— Sri Sakthi Amma
Om Namo Narayani
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At Sri Narayani Peedam and Sripuram, many types of poojas (rituals) are conducted throughout the day. These are open to locals, pilgrims, and visitors from all over the world.
Reawakening ancient Vedic rituals is another facet of Amma’s work. The ultimate purpose of pooja is to facilitate connection with the soul through offerings of love. Offerings of love bring peace and joy, opening people’s hearts to follow the dharmic path. On a larger scale, the prayers and rituals conducted by Sri Sakthi Amma are for universal peace and well-being.
For those who already have their own devotional path, beholding these rituals may encourage and inspire them to go deeper within their personal faith and practice.
Abhishekam is an ancient purification ritual practised in temples across India. The beautiful and elaborate process of abhishekam is accompanied by Vedic chanting.
Offerings such as water, coconut water, milk, curd, honey, fruits, sandalwood powder, turmeric, sacred ash, rice and thulasi (sacred basil) are used in the ritual bathing of the deity. It is an offering of love and pure devotion, symbolic of cleansing one’s inner self with positive thoughts.
Alankaram is the adorning of the deity, where she is lovingly dressed and decorated. This is symbolic of beautifying one’s self with positive thoughts.
Aarthi is an ancient practice of offering lamps to a deity. Symbolically, the flame is infused with the Divine’s love, blessings, and energy. The light signifies the dispelling of darkness and ignorance in a person’s life and the universe, bringing wisdom, hope, and illumination.
Yagam (yagna or homam) is an ancient sacred fire ritual, where auspicious items such as ghee (clarified butter) are offered into the sacred agni (fire) and to the devas (celestial beings). This is accompanied by Vedic chants. Depending on the type of yagam, items offered may vary, with each item holding specific symbolism. The purpose of this ritual is for loka kalyan (the benefit of mankind).
Gho Pooja (ritual honoring the cow) is conducted daily at Sri Narayani Peedam. In Hinduism, Kamadhenu or Gho Mata (Divine Mother Cow) is revered as sacred. The cow serves humanity unconditionally all its life. Because of this, the cow is referred to as ‘Universal Mother.’ Her essential qualities are her purity and her generous giving nature, providing and sustaining equally her own calves, and human life. It is believed that within the actual body of Gho Mata, all the forms of the gods reside.
Gaja Puja takes place every morning. The Siddhas (sages) tell us that the elephant is a deeply spiritual animal that helps absorb negativity, bringing calm, peace, and happiness to all people. This is partly attributed to their ability to hold good prana (life force). In Vedic scriptures, the Elephant God Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and presides over all beginnings and successes, a symbol of respect, honor, magnanimity, stability, and power.
Thulasi Pooja exalts the vital energy of plant life, specifically of the Thulasi (holy basil) plant, which is considered the herbal manifestation of the Goddess Lakshmi. Plantlife is another natural element, without which, life as we know it, would cease to be. Through pooja and the offering of prayer, these two fundamental energies of sun and plant life are celebrated and revered.
Surya Pooja (sun worship ritual) has been carried out since ancient times, in accordance with the knowledge that without the sun, life would cease to exist. The Sun God was believed to be the prana datta (life-giver) of the entire universe and considered the only visible god that one could pray to. The Vedas regard Surya as the witness of all actions, and the Surya Pooja enshrines this.
Putthu Pooja is performed daily at Sri Narayani Peedam. Since ancient times, the putthu is identified with the village goddess and is considered to be her manifestation in the form of nature. At Sri Narayani Peedam, the putthu is revered and adorned in the dress of the Goddess. Every day, a constant stream of people come to offer their prayers, aarthi, and offerings of beauty and love.