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Skanda Shasti Kavacham - Part 1 Skanda Shasti Kavacham - Part 2
Thiruppugazh Skanda Guru Kavacham - Part 1
Skanda Guru Kavacham - Part 2 Kandhar Anubhoothi - Part 1
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Skanda Shasti or Kanda Shasthi

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Who is Lord Muruga?

Lord Muruga, the younger brother of Lord Ganesha, is the protector of our earth plane. As the protector, he is ever concerned about the welfare of human beings and the planet earth. Muruga is also the Lord of the Pleiades (A star cluster in the constellation Taurus). Lord Muruga is associated with the birth star Krithika; a very precious birth star. He represents the primordial energy and force.

Lord Muruga is more popular in South India compared to other parts of India. He is the God of war and the patron deity of the Tamil land (Tamil Nadu); and is known by many other names, including Senthil, Saravana, Karttikeya (meaning ’son of Krittika’), Arumugam or Sanmuga (meaning ‘one with six faces’), Kumara (meaning ‘child or son’), Guha, Skanda, Subrahmanya, Velan and Swaminathan.

Lord Muruga is known to guide human beings to a higher life. Basically a celestial warrior, he constantly battles and destroys demons that prevent good things (the grace of light) from entering the earth plane.

Kartikeya is symbolized with the weapons he wields on the battlefield - Vel, the Divine Spear or Lance that he carries and his mount, the peacock. He is depicted with many weapons including a sword, a javelin, a mace, a discus and a bow or wielding a spear. This symbolizes his purification of human ills. His javelin symbolizes protection, discus symbolizes knowledge of the truth, mace represents strength and bow shows ability to defeat all ills. His peacock mount symbolizes the destruction of the ego.

His six heads represent the six siddhis bestowed upon yogis over the course of their spiritual development.

The Legend and his “6 Battle Houses”:

As Lord Muruga emerged as six sparks of flame from the third-eye of Lord Shiva, he always defeats the evil forces to save his devotees and disciples. The popular south Indian maxim goes, “Wherever there is a mount, there is a shrine for Lord Muruga; the omnipresent!”

Lord Muruga has six famous abodes in Tamil Nadu which are collectively known as ‘Arupadai Veedu’. In Tamil ‘Aru’ means six and ‘Veedu’ means home. Every abode of Lord Muruga commemorating an event mentioned in the puranas(old stories). Thiruparankundram, Thiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Palamuthircholai are His six abodes.

Thiruparankundram (5 kms from Madurai)

This is the first abode of Lord Muruga lying on the outskirts of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. God here is worshipped as Lord Subramanya Swami and this is the place where he wedded Shri Deivanai, daughter of Deivendiran, the leader of Devas, in the presence of Sun and Moon. As per legends, it is told that after having won the demons, the Lord was honored and celebrated by offering Deivanai as his consort. This was to thank the Lord from saving from cruel bondage with the demons.

The temple is situated at the foot of 700 foot high rock and it has separate shrines for Lord Ganapathy, Lord Shiva, Devi Durga and Lord Vishnu. The entrance of temple has 48 Nayakkar period pillars with engraved artistic cravings. The speciality of Thiruparankundram is that the innermost shrine has been carved from a single rock. Thiruparankundram is also renowned as an auspicious place for conducting marriages.

In this temple, there is ‘Saravana Poigai’ a holy water tank from where water will be brought by the elephant for ‘Abhisekam’.

Thiruchendur (100km south of Madurai):

Tiruchendur is the second abode of Lord Muruga. Here he is worshipped as Lord Bala Subramanya Swami, Lord Senthil Nathan and Lord Senthil Kumar. This is a unique abode of Lord Muruga situated on the seashore; whereas other abodes are on the top of hills.

It is believed that the temple was built by Desigamoorthy Swamigal belonging Thiruvaduthurai Adeenam about 300 years ago. The main tower is 137 foot high and is 90 ft by 65 ft at base. It has 9 levels to indicate 9 kalasams which are placed on the top of the tower. There are two corridors in the temple where we can see various deities. After circumambulating two corridors, one reaches the Mahamandapam (the inner area lying in front of the sanctum) for a darshan of the main deity Lord Bala Subramanya Swami.

This shrine is famous for the festival ‘Kantha Sashti’ which is cordially celebrated every year. On that day, thousands of devotees assemble on the sea shore to see the climax of the festival where Lord Muruga kills the demons Surapadma and his brothers.

Palani (120 kms west of Madurai)

This is the third abode of Lord Muruga where he stands on the top of 150 m high rock. Here he is known as Sri Palani Andavar, the lord with the staff in his hand. The deity at the sanctum is made out of an amalgam of nine important minerals called as ‘Nava Bashana‘. The deity here is also called as Lord Palani Appan and Lord Andiappan.

There is a legend as to how Lord Muruga came to this sacred shrine. Shri Narada Muni, a sage, once brought a golden mango to the home of Lord Shiva seated with his consort and children Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga. Narada Muni gave the fruit to Lord Shiva and prayed him to eat it since it was rare and fruit of Gnana (fruit of wisdom). The divine couple wanted to give it to their children. But the conditiom was that it should be eaten wholly for its total benefits. Lord Shiva announced a contest, wherein whoever completed one round of the globe first would get Gnana Fruit.

Lord Muruga immediately mounted on his vehicle peacock to go around the world. But, Lord Vinayaka’s mouse was no match for the peacock in its speed. Lord Vinayaka circumambulated his parents, symbolizing the world and got the fruit. On return, Lord Muruga found that he was cheated. In anger, he renounced his family and came to Palani to settle. Lord Shiva and Devi Parvathi came to pacify him, and named the vortex as Palani.

‘Thaipoosam’ is cordially celebrated every year here. The temple is very spacious with beautiful mandapams and carved pillars. Golden Chariot is the speciality of this shrine. The great Tamil poetess and saint Avvaiyar had been tested for her knowledge by Lord Muruga. Here is where Lord Kanda blessed the old Tamil Poetess with bountiful knowledge.

Swamimalai (5 km away from Kumbakonam):

It is the fourth abode of Lord Muruga. Here our Lord gets the name ‘Swami Nathan’ as he expounded the meaning of Pranava mantra ‘Om’ to His father Lord Shiva. The temple is about 5 km away from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, on the bank of River Cauveri. Legend has it that saint Bhrugu before commencing an arduous tavam or penance; got the boon anybody disturbing his meditation will forget all his knowledge. Such was the power of the penance the sacred fire emanating from the head of the saint reached up to the heavens and the frightened Devas surrendered to Lord Shiva praying for His grace. The Lord extinguished the sacred fire by covering the saint’s head by hand. With saint’s penance thus disturbed the Lord became oblivious of all His knowledge and is said to have regained them by learning Pranava mantra from Lord Muruga at this shrine.

Once when Brahma, the Lord of all creations was proceeding to Kailash, the child Lord Muruga asked Him for the meaning of Pranava mantra, ‘Om’. When Brahma admitted His ignorance, the Lord imprisoned Him. With Brahma imprisoned, all creations came to a standstill and the Devas prayed to Lord Shiva to get Brahma released. Lord Muruga expounded the meaning of ‘Om’ and only after Shiva accepted Muruga as a Guru and listened to the exposition as a devoted disciple. The temple is built on an artificial hillock of about 60 foot height with beautiful laid stone steps representing the Hindu cycle of sixty Tamil years leading to the Lord. In the ground floor there are temples dedicated to Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi. Every year Chitra Pournami is celebrated in this shrine.

Tiruthani (50 Km north of Chennai):

According to Puranas, Lord Muruga married Shri Valli in this shrine, and he is called Bala Subramanya Swami. The shrine is situated at about 50 km north of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, at a 250 m high mountain. Thiruthani is famous for Adi Krithikai festival between the months of July and August. On this festival thousands of devotees offer flower kavadi to Lord Muruga. Kantha Sashti is another festival celebrated here in the months of October and November.

It was only upon worshipping Lord Muruga at Thiruthani, the king of snakes Vasuki got his wounds healed which was caused during the churnning process in the Milky Ocean to get Amrita held by Devas and Demons. It was here Lord Brahma propitiated the Lord Muruga at a holy spring known as Brahma sonai after his imprisonment by our Lord for his failure to explain the Pranava mantra ‘OM’

Saint Arunagirinathar has praised this hill as the chosen place for worship by the great devas and the favorite abode of saints to perform prolonged tapas (meditating on God for years together at a stretch). Sri Muttuswami Deekshitar, who lived 200 years ago (one of the trinity of the “Carnatic music’- the Traditional music of south India) had his inspiration in Tiruthani when the Lord Muruga (in the disguise of an old man) met him on the steps of the temple and sweetened his tongue with the prasad of this temple. This had provoked him to sing his first song on Lord Muruga of Tanikai

Pazhamudircholai (10 miles north of Madurai):

This is the sixth abode of Lord Muruga which lies about 19 km away from Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Lord Muruga stands on the top of the hill which can be reached by the motarable road, and he is called “Solaimalai Murugan” here. This very beautiful shrine is surrounded by green woods, shrubs and hills. At the foot of hills is the, “Alagar Kovil” temple which is one of the important temples of Lord Vishnu.

Pazhamudircholai is the abode where Lord Muruga stands with both his consorts Shri Valli and Shri Deivanai. Though the temple is the simplest of all, it is the most beautiful one amidst natural sceneries.

Pazhamudircholai is a hill rich in fruits, vegetables and flowers. It is a dense forest where “Valli” is supposed to have lived. There is a temple tower and monkeys abound around the area. It is a fertile hill with many natural springs and herbs.

Although there are hundreds of temples in Tamil Nadu for Lord Muruga, these six temples called the “Arupadaiveedu” are very famous, and devotees throng them throughout the year. It is in these places the legends of Lord Muruga are associated.

About Sani Peyarchi

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Sanee (Saturn), the Lord that brings us all good things transits from Simha Rasi (Leo) to Kanni Rasi (Virgo) on Saturday 26th September, 2009 and is going to remain there for the next two and half years. This shift is going to bring in mixed fortunes.

Rasis/Signs affected by Sani Peyarchi
Kumbam (Aquarius) Meenam (Pisces) Simmam (Leo)
Kanni (Virgo) Thulam (Libra)


It is advised that persons in all Rasis in general and those born in the above Rasis in particular perform Poojas to appease Lord Sani.

THIRUNALLAR (near Karaikal) is the temple for Saneeswarar and is one among the Nava Graha Stalams. The presiding deity here is Saneeswara Baghawan with goddess Praneswari.



Silpa Ratnakara, describes Sani as black hued, having eagle as his mount, wields sula, wearing blue garments, blue flowers and ornaments. In the south, the crow is represented as his vehicle. Nala was seized by Saturn and he had to undergo several troubles on that account. Finally he bathed in Nala Tirtham, a sacred pond in Tanjore District near Karaikkal and got rid of the seizure.

Birth of Saturn : Samja, the wife of the Sun could not bear the intense heat of her husband. She created a duplicate of her form called Chaya, left her in the house and went away to her parents. The Sun not aware of this plot lived with Chaya, thinking her to be his wife, she begot a son to Sun and he is Saturn.

Sani Peyarchi Special Pooja
Saneeswarar Temple
Only Navagraha Stalam for Lord Saneeswarar

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Purataasi Saturday Pooja

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The month of Purataasi (mid September to mid October) is dedicated to the worship of Maha Vishnu (the Preserver). It is the period of the year in which we pay homage to Lord Vishnu. It was in the month of Purataasi, Lord Vishnu in the form of Sri Venkata Chala Pathi (Balaji) came to earth to guide people. Lord Vishnu is also called by several names like Emperumal, Govinda, Gopala, Venkateswara, Hari Narayana, Balaji, Srinivasa, Ranganatha, Ramchandra, etc

Mahalaya Amavasya

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The dark fortnight of Aswayuja (September-October) is known as the Mahalaya Paksha or the fortnight specially sacred for offering oblations to the departed ancestors. The last day of this period, the new moon day, is considered as the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites.

The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and the great charity he had done here was returned to him hundredfold. But, it was all gold and silver; there was no food, as he had not done any food-charity! He prayed to the god of death. So, he was sent back to earth for fourteen days, to make up for this deficiency.

For fourteen days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the higher regions, he had food in plenty. It is these fourteen days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha. Due to the grace of the god of death, it has been ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.

Charity in the form of food is important during this observance. Life depends upon food. You cannot preach religion to empty stomachs. This human body is the most important vehicle for realising God. How precious must food be which keeps the body fit for Yoga! The gift of food is the greatest gift. Therefore, give food in plenty, not only during the Mahalaya fortnight but all through the year

VARALAKSHMI VRATHAM

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VARALAKSHMI VRATHAM

Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu.The Hindu festival going by the name ‘Vara Lakshmi Vrata’ is celebrated on the last Friday of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashadha, also called Adi, which corresponds to the English months of July-August.

Significance

Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti(Pleasure) and Pushti(Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmis or forces. In fact, Vishnu representing the preservative aspect of the universe, radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and worshipped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Only a woman can sympathise with women. Lakshmi is a woman. So she will more readily sympathise with women. Hence this festival is observed largely by women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and their children.

Legend

As the legend goes, this is a pooja that was pronounced by no other than Lord Parameswara to be performed by his consort Parvathi to seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Thus it came to be emulated by married women who sought boons (varam) for the health, wealth and knowledge for the entire family. In some cases, women prayed for being blessed with children. The prescribed day for the pooja is the Friday of the month of Sravan in the fortnight known as Sukla paksha, preceding the full moon day.

Story

On one occasion, Parvati and Parameswara were engaged in a game of chess. Parvati was winning game after game, but Parameswara is said to have claimed the victory at each games, wantonly, to her intense chagrin. So Parvati wanted to have an umpire and one Chitranemi, a creation of Parameswara, was chosen. As an underling of Parameswara, he sided with him most unjustly. This provoked Parvati’s anger and she cursed Chitranemi that he should become a leper for discharging his duty in most unfair manner.

When Chitranemi begged Parvati’s forgiveness and Parameswara added his entreaties to it, she is said to have relented and modified the curse by adding that he would be cured of his leprosy by observing the Vara Lakshmi Vrata. By doing this Chitranemi was, it is said, rid of the loathsome disease.

The history of the origin Of the Vara Lakshmi Vrata is rather interesting. Lakshmi is said to have visited a pious woman by name Sarmadi, living in the city of Kuntinapura in Magadha (Bihar), in in one of her dreams and expressed her satisfaction at her devotion to her children. When she woke UP from her sleep, she took a bath and worshipped Lakshmi to ensure her blessings. When the other ladies heard of her dream and her worship of Lakshmi, they too began to worship her, and the custom is then said to have spread everywhere throughout the land in course of time.

