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Poojas and homams

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This is SUCH A GOOD POINT to bring up. As religious as we may be health is health and carbon monoxide even from homam will kill you! My guru has a really nice ventilation hood that we have installed into his home (which also houses our peetam). Even with it the smoke stain the walls and I worry about my gurus lungs from so many years 30+ in poorly ventilated temples. When I lived in Maryland we once had to evacuate our murugan temple because a couple of Mamis passed out from CO inhalation!!!!! Be careful everyone! God loves us but we shouldn't be rushing directly into the homa kunda to meet him/her!

But sometimes one can get severe allergies and even bronchospasm from Homa smoke.
I wonder if becos the ingredients used these days are not as pure as before??

I attended a Homa once where I had to give the priest some medication after the Homa cos he was having an asthma attack induced by smoke.
His lungs were really in a very very bad shape.
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அனைவருக்கும் நமஸ்காரம்.

கணபதி ஹோமம், நவக்ரஹ ஹோமத்திற்கும், மற்றும் உபநயநத்திற்கும் தேவையான
பொருள்கள் எனன என்பதை அறிய விரும்பிகிறேன். வாததியார் விவரங்களை கொடுத்திருக்கிறார்,
பொருட்கள் விட்டு விடாமல் இருக்க, இந்த வேண்டுகோள்.

Herewith I am giving information for maha ganapathy homam and navagraha homam and for upanayanam. requirements and method. each in a separate thread.


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Turmeric powder 50 gram; rice flower for kolam 50 gram; kuthu vilakku 2; match box 1; thiri; oil for lamp 100 gram; Pancha pathira uthirini; tray 2 ; thaambaalam 2; ever silver aduku 1 ; kinnam 6 nos OR pakku mattai kinnam 6 nos; Bell1; visiri 1 ; vratty 25 nos; srai thool ( broken small fire wood) 2 kilo; AAsana palagai/ Thadukku 2 nos; mango leaf bunch 4 nos; kumkumam 10 gram; sandal powder 10 gram; scented sticks one pocket.(oodhu pathy) brass sombu 2nos.or one sombu and one brass kudam, black ellu 50 gram.
homa kundam/ or 10 bricks, sand 5 kilo.porasa samithu 2 bundles.

Dhoopa kall; deepa kall; camphor kall; camphor 1 pocket. Cow's ghee 200 gram; coconut 2; plantain fruit 12; betel 25 nos; betel nut 50 grams; raw rice 1 kilo; plantain leaf 2 nos; honey 100 gram; sugar cane one piece (one foot length) nel pori 250 grams; jaggary powder 250 grams; lime fruit 2 nos; Modhakam= kolukkattai 108 or 28 or 18 as per your conveinience. Appam 25 nos. Aval 250 gram. Sathu mavu=roast raw rice and grind it into powder in mixie. paddy 100 gram.Arugan grass 2 bundle.No.10 Nool kandu 1 no.sastrigal will tie the no.10 nool all over the kudam. kumba vasthram some thundu new one in white or in any colour, about one metre in length.

ASHTA DRAVYAM FOR HOMAM; (1) kolukattai, (2) nel pori (3) sathu mavu (4) aval (5) sugarcane piece (6) black ellu (7) plantain fruit (8) kopparai coconut pieces.

Anugyai=Permission; graha preethy, vigneswara pooja; Prepare a list of the members of your family Birth star Rasi Name (sarma) and hand it over to the pandit. During sankalpam he can do it fastly. AAchaarya varanam , Punyaha vachanam place raw rice on the floor and place brass sombu filled with water decorate it with sandal paste and kumkumam, mango leaf bunch and darbhai koorcham; one coconut;

AAvahanam of varunan in this kumbam and 16 upachara pooja and then chanting of Pavamana manthra japam for 4 times. If 4 sastrigals are there each one time is enough. If two sastrigals are there they have to chant 2 times this Pavamana manthram . and if one sastrigals is there he has to chant 4 times which now a days they are not doing. yathaasthanam of varunan; prokshanam all over the house and taking a spoon ful of water.

