Shri Satyanarayan Pooja
The Satyanarayana Vrat and Pooja is a popular ritual performed to please Narayan or Lord Vishnu. It can be performed any time but the full moon day is a good time when most Hindus perform this pooja. The month of Shrawan (July/August) or on starting a new phase in one’s life like a new business, wedding, a new house etc. The essence of this Vrat is to accept the Almighty Lord Vishnu as the Truth and take the vows of truthfulness in one’s day to day living, discarding at the same time the ego. In doing so, eternal peace is yours as well as whatever material requirements are fulfilled.
Graha Shanti pooja is done to appease the particular planet which is an adverse position in one’s horoscope or to enhance the effect of a positive influence of a particular planet. Each planetary power has to be appeased in a different way and thus the pooja ritual.
Surya Pooja is to appease the planetary power Sun, the supreme power of the solar system. Sun is the lord of the Sun-sign Leo and the direction East. In astrology the Sun is known as the soul of “Kaal pursha”. Surya pooja is indicated when Sun is powerless or depleted in the horoscope.
Chandra Pooja is performed to appease the planetary power of the Moon, the Second Supreme power in astrology,the Queen. Since the moon takes the least of the time to transit in all 12 houses of the horoscope hence the moon has a major influence on our daily life. Moon is the planet, which rules our emotions, our thoughts and fortune, fame, memory, success, happiness, and comforts.
Mangal Pooja is performed to appease planet Mars. Mars is the ‘Prince’ among all the planets. Performing Mangal pooja can reduce the troubles and hurdles caused due to malefic position of Mars in the horoscope. Mars represents the virtues of bravery, patience, tolerance, spirit, steadiness and also the vices of anger, lies, disgustingness, jealousy, protectiveness and excitements etc.
Budh Pooja is peformed to appease planet Mercury. As per Indian astrology, Budha is the son of Moon and is the smallest planet in the solar system. Budh pooja enhances the power of speech and is recommended to reduce the tribulations caused due to malefic position of Mercury in the horoscope. Mercury is the planet, which directly affects the trade business.
Brihaspati Pooja is perform to appease planet Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. According to Hindu Shastra, “Brahaspati” is known as “Guru” or teacher of all “Devtas”.
Jupiter is very auspicious planet and pooja in honour of Jupiter enhances wisdom, knowledge, religion, fortune, happiness, welfare, joy, devotion, spirituality, generosity, charity, gentleness, statesmanship, fame, wealth , respect, reputation, honor, dignity and social status. If Jupiter is well placed in the horoscope one can enjoy all the joys of life. Yet, one can find his life ruined in all respects due to malefic effects of planet Jupiter. Brihaspati Pooja is recommended to increase the power of the benefic Jupiter or to reduce the tribulations caused by malefic Jupiter.
Shukra Pooja is performed to appease planet Venus, the Guru of demons, Venus is the most shining and beautiful planet in the solar system. Shukra Puja is recommended to remove the malefic effects of Venus in one’s horoscope.
Shani Pooja is performed to appease planet planet Saturn, Saturn is the slowest planet in the solar system. As per Indian astrology, Saturn takes almost 2 years six months of time to transit from one house to another. If Saturn is malefic in one horoscope chart then Shani Pooja is recommend to remove the malefic effects.
Rahu Pooja is performed to appease the planetary power Rahu, the dragon’s head. Rahu is said to be a shadow planet. When the Dragon’s Head is malefic in one horoscope chart then Rahu Pooja is recommended to remove the malefic effects.
Ketu Pooja is performed to appease planetary power Ketu, the dragon’s tail. Ketu is also said to be a shadow planet. If Dragon’s Tail is malefic in one horoscope chart then Ketu Puja is recommend to remove the malefic effects.
This pooja is performed to appease all the nine planets. Navgrah Puja is recommended to balance the planetary powers and is considered to overcome the tribulations caused by the loss of balance between the planets. As there are many people in the world who are not aware of their birth details (Date of Birth, Time of Birth and Place of Birth), required to make a proper horoscope, the “Navgrah Pooja” is an excellent way to appease all planets people
The house we live in is not an object made of brick and mortar but an entity with the “ grih purush” or the spirit of the house dwelling in it. A house becomes a home when the residents of the house quell the spirits, purify the environment by reverberation of the mantras and the smoke emanating from the hawan. All the planetary deities are also pacified by pooja.
The owner of the house and his family all sit together on an auspicious day and perform the devata pooja. Grah shanti pooja and the hawan to make the house habitable. This ritual is believed to ward off any bad spirits, negative energy that may be present in the house and bring peace, prosperity and good health for the inhabitants. .
Thus, the “grih pravesh” is an important ritual that one should perform before one enters a new home.
This ritual is an extension of “vaastu shashtra”, a science that tells us the best way to build a house and the optimizes the use of spaces that are used as residences, offices or factories.
Rudra is the name of Lord Shiva. He is the supreme power and the destroyer of evil. The many names of Shiva describe His physical aspects and His powers. Thus ‘Tri Netra’ (three eyed), Neela kantha’ (blue necked), Nataraja, Ardhanareeswara(both man and woman), etc.are the descriptions of Lord Shiva He is gentle as well as fierce, the greatest of renouncers as well as the ideal lover. He always protects his devotees from mishaps. He is simple, merciful and compassionate.
