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Pujas

  1. Satyanarayan Puja and Katha

    Satyanarayan Puja and Katha

    Shri Satyanarayan Katha and Puja is done for the blessings of Narayan form of lord Vishnu. As per Bhagvata Puran, Narayan is considered as the supreme lord who created the universe. Doing this Puja on a Purnima (Full Moon) or Sankranti is considered highly auspicious but this Puja can be performed at any other time too as per the convenience.

    Basic Vidhi of this Puja

    Reference: Puja Prakashan

    Sit comfortably and pray to lord Ganesha, goddess Gauri, lord Varuna, lord Vishnu and other dieties for their blessings so that this Puja gets successfully concluded. After Sankalp take a flower in hand and pray to lord Satyanarayan. Once lord Satyanarayan is offered fruit, Jal, and other Samagri; Satyanarayan Katha can commence.

    Significance of Swaminarayan Katha:

    The story begins with a question put by a Rishi, that how will mankind welfare in Kalyug when people will not be connected with Shastras and Vedic knowledge. Lord Narad once asked this question to lord Narayan and in response lord Narayan told keeping the fast of Satyanarayan and reciting or listening to the Katha of Satyanarayan with full devotion will be enough for the general welfare. Lord Narayan suggested, a Puja can be done in the evenings on any day for lord Satyanarayan. Satyanarayan katha and Puja is considered as one of the simplest remedy in the times of Kalyug.

    Towards the end of this Puja and Katha, an Aarti is sung for Satyanarayan and Shri Jagdish Swami.

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  2. Kaal Sarp Dosha Nivaran Puja

    Kaal Sarp Dosh Nivaran Puja

    Agre rahur atho kethu, Sarve Madhya gata graham,

    Yogam Kalasarpakhyam, Nripa Sasya Vinasanam 

    Rahu should be ahead of the ascendant (Lagna), and Ketu should be behind, and all the planets should fall in between these 2 planets and no planet should be in conjunction with either of those 2 planets (Rahu and Ketu). 
    Meaning: Whenever, in a birth chart, all the planets come in between Rahu and Ketu they form a Dosh called Kaal Sarp Dosh. For example if Rahu is in second house, Ketu in eighth house and rest of the seven planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Moon, Jupiter and Saturn) are placed in between these Rahu and Ketu than Kaal Sarp Dosh is said to be formed.
    Astrologers have a divided opinion on the importance of Kaal Sarp Dosh. Some astrologers consider it very important some do not consider it at all. None of the Vedic texts mention of this Dosh which leads to division of opinion amongst astrologers. The above mentioned verse came in to use sometime after 1950s and it does not appear in any of the Vedic texts.
    There are 12 different types of Kaal Sarp Dosh and they are classified on the basis of the placement of Rahu and Ketu. 
    Ananth Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in first house, Ketu in the seventh House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Kulik Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in second house, Ketu in the eighth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Vasuki Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in third house, Ketu in the ninth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Shankhpal Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in fourth house, Ketu in the tenth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Padma Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in fifth house, Ketu in the eleventh House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Maha Padam Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in sixth house, Ketu in the twelth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Takshak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in seventh house, Ketu in the first House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Karkotak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in eighth house, Ketu in the second House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Shankhchud Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in ninth house, Ketu in the third House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Ghaatak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in tenth house, Ketu in the fourth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Vishdhar Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in eleventh house, Ketu in the fifth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in twelth house, Ketu in the sixth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.
    Impact of Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosha usually leads to delay and losses in any important work, it may keep your mind unsettled, it may affect health and longevity. An expert astrologer should be consulted to understand the general impact of this Dosha. It will be incorrect to say that everyone who has this combination of planet will suffer as there are many examples of highly successful people with this combination. Some of them are: Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dhirubhai Ambani, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Sachin Tendulkar, Rajnikanth.
    Kaal Sarp Dosha Nivaran Puja is usually conducted at a few designated places. Trimbkeshwar in Nashik and Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain are the popular ones for this Puja.
     
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  3. Navgraha Shanti Puja

    Navgraha Shanti Puja

    The term Navgrah denotes collection of seven solar bodies and two shadow planets which are central to the astrological calculations and beliefs. Navgrahas constitute Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the two shadow planets Rahu and Ketu. The collection of these nine “Grahas” or planets in our horoscope are believed to exert an influence on each one of us which leads to our Karmas.