For homam 1. poorvangam part and then homam part and then utharangam part are there.Now for homam prepare the first (poorvangam part) Then in the north east direction of the homa kundam place one brass kudam over some raw rice and pour water in the kudam.you may add some krampu; elaikai; pachhai kalpooram and vilamichai ver (black or white) which gives good smell. place on the kudam sandal paste and kumkumam, mango leaf bunch, dharbhai koorcham and coconut painted with turmeric powder you may put gold ring or gold chain inside the kudam, and a drop of ghee inside the kudam, haaram or thodutha pushpam must be garlanded to the brass kudam and one vasthram for this kudam some 1 meter cotton thundu or 2 meters dhothy.as you please. Near to this brass kudam lit one kuthu villaku and do aavaahanam of Durga devi on the kuthu vilaku.

on the brass kudam do varunan dhayanam and aavaahanam,then Maha ganapathy aavaahanam, Prana prathistai, 16 upachara pooja and do utharanga pooja; Then in the homa kundam start brahma aavaahanam, and homam, Do aavaahanam of ganapathy in the fire and do 16 upachaara pooja with ghee in the fire, Then do moola manthra (ganapathy) japam for 12,28,36,54, 108,1008 times as per your convenience.

doing more manthra japam will do good. Add some ghee, honey, and jaggary powder on the kopparai coconut pieces and do homam with that, Then ghee homam for 8 times with moola manthram, Then 8 homams with paddy, coconut outer cover kottankachi homam; coconut mattai should be placed on the homa kundam, The same outer covering of the kopparai coconut should be used.

Then 8 times moola manthra homam with arugan grass pairs pasted with ghee, Then asta dravya homam 8 times, Then do moola manthra japam for 10 times,Then do japa of ganapathy gayathri manthram.Then do homam with ganapathy mala manthram and ganapathy atharvaseersham manthram japam.THen swastakrith homam and uthrangam jayadhi homam.vyahruthi homam and lepa karyam praayaschitha homam and poornahudhi.homam. and homam to agni, and then uthrangam.

Then start punar pooja to maha ganapathy and Durga devi, uthranga poojai; and do pradhakshinam and namaskaram. Then utharanga pooja for ganapathy and Durga, THen Pouring water to all from the kudam water and taking of one teaspoonful of kudam water. Dakshinai to satrigals, and aasirvadham by sastrigals, and meals for sastrigals.

For neivedhyam you may do vadai,Payasam, appam; kolukattai, cooked raw rice, variety rice and with different kind of fruits.
There is a book available in the Giri Trading giving complete details of about
Pujas and Homams including the procedure for Upanayanam. It will be a good
hand book for every house.

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Turmeric powder 100 grams; sandal powder 10 gram; kumkumam 10 gram, Thodutha pushpam 10 meters;coconut 4nos or 13 nos; haaram 1; betel 100 nos; betel nut 100 gram; seeval 50 gram; wheat 2kilo; raw rice 1 kilo; pancha pathra uthirini; thaambaalam/trays 4; thaduku or aasana palagai 6 nos; lemon 2 nos; vrati 25 nos; srai thool 5 kilo; bricks 10 nos; or homa kundam;sand 5 kilo, ghee 500 grams; brass kudam 1 no; vasthram for this kudam 1 metre cloth thundu white or any colour; plantain leaves 10 nos; or old news papers 10 nos; mango leaf bunches 6 nos;

scented sticks 1 pocket; camphor one pkt; flowers for archanai :thulasi,vilvam, malligai; arali; etc; 1 kilo; brass sombu 1; brass kudam 1; no. 10 nool kandu 1 no. kuthu vilakku 1; thiri; oil;for vilaku; match box; knief 1; doopa kall; deepa kall; camphor kall; visiri; pakku mattai kinnam 10 nos; or brass kinnam 6 nos; bell 1;

Nava graha dhanyam: wheat, raw rice, toor dhall, green gram; kondai/ sundal/mooku kadalai, ; mochai; ellu black; black gram; and horse gram. each 50 grams or 100 grams. Nava graha vasthram ;redcolor 2; white 2; black 1; blue 1; yellow 1; green 1; mixed color 1; each 80 cms. and or 1 metre in length.

