Panchayathana Puja Initiation from Kanchi Acharyas


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Unfortunately, a person like, who has absolutely no qualification is writing about a very holy and divine topic, which typically should be done by authorities in this field. My apologies to begin with!

We do not need epics, history or scriptures but a simple conversation with our elders in the house would reveal that there were times that Shiva puja was the center-piece in every Smartha household in India. This worship varies from household to household in terms of the magnitude. Nevertheless , the worship went on for centuries/yugas ….Such a Shiva worship alone helped us the entire humanity. Needless to say, unfortunately, this great yagnam stopped in the middle when vedic culture took a big hit and brahmins shied away from aidheeka dharma and went to loukeeka. In Tamilnadu, now there are hardly few households where this tradition goes on. Shiva bakthi is lot more stronger in northern states even today. Strictly speaking all smarthas are expected to do this daily. Periyava says the same thing – “ஒவ்வொரு குடும்பத்திலும் ஈசுவர பூஜை நடக்க வேண்டும்.”

Panchayathana means literally 5 types of different stones without any particular shape without any formatted figures. It should be taken for the puja as it is, as we get it naturally. These five stones are taken from five different rivers . According to one custom, this puja involves Lord Siva (baana linga) in the centre, Sun God (spatika) in the southeast, Lord Ganesha (sonapatra or red stone) in the southwest, Ambal (kareeya) in the northwest, and Lord Vishnu (saalagrama) in the northeast. Adi Shankara added Lord Subrahmanya in this puja. Many keep “vel” to represent Lord Muruga.

A paragraph from “Sankara’s Teachings’ by Sri Atmananda of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt on the subject:

“Sankara instituted the worship of all these five Gods, Sun, Ambika, Vishnu, Ganapati and Shiva all on the same pedestal. This emphasized the idea that these are not five different Gods, but they are the one God worshipped in five different forms in different parts of India. Some wrongly think Sankara taught only Jnana and had no place for Karma. Sankara held that the place of Jnana was all-important but he knew equally well that many could not give up Karma and so they should be taught the most beneficial forms of Karma. Thus it is that the Panchayatana Puja (the worship of five Gods) came into vogue in Smartha homes. The other name for this is Siva-Puja.’’

There are 1000s of thevara pathigams that talks the shiva mahimais. One of them goes like this

புவனியில் போய் பிறவாமையில் நாள் நாம்
போக்குகின்றோம் அவமே இந்தப் பூமி
சிவன் உய்யக் கொள்கின்றவாறென்று நோக்கி
திருப்பெருந்துறையுறைவாய் திருமாலாம்
அவன் விருப்பெய்தவும் மலரவன் ஆசைப்படவும்
நின்னலர்ந்த மெய்க்கருணையும் நீயும்
அவனியிற் புகுந்தெமை ஆட்கொள்ள வல்லாய்

In order to revive this yagnam, Sri Kanchi Matam is organizing an event on August 15, 2014 where “Panchayathana” set will be offerePanchayathanamd to the eligible 108 couples, individually one set, blessed by our Kanchi Acharyal. This is not a first-come-first-serve option. There will be some guidelines and several pre-requirements and conditions for enrolment/registration, details.

Please contact the following individuals for more details::

Sri Jaya Kumar – +91-96770-78562

Sri Shankar – +91-99529-68604

Sri Bharanidharan – +91-87544-81488

I request all of you to spread the word – particularly to the younger generation to take advantage of this golden opportunity to receive panchayathana set from our Kanchi acharyas and continue this yagnam for generations.

Periyava had mentioned in Deivathin Kural Volume 1 (link) on how simple this is to do – even when someone is traveling.We know that Lord Krishna was doing Shiva puja throughout in His avataram. When Kings like Janaka, Dasaradha, Ravana were able to do nithya shiva puja despite having lots of responsibilities as emperors, we can do it. When our Acharyas despite their 20+ hours of commitment can do, we can do it. When other religions can pray for 5 times a day, we can do this. Truth is not that we aren’t capable of doing it – rather in the list of our priorities, this greatest responsibility does not even get a place! How sad!

Let Shiva bakthi magnifies in all our household – let us pray that “pithan” to save us from this maya and bless us with knowledge, wisdom and gnana.

We all need to feel blessed to be devotees of Kanchi Matam and our namaskarams to our acharyas.

Om Nama Shivaya!

Thanks to Brahmasri Sarma Sastrigal for sharing about this event with me…



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30 replies

  1. Pranams,

    I wish to start panchaytana puja. Where can i get pooja Gods, Sun, Ambika, Vishnu, Ganapati and Shiva.. My Grandfather Late Shri. Narayana Ganapadigal performed this Pooja Daily. Now this Pooja Set used by My Father’s younger brother for daily pooja. I want to do Panchayatana Pooja in my home. Please advise where can I get the Pooja Gods. Will you please help me.

