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what is Shodasha upachara puja?

For any festival, Shodasha upachara pooja is a must ritual in any pooja. It is a step by step procedure need to be followed properly.

“Shodasa Upacahar” is a complete process of performing the rituals of pooja, the worship. Upachar means service; there are 16 upachars to be executed for worship.

1. Dhyanam (prayer)

Dhyanam is reciting a short prayer specific to god that one worships and engage our mind into lotus feet of that god.

2. Avahanam(invocation)

Inviting the worshipped God or Goddess to come into the place of worship or idol by chanting the Vedic verse or slokas similar like you are inviting a lovely guest to your home.

3. Aaasanam (offering seating)

Offering the worshipped God a seat.

4. Paadyam (washing of feet)

Wash the feet of God by pouring water at His feet.

5. Arghyam (washing of hands)

Water is offered to the deity to wash hands.

6. Aachamana, (Offering water to drink)

Water is offered to drink with the chanting of the relevant vedic mantra.

7. Snanam (bathing with water or panchamruthas)

Sprinkle water on God as if giving Him bath. In a detailed pooja, bath God with panchamrutham (Milk, Yoghurt, Ghee, Honey, Sugar, Coconut Water, Fruit Juice, Sandal Powder, Turmeric one at a time). This is followed by bath with fresh water

8. Vastram (new clothes), Abharana

Offer new clothes, Jewellery. This is the phase you will decorate idol or photo with gajavashtra

9. Yajnopavitam (sacred thread)

Offer Yajnopaveetham(sacred thread/flower/akshathas).

10. Gandham (sandal paste)

Place sandalwood paste on the forehead of God.

11. Archana (flowers)

Glorify God by reciting His 108 names, and offer one flower or a petal at a time.

12. Dhoopam (incense)

Show incense to God.

13. Deepam (Oil lamp)

Show oil lamp to God.  It also symbolizes bringing of light into one’s place and life.

14. Naivedyam (offering of specially prepared food).

Offer specially prepared food to God. This food must be prepared cleanly in separate utensils, other than in what we eat, and without tasting beforehand.

15. Tamboolam (offering Betel Leaves and Betel nuts)

Betel leaves and betel nuts are offered to God after the Naivedhyam. After delicious food, it is the practice to offer betel leaves for proper digestion.

16. Neerajanam

It is again customary that in every auspicious occasion aarati is offered to the deity. This is an important and auspicious occasion as Lord himself has come home, so with utmost devotion offer “Aarati” to the Lord.

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Krishna ashtami/Gokulashtami

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Notes

  • Gokulashtami falls on Sraavana maasa krishna paksha ashtami
  • like ekadashi, one has to fast on Gokulashtami day too
  • This pooja has to be performed in the night
  • main part of this pooja is doing arghya for shri krishna and chandra
  • You can do lot of items for neivedhyam(thengulu(thenkuzhal in tamil), rava ladoo, besan ladoo, ompudi, kodubale, kosambari etc) but you must do complete fasting
  • Taking fast on gokulashtami day gives the pala equal to fasting 24 ekadashis through out the year(that doesnt mean you dont need to fast on ekadashis, it just shows the power of fasting on gokulashtami day)
  • Include avalakki and butter(Krishna’s favorite) in the neivedhya
  • If we give Arghya on Krishna astami day or on Krishna Jayanthi day, we will get the punya equal to Samarpana of samasta bhoomandala as per Bhavishyottara purana.

Sankalpa:

Perform aachamana by saying kesavaya namah: narayanaya namah: …. haraye sri krishnaya namaha ….

Subhe shobana muhurte …. ashwin varthamaane …… samvathsare dhakshinayane varsha rithou sraavana maase krishna pakshe ashtamyam …… vasare subha nakshathre subha yoga subha karana yevanguna visheshana vishistyam subhathi thow barathi ramana mukhya pranantharkatha sri bala krishna preranaya, sri bala krishna prithyartham sri bala krishnaya dhyanam avaahanadhi shodasha upachara poojam karishyam

Dhyanam:

tam-adbhutam bAlakam-ambujekShaNaM caturbhujam shanka-gadAdyudhAyudhaM
shrIvatsa-lakShmaM gala-shobhi-kaustubhaM pItAmbaraM sAndra-payoda-saubhaga
mahArha-vaiDUrya-kirITa-kuNDala-tviShA pariShvakta-sahasra-kuntalaM uddAma-kAnchyangada-kankaNAdibhiH virAjamAnaM vasudeva aikShata

(Sri krishna avathara sloka, Bhagavatham — (10-3-(9-10))

Meaning:

Vasudeva saw that wonder child with four hands, holding a conch, a mace, a chakra (discus) and a lotus; with Srivatsa emblem on his chest; with Kaustubha gem on the neck; with cloth of golden hue, as beautiful as the blue water-filled cloud; with dense hair flowing around amidst the adornments of crown and ear-rings radiant with precious gems; and excellently brilliant with bracelets around the hip and arms.

