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Aarti , also spelled arathiAarthi (from the Sanskrit term Aradhana that means conclusion, closing) is a Hindu ritual, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered.

Usually Aarti is performed at dawn and dusk, and as a conclusion of a puja or a bhajan (devotional chant) session; Aarti represents the climax.
The offer of the flame of camphor has a precise symbolic meaning: since arde without leaving residues, it represents the ego that, reaching the spiritual realization, disappears without leaving any trace.

Shree Ganesh Aarti
Universal Aarti
Trigun Shivji Ki Aarti
Kali Mata Ji Ki Aarti
Durga Mata ki Aarti
Ganga Mata ki Aarti
Maa Lakshmi Aarti
Hanuman ji ki Aarti
Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Har Har Mahadeva Shambo
Mangal Bhavan Amangal Hari
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Shree Ganesh Aarti

जय गणेश, जय गणेश, जय गणेश देवा ।

माता जाकी पार्वती, पिता महादेवा ॥

एक दंत दयावंत, चार भुजाधारी ।

माथे पर तिलक सोहे, मूसे की सवारी ॥

पान चड़ें, फूल चड़ें और चड़ें मेवा ।

लडुअन को भोग लगे, संत करे सेवा ॥

अंधें को आँख देत, कोड़िन को काया ।

बांझन को पुत्र देत, निर्धन को माया ॥

सूरश्याम शारण आए सफल कीजे सेवा |

माता जाकी पार्वती, पिता महादेवा ॥

जय गणेश, जय गणेश, जय गणेश देवा ।

माता जाकी पार्वती, पिता महादेवा ॥

Jay Ganesh, Jay Ganesh, Jay Ganesh Devaa |

Maataa Jaakii Paarvatii, Pitaa Mahaadevaa ||

Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha, Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha, Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha Deva.

You are born of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva is your father.

Ek Dant Dayaavant, Chaar Bhujaadhaarii |

Maathe Par Tilak Sohe, Muuse Kii Savaarii ||

You have a single tusk. You are filled with compassion and You have four hands.

You have a beautiful vermillion mark on your forehead, And You ride on your vahana (carrier) which is in the form of a mouse.

Paan Chaddhe, Phuul Chaddhe Aur Chaddhe Meva |

Ladduan Ko Bhog Lage, Sant Kare Sevaa ||

Devotees offer you paan (betel leaves), flowers, meva (dry fruits),

And sweets in the form of laddus; Saints offer devotional services to You.

Andhe Ko Aankh Det, Koddhin Ko Kaayaa |

Baanjhan Ko Putra Det, Nirdhan Ko Maayaa ||

You bestow vision to the blind, and heal the leper.

You bestow children to the barren woman, and wealth to the destitute.

Suurashyaam Shaarann Aae Saphal Kiije Sevaa |

Maataa Jaakii Paarvatii, Pitaa Mahaadevaa ||

We pray to you day and night. Please bestow success on us.

You are born of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva is your father.

Jay Ganesh, Jay Ganesh, Jay Ganesh Devaa |

Maataa Jaakii Paarvatii, Pitaa Mahaadevaa ||

Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha, Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha, Victory to You, O Lord Ganesha Deva.

You are born of Mother Parvati and Lord Shiva is your father.

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Universal Aarti

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे, स्वामी जय जगदीश हरे |

भक्त जनों के संकट, दास जनों के संकट, क्षण में दूर करे |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

जो ध्यावे फल पावे, दुःखबिन से मन का, स्वामी दुःखबिन से मन का |

सुख सम्पति घर आवे, सुख सम्पति घर आवे, कष्ट मिटे तन का |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

मात पिता तुम मेरे, शरण गहूं किसकी, स्वामी शरण गहूं मैं किसकी |

तुम बिन और न दूजा, तुम बिन और न दूजा, आस करूं मैं जिसकी |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

तुम पूरण परमात्मा, तुम अन्तर्यामी, स्वामी तुम अन्तर्यामी |

पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर, पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर, तुम सब के स्वामी |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

तुम करुणा के सागर, तुम पालनकर्ता, स्वामी तुम पालनकर्ता |

मैं मूरख फलकामी मैं सेवक तुम स्वामी, कृपा करो भर्ता |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

तुम हो एक अगोचर, सबके प्राणपति, स्वामी सबके प्राणपति |

किस विधि मिलूं दयामय, किस विधि मिलूं दयामय, तुमको मैं कुमति |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

दीन-बन्धु दुःख-हर्ता, ठाकुर तुम मेरे, स्वामी रक्षक तुम मेरे |

अपने हाथ उठाओ, अपने शरण लगाओ, द्वार पड़ा तेरे |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

विषय-विकार मिटाओ, पाप हरो देवा, स्वमी पाप हरो देवा |

श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ, श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ, सन्तन की सेवा |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

तन, मन, धन सब कुछ है तेरा, स्वामी सब कुछ है तेरा |

तेरा तुझको अर्पण, तेरा तुझको अर्पण, क्या लागे मेरा |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे, स्वामी जय जगदीश हरे |

भक्त जनों के संकट, दास जनों के संकट, क्षण में दूर करे |

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे ||

Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare
Swami Jai Jagadhisha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat
Bhakta janonke sankat Kshan me door kare
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe,

You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”

Jo dhyave phal pave
Dhukh bin se man ka
Swami dhukh bin se man ka
Sukha sampati Ghar ave
Sukha sampati Ghar ave
Kasht mite tan ka
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“Whoever thinks of You, gets results without any mental grief,

Happiness and wealth come to his home, And his bodily woes vanish.”

Mata pita tum mere
Sharan padum mi kis ki
Swami sharan padum mi kis ki
Tum bina aur na dooja
Tum bina aur na dooja
Asha karum mi kis ki
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“You are my mother and my father, Who else can I seek refuge from?

There is no one else other than You for me, Who shall I yearn for?”

Tum pooran Paramatma
Tum Antaryami
Swami Tum Antaryami
Parabrahma Parameshwara
Parabrahma Parameshwara
Tum sab ke Swami
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“You are whole and You are the Supreme Self, You are the Indweller in every being.