Nava graha samithu: erukku; palasu; karungali;nayuruvi; arasu; athi; vanni; arugu;dharbai; each 12 in nos; and porasu 2 bundles.

Anugai= permission; graha preethi; vigneswara pooja; punyaha vachanam; poorvanga part of homam; brass kudam (kalasa Pooja) In the brass kudam aavahanam of the following devadas are requied. Varunan; Lakshmi narayanan, Brahma; trayambagar,navagrahangal; dasa thik paalakargal. nakshathra devadai;ista devadai grama devadai and kula devadai,Ayur devadai; sudarsanar; bagya devadai; lakshmi kuberan etc;

Place wheat on the floor place old news paper or plantain leaf over it; pour raw rice and place leaf over it ;then pour black gram and over it plantain leaf and over it pour black ellu. And then place plantain leaves over it and place a brass kudam adorned with no, 10 nool and applied by sandal and kumkumam paste place a turmeric pasted coconut in between the mango leaf buch; and dharbhai koorcham;

Add water in the brass kudam along with powdered elaikai; pachai kalpoora; keambu; drop of oil; vilamichai ver; and silver or gold articles. Place the navagraha dhanyams in the respective places and over it plave navagraha vasthram; and near them place two betels; betel nut;and plantain fruit; you may put one coconut for navagraham (optional) . Put the kalasa vasthram to the brass kudam and haaram or thodutha flower on the kalasam. and to all navagrahams place roundly the thodutha pushpam.

AAvaahanam of durga, ganapathy, shethrapalar;abayankarar; vasthu.thryambagar. nakshathra devadas, near this navagraha mandalam. PLace the punyaha vachana sombu filled with water and adorned with koorcham. mango leaf bunch and coconut. do punyahavachanam then start doing 16 upachara poojas for navagrahas, 10 thikku paalakargal and others and 16 upachara pooja for the aavahana devathas in the brass kudam.utharanga pooja.

Then do poorvangam for doing homam and then do manthras chanting of 1. Miruda sanjeevana sooktham;2. Mruithyunjaya sooktham. 3. AAyushya sooktham; Navagraha sooktham; 4. nakshathra sooktham Then start doing samithu, annam, aajya (ghee) homam. Three saastrigals are required here. one for havis (Annam) one with samithu and one with ghee.

AAyushya homam must be done for 126 times for each person. If four sastrigals are there each 32 times, If o sastrigals are there each 63 times and if one sastrigal is there he has to do 126 times. for other homams only one time is enough.

start homam for aayue devada, varunan; lakshmi narayanan; brahma; tryambagar;Homam for aayul vrithi badam fruit; aththi fruit;dates; grapes/ kismiss fruit/; elendan fruit are used here for this aayul vrithi homam.;navagraha devada homam;and homam for ten thikku paalakargal;and homam for ista devadai; village devadai; kula devadai; bhagya devada; sudarsanar; durga; lakshmi narasimhar; lakshmi kuberan; etc;

utharanga homam part and doing punar pooja to all navagrahas and to kalasa aavahana devadas; pradhakshina namaskaram poornahudhi;swasta krith homam; jayadhi homam; vyahruthi homam, lepa karyam. prayaschitha homam; poornahudhi homam. praayaschitha homam;and homam to agni and then utharangam.

Then start punar pooja to all and uthranga pooja. Then pouring water toall by mango leaf bunch or by dharbhy, and intake of kudam water Dakshinai to sastrigals. asirvadam by sastrigals. and meals for sastrigals.

