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How To Conduct Puja To Sri Krishna





Hindu Books > Worship > How To Conduct Puja To Sri Krishna

Foreword

Founder / Sri Gurudev : Integral Yoga Institutes and Satchidananda Ashram. The scriptures tell us that in this modern age, the easiest path to the Godhead is through Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion.

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Preface

Worshipping ought to be a personal experience. At the philosophical level, the object of worship is worship itself.

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Introduction

If there is one god whose name is known and recognized throughout the world, it is SriKrishna. Philosophers identify Krishna as the teacher of that amrita (nectar) known as Srimadbhagavadgita.

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Preparation

First and foremost begin with cleansing, i.e. clean the area where the altar is to be set up. This should face the eastern direction if possible.

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Altar Set Up

A small bench or a wooden table or a cardboard box covering an area no larger than 36" x 24" and about 15" to 24" tall is adequate.

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Prayers to Mahaganapati, Guru And Godhead

Before starting the puja proper, it is essential to contemplate Maha Ganapati to assure ourselves that no obstacles interfere with a smooth performance of the puja rituals.

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Shuddhi (Cleaning)

In order to assure ourselves that any and all evil tendencies are removed from the worship room, we start with a prayer to Shiva whose very invocation is believed to clear out any troubling vibrations.

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Prayer

O Lord, protector of cattle, sea of compassion, consort of Mahalakshmi, the daughter of the ocean of milk, slayer of Kamsa, bestower of endless mercy upon the elephant chief in his distress.

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Upachaaraas

Now we are ready to invoke Krishna and offer Upachaaraas (reception with reverence). With folded hands focus on the picture of the deity as you chant the following:

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Pradakshina

Now stand up and do a pradakshina (circumambulation) three times turning to your right.

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Conclusion

Now the Puja can be completed with an aarati. Om jayajagadeesha - hare is recommended.

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List Of Materials Needed

The Material which we should have before conducting Puja are listed here. Picture of Krishna and / or statues, Table, bench or box, Two stainless steel or silver vessels etc.,

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Other Puja Booklets In The Series

Some important books regarding puja described here.

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Talks And Published Papers By The Author

Some of the important talks and published papers by the author.

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The Author - Dr. Srinivasan

Dr. Srinivasan was born in the village of Amruthur, Kunigal Taluk in the Karnataka State.

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Acknowledgement

I want to thank my wife Kamla, my brother Chi. A. V. Narasimhan and my daughter Sandhya for patiently reviewing the drafts and making valuable suggestions and comments.

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Published on: 2003-03-08 (15071 reads)

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