O Supreme God, O Supreme Ruler, You are the Master of everybody”

Tum karuna ke sagar
Tum palan karta
Swami Tum palan karta
Main murakh phala kami
Main sevak tum swami
Kripa karo bharta
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“You are the Ocean of Mercy, You are the Ruler,

I am Your servant and You are the Master, Please show mercy my Lord”

Tum ho ek agochar
Sab ke pranapati
Swami sab ke pranapati
Kis vidhi miloom dayamaya
Kisi vidhi miloom dayamaya
Tum ko mi kumati
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“You are the Unseen, You are the Master of everyone’s life,

How can I meet You, O Abode of Kindness”

Deena bandhu dukh harta
Tum rakshak mere
Swami tum rakshak mere
Apne hast uthavo
Apne hast uthavo
Dwar khada mi tere
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“O friend of the downtrodden, O remover of grief, You are my protector,

I am standing at your door, Please raise Your hand to assure me.”

Vishaya vikar mithavo
Pap haro deva
Swami pap haro deva
Shraddha bhakti badhavo
Shraddha bhakti badhavo
Santan ki seva
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“Please eradicate all material desires in me, And remove my sins,

Increase my love for You and let me serve You”

Tan man dhan sab kuch hi tera
Swami sab kuch hi tera
Tera tujh ko arpan
Tera tujh ko arpan
Kya lage mera
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“My body, my mind, my wealth, And my everything belongs to You,

I offer what is Yours to You, What is there that is mine?”

Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare
Swami Jai Jagadhisha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat
Bhakta janonke sankat
Kshan me door kare
Om Jai Jagadhisha Hare

“Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe,

You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”

Great God Lord Shiva With His Symbolized Attributes and Ornaments

Trigun Shivji Ki Aarti

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Ekanan Chaturanan Panchanan Raajey
Hansanan Garurasan Vrishvaahan Saajey

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Do Bhuj Chaar Chaturbhuj Das Bhuj Te Sohey
Teeno Roop Nirakhta Tribhuvan Jan Mohey

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Akshmala Banmala Mundmala Dhaari
Chandan Mrigmad Sohay Bholay Shubhkari

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Shwetambar Pitambar Baagambar Angey
Sankadik Brahmadik Bhutadik Sangey

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Karkey Madhya Kamandal Chakra Trishul Dharta
Jagkarta Jagbharta Jagsanhaarkarta

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Brahma Vishnu Sada Shiv Jaanat Aviveka
Pranvaakshar Madhye Ye Teeno Eka

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara
Trigun Shivji Ki Aarti Jo Koi Nar Gaavey
Kahat Shivanand Swami Manvaanchit Phal Paavey

Om Jai Shiv Omkara Har Jai Shiv OmKara
Brahma Vishnu Sadashiv Ardhaangi Dhaara

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Kali Mata Ji Ki Aarti

Om Jai Kali Mata Shri Jai Kali Mata
Sankat Harni Bhavmad Tarni Santan Jantrata
Jo Sumirey Sukh Paavey Ag Biksey Sarey
Dukh Aur Durgati Nashey Sab Sadakt Tarey
Tu Janani Kalyani Mein Sut Hu Tera
Hu Sharnagat Mata Haath Pakad Mera
Tu Karuna Ki Devi Ab To Daya Karo
Bhavnad Agam Apar Naiya Paar Karo
Tu Ambe Jagdambe Naam Japu Kiska
Ma Se Badkar Ko Hai Bhajan Karu Kiska
Tu Hi Ram Rama Hai Tu Brahma Brahmani
Tere Shiva Na Duja Daya Karo Kalyani
Mein Brahm Mein Path Bhula Ma Path Dikhlao
Aarat Tujhe Pukaarey Ab Ambe Aao
Khal Bal Bada Jagat Mein Julm Kare Bhaari
Sur Asuran Se Dharni Bheeg Gayi Saari
Ro-Ro Alakh Pukarey Jod Jugal Praani
Ab Mat Der Karo Ma Pragto Kalyani

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Durga Mata ki Aarti

Jai Ambe Gauri maiya, jaa Shyama Gauri
Nishdin tumko dhyavat, Hari Brahma Shivji,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya
Mang sindur birajat, tiko mrigmadko,
ujjvalse dou naina, chandravadan niko,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Kanak saman kalevar, raktambar raje,
Raktapushp galmala, kanthhar saje,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Kehari vahan rajat, khadg khappar dhari
sur nar munijan sevat, tinke dukhahari,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Kanan kundal shobhit, nasagre moti
Kotik chandra divakar, samrajat jyoti,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Shumbh- nishumbh vidare, MahishaSur ghatia
Dhumra-vilochan naina, nishdin madmati
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Brahmani, Rudrani tum Kamala Rani,
Agam-nigam bakhani. turn Shiv patrani,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Chaunsath yogini gavat, nritya karat Bhairon,
Bajat tab mridanga, aur bajat damru,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Tum ho jag ki mata, tum hi ho bharta,
Bhaktan ki dukh harta, sukh sampati karta,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

Bhuja char ati shobhit, var mudra dhari,
Manvanchhit phal pavat, sevat nar nari,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya

kanchan thal virajat, agaru kapur bati
Malketu men rajat, kotiratan jyoti,
Jai Ambe Gauri maiya
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Ganga Mata ki Aarti

Om Jai Ganga Mata, Shri Jai Gange Mata
Jo Nar Tumko Dhyata, Jo Nar Tumko Dhyata
Man Vaanchit Fal Pata, Om Jai Gange Mata

Chandra-Si Jyoti Tumhari, Jal Nirmal Aata
Sharan Pada Jo Teri, Sharan Pada Jo Teri
So Nar Tar Jata, Om Jai Gange Mata

Bhavsagar Se Tarey, Sab Jag Ki Ghyata
Karuna Drishti Tumhari, Karuna Drishti Tumhari
Tribhuvan Sukh Data, Om Jai Gange Mata

Ek Baar Bhi Jo Nar, Teri Sharnagat Aata
Yam Ki Traas Mitakar, Yam Ki Traas Mitakar
Param Gati Pata, Om Jai Gange Mata

Aarti Maat Tumhari, Jo Jan Nit Gata
Arjun Jagat-Jaldhi Ka, Vahi Par Pata

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Maa Lakshmi Aarti

Om Jai Lakshmi Mata, Maiya Jai Lakshmi Mata
Tumko Nishidin Sevat Har Vishnu Vidhata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Uma, Rama, Brahmani, Tumhi Jag Mata
Surya Chandrama Dhiyavat, Narad Rishi Gata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Durga Roop Niranjan, Sukh Sampati Data
Jo Koi Tumko Dhiyavat, Ridhi Sidhi Dhan Pata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Tum Pataal Nivasini, Tum Ho Sukh Data
Karma Prabhav Prakashini, Bhavnidhi Ki Trata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Jis Ghar Mein Tum Rahti, Sab Sadgun Aata
Sab Sambhav Ho Jata, Man Nahi Gabrata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Tum Bin Yagya Na Hovay, Vastra Nahi Pata
Khan Paan Ka Vaibhav, Sab Tumse Aata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata

Shubh Gun-Mandir Sundar Shirdadhi Jata
Ratan Chaturdash Tum Bin Koi Nahi Pata
Om Jai Lakshmi Mata Mahalakshmiji Ki Aarti Jo Koi Gata
Ur Anand Samata, Paap Utar Jata

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Hanuman ji ki Aarti

Aarti KiJai Hanuman Lala Ki. DrishDalan Raghunath Kala Ki.

