Pujas, Homas and Yajnas at AstroMerits
What is a Puja?  What is its purpose?

It is said in the scriptures of our religion Sanathanadharma, wrongly yet popularly known as Hinduism, today, that:

The latter ‘Pa’ stands for PAPANASANA – The exhaustion of the result of undivine actions, commonly known as PAPA.

The letter ‘Ja’ stands for JANMAVICHHEDA – the cessation of the cycle of births and deaths which is generally known as Moksha.

It is significant that the two letters constitute PUJA and JAPA in Sanskrit. Puja is thus a process that helps us spiritually evolve, culminating in the exhaustion of sins and in the stopping of punarjanma:  Any action that purifies us and enables us to merge our individuality and universality, to realize the divine within us. The ultimate purpose of a Puja should be to see, accept and realize omnipresent God’s presence everywhere, at all times. It is very important while performing a Puja to understand what we are doing and what we are going to do.      

In Homa or fire sacrifice, clarified butter and other substances are poured into the fire as offering to God, accompanied by Mantras, usually starting with Om and ending in Svaha. Sat-Karma-dipika says that in Purnahuthi, the fire is called Mritha; In Shanti-Kriya, Varada; In Pushti-Kriya, Balada; In Abhichara, Krodha;  In Vashikarana, Kamada;  In Vara-Dana, Cudaka; In Laksha-homa, Vahini; In Koti-homa, Hutasana.  Fire is a tiny energy centre man is capable of producing. It is tiny in comparison with the Sun. It has properties similar to those in the Sun. The three mystical words Bhuh, Bhuvah and Suvaha, establish a link between the earth, the environment and the Sun and thus finally with the cosmic energy.

In specific offerings of oblation into fire, there is a reconstructing of external environment, which in turn, creates a psychological response to the psychological change caused by the Mantra vibrations. Human emotions like fear, stress, confidence, happiness etc are significantly altered as a consequence of this para-psychological process, which is but a seed of the concentrated Vedic energy present in the fire. This sacrifice for the mystical energies in the form of a homa or yajna has the power to influence the mystical energies and thus the various aspects of your earthly life. These sacrifices have a magical power of fulfilling the desires of the aspirants.

Pujas/Homas/Yajnas can be organized in different scales; the highly efficacious Maha-Yajnas (Great Sacrifices performed on a very large scale); the Major Yajnas, performed on a medium/large scale; Ordinary Yajnas; Ordinary Homas and Pujas are affordable to most people. In case you want to perform any kind of major Yajna/Maha-Yajna, do write to us at helpdesk@astromerits.com. Pundits at AstroMerits are perhaps one of the very few priests in the world today, with the capability to perform almost any Yajna to suit any purpose on any scale. We have the expertise to organize and conduct even the great Maha-Yajnas, we can organize hundreds of priests from all over India to suit any scale. We have expertise in all the four Vedas, and we have many successful people across the world in our client list, and we have been conducting Yajnas on their behalf on a grand scale.  

The Scale and grandeur of Pujas, Homas and Yajnas is directly proportional to the effectiveness of the Pujas,  Homas and Yajnas, provided other factors like say the quality of Priest etc remains the same. We would recommend you to opt for the Pujas, Homas and Yajnas in the maximum possible scale affordable by you, for maximum effectiveness. However we do understand and wish to represent all of us before the almighty and for the same reason, most of the Puja offerings at AstroMerits, comes with multiple options to suit different financial capabilities.

To suit various requirements, causes, relative-effectiveness and budgets, our Vedic services are classified under the following heads:

Value Puja for 3 hours- Puja are offered to the God/Goddess for a minimum of 3 Hours. Depending on the various Pujas and Mantras for different Gods, the Pujas may also take longer than 3 Hours to complete. With this option the deity is worshipped with the upacharas, suktams and Upanishads and enhanced with deepa aradhana, naivedhya (food offering) etc.

Extensive Puja for 5+ hours – All the 16 upacharas are performed. The highly powerful ‘prana-pratishta’ (invoking the soul of the deity into the object of worship) is performed. The pujas to tutillary deities, Guru, Ganesha, Navagrahas, dik-palakas etc are also performed. Extensive Puja is a proper puja without any omissions and time constraints. The puja will go on for a minimum of 5 hours depending on the object of worship. 