Neivedhyam Vadai; payasam; bakkarai pongal; raw rice cooked. variety rice and all kinds of fruits; thaamboolam.


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UPANAYANAM BRAHMOPADESAM. serial no.1 (1) Anuggai.2. ganapathy pooja..3.ganapathy yathasthanam sankalpam. 4 kalasa sthapanam varuna pooja. 5. udhaka santhi japam. 6 punyahavachanam. 7 grahapreethy. 8 nandhi sratham 9 anna prasnam (if not done earlier) 10. raksha bandanam. 11. Angurarpanam. 12. chowla homam. 13. chola dig bhavanam. 14. new yagyopavedam. 15. kumara bojanam. hair cuting. 16. samith 17. Ammi. 18 Vasthram. 19 Mounjee. 20. deer skin. 21 Prokshanam. 22 Hastha grahanam. 23. parirakshanam. 24. homam. 25 guru upadesam. 26 Upanayana sankalpam. 27 Upanayana anuggai. 28 Graha preethy. 29 Paatha prakshalanam. Brahmopadesam. 31. Palasa dhanda dharanam. 32. Surya darsanam. 33. Samidha dhaanam. 34. Guru sishya samvaadham. 35 Biksha saranam. 36 Pranava sradha medha pooja. 37 Palasa homam. 38 Guru dhakshina. 39 AAsirvaadam. 40. Haarathy.

Anuggai= Permission, Vigneswara pooja. Udhaka shanthy. Requirements for upanayana poorvangam. Turmeric powder 100 gram; kumkumam 50 gram; sandal powder 10 gram; thodutha pushpam 5 metre. coconut,4; Plantain fruit 25. betel 100 nos; betel nut 100 gram; pakku potlam and seeval 100 gram; mango leaf bunches 8 nos; haaram 1; plantain leaf 8; wheat 2kilo; raw rice 2 kilo; black gram 500 grams; black ellu 200 gram;

Brass kudam 1; for udhaka shanthi; one brass sombu for prathisaram and punyahavaachanam; pancha pathra uthirini; Thambalam/ Tray 4 nos; kinnam or pakku mattai kinnam 12 nos; mud paligai 5 nos; Paddy; black ellu; green gram and Black gram and kadugu each 20 gram as paaligai saman. cow's milk 250 ml;

On the brahmopadesam day; Haaram1; thodutha pushpam 4 metre; coconut 10;Plantain fruits 50; betels 100 nos; betel nuts and and paaku potlam 100 gram; scented chunnam 1 bottle; wheat 2 kilo; raw rice 2 kilo; plantain leaf 4 nos; deeksha vasthram 9x5 one no.; jaggary; curd; honey; kadugu rice flower each 20 grams; Havis 100 gram; Ghee 500 gram; Knief 1; Dhothy for kumara bojanam 2 metre 2 nos; Ammi 1;

deer skin small piece; Brahmopadesa pattu 1 no; bitchai raw rice 5 kilo; coconut 2; silver and gold poonal each 1; pancha pathra uthirini; plate or some container to give bikshai; pakku matai plates and kinnam; 12 nos; visiri; sundal and appam foe neivedhyam..no.10 nool kandu 1;

Draw kolam in a cleaned place spread wheat and over it plantain leaf and over it raw rice and over it brass kudam duly filled in scented water (elakai; krambu, pachai kalpooram and vetti ver and a drop of ghee and silver and gold ornaments, outside of the brass kudam decorate with no.10 nool and apply sandal paste and kumkumam and place a turmeric pasted coconut on mango leaf bunch along with dharbhai koorcham

Haaram and kumba vasthram in one metre length; and in brass sombu pour water and decorate it with sandal paste mango leaf bunch turmeric paste added coconut with koorcham for punya havachanam. 6 sastrigals are required for doing japam of variuos manthras . It will take 3 to 4 hours for them to finish chanting manthras and also they will chant punyahavachanam manthras. This water will be poured on the child who is going to wear poonal the next day.