Jakey Bal Se Girivar Kaanpey. Rog-Dosh Jaakey Nikat Na Jhaapey.

Anjani Putra Maha Baldai. Santan Ke Prabhu Sada Sahai.

De Bira Raghunath Pathaye. Lanka Jaari Siya Sudhi Laye.

Lanka So Kot Samudra Si Khai. Jaat Pavansut Baar Na Laai.

Lanka Jaari Asur Sanhaarey. Siyaramjike Kaaj Savarey.

Laxman Moorchit Padey Sakaarey. Aani Sanjeevan Pran Ubaarey.

Paithy Pataal Tori Jam-Kaarey. Ahiravan Ki Bhuja Ukhaarey.

Baaye Bhuja Asur Dal Maarey. Dahiney Bhuja Santjan Taarey.

Sur Nar Muni Aarti Utaarey. Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Uchaarey.

Kanchan Thaar Kapoor Lo Chaai. Aarti Karat Anjana Mai.

Jo Hanuman Ji Ki Aarti Gaavey. Basi Baikunth Param Pad Paavey.

Aarti Shri Kunj Bihari Ki ( आरती श्री कुंज ...

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki

Gale Mein Baijanti Mala, Bajave Murali Madhur Bala
Shravan Mein Kundal Jhalakala, Nand Ke Anand Nandlala

Gagan Sam Ang Kanti Kali, Radhika Chamak Rahi Aali
Latan Mein Thadhe Banamali
Bhramar Si Alak, Kasturi Tilak, Chandra Si Jhalak
Lalit Chavi Shyama Pyari Ki
Shri Giradhar Krishnamuraari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki x 2

Kanakmay Mor Mukut Bilse, Devata Darsan Ko Tarse
Gagan So Suman Raasi Barse
Baje Murchang, Madhur Mridang, Gwaalin Sang
Atual Rati Gop Kumaari Ki
Shri Giradhar Krishna Murari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki x 2

Jahaan Te Pragat Bhayi Ganga, Kalush Kali Haarini Shri Ganga,
Smaran Te Hot Moh Bhanga
Basi Shiv Shish, Jataa Ke Biich, Harei Agh Kiich;
Charan Chhavi Shri Banvaari Ki.
Shri Giradhar Krishnamuraari Ki…

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki x 2

Chamakati Ujjawal Tat Renu, Baj Rahi Vrindavan Benu
Chahu Disi Gopi Gwaal Dhenu
Hansat Mridu Mand, Chandani Chandra, Katat Bhav Phand
Ter Sun Diin Bhikhaarii Kii
Shri Giradhar Krishnamuraari Ki

Aarti Kunj Bihari Ki
Shri Girdhar Krishna Murari Ki x 5

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Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Paavan Sita Ram

Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram
Bhaj pyare tu Sita Ram
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Paavan Sita Ram

Ishwar Allah Tere Naam
Sabko sanmati de Bhagwan
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Paavan Sita Ram

Raat ko Nindiya Din ko Kaam
Kabhi Bhajoge Prabhu Ka Naam
Karte rahiye aapne Kaam
Lete Rahiye Prabhu Ka Naam

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Paavan Sita Ram

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Mangal Bhavan Amangal Hari

Mangal Bhavan Amangal Haari
Drawahu Su Dashrath Achar Bihari

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Hoi Hai Wahi Jo Ram Rachi Raakhaa
Ko Kare Tarak Badhaye Saakha

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Dheeraj Dharam Mitra Aru Naarii
Aapad Kaal Parakhiye Chaarii

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Jehike Jehi Par Satya Sanehu
So Tehi Milaye Na Kachhu Sandehu

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Jaaki Rahi Bhavna Jaisi
Raghu Moorti Dekhi Tin Taisi

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Ayi
Praan Jaye Par Vachan Na Jayi

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram

Ho, Hari Anant Hari Katha Ananta
Kahahi Sunahi Bahuvidhi Sab Santa

Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram
Ram Sia Ram Sia Ram Jai Jai Ram


Symbolism of Puja, the Ritual Worship of God in Hinduism
Puja: The ritual worship of God

In many traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, Pūjā is the ritual of worship, it is the offerings to the divine. There are various ways of celebrating Pūjā and every tradition has developed its own rituals varying significantly between regions, temples and occasions.

In Hinduism we could synthesize 16 basic steps (ṣoḍaśa upacāra) common to all varieties of pūjā:

  1. Avahana – Invocation. Also called Dhyana.
  2. Asana – Offering of place. Also called Swagat – welcoming of the GOD
  3. Padya – Symbolic washing of the feet.
  4. Arghya – Symbolic washing of the head and body.
  5. Acamanīya – Symbolic washing of the mouth.
  6. Snana – Symbolic Bath. (Panchamitra Snana, Gandha Snana, Sudha Snana)
  7. Vastra – Dressing.
  8. Upavīda o Mangalsutra – Offering of the Sacred Thread   (Janeu o Yajñopavītam ) .
  9. Anulepana o Gandha. Offering of oils and perfumes, sandal paste, kumkum. ( Raktachandana, Sindoor, Abir-Glulal, Sughandit Dravya with Akshata)
  10. Pushpa – Offering of flowers.
  11. Dhupa – Offering of incense.
  12. Dipa o Aarti – Offering of fire.
  13. Naivedya ,Achamana and Dakshina– Offering of food & water and donations in form of currency.
  14. Namaskara o Pranama – Offering of salutations and Prayers.
  15. Parikrama – Ritual turning around the deity.
  16. Pushpanjali, Shastanga Pranama with Kshama Prathana – Offering of flowers, Full body Pranam (done with eight limbs) alongwith seeking pardon from God from unknown mistakes made during the Puja .