Value Yajna with complete Paddhathi for 12 hours – Value Yajna is a shorter form of the Major Yajna. In Value Yajna the entire process and paddhathi to be followed in the performance of Yajnas, as prescribed in the Vedas is strictly adhered to. In a value Yajna a special Yantra is made for the specified God/Goddess and worshipped, the soul of the deity is installed into the Yantra and the Yantra is worshipped through Vaidik as well as Tantrik methods. It is our experience that value Yajna gives quick solutions for life problems.     

Major Yajna for 24 hours- The most proper, complete and comprehensive Yajna performed on a grand scale by Highly Qualified priests. A special ‘mandapa’ (auditorium for spiritual events) is sanctified exclusively for the Yajna. You well as your family and friends are welcome to attend the Yajna. Food and other offerings are distributed to more than 50 Vedic Scholars and Students attending the traditional Vedic Pathashala.

Ultimate Vedic Maha Yajna for 7 days- The Ultimate Vedic Maha Yajna is the Ultimate form of worshipping the almighty God. Each and everything about Maha Yajnas is absolutely pure. For example, the plucking of flowers used for worship has to be done by the priest himself by visiting a tree, purifying it using mantras. Communicating with tree using mantras and asking for its permission with love and respect before actually plucking the flowers, all using Sanskrit Mantras. This entire process is known as ‘Mulika Grahana Vidhi’ of a Yajna and forms a part of the most detailed Vedic process. To the best of our knowledge, 99.99% of priests are not even aware of the existence of this essential rite for Yajnas. Worshipping the God in a Yajna using impure things will reduce the efficacy of the results. In terms of scale, Maha Yajnas are Major Yajnas extended through a full week. There is no better of worshipping possible than by having a Maha Yajna conducted. Special tantric Sadhana is undertaken by select priests during the course of Maha Yajna and the priests themselves live on strict diet and celibacy with absolute devotion and purity, as prescribed in the Vedas. The energy of the God/Goddess is channeled by awakening the Kundalini and the current force generated is let out through Vishuddhi chakra. Maha Yajnas bring results that can be seen and felt in real life. Results may be astonishing, amazing and even unbelievable at times. The scale of the Yajna should correspond with the objective. Tougher the objective to attain, Bigger the scale. The costs for Maha-Yajnas put up on AstroMerits correspond to the minimum scale for the performance of Maha-Yajnas of the particular God/Goddess. AstroMerits has the capacity to organize Maha-Yajnas on a National level with thousands of preists from across India and with Yaga Shala spread over acres and acres of Land. If you have the resources. We can conduct Yajnas, the way they used to be perfomed by great Kings in ancient times. Maha Yajnas at AstroMerits is an attempt to reclaim the glory of the Vedas and demonstrate to the world the power embedded in Mantras.

Some people see to have misunderstood that singing a simple bhakti song, chanting a few slokas and offering fruits to the photo of god would qualify as a puja. This is due to lack of adequate knowledge of the Vedas coupled with lack of appreciation for the really dedicated practitioners of the Vedas. When some priest claims to perform pujas at abysmally low charges, what is to be understood is that the puja they perform can be the one mentioned above, a simple show lasting maybe a few minutes. Sadly, some Astrological websites are promoting the so called participatory pujas, a single puja for tens/hundreds of persons put together. Group Pujas again is not advised as ‘Kamya Kriyas’ (Pujas intended for reaping/getting special benefits from the deity concerned) aren’t meant for mass application. The Pujas/Homas/Yajnas are to be done for one single person and his/her family only, strictly.  A single puja cannot solve the complex problems of a random collection of hundreds of lives and is ineffective. At AstroMerits you get an individual/family puja tailored to meet your prime, unique requirements.

If you have special requirements and if you would like us to conduct the Yagnas in your residence/office for which you may write to us at helpdesk@astromerits.com with your unique requirements.  We will make the arrangements for the travel of the Vedic Pundit/s on your behalf to any part of the world. This option can be a costly and you need to pay for the Pundit’s travel as well as the time spent while traveling; hence this highly effective remedy is only for those who are very rich or even moderately rich and financially capable of absorbing all the associated costs. We presently cater to highly successful people in India and abroad and perform Pujas in their residences. In this option, the priest will install an energized yantra in your Home; recommend a highly effective mantra for chanting customized for you and perform one additional puja of your choice. Do write to us with your requirements, location etc, to know the costs.

In Sanathana Dharma, Puja is the simplest of all Vedic rituals and it aims to glorify the deity concerned, make some offerings and seek the necessary favors. Because it is Kali yuga, and there are impurities in everything that are offered in the Puja ranging from milk to flowers offerings to the air that we breathe, nobody can expect any significant results in the material level, by performing any puja. People may derive psychological satisfaction derived from the performance of a particular puja and that is enough in normal situations where there are no major difficulties in real life and if there be no major afflictions in the person’s birth chart.

