Daily Pooja practice steps in a typical Hindu gujrati home.

We start with the following steps and their order in which we do our typical (daily or occasional) pooja ritual practice.  We will start with a summary of meanings of each and follow thru with the shlokas,transliterations and audio shlokas of each in upcoming blogs. 

Before we start:        

Some House keeping tips for pooja seat, pooja corner/room/space/area:  Always keep the prayer/pooja room or corner clean and neat on a regular basis.  Always keep the pictures/idols/images/utensils/vessels/and other puja material washed,dried and very clean at all times. Keep your own sitting blanket always clean by washing it on a regular basis.  

Meditation-Pooja room/space (direction/facing): The person performing the pooja or meditation should be facing northeast,east or west during the practice. More details to follow in later writeups.

Aasan (Pooja -meditation seat or Blanket): Keep a dedicated Pooja blanket to sit on during your meditation/pooja practice. This is to be used for pooja only and it should preferably not be shared.  Keep your own Pooja sitting blanket and use the blanket ONLY for pooja. Best material for pooja blanket to use is either made kush grass (hard to find)or made of wool. Cotton may be used as well if none of these are available. Any simple piece of woollen shawl that is brand new- that has not been used for anything else before can be made into your meditation-pooja blanket to sit on during practice. The Blanket size does not have to be more than 24 inches by 24 inches as it is just to be used for sitting on at the time of meditation/Pooja.  We will go into more details on pooja blanket and it’s why’s in one of our upcoming writeups. Let’s start. Here’s first four steps

  1. Deep (Divo Pragtaavo) Lighting the lamp.
  2. Aachmanam (take small sips of water from a copper/silver or a stainless steel  vessel with it’s spoon.)
  3. Ghantnaad- and Aagaman  (Ringing the bell and invite)
  4. Gurudhyaanam (mentally pay respect to your spiritual teacher)

Lighting the Lamp.
Is an act to symbolize bringing in light and brightness and removing darkness.

Is to Invite the Gods/positivity and create an intention of getting rid of the raakshashaas or evil/negative elements from around your home(From within ourselves).  Bring auspiciousness by praying for happiness to be around and all obstacles to be removed. Taking small sips of the water from copper vessel is also a very scientific way of drinking water from a copper vessel early in the morning to get rid of many toxins from the body.
(Note how small rituals are tied to the material health  and well beign of a human body thru religious practices).
Ghantanaad and  Aagaman. (Sound bell to invite gods)
Mainly to bring your own mind’s focus and concentration into your present task from the wandering around the world.
Gurudhyaanam:  Traditionally in ancient times, the Guru or teacher was someone who imparted knowledge / wisdom/ and was typically a teacher in all aspects of human life.

Now let’s visit these individually and we will narrate the shlokas for each of these steps in the order.  1. Divo and aachman

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