ॐ आवाहनं समर्पयामिoṁ āvāhanaṁ samarpayāmiInvocation
ॐ आसनं समर्पयामिoṁ āsanaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of place
ॐ पाद्यं समर्पयामिoṁ pādyaṁ samarpayāmiSymbolic washing of the feet
ॐ अर्घ्यं समर्पयामिoṁ arghyaṁ samarpayāmiSymbolic washing of the head and body
ॐ आचमनीयं समर्पयामिoṁ ācamanīyaṁ samarpayāmiSymbolic washing of the mouth
ॐ स्नानम् समर्पयामिoṁ snānam samarpayāmiSymbolic Bath
ॐ वस्त्रं समर्पयामिoṁ vastraṁ samarpayāmiDressing
ॐ यज्ञोपवीतं समर्पयामिoṁ yajñopavītaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of the Sacred Thread
ॐ चंदनं समर्पयामिoṁ caṁdanaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of sandal paste
ॐ परिमल द्रव्यं समर्पयामिoṁ parimala dravyaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of kumkum
ॐ पुष्ह्पणि समर्पयामिoṁ puṣhpaṇi samarpayāmiOffering of flowers
ॐ धूपं समर्पयामिoṁ dhūpaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of incense
ॐ दीपं समर्पयामिoṁ dīpaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of fire
ॐ नैवेद्यं समर्पयामिoṁ naivedyaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of food
ॐ दक्ष्हिणाम् समर्पयामिoṁ dakṣhiṇām samarpayāmiOffering of coins
ॐ आर्तिक्यं समर्पयामिoṁ ārtikyaṁ samarpayāmiWaving of lights
ॐ मन्त्रपुष्पं समर्पयामिoṁ mantrapuṣpaṁ samarpayāmiOffering of flowers
ॐ प्रदक्षिणान् नमस्कारान् समर्पयामिoṁ pradakṣiṇān namaskārān samarpayāmiOffering of salutations
Life Lessons To Learn From Lord Ganesha, Values to teach your ...

Ganesh, Lord Ganapati, is invoked before commencing any work, any Pūjā. He is the creator (Vighna Karta) and also destroyer (Vighna Harta) of obstacles.

He represents the earth element residing in the Muladhara Chakra at the base of spine.

By praying to Lord Ganapati, this chakra is activated. Our thinking patterns change, unwanted desires are removed bringing in mental peace and restoring health in individuals. The thought that ” I and the world is same and we are not separate from each other” is established, one pointed focus is achieved and any work undertaken becomes successful (Karya Siddhi) bringing in happiness in our lives.

Lord Ganapati when pleased grants us longevity (long life / Ayur), health (Aarogya), prosperity (wealth / Aishwarya), strength (Balam) and fame (Mahat / greatness).

Use of Kalash in Pūjā

Kalash (water vessel) is a symbol of good auspice of Hindu culture. It was created during the Samudramanthan or the great churning of the ocean. All deities can reside in the Kalash. Therefore, it has an important place in the puja ritual.

The worship of Kalash is widespread in Hindu ceremonies such as Griha Pravesha (Pūjā for the new house), to give the name to the child, in marriage, in the Havan, in the Vāstu Dosha (to give harmony and peace to the house), in the festivities and in the daily worship.

Kalash and the 5 elements:

The base of the metal vase represents the element Pṛthvī (Earth);

the center – Āp (water);

neck of the vase – Agni (fire);

the opening of the mouth – Vāyu (air);

the mango leaves – Ākāśa (ether).

In the context of the chakras, Śira (head) – the upper part of the coconut symbolizes the Sahasrara chakra and the Mūla (base) – the base of Kalash – Muladhara chakra.


Meditation on Chakras

Sit back, relax every muscle in your body.
Visualize the chakras using the image on your monitor, or close your eyes and visualize internally.

Let us now concentrate on the Muladhara Chakra, located at the base of the spine, and imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. The center is yellow and has four red petals.
Now focused on the open flower within us repeat the mantra LAM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on Swadhisthana Chakra, above the genitals, here we imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. The center has the color of the water and has six petals of red vermilion.
Now focused on the open flower within us repeat the mantra VAM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on Manipura chakra, the base of the stomach, here we imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. The center is red and has ten blue petals.
Now focused on the open flower within us repeat the mantra RAM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on Anahata Chakra, the heart, imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. The center is gray smoke and has twelve red petals.
Concentrate on the open flower within us repeat the mantra YAM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on Vishuddha Chakra, throat, again imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. The center of the flower is blue and has sixteen petals blue.
Concentrate on the open flower within us repeat the mantra HAM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on Ajña chakra between the eyebrows, and here we imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. A flower that has only two petals, the center and the petals are white. The more the flower opens and the more becomes shiny. When the flower is fully open will look like a light- flower.
Concentrate on the open flower within us repeat the mantra OM.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

Let us now concentrate on the Sahasrara Chakra, on top of the head, imagine a closed flower that slowly opens. is a multi-colored flower that has a thousand petals.
Concentrate on the open flower hear the sound of our breathing.
Visualize now the flower slowly closes.

MEDITATION: Chakras and Elements

Sit comfortably in your usual a meditative pose.
Start from the root chakra, Muladhara and visualize the Earth element.
See it dissolving in the element of the sacral chakra, the Water.
Visualize the water consumed by the fire of the solar plexus chakra, Manipura.
The fire is extinguished in air, the element of the heart chakra, Anahata.
The air becomes ether in the throat chakra, Vishuddha.
The ether is absorbed into the third eye chakra and is transmuted into Light.
Finally, the light dissolves into Universal Mind or Infinite Consciousness of Sahasrara Chakra.

Inner Adoration

Visualize the path of the vital breath within one’s own body, imagining that from the navel of Sadashiva three rays are born, on which we will find the three Goddesses: Parā, who is on Bhairava Sadbhāva; Parāparā standing on Ratishekhara Bhairava; Aparā standing on Navātma Bhairava. The three Goddesses are also associated with the succession of gurus (Parampara).

Breathing exercises and Pranayama

Inhale and gently press your thumb and forefinger on the eyes, the pressure lasts throughout inspiration. Exhale deeply slowly decrease the pressure. It slows the heart rate, decreases anxiety.