History

In the kingdom of Magadha of yore, there lived a brahmin woman called Charumathi in a town named Kundina. The prosperous town was the home of Charumathi and her husband. She devotedly served her husband and her parents-in-law. Impressed by her piety, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship Vara-Lakshmi (literally, boon granting - goddess of wealth) and seek to fulfill her wishes. Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Thus was prescribed the Friday of Sravana month preceding the full moon day for the worship.

When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, she found them encouraging her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the town also joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi. They prayed with deep devotion:

“Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe
Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada”

The well dressed women made offerings of delicious feast with utmost devotion. As they went round the deity in prayer, dazzling jewelry is said to have appeared as ornaments on the bodies of these worshippers and their houses filled with riches. They rewarded the priest who assisted them in performing the pooja and they all partook in the feast. The women expressed their gratitude to Charumathi who shared her dream and helped them become prosperous. This pooja came to be practiced year after year by women. Done with devotion, it is said that boons would be granted and thus many wishes would be realized.

This pooja can be done with no restriction to caste or creed. To this day, the faithful of modern times observe this tradition.

Vara Lakshmi Vratham

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Vara Lakshmi Vratham

By: Vasanthi Sri Kanes

Bahrain

Varalakshmi Vratha or Vratham is a popular ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on this day. In 2009, the date of Varalakshmi Vratam is July 31.
Varalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess. Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

Varalakshmi Vratham Myth

According to Hindu mythology, once Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about a vratha that will be beneficial to women. Lord Shiva then mentioned the importance of Varalakshmi Vratha. The conversation on Varalakshmi Vratha between Parvati and Shiva takes place in the Skanda Purana.
To illustrate the importance of the Vratha, Lord Shiva narrates the story of Charumati. Pleased with Charumati’s devotion to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratha. The pious Charumati invited all her neighbors, friends and relatives and performed the Varalakshmi puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. Soon after the puja, all the people who participated in the puja where blessed with wealth and prosperity.

According to another Hindu legend, the origin of Varalakshmi Vratha is associated with a game of dice played between Lord Shiva and Parvati. Goddess Parvati who was winning all the games was accused of cheating by Lord Shiva. So they decided to appoint Chitranemi, a gana of Shiva, as the umpire. Chitranemi ruled in favor of Lord Shiva and this angered Goddess Parvati who cursed him to be a leper. Shiva asked Parvati to forgive Chitranemi and she agreed to revoke the curse if he watched Varalakshmi Vratha performed by pious women. The tradition of Varalakshmi Vratha started from then onwards.

Clean the house on Thursday with water .On Thursday evening choose a clean corner of the living room and placed a small short wooden table facing East.
over the table spread a new pink/Red silk cloth or simply draw a Lotus kolam with rice flour.
Above the silk cloth/ kolam spread a plantain leaf (tip portion) .If you cannot get a plantain leaf buy a new dinner plate and use it instead .Spread 1 cup of rice mixed with turmeric above the leaf/plate.
Place kumkum, turmeric , banana, betel leaf in the edges.

People wake up early in the morning on Friday and take a bath. Traditionally speaking the waking up time for the puja is the brahma muhurtham. Then the designated puja area and house is cleaned well and a beautiful ‘kolam’ or rangoli is drawn on the intended place of puja.
Next is the preparation of the ‘kalasham or kalash.’ A bronze or silver pot is selected and is cleaned thoroughly and a swastika symbol is drawn and is smeared with sandalwood paste..Mix turmeric powder 1 tbsp with 2 cups of rice (Raw rice ..not par-boiled). Be legible in having this rice because it is very very auspicious rice and we are going to use it year round. Put the rice inside the clean kalasam.
place some coins, one lemon, flower petals ,a small picture of Mahalakshmi, a turmeric clad thread with 9 knots and some gold jewels inside the kalasam.
Arrange some mango leaves on the kalasam .(see image)
coat a coconut with turmeric paste and place it above the kalasam
Take a pair of gold ear rings and pierce them to the coconut’s top (kudimi).
If you are lucky enough to get a face image of Mahalakshmi then stick it to the coconut’s side.
Now you have incarnated Mother Lakshmi in the kalasam.
Decorate the kalasam with flowers .Use your imagination.some people make plaits and decorate the Mother with lot of flowers.Prepare nonbu kayiru as demonstrated and place it in pooja.(There is no restriction in this pooja , even simple flowers and chanting the mother’s name will please Her.)
Then light the lamps , dhoop sticks and sing Mahalaksmi’s songs

Then Whole heartedly request her to come .
This is called the pooja of inviting the Mother Lakshmi.
Just let one tiny light bulb shine all over the night. The kalasham pot is filled with raw rice or water, coins, a single whole lime, five different kinds of leaves, and beetle nut. The items used to fill the kalasham vary from region to region and includes turmeric, comb, mirror, small black bangles and black beads.
On the pooja day:

Next morning before Raghu Kalam carefully take the kalasam to the pooja room.

In some areas, women place a mirror behind the kalasham. Today, there are also specially made Varalakshmi pots available in the market.The kalasham is usually placed on a bed of rice. First Lord Ganesha is worshipped. Then begins the Varalakshmi Puja. The puja consists of singing slokas dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi like the Lakshmi Sahasranamam. Arati is performed on the kalasham. Different types of sweets are offered. Some people offer pongal. In some areas women tie yellow thread on their hands.

The woman who is observing the Varalakshmi Puja abstains from eating certain kind of food and this varies from region to region. In some regions, women fast till the puja period.

Thamboolam –Make Thamboolam for the married women coming for the pooja.
Buy small plates or betel leaves for base.
Place one nonbu kayiru in each plate.place Kungumam, turmeric powder, a fruit, betel leaves, paakku, glass bangles, or any small gifts.
Place these thamboolams around the kalasam.
The next day, that is on Saturday, after taking a bath the kalasham is dismantled and the water in the kalasham is sprinkled in the house. If rice is used then it is mixed with rice in the house.

There are no hard and fast rules in performing the Varalakshmi Puja and you can be flexible on the puja items. Even a simple prayer will please Goddess Lakshmi.

Special Prayers or Shlokas to be chanted on Varalakshmi Vratha day
• Lakshmi Ashtotram (see below ) and Lakshmi Sahasranamam

Food That Can be eaten on Puja day
• Any type of Sundal is eaten on Friday and Saturday evening.
• In some regions, Green Bananas are not cooked.
• Please do not fast (Upvaas), if you are pregnant or are having any disease or are under medications.
Fasting on Varalakshmi Puja day
• Fasting is done from morning till Varalakshmi Puja is over. You can always be flexible – fasting might not be possible if you are working etc.

What if I missed the Varalakshmi Puja?
• If you missed the Varalakshmi Nombu day or failed to observe it, you can do it during the following Friday. Another option is to observe it during a Friday in Navratri.

Varalakshmi Nombu Saradu or thread
• Yellow thread is prepared with nine knots and flower is placed in the center. It is tied on the right hand.
Other important things to remember
• Do not impose the Puja. You should observe it only, if you are really interested. Also do not impose the puja on youngsters.
• If you are observing for the first time, learn it from an experienced woman.
• Unmarried women observe the puja, if their mother is observing it.
• Pregnant women can skip the puja. If you are so inclined you can do it but make sure fasting does not cause any harm. You can do the puja and skip fasting.
• If the puja falls within 22 day of the birth of child, it is considered inappropriate and should not be observed.
Finally, start the preparation on Thursday itself. Arrange and purchase all the things that are needed a day before the puja.

Varalakshmi Puja, or Varamahalaskhmi Pooja, is observed by women in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and by some communities in Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh, Sri lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. The observance is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and falls on a Friday in August. Varalakshmi Puja is an elaborate puja and is usually performed with the help of elderly women who have performed the Pooja earlier. Here is a list of essential items that are required for the puja.
This is only a general list of things required.

The puja requirements vary from region to region.
• Picture or image or idol of Maha Lakshmi.
• A Kalash pot for Purna Kumbha – clay or silver.
• Lamps, bells, agarbathis – usual puja articles.
• Usual decorations for puja.
• Cotton dress for the idol or garlands
• A piece of blouse to cover the idol.
• Threads or Saradu
• Mirror
• Comb

Fruits and Leaves
• Bananas
• Locally available fruits
• Dhruva grass
• Fragrant leaves
• Betel leaves
• Betel nuts
• Banana leaf with tip or a tray

For making ‘Prasad’ or offering - Usually sweets this depends on the person’s ability. There are a lot of varieties of sweets that are made. The preparation begins on Thursday.

If you want to strictly follow all the rules and methods of Varalakshmi Puja, then it is wise to take the advice from an elderly woman who is regularly performing the puja.
Always remember rituals should not be a trap. It should only be a helping step in realizing the ultimate truth. A simple flower offered with devotion is far better than elaborate showy rituals.

Puja Procedure

VARA MAHÁLAKSHMI PŪJA

VARA MAHÁLAKSHMI PŪJA
Īśhvara samvat shraavaNa shuddha shukravaar
(this pūja falls on the Friday earlier and nearest to fullmoon in the month of shraavan.)

1. AT THE REGULAR ALTAR

Óm sarvebhyo gurubhyo namah::
Óm sarvebhyo devebhyo namah::
Óm sarvebhyo bráhmanebhyo namah:

prárambha káryam nirvigna-mastu, shubham shobhanamastu, ishTa devatá kuladevatá suprasanná varadá bhavatu.

AT THE VARA MAHALKSHMI ALTAR

2 ÁCHAMANA:

Óm Keshaváya sváhá, Óm Náráyánáya sváhá, Óm Mádhaváya sváhá, Óm govindáya namah:, vishnave namah:, madhusuudanáya namah:, tivikramáya namah:, vámanáya namah:, sridharáya namah:, hrishikesháya namah:, padmanábháya namah:, damodaráya namah:, sankarshanáya namah:, vasudeváya namah:, pradyumnáya namah:, aniruddháya namah:, purushottamáya namah:, adhokshajáya namah:, nárasimháya namah:, achyutáya namah:, janárdanáya namah:, upendráya namah:, haraye namah:, śrī krishnáya namah:

Óm pranavasya parabhrahma rishih paramátmá devatá daivi gáyatri chandah, pránáyáme viniyogah. Óm bhuh, Óm bhuvah, Óm svahah, Óm máhah, Óm janah, Óm tapah, Óm satyam, Óm tatsavitur-varenyam bhargo-devasya dhiimahi, dhiyo-yonah prachodayát
(Repeat áchamana )

Óm apojyoti rasomritam, brahma bhur- bhuva-svarom

3 SAMKALPAH

Óm Srimán Maha-Ganá-dhipataye namah:, śrī Gurubhyo namah:, śrī Sarasvatyey namah:, śrī Vedáya namah:, śrī Veda-purusháya namah:, Ishta devatá-bhyo namah:, kula-devatá-bhyo namah:, stana-devatá-bhyo namah:, grama-devatá-bhyo namah:, vástu-devatá-bhyo namah:, sachii purandará-bhyám namah:, umá maheshvará-bhyám namah:, mátá pitrubhyám namah:, lakshmi- nárayanábhyám namah:, sarvebhyo devebhyo namo namah:, sarvebhyo-bráhmanebhyo namo namah:, yetad-karma-pradhána-devatábhyo namah:

avignamastu, sumukhasch ekdantascha, kapilo gajakarnakah, lambodarascha, vikato, vigna násho ganádhipah dhumra-ketur-ganádhyaksho, bála-chandro gajánanah dvádash-aitáni námáni,, yah patet shrunu-yád-api vidyá-rambhe viváhe-cha, praveshe nirgame tatá sangráme sankate-schaiva, vignas tasya na jáyate

shukl-ámbara-dharam devam, shashi-varnam chatur-bhujam prasanna-vadanam dhyáyet, sarva vignopa-shántaye

sarva-mangala mángalye, shive sarvá-arta sádhike sharanye tryambake devi, náráyani namostute

sarvadá sarva káryeshu, násti teshám amangalam yesham hridisto bhagaván, mangaláyatano harih

tadeva lagnam sudinam tadeva, tára-balam chandra-balam tadeva vidyá balam daiva-balam tadeva, lakshmi-pateh tenghri yugam smarámi

labhas-tesham jayastesham kutastesham parájayah yesham indivara shyamo hridayasto janárdanah

vináyakam, gurum bhánum, brahma-vishnu-maheshvarán sarasvatim pranamy-ád
au sarva karyarta siddhaye

srimad bhagavato mahápurushasya vishnorájnaya pravartamánasya, adya brahmano-dvitiya parárdhe vishnupade, śrī svetavaráha kalpe, vaivasvata manvantare (bhárata varshe, bharata kande, jambhudvipe dandakáranya deshe, godávaryá dkshine tiire, krishnavenyo uttare tiire, parashuráma kshetre, or samyukta america deshe, St Levis grame, or australia deshe, victoria grame , bahriinu deshe etc) sháliváhana shake vartamáne vyaváharike dhátu náma samvatsare dakshiN-áyane varshaa ritua, shraavaNa máse, shukla pakshe, shukra vásare, sarva graheshu yatá rashi stána stiteshu satsu, yevam guna-visheshena vishishtáyám shubha punya titau mama átmana shruti-smriti-puránokta phala-prápyartam, mama sa-kuTumbhasya kshema stairya áyur-árogya, chaturvidha purushárta sidyartam, angikrita śrī ráma navami vratá-anga-tvena sampádita sámagryá, śrī varamahalaxmyey priityartam, yatá shaktyá, yatá milita upachára dravyeyi, śrī suukta, puranokta mantr-eischa dhyána áhváhana-ádhi, shodashopachare śrī varamahalaxmyey pūjanam karishye.

idam phalam mayá-devi stápitam purata-stava, tena me safalá-váptir-bhavet janmani-janmani. (kiip fruits in front of the Goddess)

4 SHADANGA NYASA (touching various parts of the body)

1 Óm hrám angushtá-bhyám namah: - hridayáya namah: 2 Óm hriim. tarjaniibhyám namah: - shirase sváhá 3 Óm hruum madhyamá-bhyám namah: - shikhayey vaushat 4 Óm hraim anámiká-bhyám namah: - kavacháya hum 5 Óm hraun. kanishtaká-bhyám namah: - netra-trayáya vaushat 6 Óm hraH. kara-tala kara-prashtábhyám namah:. astráya ff-t

5 DIGBADHANA-
Óm mahámá-yeti digbandhah - disho badnámi (show mudra)

6 GANAPATI PŪJA

ádau nirvignatá-siddyartam mahá ganapati pūjanam karishye. ganánám tvá shaunako gratsamado ganapatir-jagati, ganapatya-áváhane viniyogah.(pour water)

Óm ganánám tvá ganapatim ávámahe, kavim kavinám-upama shravas-tamam jyeshta-rájam brahmanám brahmana-spata ánah shranvan-noti-bhih siida-sádanam bhuh ganapatim áváhayámi, bhuvah ganapatim áváhayámi, svah ganapatim áváhayámi. Óm bhur-bhuva-sváhá mahá-ganapataye namah:, dhyáyámi dhyánam samarpayámi. mahá ganapataye namah: áváhanam samarpayámi (sam).
ásanam sam, pádyam sam, arghyam sam, áchamanam sam, snánam sam, vastram sam, yajnopaviitam sam, chandanam sam, parimala dravyam sam, pushpáNi sam, dhuupam sam, diipam sam, nevedyam sam, támbuulam sam, phalam sam, dakshinám sam, ártikyam sam, Óm bhur-bhuva-svah mahá ganapataye namah: mantra-pushpam sam,
Óm bhur-bhuva-svah Maha ganapataye namah: pradakshiná namaskárán sam, Óm bhur-bhuva-svah maha ganapataye namah: chatram sam, chámaram sam, giitam sam, nrityam sam, vádyam sam, sarva rájo-pachá-rán sam.

atah prártaná - Óm vakratunda mahákáya, koti surya samaprabha, nirvignam kurume deva sarva káryeshu sarvadá. Óm bhur-bhuva-svah maha ganapataye namah: prartanám sam. anayá pūjayá vignaharta maha ganapati priyatám.