Any worship process in Kali Yuga intended at fast and rapid changes in one’s life should mandatorily involve fierce deities. Considering the risks involved we will only be able to offer that in a Yagna.

As per Vedic scriptures, offering to holy fire (agni) are essential for those aiming at material results. Homam is a basic ritual with fire offerings and is done on a small scale. The Yagna ritual is the most powerful and the most recommended way of worshipping the divine as a lot of highly powerful mantras are chanted specifically addressed towards eradicating the negativity and bringing the fulfillment of the desires. The Yagna is a combination ritual combining Vedic Astrological divination systems with the worship process. (in many parts of India people do not recognize the ritualistic difference between a Homam and Yagna and equate Yagna with a grander for of Homam). The selection of deities is also different in a Yagna and the worship process is result oriented.  Unlike in a Puja or a Homam, a Yagna combines Ashtamanglya Prashna with the fire worship process. Ashtamangalya Prashna is an astrological divination system using cowry shells placed across Rasi charts to represent various planets and gauge if the deities are satisfied with a particular ritual and if what kind of extra offerings into fire or mantras are required to obtain full and absolute propitiation of the deities concerned. The prashna process is carried out at many times and at different stages within a yagna and for the same reason the Yagna is efficacious many times over any Homam. Hence a 12 hour Value Yagna may extend over 12 hours and may infact be planned and executed in 2 days.

Ashtamangalya Prashna is a divination procedure with a wide variety of applications in a yagna. For instance, in the Yagna format, Ashtamangalya Prashna is used to understand and plan the yagna in the beginning, like with a 7 day Ultimate Yagna, and then there is a big difference after that. The Prashna astrologer stays at the site of the Yagna along with the priests during the entire Yagna and the omens are studied at every stage in order to ensure victory in the said task. Since this is a little complex to understand in the begening, consider this:

After a Ganapathi Homam which is one of the sub components of most Yagnas, immediately, an Ashtamangalya Prashna chart is casted and the chart and omens are studied for the propitiation if the deity, to understand the specific status. If there the deity Ganapathi is found to be contended with the Homam, only then the advancement to the next stage takes place or else the Homam is repeated or more number of mantras are chanted, and more offerings are made in to the fire and again the Prashna is held till we obtain absolute propitiation. In some cases the total worshiping hours also may get extended because of various afflictions. Hence since at every stage of worship, every deity is absolutely propitiated, the results of the Yagna are thus certain as the worship process is this holistic.  

The Prashna process is carried out at many times and at different stages within a yagna and for the same reason the Yagna is efficacious many times over any Homam/Puja. Such divinations systems and detailed Yagna performance is fairly unique to AstroMerits in the world in present day.

The worship in Yagna format demands a high degree of precision, perfection and purity on the part of the participants and the priests, who need to be properly equipped to properly worship the fierce deities in a result-oriented manner.

 

The following are the steps that we follow at AstroMerits in the performance of Pujas

The proceedings of pujas are divides into three parts: The Poorvanga Puja (the first part of the pujas), Pradhana Puja (the main part, also includes the Upachara Puja) and the Uttaranga Puja (Last part of the pujas including the Rajopacharas and Punarpuja). 

The Poorvanga Pujas comprise of the following sub activities:

Deepa Mantras- Lighting of the lamp

Achamanam- Inner purification.

Guru DhyanamThanking the Guru, taking permission for the pujas.

Punyaha-Vachana is done to purify the surroundings where worship is done as well as the place where the naivedhyam is prepared.   

Aasana Puja- Purifying the seat where one sits when performing the Pujas.

Ghantaa Puja- Inviting the devatas and driving away the bad forces by ringing the bell 

Aatma Puja- Purifying oneself mentally.

Shree Vighneshwara Dhyanam- Meditating on Lord Ganesha for an obstacle-free Puja for the main deity.

Vighneshwara Prattana- Prayers to Lord Ganesha.

PranayamahaPurification of Lungs by inhaling fresh air and exhaling impure air in a rhythmic manner.

Vigneswara Sankalpa- Oath for Vigneshwara Puja.

