Puja – Adoration of the divine

The word ‘Puja’ takes its origin from ‘Puj’ which means adoration, worship and exaltation. Rituals are wonderful expressions of the ancient procedures given to us by the Enlightened Gurus so that we can celebrate each and every moment of our lives.

Vedic rituals which include Mantras (recital of Vedic mantras), Yantra (meditation on spiritual depiction of subtle energies), and Tantra (worship rituals) are an expression of gratefulness, a form of dedication which help us to celebrate and respect life every moment and look for blessings for opulence and physical or mental well being. Homa (also known as homam or havan) refers to a ritual where an offering into a sacred fire is the principal act.

Why is Puja so Effective?

Puja is a ritualized prayer. Due to its exceptional ability to break through our energetic karmic shell through specific chants and prayers, Puja is considered to be a powerful and effective practice to live life to the fullest. Pujas unite us to our inner centres of divine power. When properly performed, its energy will ally specifically with the chakras of an individual.

Puja follows a particular ritual and assists the supplicant in activating the Chakras, the power centres which rule the day-to-day function of our lives. Pujas not only energize our energy centres but also attracts positive feelings by activating them. In addition, Puja increases our power to sense the mystical energetic centres by enhancing the Surge of Prana in our body and creates a powerful mystical shield and blocks intruding forces. With the benign blend of these positive life currents, our lives convert into a field of infinite possibilities with positive feelings.

What are Requirements for Performing a Puja?

One would require an exhaustive training in order to perform a Puja in the Vedic way.  A Puja performer must be adept in Sanskrit chanting and should have sufficient knowledge of the power of seed mantras, Ayurveda and Jyotish. Besides, he has to be self-disciplined and should have linked to an ancestry of expert gurus.

If we go by the tradition, Priests trained in the Vedic rituals, Mantras and Tantras, perform Pujas in the temples. Trained priests know the exact time to perform a Puja for a person and which Mantra has to be chanted for which Puja. However, the Vedic astrological chart of a person ascertains the best time for a Puja.

Is it necessary to have my Vedic Astrology Chart Analyzed?

No, you are not required to analyze your Vedic birth chart to perform any Puja, or to get the benefits of any puja.  You may invoke the deity or planet as per the blessings desired in life.

How do I write a Sankalpa?

Write positive affirmation for all that you want and words like “release, remove” for those that you like to banish. One example is “May Lord Ganesh grant me and my family health, wealth and stability in personal and career front”. Seek removal of all obstacles and release of all negativities and stresses” or  “Pray to the Divine Treasurer of Heaven, Lord Kubera for Wealth, Fortune, Prosperity, Abundance, a Phenomenal Sustainable Source of Income or Job, Increasing Creative Divine Intelligence and a Money Miracle. Also, removal of all obstacles surrounding my shop for record sales”.

What details are required to do Puja in my name?

You are required give the details like Name, time of birth, place of birth, parents’ name and Gotra.  Time of birth and your Gotra is not mandatory.

Can I add multiple family members in one Puja Sankalpa?

Yes you may. However the fruits of the Pooja would be equally divided among all.

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