Sundar Kand is the fifth chapter of the Ramayana. This chapter describes Hanuman ji’s vow to cross the ocean in search of Sita mata, his intellect and strength to overcome all obstacles on his way, how his meeting alleviates Sita mata’s pain, and his show of great courage and wisdom in the assembly of Ravan as an ambassador of Shri Ram. On his way back, Hanuman ji demonstrates the power of Shri Ram’s army by burning important palaces of Ravan’s kingdom. Upon his return to the shore, Shri Ram himself immensely appreciates Hanuman ji and embraces him after hearing details of his journey to Lanka, and finally Shri Ram lays the plan to build the bridge across the ocean to Lanka with the help of his army.
All the chapters of Ramayana except Sundar Kand are named on the basis of places or events. In Sundar Kand, through his heroic efforts, Hanuman ji is able to bring happiness to both Shri Ram and Sita. He sang glories of Shri Ram and was praised by Shri Ram for his work and viewed upon as a brother. Due to the description of beautiful incidences and beautiful relationship between Bhakta and Bhagwan, this chapter is called Sundar (beautiful) Kand.
Chanting of Sundar Kand instills the feeling of happiness and peace in the devotee; and it has the power of removing the miseries of the devotee as he spiritually elevates himself. In the words of a great Indian philosopher and thinker Shri Rajagopalachari, “One cannot understand Hindu dharma unless one knows Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Bharat and Hanuman
Vastu is a part of Sthapatya Veda (vedic architecture). According to the Vaastu shastra, energy imbalances in the home are the cause of obstacles in one’s progress. Sometimes there are faults in construction to add to any innate problems with the present energy of the environment. This Yagya is highly recommended when moving into a new home.It removes all evil and negativity of the home, improves the health of the residents, increase creativity & inner intelligence, increase the longivity of life, growth in spiritual & material life, increase harmony & stability in family. In commercial place by performing Vastu yagya improves the efficiency of employees, expansion & profit in business. The process involves energizing the actual ground or bhoomi, the foundations, the central pillars and the entrances of the house. It is also highly beneficial if some one is not living in a house according to vastu. It corrects the Vastu dosha when performed periodically.
This is done before ground breaking. After purchasing the land the person have to contact their astrologer to take the muhurta for ground breaking . Then on the basis of that muhurta Panditji will do Puja and Yagya.
Griha Pravesh Yagya ( entering a home first time):
It is done after completing the house and on this day special Yagya very briefly will take place and the house owner with family will enter in that home. This Yagya is for pacification of all negative energy and increasing more harmony, welbeing and overall progress in that home. Many things have to followed during the time of construction. Panditji will guide if some one needs his service.
So importantly for having a good house according to Sthapatya Veda is, choosing a proper land, starting every thing with proper muhurta and Yagya, construction as per the vedic rules and performing Vastu Yagya before entering the home first time .
Kaal Sarpa Yagya
The actual meaning of Kaal means death. The person born under Kaal – Sarp Yoga passes through death like situation for the entire life. The Kaal Sarp Yog is formed when all the planets are present in between Rahu and Ketu. According to Indian astrology, there are many types of Kaal Sarpa Yogas are there. If in between Rahu & Ketu all seven planets comes then it is not good. The person who takes birth in this Yoga faces different kind of problems and instability in life like problems in teen age, disturbances in mind, loss in business, family problems etc. A person who has Kaal Sarpa Yoga in the horoscope always fear from death ,suffer from any tension, insecure. This Yoga is more dangerous than other malefic yoga. This Yoga effects a person till 30 to 47 years and some time entire life, it depends upon the position of Kaal Sarp Yoga in the birth chart. So it is important to find out the Kaalsarpa Yoga in the chart and which bhava (houses) are effected. Relationship between Kaalsarpa Yoga and present maha dasha- antardasha etc.
Some very special Yagyas are there to neutralize the Kaalsarpa Yoga in the chart and get more benefic results. It is always wise to do Planet Yagya along with the Kaalsarpa Yagna.
Devi Mahatmyam or Durga Saptashati or Chandi Path
The Devi Mahatmyam is a collection of 700 Slokas on Sri Durga from Markandeya Purana Navaratri is celebrated four times a year. They are Ashada Navaratri, the Sharada Navaratri, the Maha Navaratri and the Vasantha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasantha Navaratri of the Vasantha kala are very important. If you refer to the agni purana, then it is said that the Puratashi and Panguni (in Tamil months) i.e. Asvin and Chaitra are like the two jaws of Lord Yama. If one wants to escape the mouth of Yama, then one should celebrate Navaratri on these two occasions. A similar analogy is presented in the devi bhagavatam. Devi bhagavatam also talks in detail on how one should observe fasts, and how one should meditate/work on these days. According to legend, Durga sat on the tip of a needle for nine days, doing a severe penance to destroy the evil Asura Mahisha. On the first three days, she meditated as Herself, the next three days as Mahalakshmi and the last three days as Sarasvati. This signifies progression from tamsik, to rajasik to satvik and eventually obtaining liberation. The tenth day during Sharada Navaratri is called vijayadashami to signify the victory on the day of dashami. It is, however, a long tradition that one reads the devi-bhagavatam or the devi mahatmyam (Durga saptashati, 700 verses on Durga) during this period. Devi bhagavatam notes that Rama meditated and fasted for nine days after Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. It is considered auspicious to recite the Devi Maahaatmyam during Navaraatri
These special Yagyas are performed to alleviate the negative effects of the natal moon’s position in Aswini, Ashlesha, Magha, Jyeshtha, Moola or Revati. Depending on the natal chart, they may be combined with Yagas to Ganesha, Durga, Vishnu or Siva, or with the Navagraha Shanti Yagya.