    Navgraha puja is conducted by the devotees to appease the malefic effects of badly placed planets in the horoscope and give strength to the planets placed in benefic positions in the horoscope. As per vedic astrology each of the planet in Navgraha has a ruling lord and to please each planet their ruling lords are worshiped in this puja. Navgraha Shanti Puja is a combined Puja for all nine planets. Though this Puja should be undertaken by someone who is going through a bad phase but this Puja can be done by anyone. This Puja can be done once a year by anyone.

    Navgrah Puja Basic Vidhi:

    Reference: Nityakram Puja Prakash

    A small Navgrah Mandal (as shown below) in the NE section of the house. Take Akshat (Rice) in left hand and start reciting Mantra for each planet and leave a few grains of rice through right hand for each planet. This activity is called Ahvan for each planet. The sequence of Ahvan is as follows: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu.

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  4. Mangal Dosha Nivaran Puja

    Mangal Dosh Nivaran Puja

    According to Parashar Hora Shastra, when Mars occupies any of the following houses 1, 4, 7, 8 or 12 with no benefic aspect then Mangal Dosh (Manglik Dosh) is said to be present. 
    Mangal Dosh may lead to troubled married life. One of the reasons why Mangal Dosha may lead to a troubled married life is because Mars represent masculine energy which brings in the qualities of aggression, passion, will power and courage. Mangal Dosh is like an excessive Mars energy. 
    Parashar Hora also says that a Manglik person should marry a Manglik person to cancel the Mangal Dosha effects. Mangal Dosh Nivaran Puja is also done as a remedy to Mangal Dosh.

    Mangal Dosh Nivaran Pooja:

    Mangal Dosh Nivaran Puja is done to appease the malefic effects of badly placed Mars in the birth horoscope.

    Astrological Importance:

    Astrologically, Mars is connected with Tuesday and is the depicter of energy, motivation, will power, self-confidence and ego. Due to its red color, the planet is considered to be furious and masculine, and is depicted as the planet of action in our horoscope. It is also known to influence conflict, competition and domination. Mangal Graha is also the ruler of passion, hence the diseases related to the same are anorexia, addictions, hypertension (high blood pressure), inflammatory conditions and burns. Praying to Mangal Graha can provide relief from these ailments to people. The color associated with Mars is red and white, and the gemstone associated is Red Coral. As per Vedic Astrology Mangal is ruled by Lord Hanumanji.

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  5. Vishwakarma Puja

    Vishwakarma Puja

    Lord Vishwakarma is described as the celestial architect who gave shape to the whole universe by his own hands. Lord Vishwakarma's name in Sanskrit means "Everything that Makes" and as per Vedic accounts many notable architectural marvels are attributed to his name. As a sign of reverence he is worshiped as the patron of all engineers, architects, craftsmen, artisans, weavers, mechanics, blacksmiths, welders, industrial workers and factory workers. Some of the notable architectural works by Lord Vishwakarma are Lanka, City of Dwarka, Indraprastha, Hastinapur, Flying Chariots of Gods and Swarga (Heaven). Padyami fall into the first day of Kartika Masa, Vishwakarma Puja is observed on the fourth day of Diwali, i.e. the day after Diwali. In some parts of the country including Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa Vishwakarma Puja is observed on 17 September each year and does not change according to the lunar calendar.

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  6. Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap

    Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap

    One of the ancient Sanskrit mantras, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a verse of Yajurveda. It is the great death-conquering mantra, which is popularly referred to as Tryambakam Mantra, as it is identified with the three-eyed Hindu deity - Lord Shiva.

    The Mantra has many names and forms. It is sometimes called the Rudra Mantra, with reference to the furious face of Lord Shiva. On the other hand, when it is called the Tryambakam Mantra, then it is referred to the alluding three eyes of Lord Shiva. When it comes to life, Mrityunjaya Mantra is called the Mrita-Sanjivini Mantra. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to have been found by Rishi Markandeya. It was a secret mantra, and Rishi Markandeya was the only one in the world who knew this mantra.

    Legend:

    The Moon was once in trouble, cursed by King Daksha. Rishi Markandeya gave the Mahamritryunjaya Mantra to Sati, Daksha's daughter, for the Moon. According to another version this is the Bija mantra as revealed to Rishi Kahola that was given by Lord Shiva to sage Sukracharya, who taught it to Rishi Dadhichi, who gave it to King Kshuva, through whom it reached the Shiva Purana. It is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Sukracharya after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. Its Devata is Rudra or Lord Shiva in his fiercest and most destructive roopa or aspect.