7 DIIPA STAPANA

atah devyey váma bhághe, diipa stápanam karishye. agni-nágni samidhyte kavir-grahapatir-yuvá, havyavát juvásyah (light the lamps)

8 BHUUMI PRáRTANA

mahidyau pratviichana imam yajnam mimikshatám, pipratánno bhariimabhih

9 DHANYA RASHI

Óm aushadhaya samvadante somena saharájna, yasmai krineti bráhmanastam rájan párayámasi (Touch the grains/rice/whiit)

10 KALASHA STAPANA

Óm á kalasheshu dhávati pavitre parishichyate, uktair-yajneshu vardhate (keep kalasha on top of rice pile)
Óm imam me gange yamune sarasvati shutudri-stomam sachata parishnya, asiknya marud-vradhe, vitasta-yárjireye shrunuhyá sushomaya (fill kalasha with water)
Óm gandha-dvárám dhura-darshám nitya pushpam karishinim, iishvarim sarva bhutánám támi hopa-hvaye-shriyam (sprinkle in/apply gandha to, kalasha) Óm yá phaliniiryá aphalá apushpá-yáscha pushpáni, brahaspati prasotástáno manchatvam hasah (put biitle nut in kalasha) Óm sahiratnáni dáshushu-suváti savitá bhagah, tambhágam chitra mimahe(put jewels/washed coin in kalasha) Óm hiranya-rupah hiranya sandrig-pánna pátsyedu hiranya varuNa, hiranya-yátari-payoner-nishadyá hiranyadá-dadattyan-namasmaiy (put gold/dakshina in kalasha)
Óm kándát-kándát-parohanti parushah parushya pari eváno dhurve pratanu sahasrena shatena-cha (put dhurva/karika ) Óm ashvattevo nishadanam parnivo vasatishkrita, go-bhája itkila sad yatsa navadha puurusham (put five leaves in kalasha) Óm yuvásu vásah pariviit ágatsa ushreyán bhavati jáyamánah, tam dhi-rása kavaya unnayanti svaddhyo svaddhyo manasá devayantah.(tie cloth for kalasha)
Óm puurnadarvi parápata supuurná punarápata, vasneva vikriNáva hra-isha-muurjam shatakrito(copper plate and ashtadala with kumkum) iti kalasham pratishtapayami (sakala pūjarte akshatáan samarpayámi - SPáS)

11 VARUNA PRARTANA ( On the second kalasha)

tatváyámi shunah-shepoh varuNa trishtup kalashe varuNáváhane viniyogah Óm tatváyámi brahmaná vandamánastadá sháste yajamáno havirbhih.
áhelamáno VaruNa ha bodhurusham samána áyuh pramoshih Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - chandanam samarpayámi(add to kalasha)
Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - akshatán samarpayámi(add to kalasha) Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - haridra-kumkumam samarpayámi Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - dhuupam samarpayámi Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - diipam samarpayámi Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - neivedyam samarpayámi Óm bhur-bhuva-svah varuNáya namah: - sakala rajopachárárte akshatan sam avate helo varuNa namo bharava yajnebhirimahe havirbhih kshayam namasmabhyama suraprachetá rájanne-námsi-shi-shradah kritáni varuNáya namah: - mantra pushpam samarpayami - pradakshiná namaskarán sam anayá pūjayá bhagaván śrī maha varuNa priyatám - SPáS

12 KALASHA PŪJANA (continue with second kalasha )

kalashasya mukhe vishnuh, kanTe rudrah samásritah muule tatra stito brahma, madhye mátraganáh smratah kukshátu ságaráh sarve, sapta dviipá vasundhará rigvedato yajurvedah samavedo-hyatarvanah angeischa saLatáh sarve, kalashántu samáshritáh atra gáyatri, sávitri shánti pushtiikari tatá áyántu deva pūjartam-abhishekárta siddhaye Óm sitá-site sarite yatra samgadhe tatr-áplutáso divam-utpatanti ye vai-tanvam visrajanti dhiráste janáso amritatvam bhajante

Kalashah Prártaná:
kalashah kirtim-áyushyam prajnám, medhám, shriyam, balam yogyatám pápahánim cha, punyam vraddhim cha sádhayet sarva tirtamayo yasmát, sarva devamayo yatah atah haripriyosi tvam, puurna-kumbham namostute.
kalasha-devatábhyo namah: - SPáS

mudrá: (Show mudras as you chant )

nir-viishi-karanártam tárksha mudrá, amrati karanártam dhenu mudra pavatri-karanártam shankha mudra - samrakshnártam chakra mudra vipula-máya karanártam meru mudra

13 SHANKHA PŪJAN (pour water from kalasha to shankha, add gandha, flower)

shankham chandrárka daivatam, madhye varuNa devatám prashTe prajápatim Vindyád, agre Gangá sarasvatim tvam purá ságarotpanna, vishnuná vidhratah kare namitah sarva devai-scha, pánchajanyam namostu-the pánchajanyáya vidmahe, pávamánáya dhimahi, tanno shankhah prachodayát shankha devatábhyo namah: - SPáS

14 GANTARCHANA (á drop of water from shankha, apply gandha, flower)

ágamá-rtantu devánám, gamaná-rtántu rakshasám kuru gantáravam tatra, devatá-vváhana lánchanam jnánato-ajnánatovápi, kansya gantán navádayet rákshasánám pisáchanám, taddeshe vasatir bhavet tasmát sarva prayatnena gantánádam prakárayet ganta devatabhyo namah: - SPáS (Ring the Ganta)

15 ATMA-SHUDDHI (Sprinkle water from shankha on tings/on devotiis)

apavitro pavitro vá, sarva avastángatopi vá yah smaret varamahalaxmyey, sah bhahyám-bhyantarah suchih

17 SHAT-PATRA PŪJA ( put tulasi leaves or akshatás in empty vessels)

váyuvye arghyam, neirutye pádyam, ishánye áchamaniyam, ágneye madhuparkam
purve snaniyam, paschime punaráchamanam

18 PANCHAMRITA PŪJA ( put tulasi leaves or akshatás in vessels)

kshire laxmyey namah: - (keep milk in the centre) dadhini varamahalaxmyey namah: - (curd facing east ) grite rájiivamukhyey namah: - (Ghii to the south) madhuni ramáyey namah: ( Honey to west ) sharkaráyám vishNupatnyey namah: ( Sugar to north)

19 DWARA-PALAKA PŪJA

puurva-dváre dvárashriyey namah: dhátre namah:, vidhátre namah: dakshina-dváre dvárashriyey namah: chanDáya namah:, prachandáya namah: paschima-dváre dvárashriyey namah: jayáya namah:, vijayáya namah:, uttara-dváre dvárashriyey namah: Gangáyey namah:, yamunáyey namah:

Sri Varalaxmyey namah: . dvára-pálaka pūjam samarpayámi

20 PIITA PŪJA

piitasya adhobháge, ádhára shaktyey namah:, ádikuurmáya namah: anantáya namah:, varáháya namah:, svarNavedikáyey namah: ratnamantapáya namah:, simhásanáya namah: tanmadhye varamahalaxmyey namah: , piita pūjam samarpayámi

21 DIKPALAKA PŪJA (Start from east of kalasha or diety)

indráya namah:, agnaye namah:, yamáya namah:, neyrutaye namah:, varuNáya namah:, váyave namah:, kuberáya namah:, iishánáya namah:, iti dik pálaka pūjam samarpayámi

21a NAVA DORA STHAPANAM (12knotted one new red thread to be placed on the alter, and do puja for the same)

kshemam navam mahádevya kumkumaaktam sudorakam dvadasha grantisamyuktam upakalpa prpujayeta

22 PRANA PRATISHTA (hold flowers/akshata in hand)

dhyá-yet satyam guná-tiitam, guna-traya saman-vitam lokanátam trilokesham, kaustubhá haranam harim niilavarnam piitavásam, śrī vatsa pada bhushitam gokulánandam Brahmádhyey-rapi puujitam

Óm asya śrī prána pratishtá mahá mantrasya, brahma, vishNu, maheshvará rishayah, rig-yaju-sámátarvaNi chchandámsi, pará prána shakti devatá, ám biijam, hriim shaktih, kraum kiilakam, asyám muurtau prána pratishtapane viniyogah.

kara-nyásah: - ám angushtábhyám namah:, hriim tarjanii-bhyám namah:, kraum madhyamá-bhyám namah:, ám anámiká-bhyám namah:, hriim kanishtaká-bhyám namah:, kraum karatala-kara-prashta-bhyám namah:

anga-nyásah:- ám hridayáya namah:, hriim shirase sváhá, kraum shikháyey vaushat, ám kavacháya hum, hriim netra-triyáya-vaushat, kraum astráya phat, bhur-bhuva-svahr-Óm

ám, hriim, kraum, - kraum, hriim, ám, ya, ra, la, va, sha, sha, sa, ha, Óm aham - sah, so-ham, so-ham, aham-sah

asyám muurte, práná tishtantuh, asyám muurte, jiivá tishtantu asyám muurte sarvendriyáni, manastvat, chak-suh, shrota, jihva, gráhna, vákváni, páda-páyopastani, prána, apána, vyána, udána, samána, atrágatya sukham stiram tishtantu sváhá.

asunite punahr-asmásu chakshuh, punah-pránamihino dhehi-bhogam, jopa-kshema suuryam-uchcharanta manumate, mraláyána, svasti pránám pratishTápayámi
(offer the flowers)


23 DHYANA

Óm hraam, hriim, hraim, kliim, chamundayey vichhe ( repeat 9times)

padmaasane padmakare, sarvalokaika pujite narayane priye devi supritaa bhava sarvada śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, dhyánam samarpayámi

(you can add more related shlokas)

24 AVAHANA (hold flowers in hand)

sarva mangaLa mangalye vishNuvakshasthithaalaye ahvaahayaami devi tvaam, supriitaa bhava sarvadaa

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, ávváhanam samarpayámi (offer flowers to Lord)

ávwáhito bhava, stápito bhava, sannihito bhava, sanniruddho bhava, avakuntito bhava, supriito bhava,, suprasanno bhava, sumukho bhava, varado bhava, prasiida prasiida (show mudras to Goddess)

25 ASANAM

Suuryayuta nibhaH spuurte spurdratna vibhuushitam mandaasanam idam devi sthiiyuutaam surapujite Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, ásanam samarpayámi (offer flowers/akshatás)


26 PADYAM (offer water)

suvaasitajalam ramyam sarva thiirtha samudbhavam grahaaNa devi tvam sarva deva namaskR^.ite Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, pádoyo pádyam samarpayámi

27 ARGHYAM (offer water)

shuddodakam paatrastham ganda pushpadi mishritam arghya daasyaamite devi, grahaaNa surapuujite Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, arghyam samarpayámi

kám so-smitám, hiranya-prákárá- márdrám, jvallantiim triptám tarpayantim padme-stitám padmavarNán-támi hopa-hvaye shriyam

28 ACHAMANIIYAM (offer water, or akshatá/ leave/flower )

suvarNa kalashaanvitam chandanaagaru samyutam grahaaNaachamanam devii mayaadattam shubhaprade

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, áchamaniiyam samarpayámi

chandrám prabhásám yashasá jviintiim shriyam loka deva juushtá-mudarám tám padma-nemiim shranamaHam prapadye, alakshmiir-me-nashyatám tvám vranomi.