Focus on dimple of the neck, inhaling, holding the breath to push the chin toward the neck. Exhale and release the pressure. You have the same effects of exercise above. These two exercises are excellent for crisis tachycardia.

Breathe deeply focusing on the throat. Both inhaling and exhaling make a buzz between the nose and throat like that of a bee.

Exhale completely through the nostrils. Inhaling and retain the air for a few seconds. Inhale and hold … ..and so on up to completely fill the lungs. Hold breath as much as possible. Exhale slowly and deeply uttering the sound “ooh”. Repeat several times.


Close the left nostril, using your hand, inhale with the other nostril.


Close the right nostril and inhale.


Close the left nostril, inhale. Close the right nostril, exhale and inhale. Close the left nostril, exhale and inhale … and so on. Repeat for 5 minutes.


Breathe deeply beating the chest with the fingers. Purifies the bronchi and lungs, good for smokers. Stimulates Anahata Chakra.


Interrupt breathing as when you cry. Start inhaling with 7 pauses and then exhaling with 7 pauses (but you can also start with 5 or more pauses), then decreased: 6/6 – 5/5 – 4/4 – 3/3 – 2/2, end up with a slow, deep breathing. Repeat several times.


Simply listen to your own breath. It may adopt abdominal breathing.


Perform abdominal, thoracic and clavicular (throat) breathings, bringing your hands on the abdomen, chest and throat.

Abdominal breathing: inhaling inflates the abdomen, exhaling relaxes
Chest breathing: inhaling inflates the chest, exhaling relaxes.
Clavicular breathing: high breathing, of gluttony, as you inhale chest and belly do not swell.


Inhale slowly. Exhale suddenly. Perform for a few minutes. Finished the exercise perform a slow, deep complete yogic breathing.


Inhale from the mouth uttering the sound hoo. Exhale little air and hold your breath for a second. Continue exhaling always emitting little air and holding the breath for a second. Go on until complete emptying of the lungs. Repeat several times. Decreases the pressure.


Starting from Muladhara Chakra, inhale deeply concentrating on the chakra, exhale uttering the mantra of the chakra in question. 5 breaths and then switch to the higher chakras.


Imagine Kundalini as a heat, a fire that goes through all the chakras.
Breathing in goes up, breathing out goes down.


Vipassana is a traditional and ancient Buddhist meditation really interesting, where there’s plenty to do… just to sit quietly, doing nothing and watch the breath. Vipassana meditation aims to develop full awareness of all sensory and mental stimuli, in order to capture their real nature. It is traditionally defined as a meditation of “inner perception” in the sense that simply slowing each activity and by sitting in meditation we create a space in which we can have intuitions about who we are, and where we can get to know us more deeply, more intimately. The body and mind are the field in which it is possible to find out, with a careful vision, the truth.

Contemplation of the body

Breath awareness

Awareness of body positions

Awareness of the actions of the body

Awareness of body parts

Awareness of the elements

Contemplation of feelings

Contemplation of the mind

Contemplation of mental objects

Centering Meditation

Put a candle or a small flame in front of you.

First stage: 15 minutes

Seated in an easy position with eyes closed and lips together. inhale slowly, stop for a moment and then exhaling the sound MMM. Take a longer break before inspiration. The internal vibration that will be created will shake our subtlest energies.

Second stage: 15 minutes

Sit down with narrowed eyes and observe the flame set before. Continue with regular and slow breathing. This will center our energies awakened.

Third stage: 15 minutes

Lie on your back, close your eyes and relax with a slow and regular breathing. Relax every muscle and every part of the body, starting from the feet to get to the head.

Then visualize the breath as a heat source that starts from the center of the root and get to the top of the head. View its warm colors. Gradually see the breath becomes an increasingly hot and bright light. When the light reaches the top of the head visualize this light expanding beyond the body.

Awakening of the heart – give and receive

If we do not love, life has no meaning; When you really love, the ego disappears. When the ego disappears we open our being to the All, the One. For this reason, the path of the heart is a prime way that can lead us directly to higher states of consciousness.

This simple meditation joins the breath to the gestures of giving and receiving so awakening the heart and accepting with simplicity and love what happens.

Inspiring bring your hands to the heart.

Exhaling extend your arms outward.

Active Meditations

Many cultures have traditions of meditative movements or sacred dance: from shamanism to Tantra, from Sufi to Gurdjieff, from Qigong to the techniques developed in Buddhism, etc. Through active meditations we become mindful of our experience while acting. The mind can be detached automatically from the incessant flow of thoughts because it is concentrated in the observation of bodily sensations that are perceived at that exact moment. Managing to maintain this awareness, you can even go beyond the observer, reaching the state of non-duality.

Any action can become a meditation.

Osho Active Meditations

Dynamic Meditation

First stage: 10 minutes
Breathe chaotically through the nose, concentrating always on exhalation. The body will take care of the inhalation. Do this as fast and as hard as you can more and more – until you literally become the breathing. Use your entire body to push the air out, as if you were a bellows.

Second stage: 10 minutes
Explode! Express everything that needs to be thrown out. Become totally crazy. Shout, cry, jump, shake, dance, sing, laugh. Hold nothing back; keep the whole body in motion. A little acting often helps to start. Do not allow your mind to interfere with what is happening. Be total, be whole hearted; be careful, aware of what is happening to you.

Third stage: 10 minutes
With raised arms, jump up and down shouting the mantra Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! as deeply as possible, allowing the sound to come from the bottom of the belly. Landing from the jump with the entire sole of the foot and let the sound deeply affects your sexual center. Give all you have; go dead.

Fourth stage: 15 minutes
Stop! Stop wherever you are, at any location you are. Do not move the body for any reason. A cough, a movement – anything will dissipate the energy flow and the effort will be in vain. Remain completely still, being a witness to everything that happens.

Fifth Stage: 15 minutes
Celebrate with dance, expressing your gratitude towards existence. Bring this happiness with you all day.


This meditation, “sister” of the Dynamic, finds its best if done at sunset or late afternoon. Totally immerse yourself in the shaking and dancing during the first two stages helps loosen one’s being hard as rocks, at any point in the flow of energy has been suppressed and blocked. Then that energy can flow, dance and be transformed into joy and bliss.
The last two stages allow all of this energy to slide vertically, to move upwards in the silence. An extremely effective way to be loose and to relax, letting yourself go at the end of the day.


First Stage: 15 minutes

Be loose and let the whole body shake. Look up the energy from the feet upwards. Let go of every single part and become the shaking. The eyes can be open or closed.