Upachara Puja for Lord Vigneshwara- Inviting Lord Ganesha into the turmeric idol and worshipping him. This involves many sub processes like Dhoopam -Showing lighted incense sticks, Dheepam- Showing Lighted Lamp, Naivedhyam- Offering Prasad to God etc

Pranayamaha- Purification of Lungs once again

Samkalpa- Samkalpa or Sankalpa is a declaration, expression of the purpose of the rite. Samkalpa is done thus: Tatsat Adya (today; here the worshipper inserts the date, month, Paksha, or half of the lunar month, the position of sun in the zodicac etc) yajaman sa kutumbanam kshema stirya virya vijaya ayuhu arogya sidyartham (the worshipper inserts the name of the person for whom he sadhana is done, the person’s Name, Gothra etc is inserted and the intended benefits from the Puja are stated like well being, health, long life, fulfillment of desires, wealth etc)  amukha devata pujam karishye (worship the particular God/Goddess). 

kalashas arranged for the puja homa and gayatri mantra chantingsKalasha Puja- In a pot, Kalasha a mango twig with leaves and coconut is placed on the mouth of the Jar. The water is perfumed with camphor and the like. Worshiping the Vessel used for worship. Filling it with Ganga jal etc.

Ghanta Puja- Worshipping the bell and driving away the destructive forces.

Ganapatyadi Pancha Loka Paala Puja- One of the three main Kalashas is meant for Ganapatyadi Pancha Loka paala Puja. The five guardians of the world are worshiped and their blessings sought for consecrating the main deity. The five Lokapalas are: Ganapathi, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and Gowri.

Upachara Puja for Pancha Loka palakas- The 16 upacharas (ceremonial offerings) are done to each of the five guardians of the world.

navagraha ouja for planets, planetary remedies, mantras for wealth Adityadi Nava graha devatha puja (necessary before worshipping the main deity in any major yajna): Navagraha Mandala is constructed, different planetary mandalams are made. The Planetary deities are invited to reside in their respective places within the Navadhanyas (sacred 9 pulses) and are then worshipped, clothes are offered. All the nine planets are meditated and called on to their respective mandalas, and they are worshipped with their Adhi devatas and Pratyadidevatas.   

Upachara puja for the Nine Planets- The Shodasha Upachara Puja is performed for each of the nine planets.

Indradi Ashta Dik Palaka Puja- The Guardians of different directions (eight totally) are worshipped and they are requested to protect the Puja ritual from external destructive forces.

Upachara Puja for Indradi Ashta Dik Palakas The sixteen sacrificial rites are performed to the guardians of directions. The Dik-Palakas or the guardians of directions are invoked and worshipped for protecting the Puja from external malefic influence and enemies. The Dik-Palakas are eight in number –viz, Indra, weapon being Vajra (thunderbolt); Agni, weapon-Sakthi (spear);Yama, Dhanda (staff or stick); Nairrta, Khadga (sword); Varuna, Pasa (fetter); Vayu,  Ankusha (hook); Kubera, Gada (Mace); Ishana, Trisula (trident); Brahma, Padma (Lotus); Vishnu. Chakra (Discus).

Puraskarana means “the act of placing in front”. By repetition of the name of Mantra or deity, his or her presence is invoked before the worshipper. Without doing Puraskarana no fruit is attained.

Pradhaana PujaThe Stage is set for the Main Puja.

Samkalpa- This is the oath taking ceremony for performance of the Pujas to the main deity. The Samkalpa process has been discussed above already. Do refer to that.

Dhyanam- Meditating on the Main deity.

Aavahanam- Akshatas are offered to the Kalash while stating the mantras to install the main deity inside the main Kalasha.

There is a vital link that has to be established between a Mantra and a devotee, the breaking of the hindrances to the same is termed Kilaka  and its Nyasa is all over the body.

Viniyooga means employing of the mantra. It is necessary to state the object (Viniyoga) of the rite.  After the Sankalpa, the preist recites the Viniyoga. The Tantras maintain that Mantras become weak if the devotee does not expressly state that he is making use of a particular mantra with the particular Sage, Chandas (Meter) etc for a particular rite. A sample viniyoga runs thus: Sirase Sadasiva rishaye namaha. Mukhe Anushtup Chandase Namaha. Hridi Sarvantaryami Nirguna Parambrahmane Namaha. Darmaarthakamamokashaptaye viniyogah, meaning “Obeisance to Sadasiva Rishi on the head, Obeisance to Chandah Anustup on the mouth. Obeisance to Nirguna Paabrahman the inner director of all beings on the heart. The viniyoga for this is attainment of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha” 

The above is called Risyadi-Nyasa. It is closely followed by Karanyasa, Anganyasa, Martika Nyasa, Nakshatra Nyasa etc. The ceremonial touching of the fingers is called Karanyasa, whereas the ceremonical touching of the various parts of the body while reciting mantras is called Anganyasa. There are various other nyasas like Matrika Nyasa, Akshara Nyasa, etc which are also done for various pujas.

