Every Sadhak tries his best to accomplish daily worship and use special Mantra rituals. But every Sadhana has a particular procedure and every deity or the Guru is worshipped in a particular manner: Presenting some important rules is this wonderfully enlightening article.
In every Sadhana, Upchaar or special worship of deity has an important place. Upchaar means devotedly making some offerings to the deity in order to win his or her grace.
There is no fixed rule for Upchaar but including this worship procedure in Sadhana assures quicker success. There are different types of Upchaars ranging from Ekopchaar to Sahastropchaar. Our article shall focus only on Shodashopchaar, Dashopchaar and Panchopchaar forms of worship in which 16, 10 and 5 articles are offered respectively. In each age, forms of worship have been different but in the present age of hustle and bustle performing a Sadhana itself is a great fortunate achievement and the shorter the procedure the better.
It is best to do Shodashopchaar worship in which 16 articles are offered but in daily Sadhana Panchopchaar worship would suffice and in it five articles namely fragrance, flowers, incense, ghee lamp and sweets are offered.
This includes -
Many do not count this in the procedure and instead just offer prayers to the deity. It means inviting the deity concerned to come and bless the Sadhak. For this both hands are joined and the following Mantra is chanted.
A worship mat is used in order to make the physical body free of ailments, the soul pure and gain divine powers. Basically a man acts as a bad conductor and does not allow energy of Mantra chanting from being earthed. Torn, burnt, and used mats are prohibited. Deer skin, tiger skin, grass, silk, cotton and wool mats are best. Deer skin for gain of knowledge, tiger skin for spiritual progress & wealth, and wool for riddance from sorrows and poverty are prescribed. Deities are offered a mat of flowers and then the following Mantra is chanted.
Offering water in the feet of the deity is called Paadya. For this two spoonfuls of water is offered chanting thus.
Water offered to deities for washing their hands is called Arghya. Mix flowers and fragrance in water in a tumbler. Offer chanting thus.
Water offered to deities for rinsing the mouth is called Aachamaniya. Offer water chanting -
All deities are present in the ocean of knowledge, still three spoonfuls of water is offered as a mark of respect for a bath.
Clean & new clothes are offered. Offering old, torn clothes leads to losses. Mouli (holy red thread) can be offered instead chanting thus.
Bathe the deity with honey. The Mantra is -
After this, bathe the deity again with pure water chanting :
For riddance from sins, afflictions and misfortune a mark is made on the forehead of the deity. Sandalwood paste is best otherwise Ashtgandh, Gorochan, camphor, saffron and musk can also be used. Mantra -
Akshat means unbroken rice grains which are offered to gain wealth and prosperity. Mix with vermilion and offer them chanting thus.
Offer flowers to the deity for comforts, good luck and health chanting thus.
Offer incense made from choicest and most fragrant herbs to the deity chanting thus.
Lighting a lamp before a deity signifies dispelling of darkness of ignorance from the Sadhak's life. Mantra -
Neivedya means elixier. While offering sweets or food articles chant this.
Offer a betel leaf containing betel nuts, cloves and cardamom. A betel leaf is symbolic of the sixteen Kalas or divine virtues. Mantra-
Take the naariyal in both hands chanting -
Sing the Aarti (special hymn) of the deity whom you are worshipping. For Aarti use a lamp with one or five wicks. Mantra-
With this the worship is over. If one is not able to do Shodashopchaar worship one should do Panchopchaar worship while chanting the Mantras with full devotion.
One should daily offer prayers to one's deity and Guru.
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