A pooja for planets in navgraha is performed for the specific motives to reduce the malefic effect of planet or to remove a dosh. There are varieties of other Vedic poojas that are not done for planets of navgraha, instead they are done without motives just to please their isht devtas. An isht devta that is specific God or Goddess or pair of Goddess is different for different individuals. These are done in order to make the bond between natives and their respective gods further strong and to attain their blessings. Some astrologers and pundits believe that these poojas for specific god and Goddess can be done by performing a simple pooja in famous religious places like Trayambakeshwar temple of Lord Vishnu in Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar, Gayaji or Badrinath dham. This is a vague suggestion that shall result in no benefits. This is because of the reasons that pooja for different isht devta may include different vidhis, use of mantras and pooja samgri’s. For example a devotee of Lord Vishnu shall look for specific mantras and done perform pooja in order to impress the Lord and be get blessings. This can be done anywhere if he follows all the procedures properly. The day to start and the pooja differs in case of different Gods. For some it may be Monday, for others Saturday. These all depend on pundits and the time required by them to perform those specic mantras and finish the enchantment successfully. The effective way to perform a Shri Narayn pooja or Shri Vishnu pooja is the topic of discussion in this article. The pooja for Lord Vishnu is done in order to get materialistic gains and blessings from him. It requires special vidhi and Narayn mantras and should always start and end on Sundays. The vidhi to perform the pooja or the procedure to perform Shri Vishnu Pooja is discussed below
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 Narayan 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 choosen 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 Vishnu 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 planets 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 Vishnu 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 Vishnu Pooja 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 Narayan Puja 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.
When a native completes all the entitled chants of Shri Narayan mantras amounting to 125,000 Narayan mantras with proper procedure, from pundits on his behalf, he is blessed with goof materialistic gains in life.