Avahanam

avaahayami devesa srushti sthithi yan karaana
poojartha bagavan krishna dayaam kru mayi prabho

Avaahayami|| (put akshatha)

Aasanam

deva deva jagannatha vaanchithartha bala bratha
rathna simhaasanam divyam kruhaana madhusudhana

Aasanam samarpayami||(put akshatha)

Paathyam

krush va me dayaam deva samsaararthi bayapaha
paadhyam kruhaana devesa namasthe vishwa pavana

pathyam samarpayami||( pour water in pela three times)

Arghyam

vaachitham krutha me deva dhushkrutam cha vinasaya
dhadh yakshatha palo beth gruhaana arghyam janaardhana

Arghyam samarpayami ||(pour water in pela three times)

Acchamaniyam 

sri vathsaanga jagannatha sridhara srinikethana
upendra devaki puthra gurhaana aachamaniyam

achamaniyam samarpayami ||(pour water in pela three times)

snanam

perform panchamrutha snana by starting with milk, curd(yogurt), ghee, honey, jaggery, fruits) . Then perform abhiseka with pure water

Ganga jalam samaanim suvarna kalase sthitham
snanam kru hrishikesha thena adhya madhusudhana

sutthodhaka snanam samarpayami

do achamana with water three times

vasthram

namasthe gnana roopaya knana kamyaya the namah:
peethambara yugam dhivyam kruhaana gnani vallabha

vasthra yugmam samarpayami||

yagnopaveetham 

yagnopaveetham  paramam sow varnam sumano haram
gruhaana devaki putra lokanugraha vigraha

Yagnopaveetham samarpayami||

Abaranam

haara kankana keyura mudhrika kundalaani cha
kruhaana anyaani dhivyaani bhushanaani ramaa pathe

Abaranani samarpayami||

gandham

chandhanaa karu kasthuri dhana saara samanvitham
kandham gruhaana govinda sarva kandha manohara

gandhan samarpayami||

Akshatham

akshaathan dhavalaan sutthan dhrusti priya karaan subhaan
rakthaksha thaam shya daasyami kruhaana madhusudhana

akshathan samarpayami||

Pushpam

malathi mallika pushpa kethaki champ kaathibe
komalai thulasi bivai archayami ramaa pathe

pushpaani samarpayami

anga puja:

Om Shri Krishnaya Namah। Padau Pujayami॥
Om Rajivalochanaya Namah। Gulphau Pujayami॥
Om Narakantakaya Namah। Januni Pujayami॥
Om Vachaspataye Namah। Janghai Pujayami॥
Om Vishvarupaya Namah। Urun Pujayami॥

Om Balabhadranujaya Namah। Guhyam Pujayami॥
Om Vishvamurtaye Namah। Jaghanam Pujayami॥
Om Gopijana Priyaya Namah। Katim Pujayami॥
Om Paramatmane Namah। Udaram Pujayami॥
Om Shrikantaya Namah। Hridayam Pujayami॥

Om Yajnine Namah। Parshvau Pujayami॥
Om Trivikramaya Namah। Prishthadeham Pujayami॥
Om Padmanabhaya Namah। Skandhau Pujayami॥
Om Sarvastradharine Namah। Bahun Pujayami॥
Om Kamalanathaya Namah। Hastan Pujayami॥

Om Vasudevaya Namah। Kantham Pujayami॥
Om Sanatanaya Namah। Vadanam Pujayami॥
Om Vasudevatmajaya Namah। Nasikam Pujayami॥
Om Punyaya Namah। Shrotre Pujayami॥
Om Shrishaya Namah। Netrani Pujayami॥

Om Nandagopapriyaya Namah। Bhravau Pujayami॥
Om Devakinandanaya Namah। Bhrumadhyam Pujayami॥
Om Shakatasuramardhanaya Namah। Lalatam Pujayami॥
Om Shri Krishnaya Namah। Shirah Pujayami॥

Om Shri Balakrishnaya Namah। Sarvangani Pujayami॥
Perform pushparchana for  krishna ashtothra satha namavali
Dhoopam
dasaangam gukgul dhoopam sukantham sumanoharam
kapilaa krutha samyuktam kruhaana purushotthama
Dhoopam Samarpayami||
Deepam
saajyam thri vaarthi samyuktham vanhinaa yogitham mayaa
deepam gruhaana devesa tri logya thimira pahaa
Deepam samarpayami
Neivedhyam
nana pakshayascha bojyais cha rasai syhatbis samanvitham
lehya pe yaadhi yuktham cha neivedhyam upa pujya thaam
Neivedhyam samarpayami||
 nanavidha palaani samarpayami,
thamboolam dhakshinam samarpayami, maha neerajanam samarpayami
karpoora arathi, deeparadhana, chathra chamara samastha rajopacharaan samarpayami
pradhakshina namaskaram samarpayami
Sing dasara padagalu. Find the link in the end
Prarthana
krishna krishna krupaalo dhvam agathinaam kathirbbava
samsaararnava magnam maam praseetha purushothama
Prarthanam samarpayami(pushpakshatha)
Arghya for krishna:
Holding fruit + gold in hand, do arghyam with sankha water three times
Jathaha Kamsavadarthaya Bhoobharotharanayacha|
Kouravanam Vinashaya Dhaityanam Nidhanaya Cha ||
Pandavanam Hitharthaya Dharamasamsthapanaya Cha|
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Devakya Sahitho Hare ||
Arghya for chandra

do argya with milk in shanka
Kshirodharnava Sambhootha AthiGotraSamudhbhava |
GruhanaArghyam Maya Dhatham Rhohinya Sahitho Shashin ||
Sarva samarpana
yasya smruthya cha namokthya tapap pooja kriyathisu nyunam sampoornatham, yathi sadhuyo vandhe tham achyutam mantra heenam kriya heenam bakthi heenam ramaa pathe. yath kruthum thu mayaa deva paripoornam thathathume.
anene sri bala krishna poojanena baghavan barathi ramana mookhya pranantharkatha sri balakrishna priyatham
Sri Krishnarpanamamsthu