29 SNANAM

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, malápakarsha snánam samarpayámi

áditya-varuNa tapasodhi-játo vanaspati-stava vrakshodha-bilvah tasya phaláni tapasánudantu máya-antará-yáscha bahyá-lakshmiih

29 a) Pachámrita Snanam:

29 a.1 Paya snánam (milk bath )

Óm ápyáya sva sva-sa-metute vishvatah soma-vrashnam, bhavá-vájasya sanghade

surabhe-stu samu-tpannam, devánám-api durlabham payo dadhámi devii tvaam, snána-artam prati-grihyatám

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, payah snánam samarpayámi.
payah snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 a. 2 Dadhi snánám (curd bath )

Óm dadhi-krávno akári-sham jishno-rashvasya-vájinah, surabhino mukhá-karat prana áyunshitárishat
chandra-mandala samkásham, sarva-deva-priyam hi yat, dhadhi dadámi devii tvaam, snána-artam prati-grihyatám

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, dadhi snánam samarpayámi.
dadhi snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 a. 3 Ghrata snánam (Ghii bath )

Óm gratam mimikshey ghrata-masya yonir-grate shrito ghratamasya-dháma anushta-dhamávaha mádayasva sváhá-kratam vrashabha vakshi-havyam

ájyam suránám áháram-ájyam yajney-pratishti-tam ájyam pavitram paramam snána-artám pratigrahya-tá

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, grata snánam samarpayámi.
grata snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 a 4 Madhu snánam (Honey bath)

Óm madhu-váta R^itáyate madhu-ksharanti sindhavah, mádhvinah santoshvadhiih
madhunakta mutoshaso madhu-matvá-artivam rajah, madhu-dyau rastunah pita,
madhumánno vanaspatir-madhumám astu suuryah, mádhviirgávo bhavantunah

sarvaushadhi samut-pannam piyusha sadrasham madhu, snánartante mayá-dattam grrahána parameshvari

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, madhu snánam samarpayámi.
madhu snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 a) 5 Sharkará snánam (Sugar bath )

Óm svádhuh pavasya divyáya svádhu-darindráya suhaviitu námne svadur-mitráya varuNáya brihaspataye madhumá adábhyah

ikshu-dandát samutpanna, rasya-snigdha-tará shubhá sharkareyam mayá-dattá, snánártam pratigrihyatám

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, sharkara snánam samarpayámi.
sharkara snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 b). gandhodaka snána (Sandlewood water bath )

Óm gandha-dvárám durádarshá, nitya pushpám kariishiniim ishvariim sarva bhuutanám, támi hopa hvaye-shriyam

hari chandana sambhuutam, Hari priitescha gauravát surabhi priaya gothamii, gandha snánáya grihyatám

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, gandodaka snánam samarpayámi.
sharkara snáná-nantara shuddhodaka snánam samarpayani. SPáS

29 c) abhyanga snánam (Perfumed Oil bath)

Óm kanikra-dajva-nusham, prabhru-váNa. iyatir-váchamariteva návam sumangalascha shakune bhavási- mátvá káchid-abhi-bhavishvyá vidata

abhyangá-artam sundari devi, tailam pushpádi sambhavam sugandha dravya sammishram sangra-háNa jagan-maate

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, abhyanga snánam samarpayámi.

29 d) angvodhartana (To clean the body)

ango-dhvartana-kam deva, kastuuryade vimishritam lepana-artam grihánedam, haridra kumkumair-yutam

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, ango-dvarta-nam samarpayámi.

29 e) ushnodaka snánam (Hot water bath )

náná tiirtá-dá-hrtam cha, toya-mushnam mayá-kratam snánár-tam cha prayaschámi, sviikurushva dayá-karii

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, ushnodaka snánam samarpayámi.

29 f) shuddhodaka snánam (Pure water bath ) (sprinkle water all around)

Óm ápo-hishta maya bhuvah, Tána uurje dadátana, Maheranáya chaksase, yovah shiva-tamorasah tasya-bhájayate hanah, ushatiiriva mátarah, tasmá aranga-mámavo, yasya kshayáya jinvadha, apo jana yatá-chanah

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, shuddhodaka snánam samarpayámi.

(after sprinkling water around, throw one tulsi leaf to the north)

30 MAHA ABHISHEKAH: ( Sound the bell, pour water from kalasha)

30 b) śrī suukta:

1 Óm hiranya-varnám hariniim, suvarna rajata-srajám
chandrám hiranmayiim lakshmiim játavedo ma-mávaha
2 tám ma ávaha játavedo, lakshmi manapagáminim,
yasyám hiranyam vindeyam, gámashvam purushánaham
3 ashva-puurnám rata-madhyám hasti-náda prabhodiniim,
shriyam deviim-upahvvaye shriir-mádevi jushatám
4 kám so-smitám hiranya prakárá-mardrám jvalantiim triptám tarpayantiim, padmestitám padmavarnám támi-hopa-hvaye shriyam
5 chandrám prabhásám yashasá jvalantiim shriyam loke deva juushtá- mudarám
tám padma-nemiim shranamaHam prapadye, alakshmiir-may-nashyatám tvám vranomi.
6 áditya-varuNa tapasodhi-játo, vanaspati-stava vrakshodha-bilvah
tasya phaláni tapasánuvantu máy-ántará-yáscha báhyá-lakshmiih
7 upaitu mám deva sakhah kiirtischa maniná sah
pradur-bhuuto sura-stresh-min, kiirtim vraddhim dadátu mey
8 kshut-pipásá malá jyeshtam-alakshmiim náshayámya-ham
abhuutiim-asamriddhim cha, sarvám nirnuda mey grahát
9 gandha-dváram durádarshám nitya pushpám karishiniim
iishavriim sarvabhuutanám támi hopa hvaya shriyam
10 manasa kámama kuutim váchah satya-mashiimahi
pashuunám ruupamannasya, mayi shriih shrayanta yashah
11 kardamena prajabhuuta mayi sambhava kardama
sriyam vásaya-mey kuley mátaram padma-máliniim
12 ápah srajantu snig-dhani chikliita vasame grahe
nicha deviim mátaram shriyam vásaya mey kule
13 árdhrám pushkariNiim pushtim suvarnám hema maliniim suuryám hiranmayiim lakshmiim jatavedo ma ávaha
14 árdhram yah kariNiim yashtim pingaLám padma maliniim
chandrám hiranmayim lakshmim játavedo ma ávaha
15 tam ma ávaha játa-vedo lakshmii manapa-gáminiim
yasyam hiranyam prabhuutim gavo dásyoshán vindeyam purushánaham
16 ya lakshmii sindhu sambhavá bhuti-dhenuh puruuvasuh
padma-vishva vasurdevi sadáno-jyushatám graham
17 padmánane padma-uruh padmákshi padma sambhave
tam me bhajasva padmákshii eva saukhyam labhamy-aham
18 ashvadáyi godáyii dhanadayii dadátu mey
dhanam mey dadatam devii, divi deviim aniishiinám.

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, śrī suukta snánam samarpayámi.

31 PRATISHTAPANA

Óm namo varamahalaxmyey (Repeat 12 times)

Óm tadustu mitra varuNa tadagne sam-yorashma-bhya-midame stushastam, ashiimahi gádhamuta pratishTám namo dive brahate sádanáya Óm grahá-vai pratishtá-suuktam tat pratishti-ta tamayá váchá sham stavyam tasmádya0dyapi-duura eva pashuun labhate graha-vai náná-jiga-mishati graháhi pashuunám pratishTá, pratishTá

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:. supratisTa-mastu.

32 VASTRA (offer two pieces of cloth)

upaitu mám deva sakhah kiirtischa maniná sah pradur-bhuuto sura-stresh-min, kiirtim vraddhim dadátu mey

tapta kánchana samkásham piitámbaram idam harii samgraháNa jaganmáte varamahalaxmyey namostute

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, vastra-yugmam samarpayámi

34 YAJNOPAVIITA

kshut-pipásá malá jyeshtam-alakshmiim náshayámya-ham abhuutiim-asamriddhim cha, sarvám nirnuda mey grahát

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, yajnopaviitam samarpayámi

35 GANDHA

gandha-dváram durádarshám nitya pushpám karishiniim iishavriim sarvabhuutanám támi hopa hvaya shriyam

kumkumágaru kastuuri karpuuram chandanam tatá tubhyam dásyámi varalxmi, sviikaru tripura sundari

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, gandham samarpayámi

36 HASTABHUUSHANA

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, hasta-bhuushanam samarpayámi

37 NANA PARIMALA DRAVYA

Óm ahireiva bhoghyeyh paryeti báhum, jáyá hetim paribhádamánah hastagno vishvá-vayunáni vidván-pumáspra-mánsam paripátu vishvatah..

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, náná parimala dravyam samarpayámi


38 AKSHATA

manasah kámama kuulem váchah satya-mashiimahi pashuunám ruupamannasya, mayi shriih shrayanta yashah

shveta tundala samyuktán, kumkumena virájitán akshatán grahyatám devi náráyani namostute

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, akshatán samarpayámi


39 PUSHPA

mályadiini sugandhiini, mályatádiini vaiprabho mayá hritáni pūjartam, pushpani pratigrahyatám

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, pushpáni samarpayámi

tulasii kunda-mandára, jájii punnaga champakaiH kadamba karaviireischa kusume shatapatrakeiH

jalámbujairbilvapatreischamapkei varalamiim shubhaam Pūjayishyámyaham bhaktyá sangraháNa janárdani

tulasii kunda mandára párijámbujairyutám vanamálám pradásyámi graháNa jagadiishvari

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, patra pushpáNi,vanamálámcha samarpayámi

40 NANA ALANKARA

kati-suuutanguli-yecha kundale mukutam tata vanamálám kaustubham cha grahána sulochani

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, náná alankárán samarpayámi

41 ATAH ANGAPŪJAH

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah: pádau pūjayámi
Óm rajiivalochanáyey namah: gulfau pūjayámi
Óm rámáyey namah: jánunii pūjayámi
Óm várapradaayey namah: janghey pūjayámi
Óm vishvaruupáyey namah: uuruun pūjayámi
Óm kambukanTinyey namah: guhyam pūjayámi
Óm vishvamuurtayey namah: jaghanam pūjayámi
Óm vishnu vallabhaayey namah: katim pūjayámi
Óm paramátmikaayey namah: udaram pūjayámi
Óm sriiyey namah: hridayam pūjayámi
Óm Lokajananyey namah: pasrshvau pūjayámi
Óm trivikramáyey namah: prashta-deham pūjayámi
Óm kamala hastaayey namah: skandau pūjayámi
Óm shR^iutistutaayey namah: báhum pūjayámi
Óm indiraayey namah: hastán pūjayámi
Óm ádi shaktyey namah: kantam pūjayámi
Óm padmaayey namah: vadanam pūjayámi
Óm dayá ságaryey namah: násikam pūjayámi
Óm sarvadaayinyey namah: shrotre pūjayámi
Óm mangaLa devataayey namah: netráni pūjayámi
Óm dhanurdharáyey namah: bhravau pūjayámi
Óm máyáyey namah: bhruumadhyam pūjayámi
Óm shubhapradáyey namah: lalátam pūjayámi
Óm gnána gamyáyey namah: shirah pūjayámi
Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, sarvángáni pūjayámi

42 ATAH PUSHPA PŪJAH

Óm ramáya namah: karaviira pushpam samarpayámi
Óm indiráyey namah: jájii pushpam samarpayámi
Óm sháshvatáyey namah: champaka pushpam samarpayámi
Óm rájiivalochanáyey namah: vakuLa pushpam samarpayámi
Óm sriimatyey namah: shatapatra pushpam samarpayámi

Óm rájeshvaryey namah: kalhára pushpam samarpayámi
Óm munigaNa sevitáyey
namah: sevantiká pushpam samarpayámi
Óm kamalavaasinyey namah: malliká pushpam samarpayámi
Óm pushtai namah: iruvantiká pushpam samarpayámi
Óm vishvavandyáyey namah: girikarniká pushpam samarpayámi

Óm janárdanáyey namah: átasii pushpam samarpayámi
Óm aparájitáyey namah: párijáta pushpam samarpayámi
Óm bhargavyey namah: punnága pushpam samarpayámi
Óm vágvilasinyey namah: kunda pushpam samarpayámi
Óm satya váche namah: málati pushpam samarpayámi

Óm satya vikramáyey namah: ketakii pushpam samarpayámi
Óm satya vritáyey namah: mandára pushpam samarpayámi
Óm vritadharáyey namah: pátalii pushpam samarpayámi
Óm kshiir ságar kannikayey
namah: ashoka pushpam samarpayámi
Óm paapadhvamsinyey namah: puuga pushpam samarpayámi

Óm prasanna vadanáyey
namah: dádimá pushpam samarpayámi
Óm haripriyáyey namah: deva-dáru pushpam samarpayámi
Óm táTakántakáyey namah: sugandha-rája pushpam samarpayámi
Óm vedántasáráyey namah: kamala pushpam samarpayámi

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, pushpapūjam samarpayámi

43 ATA PATRA PŪJAH
Óm mahálaxmyey namah: tulasi patram samarpayámi
Óm ádishaktyey namah: jájii patram samarpayámi
Óm paráshaktyey namah: champaká patram samarpayámi
Óm svadáyey namah: bilva patram samarpayámi
Óm sváháyey namah: dhurváyugmam samarpayámi

Óm munigaNasevitáyey namah: sevantiká patram samarpayámi
Óm jagadkárine namah: maruga patram samarpayámi
Óm mahámátáyey namah: davana patram samarpayámi
Óm mahábhujáyey namah: karaviira patram samarpayámi
Óm sauvmyáyey namah: vishnu-kranti patram samarpayámi
Óm brahmaNyáyey namah: máchi patram samarpayámi
Óm munisamstutáya namah: malliká patram samarpayámi
Óm maháyoginyey namah: iruvantika patram samarpayámi
Óm padmahastáyey namah: apámarga patram samarpayámi
Óm aprájitáyey namah: párijáta patram samarpayámi
Óm punyacharitráyey namah: dádima patram samarpayámi
Óm dayáságaráyey namah: badarii patram samarpayámi
Óm smitavaktráyey namah: devadáru patram samarpayámi
Óm mitabháshinyey namah: shamii patram samarpayámi
Óm puurvabháshinyey namah: ámra patram samarpayámi
Óm haripriyáyey namah: shamii patram samarpayámi
Óm shrutistutáyey namah: vata patram samarpayámi
Óm jitaváráshayey namah: kamala patram samarpayámi
Óm indushiitaláyey namah: venu patram samarpayámi

Óm varamahalaxmyey namah: patrapūjam samarpayámi

48 ASHTOTTARA PŪJA (Chant dhyána shloka )

Laxmiim kshiira samudra rájatanayám srii ranga dhámeshvariim dasii bhuuta samsta deva vanita lokaika diipankurám srimanmanda katáksha vibhava brahmendra gangádharám tvám trailokya kutuniniim sarasijám vande mukunda priyám

