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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 2

    Shiva Yagya – Day 2

    There are 11 kalasha pots arranged at the head of the yagya room. Each pot contains water and it topped with a coconut and a flower mala that is fresh each day of the yagya. At the beginning of the yagyas each day, Varuna, the god of the waters is invoked to come and convert […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Sankalpam

    Shiva Yagya – Sankalpam

    At the beginning of any yagya, time is taken to recognize the contributions of those who make the yagya possible. In sanskrit this is called “sankalpam” or statement of purpose. Essentially it is a process through which the names of the sponsors, their family members, and astrological details are read into the “cosmic record”. The […]

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  • Shiva Yagya – Day 1

    Shiva Yagya – Day 1

    The first day of the Shiva yagya program in Kanchipuram was a great success with the initial pujas and Ganesha Yagya completed as planned. There are so many supplies to be delivered.  Above you see our ghee lady who was excited to learn that we will be using $1,000 of ghee over the course of […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 10 Navagraha last day

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 10 Navagraha last day

    The last day of the yagya series focused on the Navagraha (9 planets). Here our priest is reciting mantras to invoke the planets at the conclusion of the Ganesha puja. As always the introductory pujas conclude with the offering of light from burning camphor. The priests spend a lot of time standing and reciting all […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 9 Dakshinamurti Yagya

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 9 Dakshinamurti Yagya

    The Puja.net community is made up of people around the world who follow many different teachers, or none at all, perferring the inner guru principle to be their guide. So if you are going to perform a yagya that honors this diversity of spiritual paths, then one would perform the yagya to the form of […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 8 Soma Yagya

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 8 Soma Yagya

    Ganesha with his offerings of bananas and coconuts. All the kalasha pots with their daily fresh malas. Kalasha pots with the Navagraha mandala in front. Some of the items used in the Soma Yagya. From the top left – a bowl of sandalwood mixed with water, dark red kumkum which is associated with Lakshmi. It […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 7

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 7

    The aarti flame always looks nice at the end of the Ganesha puja. In India, the supply of flowers is unlimited. Ganesha, lakshmi, and Subramanya (L to R) overlooking the kalashapots for this month’s yagya program. A nice shot of the incense burning during the puja. The whiteness of the curd offering almost looks like […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 6

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 6

    Morning Ganesha puja begins… Always seated in a bowl surrounded by flowers. Rudra Abishekam begins with a water offering. And continues with milk. Under the Shiva lingam you can see little murtis for Ganesha, Vishnu, Durga, Subramanya, Navagraha, Lakshmi, and Annapurni Offering of curd (yogurt). At the conclusion of the sandalwood offering. At the conclusion […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 5

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 5

    “O elephant faced god, Ganesha, you are served by the assemblage of ghosts, and you eat sweet wood apples and blackberries. You are Uma’s son, the destroyer of sorrows. I bow to the lotus feet of the remover of obstacles” – Siva Mahimnah Stotra “The wise hold this view of you: You are the Sun, […]

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  • July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 4

    July Guru and Navagraha Yagya – Day 4

    “Just as one lamp lights another lamp, the guru imparts the knowledge that everything is Brahman – the Brahman that is imperceptible, eternal, highest, without form, and without attributes.” Sri Guru Gita “Just as fragrance is natural in flowers, camphor, and other things and as cold and heat are natural in water and fire, so […]

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