other humans and all living creatures in an equal manner; and the will not think of (or) doing of any harm either mentally or physically.

9. You should not attend phone or speak to someone, while conducting the Puja.

Physical prepardness for doing Puja to Lord Shiva:

1. Cleanliness must be your first and foremost priority. You must take head bath everyday, before starting the Puja to Lord Shiva. There should not be any compromise on these issues.

2. You need to clean the Puja room/place and articles used for Pooja only after completing the head bath.

3. You must not indulge in any illegal or immoral or unthical sexual relationships. It is good that the person, who does Puja to Lord Shiva avoids sexual relationship with his/her life partner.

4. You must not eat Non-Vegetarian foods both within your house and also outside your house. The consumption of eggs are also borfidden.

5. You must take head bath, if you feel unclean by going into the toilet.

6. You should not physically engage with anyone, if you are not sure about their cleanliness both mentally and physically.

7. You should not touch or intrude or penetrate your finger into your mouth, eyes, ears, nose and private parts before or at the time of Puja. If you have done this, you become unfit to conduct the Puja, unless you again take a complete head bath.

8. You should not scratch your head and body using your hands/legs. If you have done this, you become unfit to conduct the Puja, unless you again take a complete head bath.

9. Your Puja dosen't deliver any results, if you continue to somoke (or) chew tobacco/pan masala (or) drink alochol (or) use any type of drugs.

Family preparedness for doing Puja to Lord Shiva:

1. All family members must take headbath before the start of Puja.

2. It is a sin to sleep or remain without taking bath for any family members, when other members of the family does the Puja in the Puja room.

3. Cooking and consuming of non-vegetarian foods by any other member of the family is completely forbidden.

4. Any family member, who helps to clean the house (Puja room) and cook the foods (for offerings to the God) must also remain clean both mentally and bodily.

5. Female family members should avoid Puja and its preparatory works during their menstrual periods.

Material preparedness for doing Puja to Lord Shiva:

1. You can offer any flowers to Lord Shiva.  You must not offer the following flowers to Lord Shiva

Kewra - Fragrant Screw Pine (English Name)

Pandanus odorifer (Botanical Name)

Gagan-dhu (Hindi Name)

தாழம்பூ - Thalambu (Tamil Name) 

2. You can offer the following flower to Goddess Parvathi; and it is preferable to avoid offering to Lord Shiva.

Biological Name: T. molla, K. molle, M.mulla.

English Name: Arabian jasmine

Tamil Name: முல்லை 

3. You must use the vessels made of Silver, Copper, Bronze or Mud to prepare any food to be offered to Lord Shiva. You should not use any vessels made of stainless steel, aluminium or any alloys which consits of Iron. You must maintain the same guidelines for the vessels or Puja materials to be used for conducting Puja. 

4. The Vessels and Puja articles should be cleaned separately and the process must be done regularly @ before the start of Puja. 

5. The Vessels and Puja articles should not be used for our personal use or for any other use. If any Puja articles or Vessels had been used for personal use would remain unfit for Puja thereafter.

6. Don't allow anyone to enter the Puja room and have physical contacts with the Puja materials. These guidelines must be vigrously maintained, if you are not sure about the Person's habits or characters. 

7. You must wash or sprinkle with water on any fruits or flowers that had been brought by others, before offering to the God. 

8. You should not offer any food that has been tasted already. 

Guidelines for conducting Shivling Puja:

1. You must start the Puja with Prayers to Lord Ganesha. 

2. You can also have idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Subramaniya, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi alongside Lord Shiva. But you must understand that the worship of Shivling automatically brings the blessings of other Gods @ the Shivling itself represnts all other Gods.   

Note: The idols that are to be kept in the house (to be used for the Puja) should not be the bigger in size than your index finger. 

3. You should not keep the idols of any Guru or Acharya alongside the Shiva Linga. 

4. You can do the Abhisekham to the Lord Shiva with the any of these following materials:

1. Gingelly Oil - Your desire gets fulfilled. * Please be careful with your desire.

2. Pancha Kavyam (A mixture of Milk, Curd, Ghee, Cow dung and Cow urine that been dried and powdered) - Purification of Body and Mind.

3. Panchamirtham (A Blended mixture that contains ripe bananas, honey, Jaggery (or) Diamond Sugar, Cow Ghee and Dates) - Auspicious Events in the Family.