    Meaning:

    Meaning of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in English:- OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd if freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.

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  7. Dus Mahavidhya

    Das Mahavidhya Puja

    Das Mahavidhya puja is done for 10 forms of Shakti. Mahavidhya means supreme knowledge. whoever does this puja, Goddess Shakti bestows spiritual liberation and material comfort on him / her. 10 forms of Shakti covers all forms of womanhood ranging from the most beautiful forms to the most horrific forms.

    10 Forms of Shakti:

    • Kali
    • Tara
    • Shodashi
    • Bhuvaneshwari
    • Chinnamasta
    • Bhairavi
    • Dhumwati
    • Bagalamukhi
    • Matangi
    • Kamala

    Benefits of this puja:

    • Blessings of Mother Parvati
    • Harness health, wealth and prosperity
    • Relief from diseases
    • Ward off negative energies

    Legend:

    On one ocassion things got little out of hand between Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Lord Shiva was walking out on Maa Parvati to which Maa Parvati assumed 10 different forms and covered 10 directions which made it impossible for Lord Shiva to leave. Every manifestation of Devi revealed an eternal truth to Lord Shiva.

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  8. Holi Puja

    Holi Puja / Holika Dahan

    Story behind the festival of Holi:

    The main legend behind the celebration of Holi is the Holika and Prahlad story. Though Prahlad was the son of a demon king Hiranyakashyapu, he was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu was egoist who commanded everone in the kingdom to worship him. Hiranyakashyapu did not like the devotion of Prahlad towards Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu tried to kill Prahalad many times but everytime Prahlad got saved by Lord Vishnu. Finally Hiranyakashyapu asked his sister Holika to sit in the fire with Prahlad on her lap. Knowing that Holika had a boon that she can come out of the fire unscathed he wanted Prahlad to be burnt alive. Holika cajoled Prahlad to sit on her lap and she took her seat in the fire. Holika was unaware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone. While sitting on the lap of Holika Prahlad started chanting the name of Lord Vishnu. Prahlad came out of the fire unharmed, Holika burnt to death and the day is marked as the victory of good over the evil.

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  9. Lakshmi Puja

    Lakshmi Puja

    Lakshmi puja is one of the main pujas done on the main day of Diwali i.e. 3rd day of Diwali. As per legend, Lakshmiji visits the cleanest house / work place first hence people do rigorous cleaning of their houses and work places. This puja is usually conducted in the evening hours. Once the puja is concluded, lamps are lit all over the house. Since this puja is done on the biggest Hindu festival (Diwali) and this puja is considered a great puja for attracting wealth many households take an expert Pandit's solicitation by booking them well in advance.

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  10. Makar Sankranti Puja

    Makar Sankranti Puja

    Sun begins its Northward movement in Makar Rashi (Capricorn) on Makar Sankranti. On this day Sun moves from Sagitarius sign to Capricorn sign which marks the auspicios time for new beginings. Makar Sankranti is also a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun.

    Makar Sankranti Story:

    As per Hindu belief, Surya Dev (Lord Sun) visited his son Lord Shani on this day. Lord Shani is the lord of Capricorn sign. Surya Dev and Lord Shani maintained an enimity because Surya Dev did not liked the dark complexion of Lord Shani. This day is regarded as the day of new beginings by burying the past bitterness.

    As per Mahabharat, Bhishma Pitama chose to leave his body on this day only to attain heavenly abode.

    On this day Surya Devta is worshipped.

     

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  11. Namkaran

    Namkaran / Child Naming Ceremony

    Namkaran is a traditional Hindu practice of naming the child. This ceremony is less of a religious ceremony and more of a public ceremony. Namkaran ceremony is ideally conducted on the 12 day after the birth of the child. If it is not possible to conduct this ceremony on the 12th day after the birth then this ceremony can be done on the 101st day after the birth or on the first birthday of the child.

    How is Namkaran puja performed?