Praana Prathistha- It is believed that after inviting the deity by reciting the aavahana mantras, it is necessary to install life into the deity, which is when the deity comes into being. If the Main deity is in the form of a Metal idol panchagavya (milk, ghee, curd, cow dung and urine) abhishekam has to be performed while chanting the prana pratishtaa mantras.

Am Hrim Krom Yam Ram Lam Vam Sam Sham Samm Haum Haum Hamsaha, Amukadevatayaha Prana ihe pranaha. Then repeating the Bijas as above, the priest recites jiva iha sitaha. Then same Bijas Amukhadevatayaha sarvendriyani; same Bijas amukhadevatayaha vammanascaksuh srotra ghrana prana cagatya sukham ciram tistantu Svaha . The meaning of the above mantras is as follows: “May all the senses of the glorious God, May the speech, mind, vision, hearing, smell, life of specific God invoked come here and abide in Happiness always.”   This is called the pranaprathista ceremony.  It should be understood by the readers that all god’s images and models should not be worshipped until this ceremony is performed, where by the life or presence of the deva or devi is invoked into the mage or statue or idol. The various mudras (gestures with hand) are exhibited for the different aspects like Aavahana, stapana  etc.

Now the Shodashopachara Puja is performed on the main diety. There are sixteen steps in worshipping the deity that one wants to propitiate. The sixteen modes of worship or Shodashaupachara are:

1.     Avahana , invoking God.

2.     Asana, welcoming God and offering a seat in the image or symbol used for worshipping. In internal worship it might mean the offering of one’s own heart as the throne or the seat.    

3.     Padhya, water offered to the feet of God, as mark of great respect.

4.     Arghya, offering water to hands of God. It is offering oneself to the hands of God.

5.     Acamana, offering pure water for sipping, pure water signifying purity of mind.

6.     Snana, ceremonial bathing with milk, sugar, honey and water. Cleansing your mind, letting only good thoughts flow in your mind where the God happens to be is seated.

7.     Vastra, offering of new and beautiful clothes to God. It signifies the process of donning oneself with divine wisdom.

8.     Upavita, offering the sacred white colored thread, to be filled with noble thoughts.

9.     Vilepana is besmearing the supraphysical body of God with red powder, sandalwood paste or musk. Adorning the god with all that is noble in man.

10. Pushpa is offering flowers, offering your heart itself.

11. Dhupa is burning of incense, which is really the burning of sins by fire of wisdom.

12. Dipa is the wick lamp. It is kept before the holy symbol of God. The act of burning the egoistic mind and Karma.

12.1.               Naivedhya is the offering of food. It is the offering of great mantras in offered as prayers to the deity.

12.2.               Tambula is the offering of betal leaf and betal nut to purify the mouth after food. It is the word of wisdom emanating from the feast of mantra.

12.3.               Jala is the water to rinse one’s mouth. The subtle desires (vasanas) are also thrown out by rinsing.

13. Madhuparka is the fruit offered after rinsing of the mouth. Fruits represent the different types of liberation like saurupa, or attaining the likeness of God; salokya living in the same ‘loka’ or abode of God; samipa , or living near God; sayujya or merging in God.

14. Pradakshina-namaskara, perambulation and salutation.

15. Mantrapushpa, offering flowers and red rice for world peace.

16. Sayya is the offering of most beautiful bed to God to rest. It is the offering of our heart to God.

These sixteen steps are described as Shodashaupacha Puja or sixteen steps of mantra worship offered to God. 

To Prana, Svaha, to Apana, Svaha, to Samana, Svaha, to Udana, Svaha, to Vyana, Svaha – that is, Salutation to the five Airs or functions of vital force. With that the Naivedhya, food to the deity is offered.

Anga Puja- After the Prana Prastishtapana, the Anga Puja or worshipping the different subcomponents of the deity is undertaken.

Havan/Mantra Siddhi- If any Havan (Fire Offerings) is to be performed, it is done. For Maha-Yajnas the number of recitals of the Mantra can run into many crores ( 1 crore= 10 million). The same Mantra may be taken up and meditated to attain Mantra siddhi.

Ashtotara Shata Nama Vali- Reciting the sacred 108 names/qualities of the main deity is done.

Sahasranama- Recital of the 1000 names of the deity.