Second Stage: 15 minutes

Dance – just as you like, and let the whole body move as it wishes. The eyes can be open or closed.

Third Stage: 15 minutes

Close your eyes and be still, sitting or standing, observe like a witness whatever’s going on inside and outside of you.

Fourth Stage: 15 minutes

Keeping your eyes closed, lie down and be still.


This is another powerful technique that creates a circle of energy, resulting in a natural centering. There are four stages of 15 minutes each.

First Stage: 15 minutes

With open eyes run on the spot, starting slowly and gradually, getting faster and faster. Bring your knees up as high as possible. Breathing deeply and evenly will move the energy within. Forget the mind and forget the body. Keep going.

Second Stage: 15 minutes

Sit with your eyes closed and mouth open and loose. Gently rotate your body from the belly, like a reed blowing in the wind. Feel the wind blowing you from side to side, back and forth, around and around. This will bring your awakened energies to the navel center.

Third Stage: 15 minutes

Lie on your back, open your eyes and with the head still, rotate them in a clockwise direction. Sweep them fully around in the sockets as if you are following the second hand of a vast clock, but as fast as possible. It is important that the mouth remains open and the jaw relaxed, with the breath soft and even. This will bring centering energies to the third eye.

Fourth Stage: 15 minutes

Close your eyes and be still.


Sadhana means spiritual path, that is the set of all the practices, rituals and austerities that are performed with regularity and concentration, with the aim of obtaining Moksha (liberation). It is an act of purification and expansion of the mind, which leads to the state of Self-Realization.

In the tantra it is stated that Shiva , in his infinite grace, full of compassion for suffering beings in this dark age, proclaimed   tantric sadhana by means of spiritual emancipation. Tantrism is not a simple theory or philosophy, but above all it prescribes a   systematic sadhana , a regular discipline, according to the practitioner’s temperament, ability and evolutionary degree. A terrific opportunity to experiment with extraordinary techniques for spiritual evolution, introducing yourself to the world of  yantra, mantra and tantra .

Yantra , mantra and tantra symbolically represent the three paths of Hinduism. The yantra  is the path of knowledge (Jñanamarg), themantra  is the path of devotion (Bhaktimarg), theTantra is the path of action (Karmasanyasmarg).

Main types of Sadhana

  • Repetition of the Name
    • Namasmarana / Japa Mala (repetition of formulas or mantras)
    • Bhajan
  • Dialogue
    • Satsang
    • Prayer
  • Abstention / austerity
    • Silence (abstention from speech)
    • Fasting (whole wheat, or limited to certain types of food)
    • Chastity
    • Asceticism (renunciation of worldly life)
  • Study of sacred texts
  • Seva (selfless service)
  • Worship
    • Puja
    • Yajña (ritual sacrifices)
    • Ablutions
  • Contemplation
    • Dhyana (meditation)
    • Contemplation of one or more Murti

Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra

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Lord Jagannath’s Annual Rath Yatra

Jai Jagannath Mahaprabhu – The Lord of the Universe

This is a narration about Lord Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra , its significance and its relation to the Journey of Life

On this day the Lord of the Universe – Lord Jagannath himself  comes out of his palace among all his followers to a journey …… a journey of life …. i.e. a journey from his working place (Karma Bhumi) to his birth place (Janma Bhumi)  and then back. The Lord himself takes the journey along with his elder brother Lord Balabadhra and his Sister Devi Subadhra  along with thousands and thousands of his followers and devotees .

This journey of life by Lord Jagannath has a meaning and significance. This journey by the lord is taken on wooden chariots called ‘Rath’. All the three deities have their own individual chariots . Lord Balabadhra chariot is called Taladwadja, Devi Subdhra’s chariot is called Tarpadalana and Lord Jagannath’s chariot is called Nandighosh.

The Story of Rath Yatra: Why Hindus celebrate Lord Jagannath Festival?

Once upon a time while Lord Jagannath was away, His dearest devotees shed tears in His absence. When Lord Jagannath heard these accounts of immense love in separation, His eyes opened wide and filled with tears, His hair began to stand on end, and His arms and legs shrank as He went into the state of pure spiritual bliss.

Seeing Lord Jagannath in this condition, Balabhadra (his elder brother) and Subhadra (his younger sister) both displayed similar features and went into the state of spiritual bliss. Thus today the deities of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balabhadra represent this time on Jagannath Rath Yatra.

The festival of Rath Yatra represents Lord Jagannath’s yearning to rejoin with His devotees in Gundicha Temple (which was his birthplace – Janama Bhumi) and Mausi Maa Temple (which was his aunt’s home).

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Gundicha Temple

As per Hindu tradition, the Lord gets lovesick once a year during the month of Ashadha. To make the Lord happy – the devotees take Him, His elder brother, and younger sister – out of the Jagannath Temple on a lavish procession in a chariot to get together with His devotees in Gundicha Temple which is located 2 miles away to the North. The deities stay there for complete seven days, followed by a visit to their aunt’s home (Mausi Maa Temple) on their return journey back to Jagannath Temple.

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Mausi Maa Temple

Five hundred years ago, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the incarnation of Lord Krishna, requested His devotees to observe Ratha Yatra with great delight and enthusiasm. On this day, Lord Chaitanya used to go down on his knees and scrub the Gundicha sanctuary where Lord Jagannath would stay.

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Ratha Yatra is a Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath held at Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is the oldest Ratha Yatra taking place in India and the World, whose descriptions can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.


Ratha Jatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Shri Jagannath is celebrated every year at Puri, the temple town in Odisha, on the second (dwitiya) day of shukla pakhya (waxing cycle of moon) of Ashadha Maasa (3rd month in Lunar Calendar). The presiding deities of the Jagannath Temple, Puri’s main temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel (Sudarshana Chakra/ସୁଦର୍ଶନ ଚକ୍ର ) are removed from the temple in a ceremonial procession to their chariots. The huge, colorfully decorated chariots are drawn by multitude of devotees on the bada danda, the grand avenue to the Gundicha Temple (Gundicha – King Indradyumna’s Queen), two miles away to the North. On the way the chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Nandighosa (ନନ୍ଦିଘୋଷ) waits near the crematorium of Bhakta Salabega (ଭକ୍ତ ସାଲବେଗ) a Muslim devout to pay him tribute.