Then Nandhi : 10 sastrigals are required for nandhi. No prachinavedham no ellu ; plantain leaves 10 nos; raw rice 5 kilo; paruppu 1 kilo; valaikai 10 nos 9x5 cotton dhothy 10 nos; optional; dhhakshinai; Homam is also there for nandhi; but now a days nobody is doing homam; meals for them. pancha pathira uthirini in copper 10 nios. for them optional;coconut 10 nos; thamboolam and fruits optional.

Prathisara bandham= raksha bandanam.IN brass sombu decorated with sandal paste and kumkumam, mango leaf bunch; koorcham and turmeric pasted coconut place it over rice varunan aavaahanam pooja, In the north side of the kalasam place some raw rice and place a turmeric pasted nool with sandal paste and with flower. sastrigal then chant varuna sooktham and other veda manthras. Then it will be knotted on the right hand . to be continued


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Then Angurarpanam= 5 mud paligai; paligai dhanyam paddy;blackellu; black gram; green gram;kadugu. soak in water the previous day itself. to clean 5 mud paligai punyahavachanam should be done. place a brass sombu on some raw rice. pour water into the brass sombu. decorate the brass sombu with sandal paste and kumkumam and place mango leaf bunch and turmeric pasted coconut and one koorcham. do punyahavachana manthra japam( pavamaana sooktham (4 times) . place in a tray 5 mud paligai pour some mud on them. First prokshanam of punyahavachana theertham to the mud paaligai.

In the centre paligai aavaahanam of Brahma. In the east side paligai avahanam of Indran. In the south side yaman; In the west side varunan. In the north side somam. do upachara pooja for these devadas.

Add milk in the paligai dhanyam and water, sastrigal must chant oshadhi sooktham now. First in the centre (Brahma paligai) pour some dhanyam with manthra first time and then without manthra pour the dhanyam 2 times. Then with other manthras for each from east ,south,west,north one time with manthras and 2 times without manthram.

Then say Om by touching each paligai. THen request 5 or 7 or 9 sumangalis to pour the germinated seeds along with milky water. You have to give for these sumangalis sandal paste, kumkumam, flower, thamboolam and dakshinai. Then cover these paligai with mud and pour some water daily morning and evening and these things should be poured in the river or tank. ladies will do kummi dance to finish this function.

IN the book it has been written that sumangalis without any children should not participate in this paligai seed thelithal. In some places it is said that sumangalis should pour only milky water and not the dhanyams. Do as per family tradition. to be continued.


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Hair cutting: Here comes homam So you need Homa kundam or 10 bricks and sand 5 kilo; vratti 25 nos; srai 5kg; visiri; match box; camphor Start poorvangam portion for Homam place near it the following items; Gold and Silver poonal; water; Dharbhai koorcham; vasthram; ammi kal; palasa dhandam; deer skin; and Mounchi=Dharbhai kairu.

Do 8 homam with manthras and do jayadhi homam; Apply hot water on the boy's head to be continued
Last week I verified from Giri Trading Company and they confirmed that they
have not only books but also CDs giving complete Upanayanam & Brahmopadesam
procedures and Mantras for guidance.



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With the help of knief and three dharbhai , cut thr hair and dharbhai from east.south.west.north directions separately each with chanting manthras. and put the hair under a athi tree.

New poonal for the boy chanting usual manthras. Then kumara bhojanam. request brahmqacharis in even nos; 4 or 6 donate them 4 yards cotton dhoty and request them to take lunch along with this boy. This boy now will do parisheshanam amd aapochana pranahoodhi along with other boys.lunch should be without laaram and salt. that is sweets.

Then the barber will cut his hair. the boy has to take bath and should wear new clothes and marks in the forehead. now he has to wear silver and gold poonal. Then place one samithu in the fire chanting manthras. In the northern side of the homa kundam place one ammi and request the boy to place his right leg on the ammi and chant manthras. Then he is wearing new vasthram chanting manthras.

