Important points in doing Shiva Puja

I don’t know the name of this upanyasakar. It seems that he is from Sri Lanka. Regardless, it is important to listen to this short speech to know some of the min requirement for those who do Nithya shiva puja. I see an increasing trend of people taking Panchayathana Puja, which is a fantastic change in our community. It is equally important to think about a long term view to ensure that the puja does not stop and also continued by the next generation. I used to take my panchayathana puja to all places I travel. I do know some of my friends still do this in US. Mahaperiyava has spoken about doing this puja very easily even while traveling.


Source: வேணுவனம் புனிதர் பேரவை


Categories: Periyava TV

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  1. Namaskaram,

    Veda Dharma Sastra Paripalana Sabha (VSDP) has recorded videos on Panchayatana Pooja topic. Brahmasri Kannamani Deekshithar has clarified many questions related to the difficulties in performing Panchayatana Pooja. A must watch!!

    Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara!!!

    • Their youtube channel in general has amazing content and explanation about many things. I guess life itself is a workaround though considering the way we are living it

  2. With all these complications of modern life style as vividly explained by Sri Nanjappa, no one should take up ritualistic Poojas unless he is doubly sure that he will strictly follow the rules laid out. The best alternative is to submit a Tulasi leave or Vilva patram at the feet of the deities, recite slokas like Vishnu Sahasranamam, Lalitha Sahasranamam, Kandha shashti Kavacam, Skanda Guru Kavacam, Vinayakar Akaval etc. and pray.

  3. There are many traditions relating to ceremonial and ritual worship. The forms of the Deity- even of the same Deity- to be worshipped also vary. The process of worship also varies considerably- from the simplest to the most elaborate. And there is Vaidika form of worship, and the Tantric or non-Vaidic forms. The mantras also vary.
    The person who is expounding the matter in the video here is explaining from a non-Vedic point of view. It is important for people from the Vedic tradition, especially Smartas to remember this. [ Srivaishnavas and Madhvas are not so easily swayed by new expositions.] This is for those Shaivites who are initiated in that tradition.

    The situation in Tamil Nadu is complex. On the one hand,, there is still very considerable and vocal opposition to Orthodox Hindu religion. On the other hand, the numerous. mushrooming astrological magazines, newspaper articles, YouTube sites etc dish out a variety of mantras, deities, practices , temple visits, etc in the name of parihara, for almost everything. Group travel has also become popular. All this is done indiscriminately.But all these are for the neophytes. For those who come from families with some living tradition, there is already something to hold on to. They do not exactly have to start on a clean slate.

    But many family traditions have undergone radical changes -or should we say Shrinkage?- in the last half century. Joint families have split up, with the result that there is no one to attend to puja when one has to travel or on some other occasions. Panchayatana puja or traditional forms of Srividya ( Navavarana) puja have been discontinued in many families. Individual houses have given place to flats in multistoried buildings. These typically lack space for some essential observances like மடி, விழுப்பு, எச்சில், பத்து, etc. Dining table culture has done away with cleaning with cow dung. Flats built by Indian architects and builders even lack a simple small puja room while they advertise 2/3 BHK flats, with as many WCs. In many flats, just a 6″ wall separates the kitchen from the bath room, the same pipe carrying water to both. There is no well in individual houses or flats but only common water supply, which too is not daily, so that the water we get even for Puja is not fresh or clean from a religious point of view. Nor are the articles we get in the market like milk, ghee, sandal paste, camphor. turmeric powder, kumkum, even Vibhuti unadulterated or prepared in the prescribed manner. Emergence of working couple nuclear families has added another dimension. This is only an indication, not enumeration of an exhaustive list. In the circumstances,, how orthodox can our puja be?

    The purpose of writing this is NOT to discourage people from taking up ritualistic puja , but only to urge caution. In the enthusiasm, one should not take up non-vaidic forms. Most speakers still go about reading from ancient texts, as if the same conditions still prevail! Or they are silent on and blind to the hundred and one deviations that take place in practice. Serious ritualistic puja is based on proper initiation by a qualified person. It cannot just be casually picked up. Those who can do it are indeed blessed. There are luckily some signs of revival in orthodox circles, but one has to see how far this can be sustained in a fast-changing (modernising) urban ambiance.

    More than 40 years ago, Kanchi Mutt published a small booklet containing a simplified puja method suitable for all, and all deities. [ It was in fact a product of Hindu Dharma Pratishtanam, TTD., Madras branch, and republished by the Mutt] Its title was: “ஸர்வஜன ஸர்வதேவதா பூஜைமுறை”. It is worth having a look at it.

  4. Thank you for the video. How do you carry the set with you everywhere. I carry it when I travel to India but on vacations I dont. I am worried about airport security asking too many questions. Also not sure about sanctity of the places that we stay in so, how to carry when we go out for vacations.

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