(add namah: at the end of each name)

prkR^.ityey
ikR^.ityey
idyáyey
sarvabhuutahita vR^.itáyey
shraddháyey
vibuutyey surabhyey
paramátmikáyey
padmáyey
váche
padmanilayáyey
suchaye
sváháyey
svadháyey
sudháyey

dhanyáyey
hiraNmayyey
laxmyey
nityapushtáyey
vibháryey
ádityey
dityey
diipáyey
vasudháyey
vasudháriNyey
kamaláyey
kántáyey
kámákshyey
krodhasambhaváyey
anugR^.ihapradáyey

buddhaye
anagháyey
harivallabháyey
ashokáyey
amR^.itáyey
diipyáyey
lokashokavináshinyey
dharmanilayáyey
karuNáyey lokamátre
padmapriyáyey
padmahastáyey
padmákshmyey
padmasundaryey
padmodbhaváyey

padmamukhyey
padmanaabhapriyáyey
ramáyey
padmamuuladharáyey
doryey
padminyey padmagandhinyey
punyagandháyey
suprasannáyey prasádábhimukhyey
prabháyey
chandravadanáyey chandráyey
chandrasahodaryey
chaturbhujáyey

chandraruupáyey
indiráyey
indushiitaláyey
áhládajananyey
pushhtyey
shiváyey
shivakaryey
satyey
vimaláyey
vishvajananyey
tushhtyey
dáridranáshinyey
priitipushkariNyey
shantáyey
shuklámbharadharáyey

shriiyey
bháskaryey
bilvanilayáyey
varároháyey
yashasvinyey
vasundharáyey hariNyáyey
hemamálinyey
dhanadhányakartryey
siddhaye
sthreNasovmyáyey
shubhapradáyey
nR^.ipaveshmagatáyey
nandáyey
varalaxmyey

vasupradáyey
shubháyey
hiraNyaprákáráyey samudratanayáyey
jayáyey
mangaLáyey
devyey
vishNuvakshasThaláyey
sThitáyey vishNupatnyey
prasannakshmyey
náráyaNasamáshritáyey dáridradhvamsinyey
devyey
sarvopadravaniváriNyey

vanadurgáyey
mahákályey
trikálajnánasampannáyey
bhuvaneshvaryey
udarángyey
srii mahálaxmidevatáyey

iti ashto-ttara pūjam samrpayámi

49 DHUUPAM

vanaspati rasodbhuuto gandháDyo gandha uttamaH, dhuupam-dásyámi deveshi varalaxmii gR^.iháNatam

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, dhuupam ághrá-payámi

50 DIIPAM

sájyam trivarti samyuktam vahniná yojitum mayá grahána mangalam diipam, treilokya timirápahe

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, diipam darsha-yámi

51 NEIVEDYAM

(dip finger in water and write a square and ‘śrī’ mark inside the square. Place neivedya on ‘śrī’. ; remove lid and sprinkle water around the vessel; place in each fuud item one washed leaf/flower/akshata

Óm varamahalaxmyey vid-mahe, vishNupatniicha dhiimahi, tanno laxmii prachodayát
Óm namo varamahalaxmyey (show mudras) ;

nir-viishi-karanártam Tárksha mudrá, ámrati karanártam dhenu mudra pavatri-karanártam Shankha mudra - samrakshnártam Chakra mudra vipula-máya karanártam meru mudra

touch neveidya and chant 9 times ‘Óm’
Óm satyam-tvartena parishinchámi (sprinkle water around the neveidya)

bhoh! devii bhojanártam ágaschádi vijnápya (request Goddess to come for dinner)
sauvarne stáli-vairye mani-gana-kachite, gogratám supakvám bhakshyám bhojyámsha lehyánapi, sakalamaham joshyamnna niidháya, náná shákei ruupetam samadhu dhadhi gritam kshiira pániya yuktam támbuulam chápi, śrī laxmiim pratidivasa-maham manase chintayámi

adya tishTati yat-kinchit kalpitas-cháparam-grahe pakvannam cha paniiyam, yatopaskara samyutam yatákálam manushyarte, mokshya-mánam shariiribhih tat-sarvam ráma-pūjastu, prayatám me janárdhani sudhárasam,suviphulam, áposhanam-idam
tava grahána kalashániitam, yateshtam-upa bhujjya-tám

Óm varamahalaxmyey namah:
amrito-pastaranam-asi sváhá (drop water from shankhá)

Óm prán-átmane laxmyey sváhá
Óm ápán-átmane ramáyey sváhá
Óm vyán-átmane bháratyey sváhá
Óm udán-átmane haripriyáyey sváhá
Óm samán-átmane bhuvaneshvaryey sváhá

Óm namo varamahalaxmyey

nevedyam grahyatám devi, bhakti mey achalám kuruh iipsitam me varam dehi, iha-tra cha parám gatim

śrī varamahalaxmyey namas-tubhyam mahá neivedyam uttamam sangrahána sura-shreshtin bhakti mukti pradáyakam

árdhrám pushkariNiim pushtim suvarnám hema maliniim suuryám hiranmayiim lakshmiim jatavedo ma ávaha

Óm varamahalaxmyey namah: neivedyam samarpayámi

(cover face with cloth, and chant Gayatri mantra five times or repeat 12 times Óm namo varamahalaxmyey)

sarvatra amritopi-dhánya-masi sváhá
Óm varamahalaxmyey namah:, uttará-poshanam samarpayámi (Let flow water from shankha)

52 MAHA PHALAM (put tulsi/akshatá on a big fruit)

idam phalam mayá-deva stápitam purata-stava, tena may safalá-váptir-bhavet janmani-janmani.

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah: mahá-phalam samarpayámi

53 PHALASHTAKA (put tulsi/akshatá on fruits)

kuushmánda mátulingam cha karkatii dádimii phalam rambhá phalam jambiiram badaram tatá

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, phaláshtakam samarpayámi

54 KARODVARTANA

karodvartanakam deva-mayá dattam hi bhakti-tah charu chandra prabhám divyam grahána jagadiishvári

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, karo-dvarta-nárte chandanam samarpayámi

55 TAMBUULAM

puugiphalam sa-támbuulam, nágavalli-dalair-yutam támbuulam grahyatám ráma yela-lavanga-samyuktam

Óm śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, puugi-phala támbuulam samarpayámi

56 DAKSHINA

hiranya garbha gharbhasta hemabiija vibhávasoh ananta punya phalada atah shántim, prayaschame

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, suvarna pushpa dakshinám samarpayámi

Varamahalaxmi Vrita Katha:

ÓM SHRI VARALAXMYEY NAMAH:
ÓM SHRI VARALAXMYEY NAMAH:
ÓM SHRI VARALAXMYEY NAMAH:

Suta Puranika addresses Shaunaka and other rishis thus: “Let me tell you a story about a Vrita which gives all the benefits and pleasure of this world to women. This Vrita was once narrated by Lord Parameshwara to Parvathi”.

One day Parvati Devi approaches Lord Parameshwara who is seated in a golden throne studded with jewel. She prostrates and asks him thus: “Lord, is there any way by which women in Bhuloka can attain wealth, property, progeny and be happy. Please tell me by worshipping whom, by what Vrita and also if that Vrita was performed by anybody in the past”. Parameshwar replies: “Manohari, yes there is a Varalaxmi Vrita which should be performed by women in Shravana Masa on the Friday before the full moon day of shukla paksha”. He further narrates the details of Shri Varalaxmi Vrita.

In Kundina city of Magadha Desha , there lived a pativrita saadvi by name Charumati. Everyday she woke up early in the morning, worshipped her husband with devotion, served her in-laws with respect and she remained pleasant in her manners all thru the day. One night in her dream, Charumati saw Goddess Laxmi who said “I’m Varalaxmi Devi and I’ve appeared before you as I’m extremely pleased with you. If you worship me on the Friday before Shravana Shukla Poornima, I’ll grant all your wishes”. In her dream itself, Charumati praised Varalaxmi Devi thru various stotras and says, “O Jagajjanani, only with your blessings people can become scholars, affluent and contented. It is my ‘ poorva janma sukrita’ to have you appear in my dream’. Pleased by Charumati’s humility, Laxmi showered boons on her and disappeared.

Charumati immediately woke up and explained her dream to her husband, in-laws and companions and all of them encouraged her to perform the pooja as told by the Goddess. áll of them eagerly waited for the day. On that Friday, they woke up early morning, took bath and wore silk sarees and then cleaned the whole house with ‘gomaya’, decorated the altar, placed the kalasham on the newly harvested rice, invited Goddess Varalaxmi and performed the pooja with all shraddha and bhakti. They tied the holy thread with 9 knots around their right wrist, offered various food items to the Goddess and did ‘pradakshina namaskaras’. By the time they did 3 pradakshina namaskaras, by Laxmi’s blessings, they were decked with jewels like anklets, bangles and such other ornaments studded with nine precious stones. Their houses turned gold and they possessed horses, elephants and charriots. Charumati and her companions honoured brahmins with ‘dakshina tambula’, received their blessings and ate the prasadam with reverence. Ever since, Charumati and other ladies performed this Vrita regularly and lived happily.

Lord Parameshwar concludes saying, ‘Parvati, this supreme Vrita can be performed by anybody (without the barrier of the varnas) and the performer will get all his wishes fulfilled. One who reads this story and one who listens to this story will attain success and benevolence with the blessings of Shri Varamahalaxmi”.

ÓM SHRI VáRALAXMYEY NAMAH:
ÓM SHRI VARALAXMYEY NAMAH:
ÓM SHRI VARALAXMYEY NAMAH:

Óm Shri krishnarpanamastu

57 MAHA NIRAJANA

shriiyey játah shriya aniriyáya shriyam vayo jaritrabhyo dadáti shriyam vasáná amritatwa máyan bhavanti satyá samidhá mitadrau shriya yevainam tacshriá mádadháti santata mrichá vashat-krityam santatmei sandhiiyate prajayá pashubhir-ya yevam veda

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, mahá-nirájanam diipam samarpayámi

58 KARPURA DIIPA

archata prárchata, priyame dáso archata archantu putraká, vata puranna drishna-varchata

karpuurakam mahárájni, rambhod-bhuutam cha diipakam mangalártam mahiipále, samgrahána jagatpalini

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, karpuura diipam samarpayámi

59 PRADAKSHINA

árdhrám yah kariNiim yashtim pingaLám padma maliniim chandrám hiranmayim lakshmim játavedo ma ávaha

yáni káni cha pápáni janmántara kritáni cha táni táni vinashyanti, pradakshine padey padey anyathá sharanam násti, tvamev sharnam mama tasmát kárunya bhávena raksha rakhsa karuNákarii

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, pradakshinán samarpayámi

60 NAMASKARA

tám ma ávaha játa-vedo lakshmii manapa-gáminiim yasyám hiranyám prabhuutim gavo dásyoshán vindeyam purushánaham

namah: sarva hitártáya jagadára hetave
shráshtángoyam pranámaste prayatnena maya kritah urusá shirasá drishtvá, manasá vachasá tatá padbhyám karábhyám jánubhyám, pranámoshtánga muchyate

shátyenápi namaskárán, kurvatah jagadiishvari shata janmárchitam pápam, tat kshanadeva nashyati

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, namaskárán samarpayámi

61 RAJOPACHARA

grahána prameshvari, saratne chchatra chámare darpanam vyajinam chaiva, rája-bhogáya yatnatah śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, chatram samarpayámi śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, chámaram samarpayámi śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, giitam samarpayámi śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, nrityam samarpayámi śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, vádyam samarpayámi śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, samasta rajopachárarte akshatán samarpayámii

62 MANTRA PUSHPA

yah shushih prayato-bhuutva juhuyádájya, manvaham suuktam pancha dasharcham chá shri kámah satatam japet vidyá bhuddhi dhana-eishvarya, putra pautrádi sampadah pushpánjali pradánena, dehime iipsitam varam

Óm svasti, srámrájyam, bhojyam, svárájyam, vairájyam, párameshtám rájyam mahárájya-mádhipatya-mayam samanta paryáyisyát sárva bhaumah sárvayushah, antáda, parardhat, prativyey samudra paryantaya ekaráliti tadapyesha shlokobhi-giito maruutah, praiveshtáro marutasyá vasan grahe ávikshitásya káma-prer-vishvedeva sabhásada iti

śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, mantrapushpam samarpayámi

63 SHANKHA BRAMANA (make trii rounds of shankha with water, like árati and pour down; chant Óm 9 times, and show mudras)

imám ápa-shivatama, imam sarvasya bheshhaje imám ráshtrasya vardhini, imám rashtra bhrato-mata

64 TIRTA PRASHANA

akála mrityu haranam, sarva vydhi-upashamanam śrī laxmii pádodakam shubham

65 UPAYANA DANAM ( suhásini pūja)
(wash feet, wipe, offer gandha, kumkum, flowers, sapád, fruits and gifts and make
obeisances)

Ishta- kámyárta prayukta, samyag-ácharita, śrī varamahálaxmi, sámpuurna phala- vapyartim, śrī varamahalaxmyey svaruupáya suvasinye váyana dánam karishey
śrī varamahalaxmyey svaruupáya suvasinye áváhana puurvaka ásan gandha akshata dhuup diipádi sakalárádhanei-svarchitam.
náráyani pratigrahnnátu, Náráyani vai dadáti cha naráyani tarako-bhyám, Náráyanáyi namo namah:

baláya shriyey yasha-senna-dyáya, śrī varamahalaxmyey namah:, váyanadánam pratigrahnnatu (pratigrahnná viláti prativachanam)

66 VISARJANA PŪJA
árádhitánám devim punah pūjasm karishey śrī varamahalaxmyey devatábhyo namah:

Pūjante chatram samarpayámi, chámaram samarpayámi, nrityam samarpayámi, giitam samarpayámi, vádyam samarpayámi, ándolik–arohanam samarpayámi, ashvárohaman samarpayámi, gajárohanam samarpayámi.

śrī varamahalaxmyey devatábhyo namah:, samasta rájopachára, devopachára, shaktyupachára, bhaktyupachára, pūjam samarpayámi

67 ATMA SAMARPANA

yasya smrityá cha námnoktya, tapah, pūja, kriyádishu nuunam sampuurnatám yáti sadyo vandey tam-achyutám

mantrahiinam, kriyáhiinam, bhaktihiinam Janárdhani yat-puujitam mayá-devi paripuurnam tadastu mey

anena mayá-kratena, srirVaramahálaxmi devata supriita suprasanna varadá bhavatu. madhye mantra, tantra svara, varNa nyunátirikta,lopa,dosha,práyaschittártam rám náma mahá-mantra japam karishey

Óm ramáyey namah:, laxmyey namah:, Varamahalaxmyey namah: Óm ramáyey namah:, laxmyey namah:, Varamahalaxmyey namah: Óm ramáyey namah:, laxmyey namah:, Varamahalaxmyey namah:

káyena vácha manasendriyervá, bhuddhyátmaná vá prakriteh svabhávát karomi yad yad sakalam parasmei náráyanii iti samarpayámi

namasmaromi, śrī varamahalaxmyey svami devata prassadam shirasa grahnámi

68 KSHAMAPANA

aparádha sahasráni kriyante aharnisham mayá táni sarváni me deva kshamasva purushottama

yántu deva gaNa sarve pūjam ádáya partiviim ishta kámyarta sidyartam punar-ágamanáya-cha (shake the kalasha)

śrī varamahálaxmyárpaNamastu

Vasanthi Sri Kanes

Bahrain

Hanuman Chalisa

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Hanuman Chalisa

By:Sri Kanes – Bahrain

Saint Thulasi Das who was a great admirer of Hanuman, also wrote these forty verses praising Hanuman and called it Hanuman Chalisa. This is possibly the most popular Hindu prayer written in Hindi even today. Its extreme simplicity makes it dear to every one’s heart.