    Though the naming ceremony varies from community to community a most commonly practiced way of this ceremony is as follows: A priest is usually called to perform the religious rites or puja. This usually accompanies ahawan or homa. Baby is bathed and dressed in new clothes. Friends and relatives are invited to bless the new baby. The priest would perform puja and consult patri to suggest a letter which is good for baby. This is based on hindu astrology. Baby's horoscope is also drawn on this day. If parents have decided on a name, it is whispered in baby's ear by an elder of the family, usually the father or the maternal uncle of the child.

    These days the ceremony is conducted, but the name is not always kept according to the custom. Parents usually prefer to have a name which they like and have decided upon.

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  12. Mundan

    Mundan Puja

    Mundan ceremony is done because it is believed that hairs of a new born carries negative effects of previous life karmas. By doing Mundan the child gets rid of negative influences of past life karmas. Ideally this ceremony should be performed on a odd month and odd year. First, third, fifth and seventh years after the birth are considered best for this ceremony.

    Benefits of Mundan ceremony:

    In most communities a mundan or first haircut is done in the belief that it purifies the child. Many also believe that a mundan helps in:-

    • Getting rid of past life negativities
    • Improving blood circulation
    • Protecting the child from the evil eye
    • Improving the child's immunity
    • Some believe that it triggers the flow of of intelligence in the child..
    • improving the growth of the baby's hair

    Mundan usually begins by Ganesha Puja and a Havan. There after the priest sstarts shaving the hairs of the baby while reciting mantras. These shaved of hairs are later offered to a river. 

     

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  13. Janamdin Puja

    Janamdin Puja / Birthday Blessing

    Birthday puja is done to revere the Ishta Dev and seeking his blessings to remove obstacles and make the year prosperous. Janamdin puja can be performed with the help of a priest who will pray on your behalf. Puja or rituals are based on the tradition of offerings made by you to the God and seeking the blessings in return. Puja done on this day helps in amplifying the positive impacts of exalted planets in the horoscope and reduces negative impacts of debilitated planets in the horoscope.

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  14. Rudra Abhishek

    Rudra Abhishek Puja

    Rudra Abhishek puja is an ancient practice that has been followed in india since time immemorial. 'RUDRA' means 'SHIVA', the benevolent, the destroyer of evil and 'ABHISHEK' means ceremonious of holy bath given to a deity and 'PUJA' means that which is born out of fullness. Through this puja one can aim for inner peace and fulfillment.
    Lord shiva is worshiped in this puja in his Rudra form. Rudra Abhishek is considered as one of the greatest puja's to eradicate all the evils and to attain all the prosperity and peace.
    In this puja Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Linga or Lingam and Abhishek is performed with different articles such as flowers, belpatra, milk, coconut water, honey, curd, sugarcane juice etc.

    Relevance of Rudra Abhishek:

    Everything surrounding us is either in the form of an energy or a mass. Energy form is either positive or negative. When we pray to Lord Shiva - the lord of transformation, the entire negative energy around us in the form of diseases, depression and misery gets transformed into peace, prosperity and happiness.
    Rudra Abhishek is done in the name of individual with his / her sankalpa i.e. the specific pupose for which they are getting the puja performed.
    This puja is performed with a crystal 'Linga' and chanted by the ancient mantras which gets absorbed in specific materials like curd, milk, ghee, honey etc. This is then offered to Lord Shiva with reverence, love and gratitude.

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  15. Bhuumi Pujan

    Bhoomi Pujan

    According to Hindu culture, the land is considered as a mother. Bhoomi is the Hindu goddess of Mother Earth. Before the start of any construction a puja is performed which is called as Bhoomi Pujan. This puja is conducted to get the permission from Deva Bhoomi along with their blessings and help. Bhoomi Pujan Vidhi depends on quality of the land and purpose of the construction to be undertaken. If construction of a group of residential housing is the objective then Kubera Lakshmi mantras can be sung to increase sales of individual homes. If erection of a manufacturing factory is the objective, then adding a Vishwakarma Puja is suitable. Basically, Bhoomi Puja Vidhi can be altered so that it bears the sweetest fruits for the person concerned. If there are any legal problems / disputes related to land then Sudarshana Kalabhairava puja will be useful, If the enemy is equal / more powerful / strong, then the power of Bagalamukhi Brahmastra works well. Like Vastu Puja, Bhoomi Pujan is better if done in the Bhoomi, that is, call the Pandits to the site and conduct puja. However, Bhoomi Pujan can also be done remotely, you can send small samples taken from eight different locations of Bhoomi, Pandit will consecrate the sand, conduct all the rituals and send it back to you.