By chanting manthras he is wearing mounchi=dharbhai kair in his hip thrice clockwise. Then deer skin in his poonal. Then water prokshanam with manthras. Then by chanting manthras his guru will touch his hands.then the guru will requst the devadas to protect him.Then guru upadesam. Then sankalpam for upanayanam. Then 11 homamas.Permission for guru upadesam; Graha preethi.

Brahmopadesam. in a duly covered by pattu vasthram. samitha dhaanam. Then the the must take biksha first from his mother and then from all ladies. Pranava sradha metha pooja: permission to do pranava sradha medha pooja;ganesa 16 upachara pooja, punyaha vachanam; graha preethy.AAvaahanam of pranava sradha metha and do 16 upachara pooja. Then do aavaahanam inthe homa kundam indran and eight thikku paalakargal.

Vasthra dhaanam to guru; palasa homam chanting 11 manthras Jayadhi homam; Guru dhakshinai; sthamba pooja eesaanaadhi sthamba pooja; aasirvaadham.harathy.

Boy's Maternal grandfather ,Amman seer varisai: Silver and gold poonal; Brahmopadesa pattu; aasirvadha vesti; saree;silver pancha pathra uthirini; plate to receive bikshai rice .swwets,murukku. athirasam.thamboolam. manjal;kumkumam; flowers, plantain fruits.paruppu thengai.

Inform caterer quantity of meals,tiffin,cofee for these 2 days. you may use naathaswaram cd; If required get rented shamiana, chairs, meals table. ; If you want to give gifts, buy them, bags required to put the thamboolam; fruit or coconut . You may call only your close relatives.

You can do it in your house. Do it according to the financial position of the individual.
I have a doubt about reciting Hanuman Chalisa. I have started reciting last Saturday but my question is how many time must we recite Hanuman Chalisa? Can I recite it once due to time constraint? If not once then minimum how many times must I chant? Kindly advice me.
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Hanuman is an entity of devotional love that transcends requirements for set numbers of repetition but rather only completion. I believe a person should be diligent in always completing a prayer once started however the nature of Hanuman himself is such that the devout love of one recitation will far outweigh 108 recitations while the mind wanders and crawls through maya and it's web.

This is just my opinion but it is the opinion of a Sivabhaktar who has enjoyed the experience of Ram bhakti. Your mileage may vary. :)

I have a doubt about reciting Hanuman Chalisa. I have started reciting last Saturday but my question is how many time must we recite Hanuman Chalisa? Can I recite it once due to time constraint? If not once then minimum how many times must I chant? Kindly advice me.
Poojas and Homams

Hanuman Chalisa is a powerful mantra. It will give great happiness if one reads
daily at least once and if possible one can complete it 108 times in a month starting
from a Pournami day and end it on the Pournami day. One can try at least once
a day. These days everybody has certain time restrictions. One need not strictly follow
that. All the best to have made a humble beginning.



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I have a doubt about reciting Hanuman Chalisa. I have started reciting last Saturday but my question is how many time must we recite Hanuman Chalisa? Can I recite it once due to time constraint? If not once then minimum how many times must I chant? Kindly advice me.

Dear sir,

Prayers are supposed to be relaxing and joyful.
We don't really have to worry how many times we recite or even if we miss a prayer I dont see any problem to it.
Rigidity in religion sometimes spoils the joy of communion with God.

Even in the Geeta Lord Krishna had said:

Chapter 2. Contents of the Gita Summarized
nehabhikrama-naso 'sti
pratyavayo na vidyate
svalpam apy asya dharmasya
trayate mahato bhayat
na--there is not; iha--in this world; abhikrama--endeavoring; nasah--loss; asti--there is; pratyavayah--diminution; na--never; vidyate--there is; svalpam--little; api--although; asya--of this; dharmasya--of this occupation; trayate--releases; mahatah--of very great; bhayat--danger.
In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.