Kavacha- Recital of the Kavacha (Armour) of the deity and asking for protection from bad things.

Uttarangga PoojaThe Last Part of the puja

Dhupam- Showing incensed sticks to the deity.

Deepam- Showing deepams with one wick and many wicks in succession while chanting appropriate mantras.

Naivedhyam- All the foods prepared to be offered to the deity are assembled in a clean orderly manner. The Naivedhya Mantras are chanted. Water is sprinkled, Prasad is offered to the deity.

Argyam and Tamboolam- Argyam and Tamboolam is offered to the deity after the Naiveadya offering.

Karpoora Aarathi- Camphor lighting is displayed to the deity.

Mantrapushpam- The Mantrapushpam  Mantras are recited.

Rajaupachara- Great Upacharas Like Umbrella, Fan, Music, Dance etc are offered. i.e Chatram, Chamaram, Vadhyam, Nritham etc are offered.

Namskara Mantras- The Namaskara Mantras are recited and Pradakshinam and Namaskaram are done by all participants in the Pujas.

Prarthana- Prarthana Mantras are recited.

Samarpanam- All the Pujas are formally concluded and the Samarpanam is done.

Kathashravanam- Stories/epics stating the greatness of the deity are shared with the people assembled to witness the proceedings. This process also has a Samkalpa.

AarathiAarathi songs in any language (usually in Hindi/South Indian Languages) are sung praising the deity.

Argyam- Argyam (milk with water in a cup) is performed. Kumkum Chandan etc are added along with the Mantras. This step also consists of a Sankalpa, Dhyana etc.

Kshemaprarthana - The deity is requested to forgive any shortcomings in Puja proceedings.

Upayana Dhanam- This is the honoring of the priests with fruits, Prasad, Dakshina (Money), Arecanut on Betal Leaves etc. This step consists of giving Aasana to the priest, offering of Chandan, Tamboolam etc. This is accompanied by the chanting of Mantras.

Punaha Puja- This is done on the same day or on the next day. The Kalasha is moved a bit towards the north and the deity is requested to join us again at another occasion in the future for a similar puja. This also consists of chanting the Yathastana Mantras.

Intaking the Kalash Teerth and Prasad- Mantras are chanted and the water in the Kalasha is sprinkled all and over the house. The Prasad is distributed to everybody.      

The procedure above is a general one followed for Pujas performed at AstroMerits. Some more steps will be needed for different gods and goddesses. Worshipping the female goddesses may involve a Kumari puja whilst worshiping a God like Lord Shiva will involve a Nandikeshwara Puja as well.

The Puja remedies suggested by an Astrologer depend on his knowledge of Hindu Dharma and Mythology. The deity to be appeased is the one that most closely resembles the spirit of the particular planet. Let’s say a chart contains Mercury and Saturn (impotent planets) in the fifth house of a native who is having trouble with studies. Then Vamana Avathara will be a case with close resemblance w.r.t the situation, In the Vamana Avathara Lord Mahavishnu takes the form of a humble Brahmin (Humility is Saturnine), and intelligently brings down a demon (intelligence and fifth house have close resemblance with Mercury, Brahmin also signifies a learned, intelligent person). Worshipping Vamana Avathara (Using Vamana rupa Vishnu Mantra Prayoga) of lord Vishnu, coupled with worshipping Gods of Learning like Saraswathy and Hayagriva, Puja can be a highly effective remedy. The planets can also be worshipped individually with their Adhi devatas and Pratyadi devatas.

At AstroMerits we strictly observe that the worship of the Sun (Surya), the Moon (Chandra), Mars (Kuja), Mercury (Budha), Jupiter (Brihaspathi), Venus (Sukra), Saturn (Sani), Rahu and Ketu along with their devataas and prathiadi-devathas and we also facilitate the worship on behalf of the clients. We have a Puja offering to almost all important deities in Hinduism. You can find it all by going through our site in detail. It gives us immense pleasure to say that our Pujas have solved problems and conferred mental peace and clarity to sticky issues of our many clients. Our clients have always exercised their freewill and have reduced/removed the ‘sting’ of mishap from their lives; and did not surrender to the so called fate. We believe that man is not merely the body we see, but the presiding deity within the body, as are stars and planets but the bodies of the spiritual beings within.