    Benefits of Bhoomi Pujan:

    By performing this puja one is paying his regards to Vastu Purusha.

    This puja helps in getting the blessings of the lord so that you can carry out any activities on that land without any trouble.

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  16. Griha Pravesh

    Griha Pravesh Puja / House Warming

    Griha Pravesh is a Hindu Vedic Puja whereby a newly constructed house is converted in to a home for living. Importance of this Puja is highlighted in the book no. 3 of Atharvaveda where it is mentioned:

    I enter this home with a kumbha
    fill it with ambrosia and anoint
    all those who drink of this heavenly water
    and protect this home
    I enter this house to dwell in it.

    With Agni, the immortal one, I enter and possess the house.

    The Mantras and the smoke from the Havan adds positive vibrations to the whole house and makes it free from any previous negativity.

    This Puja must be performed on the auspicious Muhurat as suggested by an expert astrologer or Pandit. This Puja should be performed only after the ceiling, doors and windows of the house are fixed. Though the Vidhi of this Puja varies from sect to sect but as a common practice, the Puja starts with lord Ganesha Puja to remove all the obstacles then Kalash Puja, Vastu Puja, boiling the milk over, breaking the coconut and sprinkling the water in the house from the Kalash.

    Three types of Griha Pravesh have been mentioned in our ancient scriptures -

    (1) Apoorva - First entry to live in the new house in a new field called Apoorva selected (new) Griha Pravesh.

    (2) Sapoorva - Entry into an existing home to live in it after traveling abroad or migrating elsewhere, is called Sapoorva Griha Pravesh.

    (3) Dwandwah - Entry into a house to live in it after reconstruction / renovation of the house damaged by fire, flood, electricity, wind, etc. it is termed as Dwandwah (or old) Griha Pravesh.

    Griha Pravesh Puja should be performed in all of the above mentioned cases.

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  17. Sundar Kaand Paath

    Sundar Kaand Paath

    Sundar Kaand is the fifth chapter out of seven chapter holy book "Ramayan".

    Story: When lord Rama sets out for searching Sitaji towards Lanka, they were at the bank of sea at Rameshwar and were planning how to cross the sea. Jamwant reminded Hanumanji of having a divine power of flying. Hanumanji at once sets out towards Lanka in search of Sitaji. This is the commencement of Sundar Kaand. On the way Hanumanji met a lot of obstacles in the form of demon Sursa and Lankini, he however successfully reaches Lanka by over powering them. On arriving at Lanka he meets Vibhishan (brother of Ravana) where Vibhishan tells Hanumanji about the critical situation of Sitaji and told about Ashok Vatika. Hanumanji meets Sitaji after showing the proof of being the ambassador of Lord Rama. He then destroys the Ashok Vatika upon which Ravan gets annoyed and sent his sons to kill him but in this process one of the Ravan's son got killed. Hanumanji himself allowed to be captured and be produced in front of Ravan. Ravan orders his followers to lit a fire on Hanumanji's tail. Hanumanji grew his tail bigger and bigger and as a result whole Lanka got engulfed in fire. After doing this Hanumanji went to meet Sitaji and said He will come with lord Rama to rescue her. Hanumanji narrated the whole incident to lord Rama on returning from Lanka. Upon this lord Rama started his journey towards Lanka by creating Ram Setu (Stone Bridge) on the sea and enters Lanka.

    Power of Sundara Kaand: After completing the end verses of Kishkindhakand Tulsidasji felt that next portion should be written in presence of lord Hanumanji. So he started Sadhana and Upasana to which Hanumanji accepted and came. Sunder Kaand was written in front of Hanumanji and at the end of Sunder Kaand, Tulsidasji requested Hanumanji to bless his devotees who recite this Kaand. This request was accepted by Hanumanji.

    Recitation of this Paath is good for:

    • Health, wealth and prosperity
    • Fulfillment of wishes and work
    • Protection against danger, losses and diseases
    • Riddance from negative energies and negative karma
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  18. Akhand Ramayan Paath

    Akhand Ramayan Paath

    Akhand Ramayan is the process of reading Ramayan in continuous 24 hour. Shri Ramcharitmanas also known as Shri Ramayana is an epic written by Tulsidas (also known as Goswami Tulsidas) was a Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher of 16th Century renowned for his devotion for the God Rama. Originally, the Ramayana was written by Sage Valmiki in Sanskrit language. Tulsidas was acclaimed in his lifetime to be a reincarnation of Valmiki, the composer of the original Ramayana in Sanskrit.

