The Ananta Padmanabha Vratha Pooja is conducted as a tribute to the Lord Satyanarayana / Vishnu. On the Shukla Chaturdashi of Bhadra month, Lord Vishnu appears as Padmanabha reposing on the Anantha Sesha, the thousand hooded snake. It is believed to resolve misery and remove sorrows from the devotees.
Religious Significance of Ananta Padmanabha Vratha Pooja
Ananta Padmanbha fulfills the prayers of his devotees on this auspicious day of Bhadra month. Anantha Padmanabha is the most important significant and prominent names of Lord Vishnu.
The word meaning of Anantha is the all-pervasive one, who is beyond of all boundaries, eternal and for whom there is no limit either by space, location and time. He has several forms, and he is the one who dwells in the entire universe. The word meaning of Padmanabha is the one who has a lotus-like a navel or the one who has a lotus in the navel.
According to olden scriptures, lord Krishna had narrated the significance of Anantha Padmanabha Vratha to Dharmaraja. On the advice of Lord Krishna, Dharmaraja performed this Padmanabha puja on their exile in forests. This Vrat katha mentioned in Bhavishyothara Purana. The one who performs this Vrat with full devotion and sincerity will be blessed with many benefits like dharma, Artha, Kama and moksha. On this day Godhana is considered as highly sacred.
When Can the Ananta Padmanabha Vratha Pooja be Performed
Anantha Chadurdasi that falls in the Shukla Paksha or waxing moon phase of Bhadrapada(September) month is best preferred. It can be celebrated on the 14th day after Ganesh Chaturthi and can be performed by married couples.
On this auspicious day (Ananta Chaturdashi) special celebrations are performed in temples that are dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Lord Ananta Padmanabha. Chanting of Vishnu Sahasra Nama Stotram, Purusha Sooktham, Sri Vishnu Sooktam is considered as highly meritorious.
Advantages of Performing the Ananta Padmanabha Vratha Pooja
- Acquiring wisdom and prosperity
- Relief from pain and other karmic difficulties.
- By doing this puja mind, body and soul are purified and it aids in the lead a healthy and happy life.
- Couples performed this puja to get marital bliss, trouble-free and for leading happy married life.
Anantha Padmanabha Vrata Puja is commonly observed to regain the affluence of puja and dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Ananta Padmanabha lies on the (Sesha naka )Snake as bed, Ananta means interminable and Ananta Padmanabha vrata puja performed for the Vishnu deity who is the preserver of creations and living beings in the world. The one who worship Lord Vishnu obtains the healthy life, enlightenment and free from the sadness.
Sankalpam( The Testimony of The Vedic Vidhi)
The word Sankalpam indicates the Vedic astrology of Panchang, place, time, day, Tithi, Nakshatra, Yogam, and Karanam. These are recited to the three trinities of Bhrama, Vishnu, and Shiva. The Vedic vidhi recites for the current Vedic year and the Vedic name of the subcontinent and other significant elements. At the end of the Sankalpa needs family members Name, Gotra, Zodiac sign, Birth star to recite as a part of the puja and to get the blessings from the Lord Maha Ganapati, Navagrahas, family deity (kula devata), Grama devata and Ishta devata (favourite god one’s choice). So the first procedure is to invoke blessings from the deity.
The Ganapati puja is considered as an auspicious for all the ceremonies while starting the puja. By doing Ganapathi puja, will get free from obstacles, hurdles in life. It acquires materialistic, spirituality in life.
16 common offerings for all the deities during worship.
Dhyana – Meditating Aavaahana – Inviting the deity into the altar.
Asana – Giving a seat to the deityPaadya – Washing the deity’s feet with pure water.
Arghya – to rinse hands and mouth.
Aachamana – Offering the water to the deity to drink.
Snaana – Bath the deity idol with various auspicious items.
Vasthra – Dressing the deity in new and clean clothes.
Yagnopaveetha – the deity wears a clean sacred thread.
Gandha – put fresh sandalwood paste on the deity.
Pushpa – Offering fresh flowers while chanting the deity’s names.
Dhoop – Spreading fragrance smoke throughout the altar.
Deepa –offering a lamp to illuminate the surrounding decorated deity.
Naivedya – offering food for the deity.
Taambula – Offering betel nut and leaves.
Pradakshina & Namaskara – roaming the altar and bidding farewell to the deity.
The word of Punya Vachanam gives clarity of the clean ritual by invoking the blessings from the Lord Varuna (the lord of water) along with sacred rivers of the country namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Cavery. The tirtha mantras recited where the Punya vachanams performed, and their all the five elements are,
Jal - water
Vayu - air
Prithvi - earth
Agni - fire
Akasha - sky or space
By the chanting of Vedic mantras related to Lord Varuna, the place will be purified, where the positive energy is being retained in the pot and Punyavachana can be performed.
Navagrahas are nine planets, and each planet governs a specific element (five elements) in the life cycle, so the certain specified planetary combinations in the horoscope give both malefic effects and good effects.
The beneficial effects are taken into consideration of the particular planet individually and also in their combination. Generally to rectify or to neutralize the evil effect of the planets Navagraha puja can be performed along with Navagraha mantras.
To remove the malefic effects of the planets this navagraha puja can be performed. During this puja one will get blessings from Adidevata (subordinate lord of the planet), ‘Prathana Devata’ (main deity of the planet).
The kalasa puja can be done with the help of a copper vessel. Place the Kalasa, fill it with water, a coin and nine types of grains. In red cloth, one can tie the coconut. Then, coconut is placed on the top of Kalasa with mango leaves. By doing this procedure kalasa puja can be finished.
Navarathri puja is performed according, to the Hindu lunar month of Ashvina or Ashvin and it generally falls in between September - October. Navaratri means nine nights of the period, is considered to be an auspicious day. The goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati are the worshipers during the Navaratri.
Durga - Goddess is the symbol of courage and strength.
Lakshmi - Goddess is the symbol of wealth and luxury.
Saraswati - Goddess is the symbol of education and Vedic knowledge.
The first three days Goddess Parvathi Devi is worshiped, next three days puja for goddess Lakshmi, and another three days for goddess Saraswati.
Purohit does puja to the Deity with Ashotathara(108) names of particular God or Goddess. Before performing ashtotaram he do Archana with Tithi, devotee name, birth star, Gothram, and also with family member names for the welfare of the entire family. Purohit offers coconut, incense stick, Banana, Flower to God and Goddess to get blessings.
After performing the puja, Purohit offers Naivedya to God and completes the Shodashopachara Puja.
The Naivedyam which is offered to God is called as Prasadam and is distributed to the devotees. In Hindu culture Prasadam has given more importance, as it flourish the life with full of prosperity and well being. People who are unable to go temple, can also have prasadam to get the benefits of puja.
Maha Mangal Aarti
The Astavedha Seva is done along with the Vedic chants. The camphor Aarti, flowers, and aleshatha is offered.
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- I performed this puja on bhadra month, from puja n pujari. Scholar Purohith performed puja with puja materials..and started puja on the right muhurat. My family condition is better than before after performing pooja. God give us relief from sufferings and difficulties.Girisha Jun 10, 2019
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