7. Shankha Pooja अथ शङ्ख पूजा

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shankha (Conch shells)

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Not a regular common practice for daily prayers but it is followed for special occasions. For taking the kind of shankha it is beneficial to have a shankha that is “dakshin Varti” which means circling towards the south(opening) is best.  Any size you can find is fine.

Now take the sankha and dip it in the water of the kalash and take the water into the shankha. take a couple leaves of tulsi if you have , if not then some plain rice or few petals of flower are also fine. Now take this shankha and place it in a copper plate that is called Tarbhaanu.

Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)
Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)
Place the shankha with open end facing south. This way the pointed end will be facing east.
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a stainless steel plate is also ok.

Join your hands in prayer and say the following shloka to bring the shankha as part of the ceremony. Shankha is considered to have born from the ocean so invite Lord Vishnu and Shankha to the special occasion.

Let’s start.

शङ्खं चन्द्रार्कदैवत्यं वारुणंचादि दैवतं |
पृष्ठे प्रजापति विद्यात् अग्रे गङ्गा सरस्वती|
त्रैलोक्ये यानि तीर्थानि वासुदेवस्य चाज्ञया |
शङ्खे तिष्ठन्ति विपेन्द्र तस्माद शङ्खं प्रपूजयेत् |
त्वं पूरा सागरोत्पन्नः विष्णुना विधृतः करे ||
निर्मितः सर्वदेवैस्तु पाञ्चजन्य नमोष्तुते |
पवनाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय नमः
पद्मगर्भाय नमः
अम्बुराजाय नमः
कंबुराजाय नमः
धवलाय नमः
पाञ्चजन्याय विद्महे पद्मगर्भाय धीमहि तन्नः शङ्खः प्रचोदयात् ||

Śaṅkhaṁ candrārkadaivatyaṁ vāruṇan̄cādi daivataṁ |
Pr̥ṣṭhē prajāpati vidyāt agrē gaṅgā sarasvatī |
Trailōkyē yāni tīrthāni vāsudēvasya cājñayā |
Śaṅkhē tiṣṭhanti vipēndra tasmāda śaṅkhaṁ prapūjayēt |
Tvaṁ pūrā saagarōtpannaḥ viṣṇunā vidhr̥taḥ karē | |
Nirmitaḥ sarvadēvaistu pāñcajan’ya namōṣtutē |
Pavanāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya namaḥ
Padmagarbhāya namaḥ
Amburājāya namaḥ
Kamburājāya namaḥ
Dhavalāya namaḥ
Pāñcajan’yāya vidmahē pādmagarbhāya dhīmahi tannaḥ śaṅkhaḥ pracōdayāt | |

Bow your head in respect and join your hands in prayer, invitation to the conch shell/Lord Vishnu.

Next is 8. Sankalp.अथः संकल्प

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