Sri Guru charana saroja raj,
Nija mana mukura sudhar,
Varanau Raghuvara vimala yasa,
Jo dayaka phala char.

Having cleaned the mirror of my mind,
With the lotus like feet of my teacher,
I describe the unsullied fame of Lord Rama,
Which would give me the four fold wealth.

Budhi heena thanu jaani ke,
Sumeerou pavana kumar,
Bala budhi vidhya dehu moheem,
Harau klesa vikar.

Though I am one without any brain,
I place in my mind, the son of wind,
And pray to him earnestly to give me,
Wisdom, knowledge and strength,
And steal away from me all my miseries.

Jaya Hanuman gnan guna sagara,
Jaya kapeesa thihu loka ujagara. 1

Victory to Hanuman, the sea of wisdom and character,
Victory to the lord of Monkeys,
Whose fame echoes in all the three worlds.

Rama dhootha, athulitha bala dhama,
Anjani puthra pavana sutha nama, 2

You are the emissary of lord Rama,
You are the storehouse of incomparable strength,
You are the son of monkey called Anjani,
And you are also the son of God of wind.

Maha veera vikrama bhaja rangi,
Kumathi nivara sumathi ke sangi. 3

You are the a great valorous hero who worships Rama,
You cure bad characters and is the friend of those who do good,

Kaanchan varna viraja suvesha,
Kannan kundala kunchitha kesa. 4

You are the of golden colour and dress yourself well,
You wear golden ear rings and have curly hair.

Hatha bajra aur thwajaa virajai,
Kanthe munja janehu sajai. 5

You have a flag and thunderbolt in your hands,
You wear sacred thread made of Munja grass,

Shankara suvana, kesari nandana,
Theja prathapa maha jaga vandana. 6

You are the son of Lord Shiva as well as Kesari,
You with your glowing self are saluted by the entire world.

Vidhyavan, gunee athi chathura,
Ram kaaja karibe ko aathura. 7

You are the wise, good and very sharp witted,
You are the anxious to do the work of Rama.

Prabhu charitha sunibhe ko rasiya,
Rama Lakshmana Sita mana basiya. 8

You are ecstasic to hear the history of Rama,
In your mind resides Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.

Sookshma roopa dhari siya him dikhava,
Vikata roopa dhari Lanka jarava. 9

You took a micro form and saved Sita,
You took a fearful form and burnt Lanka.

Bheema roopa dhari asura samhare,
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare, 10

You took a big macro form for killing asuras,
And completed the task of Ramachandra,

Laaya sanjeevan lashana jiyaye,
Sri Raghuveera harashi ura laye, 11

You saved Lakshmana’s life by Bringing Sanjeevini,
And brought happiness to the hero of Raghu clan,

Raghupathi keeni bahuth badayi,
Thum mama priya hee Bharatha sama bhayi. 12

You were greatly praised by Lord Rama,
And were told, you too are my brother like Bharatha.

Sahasra vadana thumharo yasha gavaim,
Aaha kahavai Sri pathi kantha lagavai, 13

Embracing you, said Rama, the consort of Sita
Even The thousand headed snake sang your praise.

Sanakadhika brahmadhi muneesa,
Narada saradha sahitha aheesa, 14
Yama, Kubhera dikapala jahamthey,
Kavi kovidha kahi sakaim kahamthey, 15

The sanaka sages, the Lord Brahma,
Sage Narada, Goddess Saraswathi, the lord Shiva,
The god of death, god of wealth, the guardians of directions,
And great poets tried to explain your glory adequately but failed.

Thum upakara sugreevaheem keenha,
Rama milaya rajapatha deenha, 16

By making him meet Rama,
And getting him again the kingship,
You provided inestimable help to Sugreeva.

Thumharo manthra Vibheeshana maana,
Lankeswara bhaye saba jaga jaana. 19

All the world knows,
That Vibheeshana became king of Lanka,
Because he obeyed your holy words.

Yuga sahasra yojana para Bhanu,
Leelayo thahi madura bala janu. 18

Thinking that he is but a sweet fruit,
You swallowed Lord sun,
Who is thousands of miles away.

Prabhu mudrika meli mukha maheem,
Jaladhi landhi gaye acharaja naaheem. 19

You crossed the ocean, holding the Lord’s ring,
In your mouth, and this is nothing surprising for you,

Durgama kaj jagat ke jethe,
Sugama anugraha thumhare dethe, 20

You provide victory in difficult times
To the people of the world and give your blessings

Rama dware thuma rakhawale,
Hotha na agyan bina paisare. 21

You are the guard to the door to the mind of Rama,
And without your permission, none can enter there.

Sab sukha lihai thumhari sarana,
Thum rakshak kahu ko darna, 22

All pleasures start from you,
And when you give protection,
Why is there a need to fear any one,

Aapana theja samarou aapai,
Theenom loka hankthe kaapain, 23

You alone can control the burst of your energy,
Seeing which all the three worlds shiver,

Bhootha pisacha nikata nahi aavai,
Mahabeera Jap naama sunavai. 24

Evil spirits and ghosts do not come near,
When they hear the name of the great hero, Hanuman.

Nasai rog harai sab peera,
Japatha niranthara hanumath beera. 25

Diseases and sufferings are destroyed,
When the Name of Hanuman is repeated always.

Sankata se Hanuman chudavai,
Mana karma vachana dhyana jo lavai. 26

Hanuman will save you from sorrow,
Who meditates on him with mind, action and words.

Sab par Ram thapasvi raja,
Tinake kaja sakala thum sanja. 27

You fulfilled all jobs of Rama,
Who fulfilled desires of all his devotees.

Aur manoradha jo koi lavai,
Soye amitha jeevan phala Pavai. 28

And any of those who bring their desires to you
Would get them fulfilled and get a better life.

Charahu yuga prathap thumhara,
Hai parasidha jagatha ujiyara. 29

In the four eons your name is famous,
And is famous all over the three worlds.

Sadu santh ke thum rakware,
Asura nikanddana rama dhulare. 30

You protect the sages and devout,
You kill asuras as per wish of great Rama.

Ashta sidhi nava nidhi ke datha,
Aasa vara dheen Janaki matha. 31

You were granted eight occult powers,
And nine types of wealth,
By the boon of mother Sita,

Ram rasayana thumhare pasa,
Sada rahow Raghupathi ke dasa, 32

You have with you the essence of Rama,
And would always remain his slave,

Thumhare bhajan ram ko pavai,
Janma janma ke dukha bisaravai, 33
Antha kala Raghupati pura jayee,
Jahan janma Haribaktha kahayee, 34

By devotion to you, one gets Rama,
And get removed sorrows of several births,
And at death he goes to the place of Rama,
And all his life would be pointed to as devotee of Vishnu.

Aur devatha chitha na darayee,
Hanumath seyi sarva sukha karayee. 35

He who does not think about gods other than him,
Would get all pleasures from Hanuman himself.

Sankata harai, mitai sab peera,
Jo sumirai Hanumath bala beera. 36

All sorrows vanish and all obstacles are finished,
For him who always remembers the very strong Hanuman.

Jai jai jai Hanuman gosai
Krupa karahu Gurudeva kee nayi. 37

Victory, victory, victory to the saint Hanuman,
Oh great teacher please show mercy on us.

Yah satha baar pata kara joyi,
Chootahi bandhi, maha sukha hoi. 38

He who reads this one hundred times,
Would be freed from shackles and get great pleasure.

Jo yah pade Hanuman chaleesa,
Hoi sidhi sake goureesa. 39

Whoever reads this Hanuman forty,
Would get powers with Lord Shiva as witness.

Thulasidasa sada Hari Chera,
Keejai nada hrudaya maha dera. 40

Thulasi das who is always a devotee of Hari,
Requests Hari to reside in his mind always.

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Mangala stotras

Mangala stotras are normally recited at the end of reciting several stotras or the end of singing several songs or at the end of an auspicious function. The devotee wishes auspiciousness to the Lord. Mangalam may also mean good wishes or wishes for a happy ending.

Vaisaka mase krishnayam
Dasami manda vasare,
Poorva bhadrasu Jathaya
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 1

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who was born in the month of Visaka*,
On the tenth day of the waxing moon,
On a Saturday under the Poorva bhadra star.
* April-May month

Guru gowrava poornaya
Phala bhoopa priyaya cha,
Nana manikhya hasthaya ,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 2

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who has respect for his teachers,
Who likes sweets prepared out of fruits,
And whose different hands are decorated by gems.

Suvarchala Kalathraya,
Chathurbhuja dharaya cha,
Ushtra roodaya veeraya ,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 3

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who is the consort of Suvarchala*,
Who had four arms,
And who is the hero who rides,
On a beam of light.
* Common belief is that Hanuman is a bachelor.

Divya Mangala dehaya,
Peethambara dharaya cha,
Thaptha kanchana varnaya,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 4

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who has a blessed holy body,
Who wears the yellow silk,
And who is of the colour of molten gold.

Bhaktha rakshana seelaya,
Janaki soka haarine,
Jagat pavaka nethraya,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 5

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who has the habit of saving his devotees,
Who destroyed the sorrow of Janaki,
And who has the purest eyes of the world.

Pamba theera viharaya,
Soumithri prana dhayine,
Sarva lokaika kandaya,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 6

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who lives in the shores of Pampa river,
Who saved the life of Lakshmana,
And who is in the throat of the whole world.

Rambhavana viharaya,
Sukhathma thata vasine,
Sarva lokaika kantaya,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 7

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who lived in the forests of Rampa,
Who lived with pleasant happy people,
And who is in the throat of the whole world.

Panachananaya Bheemaya
Kalanemi haraya cha,
Koundinya gothraya,
Mangalam Sri Hanumathe. 8

Mangalam to Sri Hanuman,
Who has five faces, who is gross,
Who killed Kalanemi,
And who belonged to the Koundinya clan

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Hanumath Stotram

Akshadhi rakshasa haram, Dasa kanda darpa,
Nirmoolanam, Raghuvarangri saroja bhaktham,
Seetha vishahya Ghana dukha nivarakam tham,
Vayo sutha, galitha bhanu maham namami. 1

I salute Him, who shines like the Sun,
Who killed Rakshasas like Aksha,
Who destroyed the pride of the ten headed,
Who is the devotee of lotus feet of Rama,
Who removed the great sorrow of Sita,
And who is the son of Wind God.

Maama pasya pasya dayaya nija drushti pathair,
Maam raksha raksha paritho ripu dukha punjaan,
Vasyam kuru trijagatham vasudadhi paanaam,
May dehi dehi mahatheem vasudhaam sriyam cha. 2

Please see, see me with real feeling of mercy,
Please save, save me from the hands of enemies,
Make my slave the three worlds and their kings,
And please give, give me wealth and fame.

Aapadbhyo raksha sarvathra, aanjaneya namosthuthe,
Bandhanam cchedhaya muktha kapi varya, namosthuthe. 3

Salutations to son of Anjana, please always save me from danger,
Salutations o the great monkey, please cut of my bondage and release me.

May dehi sampadho nithyam trilochana, namosthuthe,
Dushta rogaan hana hana Rama dhootha namosthuthe. 4

Salutations to the three eyed one, please daily save from dangers,
Salutations to the emissary of Rama, kill, kill serious diseases.

Uchataya ripoon sarvaan, mohanam kuru bhoobhujaam,
Vidweshino maaraya thwam trinethrathmaka sarvada. 5

Always, Cast spell on all my enemies, make all kings love me,
And Kill all those who hate me, Oh, son of three eyed one.

Sanjeeva parvathoddhara, mama dukhaan nivaraya,
Ghoraan upadhravan nasaya, Aksha suranthaka. 6

He who carried sanjeevini mountain, please remove my sorrows,
Killer of the asura called Aksha, destroy awesome troubles.

Markatesa mahothsaha, Sarva soka vinasaka,
Sathroon samhara maam raksha, sriyam dathwacha maam hara. 7

Lord of all monkeys who is exuberant, kill all my sorrows,
Save me by killing all my enemies and protect me by giving wealth.

Evam sthuthwa hanumantham, nara sradha samanwitha,
Puthra pouthradhi sahitha, sarvaan kamaan vapunuyath. 8

If men pray Lord Hanuman thus with devotion,
He would realize all his wishes along with his sons and grandsons.

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Anjaneya Gayatri

Om Anjaneya Vidmahe
Vayu Puthraya Dheemahe
Tanno Maruthi Prachodayaath !

