8.Sankalp अथः संकल्प

Sankalp अथः संकल्प

Sankalp is that we set a positive intention expressed outloud to the gods/goddesses to receive blessing for a specific purpose or a specific need, request, ceremony and/or a general all round well being of us and our families. Sankalp is to affirm the positive intention and special reason to ask for blessings from almighty and  is mainly always done at the beginning of the pooja ritual for special occasions/ceremonies like weddings, bridal showers, after the baby’s birth, during engagement ceremonies, during special religious festivals such as ganesh chaturthi, navratri,Diwali, dasera, and so on…

Sankalp is recited with the sanskrit shlokas which typically includes the mentions of the particular hindu calender day, date, year, fortnight,season, time and place during that specific ceremony /that the “pooja performer”  is performing the ceremony or pooja Hindu calender year-

वर्ष संवत्सर  Year (Samvatsar)
ऋतु    Season (Rtu)
मास  month (Maas),
पक्ष   new moon or full moon quadrant (Paksh)
तिथि  the number of the particular day (Tithi)
वार  Day ( vaar)

In case you do not know the details one can substitute the word “shubha”  शुभ which means “very good”

Sankalp shloka includes to recite the name of the pooja performers and the mention of the specific reason for the sankaalp. When more than one members of the family are performing the puja the sankalp recites names of all or the head of the family name and add “Saha Kutumb”  सह कुटुम्बानां which means with family. Sankalp includes within the shloka the intention or purpose of the special or specific pooja.

(For some example) – for special occasions :

  • for the wedding ceremony to complete successfully or
  • the Baby’s birth to happen without any obstacles (Known as nirvighney- निर्विघ्ने ) coming in the way
  • for a successful foreign travel
  • for a successful new job
  • for a bright education in the future.
  • prosperity as entering a new home
  • Safe travel for new car/vehicle  pooja.
  • for a great ganesh chaturthi celebration in our home.(Lord ganesh to reside on our home and  give us a successful year ahead)
  • for a successful navratri pooja in the home or cummunity.  and so on and so forth.

This particular following beginning part of the shloka is mentioned on most all starts remember it is also using the typical geo location of the ancient time from India, and From the times that Lord Rama was around the area or river godavari and the forest dandakaraya. So you can skip this one if you wish. We can go into more details on this in one of my later blogs.

Before starting the sankalp shloka, take a tulsi leaf with some water in the palm of your right hand and cover it with the left palm. Now place the hands on the right knee.

शुभ षोभने मुहूर्ते अध्य ब्रह्मणः द्वितियप्रहरार्थे
श्वेत राहकला वैवष्व मन्वन्तरे कलियुगे
प्रथम पदे भारत वर्षे भारत खण्डे जम्बुद्विपे दण्डकारण्ये
गोदावर्या दक्षिणेतीरे शालिवाहन शाकवर्षे बौद्धावतारे
रामक्षेत्रे अस्मिन् वर्तमाने व्यवहारिके ||

Narration of the shloka for particular geo location and names of the family members would need to be customized be each performer/s. Here is the template to use.

This following shloka example would be for Ganesh chaturthi coming up on sept 8th, 2013, sunday.

  • Amuk naamasya(say your name)pratibha naamasya प्रतिभा नामास्य,
  • Year-samvatsare   2070 संवत्सरे ,
  • Amuk maase,(The month) अमुक मासे (भाद्रपदे )
  • Amuk pakshe (Say name of the fortnight  (quadrant )shukla pakshe शुक्ल पक्षे
  • Amuk tithi (Say name of tithi) Chaturthi,चतुर्थी
  • Amuk vaare (Say name od the day),ravivaare रविवारे,

shubha nakshatra,शुभ नक्षत्र,
shubha yoga,शुभ योग,
shubha karanaadi,शुभ कारनादि,
evam एवं
shubha tiryo,शुभ तिर्थो,
asmaakum अस्माकं
aayuraarogya- आरुरारोग्य
roopa, रूप
ashtaishvarya अष्टैश्वर्य
abhivrutthayarthum.अभिवृत्थायर्थं |
Samasta समस्त
duritopashaantyarthum दुरितोपशान्त्यर्थं
samartha समर्थ
avaptyarthum वाप्त्यर्थं
dharmaartha धर्मार्थ
kaama moksha काम मोक्ष
chaturvidha चतुर्विधा
phalaapurushaartha फलपुरुशार्थ
siddhyarthum सिद्ध्यर्थं
Shri maha vishnu prityaarthe श्री महा विष्णु प्रीति अर्थे
dhyaan aavaahan ध्यानम् आवाहनं aadi आदि

shodshopchaarषोडशोपचार poojaamkarishye पूजां करिष्ये

Only English:Narration

shubha nakshatra,shubha yoga,shubha karanaadi,evam gunavisheshana vishishithaayaam,shubha tiryo,asmaakum sakutumbaanaam,kshemashthairya,viryavijaya,abhay-anand-aayuraarogya,roopa, ashtaishvaryaabhivrutthayarthum.|
samasta duritopashaantyarthum, samarthasanmangaalaavaptyarthum samastaabhyudayarthamcha dharmaartha kaama moksha chaturvidha phalaapurushaartha siddhyarthum Shri maha vishnu prityaarthe dhyaan aavaahan aadi shodshopchaarpoojaam karishye ||

This shloka invokes Lord Vishnu and prays/asks for blessing in walks of life such as dharma, artha, kaama, moksha (the four pillars of the Human cycle according to hindu philosophy) for the pooja performer and his/her family.
Upon ending the shloka, empty water and tulsi

My Tulsi Plant in the window sill and snow in background from my kitchen window
My Tulsi Plant

in your hand into  the “tarbhaanu”

Tarbhaanu(Copper plate for puja)


Next is 9.Shri Ganesh Dhyaan, Aavaahanam shlokas.

shri ganesh
shri ganesh


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