Ordinary Pujas shall be performed within 10 days of the receipt of complete order in most cases. In case of Mahayajnas, you will need to give us 2 months time to make the arrangements for the proceedings. If you need the pujas to be done in your place, it might take longer, depending on the availability of Pundit/s. The date and time for the Poojas to be held on your behalf at AstroMerits will be communicated to you. The date and time will most likely correspond to the nearest muhurtha befitting the particular puja.  As we all live in a High-Tech age where live communication/viewing is possible online. When doctors can perform Surgeries remotely, a ‘yajamana’ (the beneficiary of the puja) should be able to view the poojas online and live form the comforts of his Home and even participate in it! You can even hear your Name, Nakshatra, Moon Sign, Sun Sign and Lagna Rashi (assuming you are the beneficiary in the puja) called out during puja’s Samkalpa (pledge taking part of the puja).

Pujas will be telecasted live using a High Definition Web-Camera on Skype, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger or Google Talk, as per your convenience. You can view the Pujas Online and Live from any part of the world, connect to us and even have your querries answered by the some of the best Vedic pundits in the world. With a broadband internet connection, you will be able to view the Pujas in High Quality in the popular video-talk softwares. You can listen to the sacred Mantra chants and participate in the Pujas in real time. AstroMerits provides High Quality Vedic Services to its truly global clients – Live and Online.

Post placing the order for your Puja, Homa or Yajna, You need to send us as a contact request in any one of the popular video-talk softwares. Our IDs in Skype & Google Talk IDs are mentioned below:

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After accepting your contact request, we will inform you the most auspicious date for the performing of Pujas, Homas and Yajnas. You can leave your convenient dates and timings in the ‘Suggestions’ section while placing the order or else mail us at helpdesk@astromerits.com. We value your online presence for the Pujas and will put our best efforts to arrive at a proper Muhurtha (if available in the suggested range of dates) for performing the Pujas, Homas and Yajnas. Enjoy shopping with us and get the live Darshan of your Vedic Rites like never before!     

You can watch the puja proceedings live and communicate with us. If you couldn’t be available during puja time/ etc; you need to notify us your unavailability beforehand and we will record the video of the actual puja and send it to your address via registered mail/courier at an additional cost. We want you to be an active participant in the puja proceedings and it is our advice to you to try your best and attend the puja online. You will get to view your pujas being performed, either live or a recorded version. This is our promise to you. The atmosphere created by the rituals conducted by our Pundits is to be seen. The holiness, the glorious luster of blazing fire, sweet perfumes of burnt ghee, the cooked offering of rice(havis), the blades of grass, the crushed Soma and other materials of the Yajna have their direct positive  effect on the minds and lives of the worshippers.

Just to give you a fair idea of the scale of Yajnas, Some of the common items, vessels and the nivedhya (offerings to god) required for ordinary puja purposes are mentioned below. Usually only less than 40% of the below mentioned items are required for ordinary Pujas and Homas, depending on the particular Deity and the Homa/Puja. Yajnas will demand most of the ingredients mentioned below and the MahaYajnas demand almost all the items and many more items apart from the one’s mentioned below, and that too in significant quantities (Like 1008 Coconuts etc). Mahayajnas also have very specific requirements, a Navagraha Mahayajna, for instance, demands Sand from different places like from under Elephant’s feet, from anthills, from Ganga’s riverbed etc. Many exotic roots, plants, nine different types of ‘Samit’ (firewood to be offered into Agni) for the nine different planets etc.  A sample item in the list of ingredients for a Mahayajna would be ‘a chariot made of XYZ wood, 10008 Coconuts etc’. 

Some of the common ingredients for Pujas, Homas and Yajnas:  

