Pt. Munelal Maharaj - JYOTIR VYGYAAN

POOJAA

Poojaa or ritualistic worship is the divine offering of the body through Sevaa (service), the offering of the mind through Bhakti (pure thoughts), and the offering of the intellect through Vigyaana (spiritual knowledge). Poojaa consists of two letters -Pa and Ja. 'Pa' means Paapanaashana which stands for the removal of impurities and 'Jaa' means Janmavicheda or the cessation of the cycle of birth and death. 

INGREDIENTS FOR POOJAA

bullet Bedi - rectangular, made of wood, filled with dirt, and decorated with flour. A fig tree is placed near the centre (some poojas)
bullet Kalash (Kalsa) - earthen pot
bullet Paraai - earthen plate
bullet Havan Kund - fire pot, with mango, peepal, bael or other wood
bullet Picture or Murti of deity to be worshipped
bullet Lotaa of water
bullet Thaali for Aaratee
bullet Thaali or brass plate with white rice and sugar
bulletDeeyas
bulletGhee
bulletDahee (yogurt)
bulletPrasaad and fruits
bulletMango leaves (including branch with 5 leaves)
bullet Bael leaves
bullet Tulsee leaves
bullet Paan leaves (about 15)
bullet Flowers 
bullet Sindoor 
bullet Haldee (Hardi)
bullet Camphor 
bullet Googul 
bullet Clove 
bulletMilk
bulletDoob grass
bullet Perfume  
bullet Black Till (Sesame)
bullet White Till
bullet Supaaree (at least 18)
bullet Cotton wool
bulletCotton wick
bulletIncense (Agarbatti)
bulletMatches 
bullet9 small flags (2 red; 2 white; 2 black; 1 yellow;  1 grey; 1 green)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

bullet Ladoo (Ganesha Poojaa)
bullet Sugar-cane, Bataasa, Dhatoora flowers (Shiva Poojaa)
bullet Coconut wrapped in yellow cloth, Lapsee and Suhaaree, sweet rice, Arahul or any red flower, neem leaves (Durgaa Poojaa).
bullet Roat, and chipped coconut (Hanumaan Poojaa)
bullet Panjari (Surya Naaraayana and Satya Naaraayana Poojaa)
bullet Fruits (Saraswatee Poojaa)

PANCHAAMRIT 

bulletMilk
bullet Yogurt or curd
bulletSugar
bulletGhee
bulletHoney
bullet (Also Tulsee Leaves)

LOTAA OF DHAAR USED FOR DURGAA POOJAA:

bulletHardi, Sindoor, Clove, Camphor, Supaaree, Neem leaves, Perfume, Rice, Arahul or any red flower

COLOUR OF FLAGS FOR VARIOUS DEITIES

bulletGanesha - Orange or light yellow
bullet Shiva - White or green
bulletHanumaan- Red
bullet Durgaa - Yellow
bullet Saraswatee - White
bullet Lakshmee - Pink
bullet Satyanaaraayana -White with red border
bullet Suryanaaraayana - White or Red
bullet Shanideva - Black

AUSPICIOUS DAYS FOR WORSHIP

bullet Ganesha - any day, especially Ganesha Chaturthi (4th day after full moon)
bullet Shiva - any day, particularly Monday and Friday - especially Trayodashi (13th lunar day or tithi)
bullet Hanumaan - Tuesday, Saturday
bullet Durgaa - Monday, Friday - especially the Ashtami (8th tithi) Saraswatee - Wednesday, Friday
bullet Lakshmee - Monday, Friday
bullet Satyanaaraayana - any day, especially Sunday and Poornima (full moon)
bullet Suryanaaraayana - Sunday
bulletShanidev- Saturday

This excerpt was taken from the book Jyotir Vigyaan - The Light of True Knowledge, written by Pdt. Munelal Maharaj and Smt. Naveeta Maharaj. This excerpt is reproduced with the written permission of Pundit Munelal Maharaj.  Copyright @ 1999 Pdt. Munelal Maharaj.

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