So as long there is a sincere effort how ever less it may seem to you it is big enough for God to respond.
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Pooja & homams

Dear sir,

Prayers are supposed to be relaxing and joyful.
We don't really have to worry how many times we recite or even if we miss a prayer I dont see any problem to it.
Rigidity in religion sometimes spoils the joy of communion with God.

Even in the Geeta Lord Krishna had said:

So as long there is a sincere effort how ever less it may seem to you it is big enough for God to respond.[/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I][/I]


Absolutely you are correct. Whatever, one does, there must be a goal or determination.
I do agree with you but then there is a need to have a time-table, in order to facilitate
one to have certain degree of interest and understand the significance of it. Joy of
Communion with God can be achieved only if one has free undisturbed and dedicated
mind while chanting. This is possible only if one has absolute free time from the official
and personal entanglements. Body, mind and act should go together essentially to
achieve the communion of joy with God.

The reason for my question about Hanuman Chalisa was I am only able to focus fully in reciting Hanuman Chalisa on Saturdays as I decided to devote my prayers fully on that day but as I am working I do not have full focus in reciting Hanuman Chalisa everyday but again I do pray on other days too. Thanks to everyone for answering my doubts. From the reply I understood one thing. We must have full focus, devotion, sincerity and also once we start a pray we are not suppose to stop it even if we get fruit out of the prays.Moreover we must enjoy in doing prayers and do not do prayers just because we feel we must do.
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I have a doubt to clearify. Is it true that before we pray to Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva etc we have to pray to Navagraha first only then we should pray to other God and Goddesses?
I cannot say for sure in regard to SV's or those steeped in Shri Vidya but as far as the Saiva Siddhantam is concerned we pray to Ganapati first always. while there are definitly mantra I say before sankalpam which is directed to Ganesh himself and begins the proceedings of any ritual by declaring intention I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS bow to my shrine and say his bijam with his image in mind before I do ANYTHING else other than clean my body, head and mouth. This is our tradition though and I cannot speak for any other.

Do not worry so much though because Ganapati is a loving and forgiving figure. The breath you take both asleep and awake sings the pranava sylable as a droning worship to him. The Ganas run wild across the lands creating our physics and reality and lord Shiva placed his son at their head. Ganesha is worshiped every moment we live with pure intention so pray to whomever you wish and know that he is with you directing that worship whether you have forgotten it for a moment or not :)
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Thanks for your reply and I really appreciate it. I usually pray to Lord Ganesha,Shiva parvathi and murugan.Only then I go and pray to Navagraga but recently I read an article sayint that we should pray to Navagragas first so I was curious to know why.

What you said is true at times it is better not to break our head so much on procedures but enjoy praying with pure heart,mind and soul.


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I have a doubt to clearify. Is it true that before we pray to Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva etc we have to pray to Navagraha first only then we should pray to other God and Goddesses?

All forms of divinity are the reflection of the Supreme Brahman(God).
On a personal note..I always start off prayers with the recital of AUM three times and next I recite the Ganesh Mantra which I choose for the day.
I keep chanting different mantras daily just to keep my memory alive.
I prefer chanting from memory so that one makes an attempt to understand and memorize it.( but no harm if you read it too)

AUM 3 x
Ganesh Mantra

Then I follow some unwritten rule of sequence of bhajans.

Sarva Dharma
Hanuman Chalisa
Atma Shatakam

Mantras: Asato ma sad gamaya
Gayatri Mantra
Surya Gayatri
Sai Gayatri

Maha Mrtunjaya Mantra
Om Purnamadha Purnam idam
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu


This is the sequence I follow for my own liking.
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I love it! I don't know what the participation would be or if it might be too personal for most but I think it would be fascinating to hear how the members prefer to direct a personal home puja. Strict rituals like Sandhyavandanam aside of course.
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