  • Deity Yantra
  • Vermilion Powder
  • Kusha grass
  • Tulasi leaves
  • Doorva- A Kind of Soft grass
  • Camphor
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Flowers
  • Garlands
  • Betal Leaves
  • Incensed Sticks/Agarbatti
  • Safforn cloths
  • Bilwa Pathra
  • Abeera (or Guljal, red powder)
  • Javitri (mace)
  • Vastram or Cloths (depending on the number of devatas. For Navagraha puja 9 different cloths are needed) The color of Cloth are: Red-Sun, White-Moon, Red-Mars, Green-Mercury, Yellow-Jupiter, White-Venus, Black-Sani, Dark Blue- Rahu, Printed red- Ketu)  
  • Kumkum
  • Sandal wood paste
  • Abhraka (mica)
  • Four grain of Jayaphala (Nutmug)
  • Sindoor
  • A few Kilograms of Rice
  • Betal leaves
  • Few Supari (Betel Nuts –Bigger Size)
  • Multicolur Powders
  • Rituphala
  • Cow-dung
  • Goomuthra –Cow Urine
  • Leaves of   Goolar, Pakar, Vata, Peepal
  • Milk, few Liters
  • Ornaments – Gold, Diamond, Pearl, Blue Sapphire, Emerald
  • Curd, few Litres
  • Cow’s Ghee few Kgs
  • Sugar, few Kgs
  • Sarva-Aushadi- few hundred grams
  • Honey
  • Mura
  • Yajnopavitha (Sacred thread, Janenoo)
  • Jatamazi
  • Pancha Mewa – 2Kgs
  • Aama Haldi
  • Kachoora
  • Champa Naagr
  • Black Pepper
  • Gorochan
  • Yellow Mustard seeds
  • Red Sandalwood
  • Pomegranate
  • Scented Oil few grams
  • Kala Urad dal
  • Four Banana Stems
  • Cotton thread, few meters
  • Ganga Jal (water from the sacred river ganga)
  • Cottom Wicks
  • Nine types of grains for the nine planets (Navadhanyas) – Wheat, paddy, Beangram, Greengram, Housebean, Bengal gram, Gingelly, Black Gram, red gram.
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  • Dhoop
  • Fruits
  • Til Oil
  • Milk
  • Coconut
  • Paddy
  • Jaggery
  • Lemon
  • Mango leaves
  • Akshata (Rice mixed with turmeric powder)
  • Honey
  • Panchamrutham (Mix of milk, sugar, ghee, banana and honey)
  • Yajnopavitha (Sacred thread)
  • Banana Leaves
  • Paddy
  • Jaggery
  • Lemon
  • Gingelli Oil
  • Sacred Ash
  • Bilva leaves
  • Dakshina (Money to honor the preists)
  • Aarathi (water mixed with kumkum)
  • Tamboolam
  • Vastram (Cloth) for Kalasha
  • Rice powder for making Rangoli
  • Cardamam, Cloves, Rose Water and Raw Karpoor
  • Tulasi  Leaves
  • Paddy/Rice
  • Curd
  • Umbrella
  • Panchang (for inferring the auspiciousness of the day and time)
  • Panchagavyam (Milk, curd, ghee, cow dung, cow urine)
  • Kesar
  • Thread to tie around the Kalash
Vessels required for Puja
  • 5 Pitchers made of copper or brass
  • 1 Kamandala (Water Pot)
  • 1 Plate of Brass
  • 1 Plate made of Bronze
  • A Big bowl of Bronze
  • Panchapathram and Uddharani
  • 5 small metal plates
  • 1 large metal bowl for making Payasam (Kheer)
  • 1 Aarathi dani
  • Incense pot
  • Conch Shell
  • 1 Silken Sari (for the Goddess)
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  • 3 Dusting cloths
  • 1 mirror
  • 1 comb
  • 1 silver canopy –small
  • Argyam cup
  • Aarathi Plate
  • Dhoopa Stand
  • Panchanga Dhwaja (a five colored flag)
  • A five colored canopy
  • 1 small golden idol of the God/Goddess
  • 1 golden ring
  • 1 small silver throne
  • 1 silver dhoopani
  • Kalashas (water pots, usually 3 No)
  • 1 silver kathori
  • Lamps with 5 wicks and single wick lamps
  • Silver Panchapathra
  • Bell
  • Camphor plate
  • 1 silver argya
  • Bronze plate
  • 1 square silver sheet 16*16 finger’s breadth)
  • Seat/ Aasanam
Naivedhya items
  • Sundal
  • Modakam (sweet)
  • Modakam (salted)
  • Cooked Rice
  • Cooked Pulses
  • Payasam
  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Vadai
  • Sweet Pongal
  • Variety of fruits
  •  Betal leaves and nuts
  • Materials to be given to Brahmins
  • Dhotti
  • Dhupatta
  • Angochaa
  • Lota
  • Panchapathra
  • Achamani
  • Gomukhi Mala
  • Yajnopavitha
  • Sandals
  • Books about the deity
  • Aasana/seat etc
Havan Material
  • 50-100 Kg til
  • 25-28 Kg rice
  • Few Kgs sugar
  • Few Kgs ghee
  • Barley grains
  • Sandalwood Powder Few Hundred gms
  • Bhojapathra few grams
  • Wooden Pieces – 150-200Kg
  • Kamal Gatta
  • Panchameda
Material for Decoration

Clothes, Mehandi, Ornaments etc. Decoration Quality can be varied to suit the requirements.

These are the various articles required for various Pujas, Homas and Yajnas at AstroMerits.

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