4. Cow Ghee - Eternal Bliss

5. Cow Milk - Life Longevity

6. Curd from Cow Milk - Blessings to get conceived and trouble pregnancy

7. Honey - Excellent Oratory Skills and Physical comfort.

8. Sugarcane Juice - Recovery from illness & healthy lifestyle

9. Fruit Juice - Abundant quantity of Grains and Pulses

10. Tender Coconut Water - Good fortunes. 

11. Sandalwood Poweder Paste - Abundant Wealth & Health. 

12. Raw Rice Powder - Debt free Lifestyle

13. Holy Ash - Brings Enlightment into the Life * Helps to understand the real meaning of the Life. 

14. Rose Water - Excellent public ratings & fame. 

5. If you are not in a position to do Abhiskham with all these materials, atleast do it with the cow Milk or any one or any combination of these materials.

6. You can eat or drink the honey, milk, fruit Juices and fruits. There is no harm in it. This would bring more goodness into the life.

7. You can pour the rose water, curd or the water mixed with Holy ash or Sandalwood paste; or all the water used for cleaning into any plants or trees that delivers vegetables, fruits or flowers. (OR) You can drain these water into your bore well or well. This would bring unimaginable level of wealth and health. 

8. Method of doing Abhisekham: 

1. You must not pour these materials from the container. You must transfer it to a vessel that is made up of Bronze, Copper, Silver or Gold. 

2. You can put some flower and must show Deepa Aarthi (Fire lit from the Lamp using the Ghee) to the Shivling, once you have completed an abhisekham using a particular material. 

3. After the aarti is completed, you must remove the flower and clean it with the water. Then only, you can start with the next abhisekham. 

9. Once the abhisekham is completed. then the Shivling must be decorated with flowers having fragrance. 

10. You can chant the Mantras (or) You can play "Rudram Samagam" through any audio equipment. 

11. You can offer any type of foods like Rice Pongal (both sweet and plain), variety rice, any other dishes made of Pulses and any type of fruits. 

12. You can complete the Puja with aarti with incense sticks, benzoine and camphor or ghee lamp. 

13. You must wait for the incense sticks to completely burn out, so that you can remove the Prasadam (food that has been offered to the God).

14. You can eat the Prasadam (offerings) and must share it with everyone present there. 

15. Only after this procedure is over, you can start having your normal breakfast. 

16. You must try to your maximum to do Puja on daily basis. You should not skip your Puja even for a day, whatever be the reason. 

17. If you are travelling and not in a position to do Puja for genuine reasons, then you can opt for these alternatives.

1. You can immerse the idols (Shivling) in water and keep it in the Puja room.
2. You can immerse the idols in Pulses and Grains and keep it in the Puja room. 

I wish that everyone, who read this and the everyone who practise this Puja will be blessed  by Lord Shiva on all important issues in their life. 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

HOW TO DO PUJAS IN THE HOUSE?

How to arrange your Puja Rooms and conduct Puja in your house?

1. Provide separate room or separate place to conduct puja and prayers, where your guests or visitors do not trespass or may not have an easy access. This is to ensure the sanctity of the Puja room or place.

2. The Pictures of the God and the Goddess should be placed in the top-most layer. The pictures of Navagrahas & the Guru/Acharya/Yogi's should not be placed alongside the pictures of the God and the Goddess.

3. The Pictures of the Navagrahas (if any) should be placed below the pictures of the Gods.

4. The Pictures of the Guru/Yogi/Acharya's should be placed alongside or below the pictures of the Navagrahas.

5. You must clean the Puja room and utensils used for Puja atleast once in a day.

6. The pictures of dead ancestors must not be kept in the Puja room. The Pictures of the dead ancestors should not be fixed above the height of the Pictures of the God or the Goddess in any place within your house. The Pictures of the dead ancestors should not be placed prominently in a place overlooking the main entrance of the house.

7. Never use any utensils that are used for common cooking purpose to prepare any dish to offer to the God. Similarly use separate utensils and Puja accesories for conducting Pujas.

8. Do not do Puja, when someone is sleeping in another room of the house.

9. Do Puja only when everyone in your family has finished their bathing. Never allow anyone to take head bath after the completion of Puja on that day. Never wash your house with water after the completion of Puja.

10. Remove all the flowers that are dried up. Allowing the dried flowers to remain hanging up for more days is not considered good. Do not throw the dried flowers in the pathway; trash it carefully into the dustbin @ the dried flowers should not be trampled upon.

11. You can offer any flower to the God. You can also offer any leaves, if you are not able to get any flowers.

12. You can offer any fruits or cooked food to the God. You should not offer any food or fruits that had already been tasted. If you don't have access to any fruits or any cooked food, simply offer the drinking water.