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Prayer Slokas on Sri Aanjane’ya

Anjanaa Karppa Sambootham Kumaaram Brahmachaarin’am
Dhushtagraha Vinaasaaya Hanumanthaaya Upaasmaye’

Sri Anjaneya

Mano’ javam Maarudhathulyave’kam
Jithe’th-ndhriyam Bhuddhimadhaam Varishttam |
Vadhathmajam Vaanara yoodhamukyam
Sri Raamadhootham Sirasaa Naamaami ||

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108 Names of Hanuman

1. OM Hanumatay Namaha
2. OM Shree Pradaayay Namaha
3. OM Vaaya Putraaya Namaha
4. OM Rudraayay Namaha
5 OM Ana-Gaayay Namaha
6 OM Aja-Raayay Namaha
7 OM Amrit-Yavay Namaha
8 OM Maarutaat-Majaayay Namaha
9 OM Vira-Viraayay Namaha
10 OM Grama-VaaSaayay Namaha
11 OM Janash-Radaayay Namaha
12 OM Dhana-Daayay Namaha
13 OM Akaa-YaaYay Namaha
14 OM Virayay Namaha
15 OM Nidhi-Patayay Namaha
16 OM Munayay Namaha
17 OM Vaag-Minay Namaha
18 OM Pingaak-Shaayay Namaha
19 OM Vara-Daayay Namaha
20 OM Sita Shoka-Vinaasha-Naayay Namaha
21 OM Rakta Vaasasay Namaha
22 OM Shivaayay Namaha
23 OM Shar-Vaayay Namaha
24 OM Paraayay Namaha
25 OM Avyak-Taayay Namaha
26 OM Vyakta-Avyak-Tayay Namaha
27 OM Rasaa-DhaRaayay Namaha
28 OM Ping-Keshaayay Namaha
29 OM Pinga-Romanay Namaha
30 OM Shruti-Gamyaayay Namaha
31 OM Sana-Tanaaya Namaha
32 OM Anaa-Daayay Namaha
33 OM Bhagawatay Namaha
34 OM Devaayay Namaha
35 OM Vishwa-Haytavay Namaha
36 OM Niraa-Shra-yaayay Namaha
37 OM Aarogya-Kartray Namaha
38 OM Vish-Vesh-aayay Namaha
39 OM Vishva-Naayak-aayay Namaha
40 OM Harish-Waraayay Namaha
41 OM Bhar-Gaayay Namaha
42 OM Raam-Aayay Namaha
43 OM Rav-Vayay Namaha
44 OM Visva Haraaya Namaha
45 OM Vish-Vaaya Namaha
46 OM Vishva Sevayaay Namaha
47 OM Vishva-Aatmanaay Namaha
48 OM Visha-Daayay Namaha
49 OM Vishva-Kaar-aayay Namaha
50 OM Raam-Bhaktaayay Namaha
51 OM Vishva-Murtaaya Namaha
52 OM Vishvam Bharaayay Namaha
53 OM Prakriti-Sthiraaya Namaha
54 OM Kalyaa-Naayay Namaha
55 OM Vishva-Chesha-Laayay Namaha
56 OM Avaya-Graayay Namaha
57 OM Anjani-Sunavay Namaha
58 OM Ajaayay Namaha
59 OM Sakhyay Namaha
60 OM Tatvagam-Yaayay Namaha
61 OM Vanay-Charaayay Namaha
62 OM Yunay Namaha
63 OM Vrid-Dhyayay Namaha
64 OM Baalaayay NamahaBaa
65 OM Tatvaayay Namaha
66 OM Jyesh-Taayay Namaha
67 OM Vidyaayay Namaha
68 OM Kapish-Shestray Namaha
69 OM Plavang-Gamayay Namaha
70 OM Kalaa-Dharaayay Namaha
71 OM Vishvaa-Dhyayaayay Namaha
72 OM Vishvaa-Gamyaayay Namaha
73 OM Graama Swantaayay Namaha
74 OM Ama-Laayay Namaha
75 OM Vyaapa-Kaayay Namaha
76 OM Praana-Vaayay Namaha
77 OM Omkar-Jamyaayay Namaha
78 OM Satyaayay Namaha
79 OM Avyaaya Namaha
80 OM Tapa-say Namaha
81 OM Jana Lokaayay Namaha
82 OM Mahaa Lokaayay Namaha
83 OM Swar-Lokaayay Namaha
84 OM Bhuvar-Lokaayay Namaha
85 OM Bhur-Lokaayay Namaha
86 OM Dharaa-Dharaayay Namaha
87 OM ShivaDharam, Pratish-taatray Namaha
88 OM Satyaayay Namaha
89 OM Purnaayay Namaha
90 OM Raksha-Praana, Haarakaayay Namaha
91 OM Jaanaki-Praandaatray Namaha
92 OM Sharanaagata-Vatsalaayay Namaha
93 OM Pandari-Kaakshaayaya Namaha
94 OM Raaksho-Dhanaayay Namaha
95 OM Dharaa-Dhipaayay Namaha
96 OM Purna Kamaayay Namaha
97 OM Gospadi-krita, Vaarish-aayay Namaha
98 OM Phaalgun-Priyaayay Namaha
99 OM Ramesh-Taatray Namaha
100 OM Rudra-Kar-Maayay Namo Namaha
101 OM Devay-So Namaha
102 OM Krish-Naayay Namaha
103 OM Raamdoo-Taayay Namaha
104 OM Shakti Raakshasaa, Maara-kaayay Namaha
105 OM Shakti Naytaayay Namaha
106 OM Drona Hartray Namaha
107 OM Divaakara, Sama-Prabhaayay Namaha
108 OM Pita-Vaasasay Namaha

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|| shri anjaneya sahasranamastotram ||

