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

Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Prabramhane Namaha
I offer my salutations to the Supreme Being
SreeRamachandra in the company of Sita,
Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatruggna and
Hanumaan

Now offer a few grains of akshata with your right hand such that the grains fall on the picture gently as you chant

Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
aavaahanam samarpayaami
I offer an invocation to you

Offer akshata as before such that the grains fall on the altar as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
aasanam samarpayaami
I offer a seat for you

Offer an uddharana-full of water at the feet of the deity or picture as you chant

Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
paadyam samarpayaami
I offer water to your feet
 

Offer an uddharana-full of water to the hands of the deity or picture as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
arghyam samarpayaami
I offer water to your hands

Offer again an uddharana-full of water to the hands of the deity or picture as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
aachamaneeyam samarpayaami
I offer water to quench thirst

Offer some sweet drink as you chant

Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
madhuparkam samarpayaami
I offer some sweet drink
 

Symbolically offer water to bathe or pour water over the deity to bathe as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
shuddhodakasnaanam samarpayaami
I offer clean water to bathe

Offer again an uddharana-full of water to the hands of the deity or picture as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
snanaanantaram aachamaneeyam samarpayaami
I offer water to drink after the bath

Symbolically offer a clean piece of cloth to represent gifts of clothing

Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
vastraan samarpayaami
I offer clothing
 

Symbolically offer a clean piece of string to represent a new yagnopaveet

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
upaveetam samarpayaami
I offer a new yagnopaveet

Apply to the forehead some sandal paste

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
gandhaan dhaarayaami
I offer sandal paste

Offer some akshata

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
akshataan samarpayaami
I offer akshata

Offer flowers or petals of flowers to the picture or the deity go

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
pushpaani samarpayaami
I offer flowers in worship

With folded hands chant the several names of Rama

  Om Ramaaya namaha, Raamabhadraaya namaha,
Ramachandraaya namaha, jathavedhase namaha,
Raghunaathaaya namaha, Sitapathaye namaha
Salutations to Rama,
Salutations to the haven of security,
Salutations to the moon of delight,
Salutations to the all-knowing,
Salutations to the Lord of the Raghu clan,
Salutations to the husband of Sita

Offer incense by motioning incense smoke with your right hand towards the altar.

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
dhoopam aaghrapayaami
I offer fragrance in worship

Lift the lamp and show it to the picture or deity such that it illuminates the face

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
deepam darshayaami
I offer sacred light

Lift the plate of fruits, leaves and flowers in
reverence and offer them

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
naanaavidha parimala patra phala
pushpaani samarpayaami
I offer a variety of flowers, leaves and fruits

Now lift the cover off the sweets/prasaadam and offer it as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha
naivedyam nivedayaami
I offer delicious food to you

Sprinkle a few drops of water with the uddharana on the food as you chant

praanaaya swaahaa, apaanaaya swaahaa,
vyaanaaya swaahaa, udaanaaya swaahaa,
samaanaaya swaahaa, brahmane swaahaa
 

These are hails to the various wind elements in the body which promote digestion. The final hail to the creator Brahma. Continue to offer water as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namaha madhye madhye
aachamaneeyam samarpayaami
I offer more water as you partake the foods

Offer a coin as you chant

 Om Sree Seeta Lakshmana Bharata Shatruggna
Hanumatsameta SriRaamachandra
Parabramhane Namahasuvarna pushpam samarpayaami
I offer gold to you

This completes the Upachaaraas.

The above are excerpts from the booklet How to Conduct Puja to SriRamachandra, by Dr. A. V. Srinivasan, published by http://www.periplusbooks.com/.

These booklets may be purchased by sending a check or money order made out to Periplus Line LLC for $6.00 each, (shipping in the U.S. included) and mailing it to:

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