    Namaskarams,
    S. Sambasiva Sharma
    No.16, SIP Colony 3rd Street,
    Sarva Mangala Nagar,
    Nanganallur,
    Chennai – 600061
    ph: 044-42022243
    Cell: 9790000206

  2. Please let me know where to get the Puja stones🙏 we live in coimbatore. Thanks

  3. I wish to start panchaytana puja, can i get pooja books with Gods, Sun, Ambika, Vishnu, Ganapati and Shiva all on the same pedestal. (Panchayathana means literally 5 types of different stones without any particular shape without any formatted figures).

  4. Revival of Hinduism

  5. We are Smaarthas. What are the stones for Lord Subramaniyar & Lord Iyyappan? Where can we get these stones? Because Adhi Sankarar had included Lord Subramaniyar under Shanmadham and our Family Deity is Pazhavoor Poorna Pushkalambal Samedha Dharma Saastha.

  6. SIR, HUMBLE PRANAMS. I AM BLESSED AND FORTUNATE TO BE AMONG THE ONE OUT OF 108 RECIPIENTS NITHYA PANCHAYATHANA POOJA SET WITH GUIDANCE AS TO HOW TO DO BOOKLET.

    This Janma is not enough to thank sri Sarma sasthirigal and his disciples who organised the event with great success . God has given the opportunity and could able to perform the pooja almost on daily basis with simple abhishegam. All credit goes to sri sarma sasthirigal & his team. May God fulfill the wishes of
    each individual who were part of the event.

  7. sir pleeeeeease send us complete details as to how to do this poojai. I have the panch yatna poojai in my house. my father in law used to perform this pooja.He is no more Now I would like to know how we can do the pooja. I dont live in India so please can someone send the details. i feel bad that we are not doing any pooja for the gods.

  8. She namaskaram can u please suggest a book in Tamil indicating the procedure manthrams etc for performing oanchayutana pooja.
    Namasjaram
    Diwakar
    Mumbai
    09594066488

    • SRI SARMA SASTHIRIGAL HAS WRITTEN A BOOK NAMELY NITHYA PANCHAYATHANA POOJA – AVAILABLE IN GIRI STORES OF ALL OUTLET OR YOU CONTACT HIM PERSONALLY. HIS FACE BOOK ID IS – SHARMA OR SARMA SASTHIRIGAL. YOU TYPE THE NAME IN GOOGLE TYPE BAR COLUMN, YOU WILL FIND HIM. CONTACT THROUGH INBOX. JAYA JAYA SANKARA HARA HARA SANKARA.

  9. Pranaams
    Humble Pranams to Jagadgurus
    Humble Pranams to Sarma Sastrigal too

    Sri Srinivasan Sir,
    I want to know more about “Amravaneshwaran’s interview”. Can you please help me in this regard.

    Thanks
    Sethu

  10. I was waiting for such prog. I am a smarthan pl send details

    • Please contact the following individuals for more details::

      Sri Jaya Kumar – +91-96770-78562

      Sri Shankar – +91-99529-68604

      Sri Bharanidharan – +91-87544-81488

    • Pranaams
      Humble Pranams to Jagadgurus
      Humble Pranams to Sarma Sastrigal too

      Sri Srinivasan Sir,
      I want to know more about “Amravaneshwaran’s interview”. Can you please help me in this regard.

      Thanks
      Sethu

      • pl do a search in the blog – you will find it…or go to video content or interview index on the top….you will find it there…

  11. It is important that Panchayatana Puja deities in one’s house should not be kept without puja. If you have it, you should do puja, neivedyam etc. I hear many families abandon this practice and give away the puja idol sets to Matam or elsewhere and sacrifies the Mantra Upadesam at the ears of cow. (i.e. abandoning the practice honorably)
    You may recollect Amravaneshwaran’s interview that he had collected lots of such abandonded Saligrams, if you have 24+ saligrams, that place becomes a Punya Kshetram according to Periyava.

    A simplified version of Nitya Panchayana Puja can be found here:

    • Can you please provide the link to the pooja. I do not see it in your response. Thank you in advance

  12. In this regard whom we should contact pl guide,.

  13. Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara! Maha Periyava ThiruvadigaLee CharaNam!

  14. Svashakho Upanishad Geetha Vishnor Naama Sahasrakham Rudramcha Pourusham Suktham Nithyam Avarthayeth Budhaha . . .

  15. Ram Ram. Good news for the community. Let us pray for those 108 lucky couples (family) to start this YAGNA. Let us all pray that it should multiply to endless counts and spread like Agni. This will save the world from the perils. Periyava saranam. Hara Hara Sankara. Jaya Jaya Sankara

  16. Good one. We hail from Palakkad area now in Kerala. We hv been following Sivapuja. In ours Six deities viz. Mahaganapathy, Parameshwara, Mahavishnu, Shanmuga as sarpha, Surya and Gowri are placed on the same pedestal and puja performed on a daily basis folg panchayathna method. Many smartha household of Palakkad continues to practice this. Some smarthas folg Vishnu sampradaya have similar puja in some villages of Palakkad with only saligrama representing Mahavishnu.

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