udyadaditya sankasham udara bhuja vikramam |

kandarpa koti lavanyam sarva vidya visharadam ||

shri rama hridayanandam bhakta kalpa mahiruham |

abhayam varadam dorbhyam kalaye marutatmajam ||

atha sahasranama stotram |

hanuman shri prado vayu putro rudro anagho ajarah |

amrityur viravirashca gramavaso janashrayah || 1||

dhanado nirgunah shuro viro nidhipatir munih |

pingaksho varado vagmi sita shoka vinashakah || 2||

shivah sharvah paro avyakto vyaktavyakto dharadharah |

pingakeshah pingaroma shrutigamyah sanatanah || 3||

anadirbhagavan devo vishva hetur nirashrayah |

arogyakarta vishvesho vishvanatho harishvarah || 4||

bhargo ramo rama bhaktah kalyanah prakriti sthirah |

vishvambharo vishvamurtih vishvakarashca vishvapah || 5||

vishvatma vishvasevyo atha vishvo vishvaharo ravih |

vishvaceshto vishvagamyo vishvadhyeyah kaladharah || 6||

plavangamah kapishreshto vedavedyo vanecarah |

balo vriddho yuva tattvam tattvagamyah sukho hyajah || 7||

anjanasunuravyagro grama khyato dharadharah |

bhurbhuvassvarmaharloko jano lokastapo avyayah || 8||

satyam omkara gamyashca pranavo vyapako amalah |

shivo dharma pratishthata rameshtah phalgunapriyah || 9||

goshpadikritavarishah purnakamo dharapatih |

rakshoghnah pundarikakshah sharanagatavatsalah || 10||

janaki prana data ca rakshah pranapaharakah |

purnasattvah pitavasa divakara samaprabhah || 11||

dronaharta shaktineta shakti rakshasa marakah |

akshaghno ramadutashca shakini jiva harakah || 12||

bhubhukara hataratirdushta garva pramardanah |

hetuh sahetuh pramshushca vishvabharta jagadguruh || 13||

jagattrata jagannatho jagadisho janeshvarah |

jagatpita harih shrisho garudasmayabhanjanah || 14||

parthadhvajo vayusuto amita puccho amita prabhah |

brahma puccham parabrahmapuccho rameshta eva ca || 15||

sugrivadi yuto jnani vanaro vanareshvarah |

kalpasthayi ciranjivi prasannashca sada shivah || 16||

sannatih sadgatih bhukti muktidah kirti dayakah |

kirtih kirtipradashcaiva samudrah shripradah shivah || 17||

udadhikramano devah samsara bhaya nashanah |

vardhi bandhanakrid vishva jeta vishva pratishthitah || 18||

lankarih kalapurusho lankesha griha bhanjanah |

bhutavaso vasudevo vasustribhuvaneshvarah || 19||

shriramadutah krishnashca lankaprasadabhanjakah |

krishnah krishna stutah shantah shantido vishvapavanah || 20||

vishva bhokta ca maraghno brahmacari jitendriyah |

urdhvago languli mali langula hata rakshasah || 21||

samira tanujo viro viramaro jayapradah |

jaganmangaladah punyah punya shravana kirtanah || 22||

punyakirtih punya gatirjagatpavana pavanah |

devesho jitamarashca rama bhakti vidhayakah || 23||

dhyata dhyeyo bhagah sakshi ceta chaitanya vigrahah |

nanadah pranadah prano jagatpranah samiranah || 24||

vibhishana priyah shurah pippalayana siddhidah |

suhrit siddhashrayah kalah kala bhakshaka bhanjanah || 25||

lankesha nidhanah sthayi lanka dahaka ishvarah |

candra surya agni netrashca kalagnih pralayantakah || 26||

kapilah kapishah punyarashih dvadasha rashigah |

sarvashrayo aprameyatma revatyadi nivarakah || 27||

lakshmana pranadata ca sita jivana hetukah |

ramadhyeyo hrishikesho vishnu bhakto jati bali || 28||

devaridarpaha hota karta harta jagatprabhuh |

nagara grama palashca shuddho buddho nirantarah || 29||

niranjano nirvikalpo gunatito bhayankarah |

hanumamshca duraradhyah tapassadhyo maheshvarah || 30||

janaki ghanashokotthatapaharta paratparah |

vadambhyah sadasadrupah karanam prakriteh parah || 31||

bhagyado nirmalo neta puccha lanka vidahakah |

pucchabaddho yatudhano yatudhana ripupriyah || 32||

cayapahari bhutesho lokesha sadgati pradah |

plavangameshvarah krodhah krodha samraktalocanah || 33||

krodha harta tapa harta bhaktabhaya varapradah|

bhaktanukampi vishveshah puruhutah purandarah || 34||

agnirvibhavasurbhasvan yamo nishkritirevaca |

varuno vayugatiman vayuh kaubera ishvarah || 35||

ravishcandrah kujah sOmyo guruh kavyah shanaishvarah |

rahuh keturmaruddhata dharta harta samirajah || 36||

mashakikrita devari daityarih madhusudanah |

kamah kapih kamapalah kapilo vishva jivanah || 37||

bhagirathi padambhojah setubandha visharadah |

svaha svadha havih kavyam havyavaha prakashakah || 38||

svaprakasho mahaviro laghushca amita vikramah |

pradinodòinagatiman sadgatih purushottamah || 39||

jagadatma jagadhyonirjagadanto hyanantakah |

vipapma nishkalankashca mahan madahankritih || 40||

kham vayuh prithvi hyapo vahnirdikpala eva ca |

kshetrajnah kshetra palashca palvalikrita sagarah || 41||

hiranmayah puranashca khecaro bhucaro manuh |

hiranyagarbhah sutratma rajarajo vishampatih || 42||

vedanta vedyo udgitho vedavedanga paragah |

prati gramasthitah sadhyah sphurti data gunakarah || 43||

nakshatra mali bhutatma surabhih kalpa padapah |

cinta manirgunanidhih praja patiranuttamah || 44||

punyashlokah puraratirjyotishman sharvaripatih |

kilikilyaravatrastapretabhutapishacakah || 45||

runatraya harah sukshmah stulah sarvagatih puman |

apasmara harah smarta shritirgatha smritirmanuh || 46||

svarga dvaram praja dvaram moksha dvaram kapishvarah |

nada rupah para brahma brahma brahma puratanah || 47||

eko naiko janah shuklah svayam jyotirnakulah |

jyotih jyotiranadishca sattviko rajasattamah || 48||

tamo harta niralambo nirakaro gunakarah |

gunashrayo gunamayo brihatkayo brihadyashah || 49||

brihaddhanur brihatpado brihanmurdha brihatsvanah |

brihat karno brihannaso brihannetro brihatgalah || 50||

brihadhyantro brihatceshto brihat puccho brihat karah |

brihatgatirbrihatsevyo brihalloka phalapradah ||51||

brihacchaktirbrihadvancha phalado brihadishvarah |

brihalloka nuto drashta vidya data jagad guruh || 52||

devacaryah satya vadi brahma vadi kaladharah |

sapta patalagami ca malayacala samshrayah || 53||

uttarashasthitah shrido divya aushadhi vashah khagah |

shakhamrigah kapindrashca puranah shruti sancarah || 54||

caturo brahmano yogi yogagamyah paratparah |

anadi nidhano vyaso vaikunthah prithvi patih || 55||

parajito jitaratih sadanandashca ishita |

gopalo gopatirgopta kalih kalah paratparah || 56||

manovegi sada yogi samsara bhaya nashanah |

tattva data ca tattvajnastattvam tattva prakashakah || 57||

shuddho buddho nityamukto bhakta rajo jayapradah |

pralayo amita mayashca mayatito vimatsarah || 58||

maya-nirjita-rakshashca maya-nirmita-vishtapah |

mayashrayashca nirlepo maya nirvancakah sukhah || 59||

sukhi sukhaprado nago maheshakrita samstavah |

maheshvarah satyasandhah sharabhah kali pavanah || 60||

raso rasajnah sammanastapascakshushca bhairavah |

ghrano gandhah sparshanam ca sparsho ahankaramanadah || 61||

neti-neti-gamyashca vaikuntha bhajana priyah |

girisho girija kanto durvasah kavirangirah || 62||

bhrigurvasishtashca yavanastumbururnarado amalah |

vishva kshetram vishva bijam vishva netrashca vishvagah || 63||

yajako yajamanashca pavakah pitarastatha |

shraddha buddhih kshama tandra mantro mantrayutah svarah || 64||

rajendro bhupati runòa mali samsara sarathih |

nityah sampurna kamashca bhakta kamadhuguttamah || 65||

ganapah kishapo bhrata pita mata ca marutih |

sahasra shirsha purushah sahasrakshah sahasrapat || 66||

kamajit kama dahanah kamah kamya phala pradah |

mudrahari rakshasaghnah kshiti bhara haro balah || 67||

nakha damshtra yudho vishnu bhakto abhaya vara pradah |

darpaha darpado driptah shata murtiramurtiman || 68||

maha nidhirmaha bhogo maha bhago maharthadah |

mahakaro maha yogi maha teja maha dyutih || 69||

maha karma maha nado maha mantro maha matih |

mahashayo mahodaro mahadevatmako vibhuh || 70||

rudra karma krita karma ratna nabhah kritagamah |

ambhodhi langhanah simho nityo dharmah pramodanah || 71||

jitamitro jayah sama vijayo vayu vahanah |

jiva data sahasramshurmukundo bhuri dakshinah || 72||

siddharthah siddhidah siddha sankalpah siddhi hetukah |

sapta patalacaranah saptarshi gana vanditah || 73||

saptabdhi langhano virah sapta dviporumanòalah |

saptanga rajya sukhadah sapta matri nishevitah || 74||

sapta lokaika mukutah sapta hota svarashrayah |

saptacchando nidhih saptacchandah sapta janashrayah || 75||

sapta samopagitashca sapta patala samshrayah |

medhavi kirtidah shoka hari daurbhagya nashanah || 76||

sarva vashyakaro garbha doshaghnah putrapautradah |

prativadi mukhastambhi tushtacittah prasadanah || 77||

parabhicarashamano duhkhaghno bandha mokshadah |

nava dvara puradharo nava dvara niketanah || 78||

nara narayana stutyo naranatho maheshvarah |

mekhali kavaci khadgi bhrajishnurjishnusarathih || 79||

bahu yojana vistirna pucchah puccha hatasurah |

dushtagraha nihanta ca pishaca graha ghatakah || 80||

bala graha vinashi ca dharmo neta kripakarah |

ugrakrityashcogravega ugra netrah shata kratuh || 81||

shata manyustutah stutyah stutih stota maha balah |

samagra gunashali ca vyagro raksho vinashakah || 82||

rakshoghna hasto brahmeshah shridharo bhakta vatsalah |

megha nado megha rupo megha vrishti nivarakah || 83||

megha jivana hetushca megha shyamah paratmakah |

samira tanayo bodhha tattva vidya visharadah || 84||

amogho amoghahrishtishca ishtado anishta nashanah |

artho anarthapahari ca samartho rama sevakah || 85||

arthi dhanyo asuraratih punòarikaksha atmabhuh |

sankarshano vishuddhatma vidya rashih sureshvarah || 86||

acaloddharako nityah setukrid rama sarathih |

anandah paramanando matsyah kurmo nidhihshamah || 87||

varaho narasimhashca vamano jamadagnijah |

ramah krishnah shivo buddhah kalki ramashrayo harah || 88||

nandi bhringi ca canòi ca ganesho gana sevitah |

karmadhyakshyah suradhyaksho vishramo jagatampatih || 89||

jagannathah kapi shreshtah sarvavasah sadashrayah |

sugrivadistutah shantah sarva karma plavangamah || 90||

nakhadaritarakshashca nakha yuddha visharadah |

kushalah sughanah shesho vasukistakshakah svarah || 91||

svarna varno balaòhyashca rama pujyo aghanashanah |

kaivalya dipah kaivalyam garuòah pannago guruh || 92||

kilyaravahataratigarvah parvata bhedanah |

vajrango vajra vegashca bhakto vajra nivarakah || 93||

nakhayudho manigrivo jvalamali ca bhaskarah |

prauòha pratapastapano bhakta tapa nivarakah || 94||

sharanam jivanam bhokta nanaceshtohyacancalah |

susvastho asvasthyaha duhkhashamanah pavanatmajah || 95||

pavanah pavanah kanto bhaktagassahano balah |

megha nadaripurmeghanada samhritarakshasah || 96||

ksharo aksharo vinitatma vanareshah satangatih |

shri kantah shiti kantashca sahayah sahanayakah || 97||

astulastvananurbhargo devah samsritinashanah |

adhyatma vidyasarashca adhyatmakushalah sudhih || 98||

akalmashah satya hetuh satyagah satya gocarah |

satya garbhah satya rupah satyam satya parakramah || 99||

anjana pranalingaca vayu vamshodbhavah shubhah |

bhadra rupo rudra rupah surupascitra rupadhrit || 100||

mainaka vanditah sukshma darshano vijayo jayah |

kranta digmanòalo rudrah prakatikrita vikramah || 101||

kambu kantah prasannatma hrasva naso vrikodarah |

lamboshtah kunòali citramali yogavidam varah || 102||

vipashcit kavirananda vigraho ananya shasanah |

phalgunisunuravyagro yogatma yogatatparah || 103||

yoga vedyo yoga karta yoga yonirdigambarah |

akaradi kshakaranta varna nirmita vigrahah || 104||

ulukhala mukhah simhah samstutah parameshvarah |

shlishta janghah shlishta januh shlishta panih shikha dharah || 105||

susharma amita sharma ca narayana parayanah |

jishnurbhavishnu rocishnurgrasishnuh sthanureva ca || 106||

hari rudranukrid vriksha kampano bhumi kampanah |

guna pravahah sutratma vita ragah stuti priyah || 107||

naga kanya bhaya dhvamsi rukma varnah kapala bhrit |

anakulo bhavopayo anapayo veda paragah || 108||

aksharah purusho loka natho raksha prabhu driòah |

ashtanga yoga phalabhuk satya sandhah purushtutah || 109||

smashana sthana nilayah preta vidravana kshamah |

pancakshara parah panca matriko ranjanadhvajah || 110||

yogini vrinda vandyashca shatrughno ananta vikramah |

brahmacari indriya ripuh dhritadanòo dashatmakah || 111||

aprapancah sadacarah shura sena vidarakah |

vriddhah pramoda anandah sapta jihva patirdharah || 112||

nava dvara puradharah pratyagrah samagayakah |

shatcakradhama svarloko bhayahyanmanado amadah || 113||

sarva vashyakarah shaktirananto ananta mangalah |

ashta murtirdharo neta virupah svara sundarah || 114||

dhuma keturmaha ketuh satya keturmaharathah |

nandi priyah svatantrashca mekhali samara priyah || 115||

lohangah sarvavid dhanvi shatkalah sharva ishvarah |

phala bhuk phala hastashca sarva karma phalapradah || 116||

dharmadhyaksho dharmaphalo dharmo dharmaprado arthadah |

panca vimshati tattvajnah taraka brahma tatparah || 117||

tri margavasatirbhumih sarva duhkha nibarhanah |

urjasvan nishkalah shuli mali garjannishacarah || 118||

raktambara dharo rakto rakta mala vibhushanah |

vana mali shubhangashca shvetah svetambaro yuva || 119||

jayo jaya parivarah sahasra vadanah kavih |

shakini òakini yaksha raksho bhutaugha bhanjanah || 120||

sadhyojatah kamagatir jnana murtih yashaskarah |

shambhu tejah sarvabhOmo vishnu bhaktah plavangamah || 121||

caturnavati mantrajnah paulastya bala darpaha |

sarva lakshmi pradah shriman angadapriya iòitah || 122||

smritirbijam sureshanah samsara bhaya nashanah |

uttamah shriparivarah shri bhu durga ca kamakhyaka || 123||

sadagatirmatarishca rama padabja shatpadah |

nila priyo nila varno nila varna priyah suhrit || 124||

rama duto loka bandhuh antaratma manoramah |

shri rama dhyanakrid virah sada kimpurushasstutah || 125||

rama karyantarangashca shuddhirgatiranamayah |

punya shlokah paranandah pareshah priya sarathih || 126||

loka svami mukti data sarva karana karanah |

maha balo maha virah paravaragatirguruh || 127||

samasta loka sakshi ca samasta sura vanditah |

sita sameta shri rama pada seva durandharah || 128||

iti shri sita sameta shri rama pada seva durandhara

shri hanumat sahasra nama stotram sampurnam ||

Sri Anjenayar Temple- Kalubowila

By:Sri Kanes – Bahrain

Sri Ramaraksha Stotra

Sri Ganeshaya Namah !!

Asý shri ramaraksha stotra maha mantrasaý budhá kaushika rishí sitaaramachandro devatha anushtah chandah sita shaktih srimaadhnamnkeelkam shri ramachandra preetharthyam jape viniyogah !!

Dhyanam

dhyayedhajanubhOm dhrithashradhnushum bhdhapadhnabham sanatham

peethavasm vasanam navakamaladhalaspardhanetram prasanam

vamakaarodasita mukhakamalvimalalochana neeradhabam

nanaalankrita deeptham dhathumhurujatakmandalam ramachandram !!

charitham raghunathasya shatha koti pravstharam

ekikamaksharam pasam mahapathakam nashanam !!

dhyathvaneelothvlashayam rama rajevalochanam

janaki lakshamanopeetham jatamukutamanditham !!

sasithondhanurbanipim nakthmcharathkam

svalilaya jagrthmadhbhurthamajm vibhum !!

ramaraksha ptythyagna papavignam sarvakamadham

sheerome raghava pathu bhalm dharathamjam !!

khauslyao drtho pathu vishwamitra priya shruti

pranm pathu mukhtrhth mukhm sumitri vatslyah !!

jivha vidhyanidhi pathu kanth barathamandhithah

skandah dhivyaudh pathu bujha bajneesh karmakhah !!

karo sitapathi pathu hrdhyam jamadhajnijeeth

madhym pathu khaardhamsvi nabhi jambhavdrsyh !!

sugreevesh kati pathu skdhni hanumandprabhu

ooru raghotham pathu rakshah kulavinashakrth !!

januni sethukrthvathu jhmksh dashamukanthkh

padhyo vebeeshana sreedh pathu ramkeelkm vphú !!

etham ramabahalopeetham rakshmhyh sukrith patyth

scharyh sukhiputhri vijyaé vinyé bavathé !!

pathala boothalvaym charinmshrdcharin

ndrstymphi saktshthe rakshitm ramanabhí !!

ramaethee ramabadhraethee ramachandrethé va smraý

nruný lipthya paphyarbhuthim mukthim cha mandthí !!

jghatrekh manthren ramanamhbirakshathu

ý kantye dharethsy karstha sarvsiddhya !!

vajrapanjrmedhm yo rama kavachm smreth

avhyahthygna sarvthra labhyth jayamangalam !!

adhrushtman etha swapna rama rakshamim hrh

ththa likithamn prath prabudho budhá kaushikh !!

aaramo kalpvrksahnam viramo sakala padhnabham

abhiramstrilokanam ramah shreeman sunh prabhu !!

taruno roopasampnah sukumarh mahabalh

pundriksh vishalaksh chirakrsn jinambrah !!

palahmulashina danthy tapasyo bramhacharino

putro dasharathsys baratho rama lakshamanh !!

sharany sarvasathanvh shreshtm sarvadanushmthm

rakshm kulanihantro treyathmno raghottham !!

atthsjdanushvishstrshvakshyashu ganishgasangino

rakshnah mama rama lakshmanh vyagrth padhisaddyvgatchvathm !!

sanathm kavachi kadgi japabanam dharoyam

gachavnm manoradhoskm ramapathu sulakshm !!

ramodasharathih shooro lakshmanonucharo baali

kakuthsym purush purnah kauslyah ragottham !!

vedanto vedyo yagnesha purana purushottham

janaki vallabha sreemanh prameyo parakramh !!

ithyathani japanh nithyam madhbakthim shradayonvith

ashwamedadga puniyam sampraptham punitham samshyam !!

ramá dhurmadhol shyamá padmakshm peethavasm

sthuvanthirnambhirvkyrthin the samsarino narah !!

ramah lakshmanh purvajam raghuvaram sitapathim sundaram

kakuthsyam karunavaram gunaneedhm vipryapriyam dharmikam

rajendram sathya sandham dasharththanym shyamalm shanthamurthym

vande lokaabhiramam raghukulathilakm raghavm ravaniriam !!

ramaya ramabadhrya ramachandrya vdease

raghunathay nathayh sitayh pathe namah !!

shri rama rama raghunandan rama rama

shri rama rama bharathagraj rama rama

shri rama rama ranakrsh rama rama

shri rama rama sharanh bavah rama rama !!

shri ramachandrh charanh manasa smrami

shri ramachandrh charanh vachas granami

shri ramachandrh charanh shirasa namami

shri ramachandrh charanh sharanam prapadhya !!

matha ramah mathpitha ramachandrah

swami ramah mathsakh ramachandrah

sarvsvameh ramachandrah dayaulah

nanuh jane naivy janen n jane

dakshine lakshmanhsy vamethu janakathmjh

paruth maruthiryasthm vande raghunandanam !!

lokabhiramah ranaranga dheeram

rajevanethrem raghuvamsh natham

karunya roopam kuranakaram tham

shri ramachandrh sharnmh prapadhya !!

manajavm maruthatuliya vegam

jitedriyam budhi matham varishtam

vathadmjam vanara yudha mukhyam

shri ramadootham sharanam prapadhya !!

kujatham rama ramethi madhuram madhuraksharam

arohya kavithashakam vande valmiki kokilayam

apadhamhrtharm  datharam sarvasampadhyam

lokabhirama shri rama bhuyo bhuyo namah hynm !!

bharjanm bhavabeeja marjanm sukha sampadhym

tharjnm yama dootham rama ramethi garjanm !!

ramah rajamanih sadha vijayithe rama rameeshm baje

ramanambhitha neshacharchmuh ramayah thasmhi namah !!

ramansthi parayanaym parathramh ramasyh dhyasomhymn

ramajeethalayhuh sadha bavathume bhu rama mamadharam !!

shri rama rama ramathi rame raame manorame

sahasrh namah thathyulim rama rama varanane !!

Vaikasi Visakam

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Vaikasi Visakam 05-Jun-2009

Vaikasi Visakam is said to be the day when Lord Muruga / Subramanya incarnated in this world with the mission of saving earth from demons like Soorapadman. The Vaikasi Visakam is celebrated in a grand manner in Murugan Temples (Swamymalai, Tiruchendur,…). Valli Kalyanam is celebrated in Murugan Temples on Vaikasi Visakam day.

The divine creation of Lord Subrahmanya, also known as Skanda, Karthikeya or Murugan, to alleviate the sufferings of the Devas is believed to have occurred on Vaikasi Visakam. (Visakam is one of the 27 Nakshatras).

Sani Pradosham

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Sani Pradosham 20-Jun-2009

ABOUT 56 KM from Chennai, on the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border, is a small village called Surutapalli, which houses the only “Sayana Sivan” (sleeping Shiva) called Pallikondeswarar. The temple has an interesting history which is as follows:Once Indra lost his kingdom and found that only if he consumed the Divine Nectar he could rule. So there was a tug of war between the devas and asuras to obtain this nectar. The Devas and Asuras got together to churn the ocean, using Mandramalai & Vaasuki, the snake. As they continued to churn the ocean, Vaasuki the snake began to tire and started spewing its poison. Siva came and consumed all the poison. Thus Siva became blue up to his throat and is also known by the name “Neelakandan” ( neela-blue colour, kandam-throat).

Goddess Parvati rushed and held his neck so that the poison would not spread to the whole of his body. Shiva then became drowsy and selected a village called Surutapalli (near Chennai), where he is seen sleeping on the lap of Parvathi. This is the only temple that houses Lord Shiva in a sleeping position.

Narada, meanwhile, passed on the message and down came the Devas, Brahma, Vishnu and the Saptarishis, to have darshan. They were promptly stopped by Nandi who asked them all to come after some time, as Shiva was resting. All of them waited. Shiva, when he woke up, was filled with extreme happiness and danced (”Ananda Thandavam”). This day, when the Devas, Brahma, Vishnu, Narada and Saptarishis had Shiva darshan was a Krishnapaksha Trayodasi (Stiravaram, Saturday). This is the Mahapradosham day. Pradhosham, generally, is a significant occasion observed with great piety at all Shiva temples.

It is believed that all the Devas & Gods are assembled in the Shiva temples during Pradosham time. Further, the first pradosham was on a Saturday & hence “Sani Pradosham” is even more auspicious.