Lord Krishna has a wide fan following all around the world. Not just Indians but people abroad native and respective are smitten by his charm and philosophy. He is the isht devta for millions of people and people leave no stone unturned in pooja to impress him. These poojas that are conducted for specific Gods and Goddess or pair of them, do not have ulterior motives behind them. Although they depend on the results expected by the native, most of the times these poojas have sole purpose of deepening the bond between the native and their God known to be isht devta. There are certain specific poojas done according to Vedic Jyotish which are performed to please Isht Devtas. A person is supposed to perform a simple pooja in ambakeshwar temple of Lord Ganesha in Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar, Gayaji or Badrinath, he is blessed by his or her isht devta. This is a vague criteria for a pooja as different poojas have different vidhi’s. It’s the procedure that defines pooja and not the place. A simple pooja with commitment and dedication performed in temple nearby your home shall result more benefic than undirected and specific pooja in famous religious places. These poojas for the Gods are very effective as they result in blessings from the God or Goddess or pair of God and Goddess. We shall discuss in depth about “Vedic Shri Santan Gopal Pooja” performed to pleaseLord Krishna.
A specific number of mantras are selected that are Lord Mantras for Shri Ganesh Pooja. This is the first and foremost thing needs to be done before starting Pooja. These can go up to the limit of 125,000 mantras. It is advised to start and end Shri Ganesh Pooja on a Thursday or a Sunday, though this could change as per the requirements of pundits. It takes 7 to 8 days to complete the pooja if the mantras are enchanted for 8 to 10 hours daily. It is believed that those who face problem in producing a child of their own should get this pooja performed in order to be blessed with child as blessings from Lord Krishna.
Following are the steps to perform a Shri Santan Gopal Pooja-
Sankalpam – No matter what is the nature or type of pooja, this is the most significant step in any pooja where the correct Mantras for a pooja are chosen so as to rectify the dosh. These mantras can go beyond limits and stretch to the limit of 125,000. The chant of mantras for this pooja is Shri Santan Gopal mantras and they shall be performed in designated time and manner. To start a pooja we first choose a specific day to start and end the pooja. This day is chosen in accordance with the nature of pooja and time required by the pundits to complete the pooja.
In Sankalpam that is also known as resolution a head pundit generally takes an oath in front of the respective God and Goddess on the behalf of native stating that they are going to perform a Shri Santan Gopal Pooja and as a result of successful completion of Pooja in underlined manner, the native shall be blessed by the gods in form of removal of the Dosh and Yog in horoscope. He takes the name of native, his father’s name and of the assistant pundits which are 5 to 7 in number. He also mentions the proposed date and time to finish the pooja and includes any special wish and requirements of the native in the sankalpam.
After this Sankalpam pundits keep on enchanting mantras in order to finish the pooja in proposed time. They enchant for as long as 10 hours a day and take generally 7 to 10 days to finish a pooja.
Completion Ceremony- This is the next step after the Sankalpam and the pundits have finished enchanting all the mantras for the pooja. A culmination ceremony in form of completion ceremony is organized at the completion of pooja which takes generally 2 to 3 hours. Time for this ceremony may change for different poojas. In the completion ceremony pundits keep on repeating that they have finished the mantras in decided time and manner and there native should be blessed by the God and Goddess. Things related to planets among the navgraha are also worshiped in this ceremony. A pooja is organized in for different God and Goddess and they are worshiped in the completion ceremony.
Havana – An important step in any pooja that requires special attention and care in performance. The procedure of Havana is very technical and should be performed by and under guidance of expert pundits with esteem knowledge and experience. In this link pundits establish a direct connection between the native and the god with the help of mantras and jaaps. This is done by appliance of pure and supreme power of Vedic Jyotish. After this a havan kund is formed and holy fire is lit for the pooja. The enchantment of Shri Santan Gopal Pooja is again started and this time at the end of enchantment of each mantra, a strong sound of Swaha is produced. This sound is reproduced for each mantra and with the sound a certain specific offering from pooja samagri is devoted to the holy fire. This process is repeatedly done for long with different pooja samaghri like- flowers, ghee, oil, rice, wheat, milk and many other items. At the end to finally mark an end to pooja, a dry coconut filled with specific items is devoted to the holy fire of Havana. This brings Shri Lakshmi Narayan Puja to an end.
All the above mentioned procedures are to be followed in specific manner. Failure in performance shall lead to no benefits from the pooja and native shall not be blessed by the Gods for getting the pooja performed as a remedy.
There are few precautions and prohibitions to be maintained by the native for the successful completion of pooja, during the run of Pooja. These are as follows-
- The native is advised to eat only vegetarian food. To eat non vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
- The native is advised to refrain from smoking or consumption of alcohol during the Pooja.
- The native should keep the aura positive around him and should not surround in negativity
- The native should not get involved in any act of violence
- The native should not get sexually involved with partner weather married or unmarried
- The native should wake up early morning and pray to God, Goddess, try to connect with pooja himself/herself.
The point to be noted in Shri Santan Gopal Pooja is that the pooja can be performed in presence of or without the presence of native. This can be done by the help of assistant pundit who shall recite all the mantras for the native. In this pooja native’s photo is kept as a resemblance and symbol of representation. Had pundit mentions in the sankalpam that the native is unable to attend the pooja and the designated pundit shall recite mantras on his behalf. This is done by assistant pundit who recites firs mantras of the native and then his own mantras.
Shri Santan Gopal Pooja when performed ith a count of 125,000 Ved mantras results in benefitting the native with good results. They surely result in blessings from the Gods. There shall be no irregularity in following the procedure or else that may reduce amount of benefits to the native.