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Lord Jagannath’s Sudarshan Chakra

On their way back from the Gundicha Temple, the three deities stop for a while near the Mausi Maa Temple (Aunt’s abode) and have an offering of the Poda Pitha, which is a special type of pancake supposed to be the Lord’s favorite. After a stay for seven days, the deities return to their abode. The return journey of Puri Jagannath Ratha Jatra is known as Bahuda Jatra.

This is the only time of the year when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises, such as non-Hindus and foreigners, can get their glimpse of the deities. During the festival, devotees from all over the world go to Puri with an earnest desire to help pulling the Lords’ chariots with the help of other priests pulling the chariots with ropes. They consider this auspicious deed. The huge processions accompanying the chariots play devotional songs with drums, tambourines, trumpets etc. Children line the streets through which the chariot will pass and add to the mass chorus.

The Ratha carts themselves are approximately 45 feet (14 m) high and are pulled by the thousands of pilgrims who turn up for the event; the chariots are built anew each year only from a particular type of tree. Millions of devotees congregate at Puri for this annual event from all over the country and abroad. 

Chandana Jatra(ଚନ୍ଦନ ଯାତ୍ରା)

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The construction of the chariots starts on Akshaya Trutiya, the third day of the bright fortnight of Vaisakha, with ritual fire worship. This takes place in front of the palace of the King of Puri and opposite the main office of the Puri temple. On this day, the new agricultural season starts and farmers start plowing their fields. This day also marks the beginning of the summer festival of the deities, also known as the sandalwood festival or Chandan Yatra, which lasts for three weeks.

In this festival, the representative images of the presiding deities are taken out in colorful processions and given a ceremonial boat ride in the Narendra pokhari/tank (ନରେନ୍ଦ୍ର ପୋଖରୀ) every day. In an interesting demonstration of the assimilative character of the Jagannatha cult, Madanmohana (ମଦନମୋହନ) and Rama Krushna, representing Jagannatha & Balarama partake in the festival with the representatives’ images of the presiding deities of five main Shiva temples of Puri. These are curiously known as Pancha Pandava (ପାଞ୍ଚ ପାଣ୍ଡବ), the five brothers of the Mahabharata story. Later the deities have a ritual bath in a small temple in the middle of the tank, in stone tubs filled with water, sandalwood paste, scents, and flowers.

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This sandalwood festival culminates in the Snana Yatra (ସ୍ନାନ ଯାତ୍ରା ), the Bathing Festival on the full moon day of the month of Jestha. On this day, the presiding deities descend from their seats on an elevated platform in the sanctum sanctorum, the bejeweled throne. They are bathed in 108 pots of water brought from the suna kua, the golden well and assume the elephant form on the special bathing platform, close to the Eastern boundary wall of the temple.

From that day the deities remain in symbolic and ritual convalescence for about two weeks. They are barred from the view of the ordinary devotees. Only three special patta chitras, traditional Oriya paintings of natural colors on cloth stiffened with starch, known as Anasara Pattis, are strung on a bamboo screen hiding the deities from public view, can be seen by the public. During this period, the deities are given only roots, leaves, berries and fruits to cure them of their indisposition. This ritual is a reminder of the strong tribal elements in the genesis and evolution of the Jagannatha cult. The progeny of Lalita, daughter of the original tribal worshipper Biswabasu, chieftain of hunters, and the Brahmin priest Vidyapati, are known as daitapatis or daitas. They have the almost exclusive privilege of serving the Lord during the convalescence and through the entire period of Ratha Jatra or the Festival of Chariots.

The Kings palace in Puri

The most significant ritual associated with the Ratha-Yatra is the chhera pahara. During the festival, the Gajapati King wears the outfit of a sweeper and sweeps all around the deities and chariots in the Chera Pahara  (sweeping with water) ritual. The Gajapati King cleanses the road before the chariots with a gold-handled broom and sprinkles sandalwood water and powder with utmost devotion. As per the custom, although the Gajapati King has been considered the most exalted person in the Kalingan kingdom, he still renders the menial service to Jagannath. This ritual signified that under the lordship of Jagannath, there is no distinction between the powerful sovereign Gajapati King and the most humble devotee.

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King of Puri performing Chera Pahara during Rath Yatra

Chera pahara is held on two days, on the first day of the Ratha Yatra, when the deities are taken to garden house at Mausi Maa Temple and again on the last day of the festival, when the deities are ceremoniously brought back to the Shri Mandir.

As per another ritual, when the deities are taken out from the Shri Mandir to the Chariots in Pahandi Vijay.

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Pahandi Bije (Lords Being taken out of the temple to their chariots)

The Chariots

The three chariots of BalabhadraSubhadra and Jagannatha are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc. They are customarily brought from the ex-princely state of Dasapalla by a specialist team of carpenters who have hereditary rights and privileges for the same. The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road.

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Chariot construction in progress

The three chariots are decorated as per the unique scheme prescribed and followed for centuries stand on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue. Covered with bright canopies made of stripes of red cloth and combined with those of black, yellow and green colours, the huge chariots are lined across the wide avenue in front of the majestic temple close to its eastern entrance, which is also known as the Sinhadwara or the Lion’s Gate.

The chariots under construction

Around each of the chariots are nine Parsva devatas, painted wooden images representing different deities on the chariots’ sides. Each of the chariots is attached to four horses. These are of different colours – dark ones for Balarama, white ones for Jagannatha, and red ones for Subhadra. Each chariot has a charioteer called Sarathi. The three charioteers attached to the chariots of Jagannatha, Balarama and Subhadra respectively are Daruka, Matali and Arjuna.

Taladhwaja (ତାଳଧ୍ୱଜ)

The Chariot of Balabhadra named as Taladhwaja or Langaladhwaja. The Lord is accompanied by Ramakrishna.

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The chariot of Lord Balarama, called the Taladhwaja, is the one with the Palm Tree on its flag. It has fourteen wheels, each of seven-foot diameter and is covered with red and green cloth. Its height is forty-four feet.

Taladhwadja –

Tala – means rhythm, pace, beat. Dhwadja – signifies the propaganda

Taladhwadja – to propagate life in a rhythmic manner.

Darpadalana(ଦର୍ପଦଳନ )

The chariot of Subhadra named as Darpadalana or Devadalana or Padmadhwaja(ପଦ୍ମଧ୍ଵଜ). The Goddess is accompanied by Sudarshana(ସୁଦର୍ଶନ). (ମନୋଜ)

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The chariot of Subhadra, known as Dwarpadalana, literally “trampler of pride,” is forty-three feet high with twelve wheels, each of seven-foot diameter. This chariot is decked with a covering of red and black cloth – black being traditionally associated with Shakti and the Mother Goddess.