    The benefits of Akhand Ramayana are innumerable but few of them are:

    • It provides Peace, Prosperity & Happiness in the family.
    • It is considered auspicious for beginning of any new venture like starting of a Business, Entering a New House (Grah Pravesh), Birth of a Child, Marriage Ceremony, etc.
    • It prevents any unexpected harm and danger especially related to Health.
    • It creates a very pious and divine atmosphere at a place.

    A good time to do this puja is Ram Navmi which is considered as the day of birth of Lord Rama.

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  19. Pitra Dosha Puja

    Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja

    Pitra is referred to our ancestors and family members who are dead. Pitra Dosh is referred to the situation when the departed ancestors or family members have not attained peace or salvation. Importance of blessings from Pitra is explained in Rig Veda (Book 10: Hymn 15). This hymn contains a set of 14 verses and these verses outlines the importance of pleasing Pitra along with the basic procedure to please them and benefits of pleasing the Pitra.

    Following are three important verses from Rig Veda which speak about Pitra:

    आच्या जानु दक्षिणतो निषद्येमं यज्ञमभि गर्णीतविश्वे | 
    मा हिंसिष्ट पितरः केन चिन नो यद व आगःपुरुषता कराम || 

    Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 6

    Bowing your bended knees and seated southwards, accept this sacrifice of ours with favour. Punish us not for any sin, O fathers, which we human frailty have committed.

    आसीनासो अरुणीनामुपस्थे रयिं धत्त दाशुषे मर्त्याय | 
    पुत्रेभ्यः पितरस्तस्य वस्वः पर यछत त इहोर्जन्दधात ||

    Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 7

    Lapped in the bossom of purple mornings, give riches to a man who give oblations. Grant your sons a portion of that treasure and give them energy.

    ये नः पूर्वे पितरः सोम्यासो.अनूहिरे सोमपीथंवसिष्ठाः | 
    तेभिर्यमः संरराणो हवींष्युशन्नुशद्भिः परतिकाममत्तु || 

    Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 8

    Our ancient fathers who deserve the Soma (Nectar) who came, most noble, to our banquet. With these let Yama (God of Death), yearning with the yearning, rejoicing eat our offerings at his pleasure.

    The above mentioned three verses very clearly highlight the importance of remembering our Pitras along with offering them food of their choice (mostly Kheer).

    Astrologically Pitra Dosh is usually seen by Sun - Rahu conjunction or Rahu aspecting Sun in the natal horoscope. The result of Pitra Dosh will largely depend on the house in which Sun and Rahu are conjunct. Moon and Rahu conjunction may also lead to Pitra Dosh, which at times is referred as Maitri Dosh. Some astrologers take Maitri Dosh to be arising on Mother's side and Pitra Dosh on the Father's side. There are some other combination of planets in the birth horoscope which may lead to Pitra Dosh too. An expert astrologer is the best judge to decide over the extent and the effect of Pitra Dosha.

     Pitra Dosh may arise due to any of the following reasons:

    • Bad deeds (bad karma) of our ancestors in earlier life
    • Bad deeds (bad karma) of children, knowingly or unknowingly, embarrassing the soul of the ancestors
    • Unfulfilled desires of our departed ancestors
    • Intentionally done abortions may lead to Pitra Dosha.
    • A sudden and unnatural death of any relative / ancestors in early age. If someone fails to remember and honour the ancestors properly.

    Some of the impacts of pitra dosh on individuals are:

    • Pitra Dosha may bring to disgrace to the family
    • Pitra Dosha results in repeated failure in examinations
    • Obstructions in conceiving baby
    • Delay in marriage and strained married life
    • Kids may frequently fall ill

    Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja helps in overcoming the negative impacts of Pitra Dosh. This Puja is often performed at a few designated places like Gaya, Banaras, Pehowa, Tryambkeshwar, Hardwar etc. Gaya is believed to be the best place for Pind Daan and it is believed that many mythological figures like Lord Rama, Yudhistra, Bhisma Pitamaha, Marichi (Brahma’s son) performed Pind Daan at Gaya. Some people choose to perform this Puja at home too. An expert astrologer or a senior Pandit should be consulted when performing this Puja at home.

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