13. The Person must be bodily clean, when he/she prepares the food for the God @ the food should not be offered to the God, if a unclean person prepares it.

14. Do not offer any Non-Vegetarian foods to the God, as this will bring more curse.

15. You can place the Pictures of the God overlooking West and South direction @ you must face either East or North direction, while praying to the God.

16. Anyone who faces the West and/or the South directions while praying may not get the desired results.

17. You must light up lamps either with Ghee or Gingelly oil. Never use anyother oil or mixed up oil.

18. The Lamp should be placed either facing the North or West or East direction only. Never light up the lamp, while it is facing the South direction.

19. The Lamps lit with ghee or gingelly oil should not be put out immediately after the completion of Pujas. The Lamps should be allowed to be lit, till the complete burning out of incense sticks (agarbathi) or benzoine (samprani).

20. You must put out the lamps either by pulling the thread back into the oil or by using the flowers. You should not put out the lamp by blowing air out of your mouth.

21. Never interrupt your Puja in the middle, whatever be the reason. The Level of concentration is very important in your Puja.

22. It is better to do Puja in the empty stomach; you will lack concentration on the Puja, if you had eaten too much.

23. Empty the water (that you had offered to the God on the previous day) into any plants that you grow in the house or empty into your well (if you possess it) or simply mix it in the water that is to be used for your bathing.

How to do Pujas in the Temple?

Friday, 27 March 2015

HOW TO DO PUJAS IN THE TEMPLE?

Pariharam: The Truth about the Coconut:

Coconut is mainly used in the Pujas, homams and also on in every important Hindu rituals. Let us understand, the importance of using the coconut in the pujas and also in the rituals; and let us delete our misunderstandings and mis-beliefs.

1. Breaking of a coconut either in a Puja or while doing Pariharam removes the Dhiristi (evil eye syndrome).

2. It is always better to do the Puja by breaking the coconut before the God, as this will automatically remove the Dhiristi.

3. Never do a Puja or Archana to any God without buying/offering/breaking the Coconut. You must do a Puja or archana by offering coconut, fruits, flowers, betel leaves & betel nuts, camphor and incense sticks, which are the basic & minimum you can offer.

4. You must try your best to select a good coconut, while buying it from the shop. You must shake the coconut well and must buy the coconut that has plenty of water into it. You must knock the shell of the coconut with your finger; and must the buy the coconut that has a solid shell around it.

5. When you do a Puja before the God, you must spell the name of every family members along with their Birth Star (Nakshatra) and Moon Sign (Rasi). You should not allow the Priests (Archakas) to rush through the names or must not allow them to partially spell the names/details or should not allow them to aggregate all the family members name into a single word/phrase.

6. Puja's should be done to the God in the name of any individual or groups. Do not do any Pujas in the name of the God @ Puja's can't be done to the God in the name of the God.  

7. If the coconut is found to be decayed or rotten, then the coconut would be returned to you by the Archakas. Do not panic or worry about the coconut getting rejected or think of a bad omen. Return the coconut to the seller. Get a new coconut and hand over the new coconut to the archakas and continue the Pujas. Facing a problem with the coconut actually indicates the excessive problems with the dhiristi (evil eye syndrome). By continuing to do the Puja with a new coconut actually relives your dhiriti.

8. After completing the Pujas, the archakas will return back your coconut and fruits along with Prasadams (holy ash & vermillion) and flowers that adorned the God. You must not leave any of those mentioned here in the temple itself. You must bring back everything to the house. You must eat all the fruits and the coconut (coconut can also be used in the cooking).

9. You can keep the prasadam in the Puja room and use it on  daily basis. Otherwise the holy ash or vermillion can be placed in a piece of cloth (preferably cotton cloth dyed and dried with turmeric powder) and kept in every corner of the house/cup boards/almirah, which will keep away all the Dhiristi (evil eye syndrome). You should not hand over the coconut or fruits to anyone incuding archakas @ it amounts to bartering your benefits to someone on voluntary basis.

10. You can hang on or place the flowers or garlands (that had adorned the God; and given to you by the archakas after the completion of the Pujas) in the front/main gate on the main entrance of your house. This is a very good remedy as it will safeguard your house from any bad dhirti or bad omen. But you must remove the flowers or garlands after it got dried up; and these dried flowers or garlands must be safely removed to the trash @ you should not throw it on the foot path or anywhere in a careless manner.

11. Doing these simple Pujas on a weekly basis will eliminate the possible troubles and reduce the intensity of the troubles.

How to do Pujas in the House?

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