Darpadalana – Dapra Means Ego/pride,  Dalana means to diminish/trample

Darpadalana  means to root out/crush all evil in our lifes— kama, krodha, moha, lobha, mada , marchyja i.e lust, anger, selfishness, greed, arrogance and ego/pride.

Nandighosha (ନନ୍ଦିଘୋଷ)

The chariot of Lord Jagannath is named as Nandighosha or Garudadhwaja or Kapiladhwaja. The Lord is accompanied by Madanmohan.

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Nandighosha Rath

Lord Jagannatha’s chariot is called Nandighosa. It is forty-five feet high and forty-five feet square at the wheel level. It has sixteen wheels, each of seven-foot diameter, and is decked with a cover made of red and yellow cloth. Lord Jagannatha is identified with Krushna, who is also known as Pitambara, the one attired in golden yellow robes and hence the distinguishing yellow stripes on the canopy of this chariot.

Nandighosh – the journey of life to become blissful and happy – life full of Ananda and happiness .


The lord tells us by taking this Yatra that to first adapt and propagate our lifestyle in a rhythm (Tala) that is to be followed daily i.e. wake , eat, work, sleep, exercise, etc at the particular time every day. Every day should have the same rhythm. Once life propagates in a rhythmic manner we should trample and crush all the evil qualities within us (dapradalana) which will make our life’s journey blissful and anandmaya (nandighosha). The journey is taken on the Bada danda or which signifies the span of life and the life of evolution as lord travels to his birthpace i.e. life toggles from our birth to death.

The yatra is for 9 days which also signifies the Navdwars of our body that is 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nosestrills, 1 mouth, maladwara and mutradwara. 

Suna Besha(ସୁନା ବେଶ)

Suna Bhesa of Lord Jagannath

The Suna Besha of Lord Jagannath

After the chariots of the deities return to the main temple from the Gundicha temple, the deities are attired in gold ornaments and worshiped on the chariots. This celebration is known as Suna Besha. Tradition maintains that this event was first started by King Kapilendra Deb in 1460, when after returning victorious from war he donated gold to Lord Jagannath. The deities are adorned with gold jewelry weighing nearly 208  kg.

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Suna Bhesa of Lord Jagannath

The Meaning of Terms

Jagannath: Lord Jagannath is a reincarnation of lords Vishnu and Krishna. It is the name of the deity worshiped in Hinduism and Buddhism. The term is a compound word, consisting of “Jagan” meaning Lord and “Nath” meaning universe. It literally means “Lord of the Universe”.

Rath: It is a Sanskrit word, meaning chariot or carriage.

Yatra: It is a Sanskrit word, meaning journey or pilgrimage.

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Narrations By: Sri Yogananda

Jagannath Swami Nayan-Path-Gami Bhavatu Me ||

From Poem Sri Jagannath Astakam by Sri Adi Sankaracharya

Jay Jagannath Mahaprabhu

Well Being Secret

Life Explained !!!

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On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.
For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking.
How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”
And God saw it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said,
“Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.
For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years?
That’s a pretty long time to perform.
How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”
And God, again saw it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said,
“You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family.
For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”
And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said,
“Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”
But the human said, “Only twenty years?
Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back,
the ten the monkey gave back,
and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay,” said God, “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you

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You Start Dying Slowly

“You Start Dying Slowly”

You start dying slowly
If you do not travel,
If you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colors
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,

At least once in your lifetime,

To run away from sensible advice…

By Pablo Nerula,

( Spanish Poet )  Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 

Very very true. Every word. Thank you Sir.

There would be more happiness and less discontent in the world if people listened to the advice in the poem. Being grateful for what we have, stopping to take pleasure in nature’s beauty around us, and creating loving relationships with family and friends is what it’s all about. Hug at least one person every day. Admire the colors of the sunset, the different shades of green in the spring, and enjoy all the flowers that represent the basis of life beginning all over again. Hold a new baby whenever you can.

There’s a poem going around the internet, often shared on Facebook/whatsapp called “You Start Dying Slowly.” Its words seeped through my soul. It touched the bits of me that don’t feel quite alive and vibrant right now.

 So on this lovely day, I leave you with this poem to ponder on. Take some time to find what in you is dying slowly and how the zombie in you can return to the land of the living. Whether it is a job you have long wanted to resign from, or your desire to migrate to a place where you feel like you truly belong, or even for once wear something instead of black, or to order samosa or paratha instead of your favorite spaghetti. We’re all in a rut somehow. I know I am. And it’s time to get out of our comfort zones and to finally live fully!

I know I will be reading this poem over again and again, and reflecting on. It is a great reminder to live LARGE every single minute of every day!

Pain of Life

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Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he had a very sad life and asked for a solution. The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. “How does it taste?” – the Master asked.

“Terrible.” – spat the apprentice. The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake. The old man said, “Now drink from the lake.” As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Good!” – remarked the apprentice. “Do you taste the salt?” – asked the Master. “No.” – said the young man. The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”

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The 99 Club

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Once upon a time, 🏰there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor contented.

One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he😊 worked. This fascinated the King…

Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy while a lowly servant had so much joy.

The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’

The man replied,
‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant. My family and I don’t need much – just a roof over🏠 our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’🍲

The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor.

After hearing the King’s woes and the servant’s story, the advisor explained, ‘Your Majesty! I believe the servant is not a part of The 99 Club.’

‘The 99 Club? What exactly is that?’ the King inquired.’👥

The advisor replied, ‘Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.’💰

The servant saw the bag, took it into his house and opened it. ‘So many gold coins!’ he gasped in shock.😱

He began to count them. After several counts, he was convinced that there were 99coins only. He wondered, ‘What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’😕

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He looked everywhere but that final coin was elusive. Finally, he decided that he was going to work harder than ever to earn that one gold coin and complete his collection.

From that day, the servant’s life changed. He overworked himself, became horribly😖 grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He had stopped singing.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor’s help, the advisor explained, ‘Your Majesty! The servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’……

These are people who have enough to be happy but are never contented. They’re always yearning and striving for that extra 1, saying to themselves: ‘Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.

Moral Of the Story:

‘ We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep and happiness, we hurt the people around us… all these is the price we pay for our growing needs and desires.

Are you a part of “Club 99” 🤔😊

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