Bring Peace, Prosperity and Harmony Home With Vishnu Puja
About puja

The Trimurti or the triad, is the heart of Hinduism. The triad of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, represent all aspects of the Supreme Being – creation, sustenance and destruction. All three aspects work in unison, and nothing happens exclusively. Of them, the person Vishnu is all pervading. It is from his navel that Brahma was born. Of the three persons of the Trimurti, creation is attributed to Brahma, sustenance to Vishnu and destruction to Shiva. Though destruction is attributed to Shiva, yet he had a role in creation too. He represents the male principal of the world and his female consort Shakti personifies material energy.

Emergence Of Vishnu

Traditional etymology describes Vishnu having derived from the Sanskrit ‘Vis’, which means ‘to enter into or pervade’, thus glossing the interpretation ‘all-pervading one’. The sage Parashara, while explaining to Maitraya the origins of the universe says that in the beginning the universe was full of water and from that water emerged a huge egg like a water bubble. The egg continued to grow in size and within it was Vishnu. The egg was the Brahmanda or the universe which contained the land, mountains, the water bodies, humans, demons, gods and the stars. All around the egg on the outside were the elements of the earth, fire, water, wind and sky. Within the egg Brahma emerged out of the navel of Vishnu and proceeded to create the universe. When the universe is to be destroyed, the other form of Vishnu, Shiva will then take over destroying it.

Vishnu pervades and preserves all and is also known as Narayan or Hari. The earthly incarnation of Vishnu is said to have ten avatars among which are Krishna and Rama and Sree Ventaktesh. These avatars have come on earth from time to time to protect humanity from the destructive forces of the evil. The sacred texts mention Vishnu to be resident in the directionof Makara Rashi, which just about coincides with the Capricorn constellation. The Puranas and the Vaishnava tradition mention Vishnu’s eye to be situated at the distant southern celestial pole.

Auspicious Time For Vishnu Puja

Some prefer to choose any purnima or full moon day and offer a simple puja before an image of Vishnu by chanting the simple mantra “Om Vishnave namah’ or ‘Om Namo Naryanay.’ for hundred and eight times. In fact most temples follow the lunar calendar date of full moon to conduct the Satyanarayan Puja to invoke the blessing of Lord Vishnu. However a Vedic Vishnu puja is an elaborate affair requiring seven to ten days. It consists of chanting specific counts chants or jap of the Vishnu mantras, that is, a count of of 125,000 Shri Narayan Mantras with the rest of the procedure built around this chant.

Items/samagri required

As Vishnu puja can be performed at home on any purnima or full moon. You will have to clean the place where you wish to perform Vishnu puja as Vishnu is the incarnation of peace and harmony. Things that you will require for Vishnu puja are:

  1. An idol of the god
  2. Mango Leaves
  3. An Aasan or seat
  4. Agarbatti or Incense Sticks
  5. Akshata (Chawal) or Rice
  6. Attar or Scent
  7. Chandan or Sandal
  8. Dahi or yogurt
  9. Ghee Deepak or Lamps
  10. Dhoop Batti or Incense sticks
  11. Diye ki batti or Cotton wicks
  12. Doodh or Milk
  13. Fruits
  14. Ganga Jal or Holy Water
  15. Ghanta or Bell
  16. Ghee
  17. Haldi or Turmeric Powder
  18. Kalash or Finial
  19. Kamal or Lotus Flower
  20. Karpoor or Camphor
  21. Kumkum
  22. Mewa or Dry Fruits
  23. Sweets
  24. Nariyal or Coconut
  25. Panchamrit
  26. Flowers
  27. Garland
  28. Prasaad
  29. Clean yellow Cloth
  30. Clean white Cloth
  31. Sankha or Conch
  32. Sindoor or Vermilion
  33. Supari or Betel Nuts
  34. Sacred thread

 

Puja vidhi/how to do

Purify your outer self by taking a bath and settle down with an inner quiet to invoke the universal preserver.

  1. Dhyanam: The puja begins with the meditation process which is the chanting of the Vishnu Beej
  2. Avahana: In this second step the god is worshipped so that he comes to give life to the idol as his own. At his stage thee Vishnu Avhana Mantra is recited.
  3. Aasana: The third step involves offering a seat to god Vishnu. Just as a guest is offered a clean place to be seated, similarly Lord Vishnu is offered to take a clean seat.
  4. Paadya; As he gets seated his feet are washed by pouring water.
  5. Arghya: Once seated with washed feet, at this stage you offer to wash his hands.
  6. Aachamana: You can now offer the comfortably seated Lord water to drink which is the process of Aachamana.
  7. Snana: In this step you offer to bath Lord Vishnu with the Panchamruth which is a combination of Milk, Yoghurt, Ghee, Honey, Sugar, Sandal Powder. After this sprinkle water as the final bathing process.
  8. Vastra: You now can offer new clothes to God Vishnu which should be yellow in color.
  9. Yajnopavita: At this stage of the puja you have to offer the sacred thread along with flowers, chandan, Mewa and Nariyal.
  10. Archana: This is the crucial stage of the puja when you have to offer flowers to Lord Vishnu by reciting his name 108 times and offer one flower for each name.
  11. Dhoopam: Now you can light incense sticks to fill the Lord with fragrance to please him.
  12. Deepam: Now lamp the ghee lamp to bring light to life before Vishnu, the preserver of life
  13. Naivedyam: Having invoked him, at this stage you can offer him sweets and fruits for him to par take as meal.
  14. Tamboolam; At the end of the meal, the Lord now can be offered betel leaves and betel nuts.

Pray to Ganesh for some time and clear your mind of all unwanted thoughts to concentrate on invoking the lover of peace and harmony, Vishnu. With a tranquil mind light the lamp and agarbati or dhoop and invoke Srihar Vishnu by chanting the Vishnu mantra. Offer tuklsi leaves to Vishnu while chanting the mantra. Offer the sweets and the fruits to the harmonizers and harbinger of peace to the world and pray to him that he accept your offering.

Mantra

Mantras For Vishnu Puja

The main mantra for Vishnu puja is “Om Vishnave namah’ or ‘Om Namo Naryanay.’ Take a japa mala consisting of one hundred and eight beads made out of tulsi, rudrakrsha or white chandan and repeat the mantra covering all the hundred and eight beads. The best form of offering puja to Vishnu is chanting the Vishnu Sahasramam which contains 1008 Names of Sri Mahavishnu. It will take more than half an hour to chant it if you are familiar or more if not. It is the practice that pujaris or priests in Vishnu temple maintain. At the end of the puja distribute the sweets as Prasad among those present. Be sure to eat only vegetarian food on the puja day.

The Vishnu Sahasramam in Devnagari and Transliteration

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Benefits

In traditional depictions and descriptions of the attribute of Vishnu, he is shown as being seated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth serving him at his feet. While Vishnu carries the task of sustenance on earth, Goddess Lakshmi his wife and the goddess of wealth continues to serve him.

  1. This indicates that one who serves Vishnu with devotion and puja will never suffer from the want of wealth.
  2. As the universal preserver and one maintain harmony, all who offer puja to Vishnu will have peace and harmony in their marital relationship and in the house in general. Vishnu is the seat of prosperity, harmony, strength and victory.
  3. Vishnu has appeared at different times on earth in different forms to extend help to those in distress. His invocation thus brings protection, gives prosperity, knowledge and devotion. Vishnu is worshipped for all round happiness and prosperity in life.