Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा

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Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा

After Veghneshwar pooja, (Ganesh dhyaan), this is the next step in continuation of our series of Hinduism- Basics or daily pooja rituals.

Aatmapooja अथः आत्मपूजा Join your hands and recite the following mantra shlokas. (if both together are too much for you then just pick the second one)

1. Sanskrit

  • ह्रदि स्थितं पंकजमष्टपत्रां सकेसरं कर्निकमध्यानलं |
  • अङ्गुश्तमात्रम् मुनयो वदन्ति |
  • ध्यायेत्च विष्णु पुरुषं पुराणां ||
  • हृदयकमलमध्ये सुर्यबिम्बासनस्थम्
  • सकल भुवनबीजं श्रुष्टि सन्हारहेतुम् |
  • निरतिशयसुखात्मज्योतिषं ह्न्सरूपं |
  • परमपुरुषमाध्यंचिन्त येदात्ममूर्तिं ||
  • आराधयामि मनिसन्निभ मात्मलिङ्गम्
  • मायापुरिहृदायपङ्कजसन्निविष्टं  ||
  • श्रद्धानदीविमलचित्तजलाभिषेकैः |
  • नित्यं समाधिकुसुमैर्नपुनर्भवाय ||
  • देहोदेवालयः प्रोक्तो जीवो देवः सनातनः |
  • त्यज्येदग्याननिर्माल्यं सोऽहं भावेन पूजयेत |
  • स्वामिन् सर्व जग्गनाथ यावत्पॊजावसानकम् |
  • तावत् त्वं प्रीतिभावेन बिम्बेअस्मिन् सन्निधिं कुरु ||

1. English narration

  • Hradi sthitam pankajamashtapatraam sakesaram karnika madhyaanalam.|
  • Angushta maatram munayo vadanti |
  • dhyaayetchha vishnu purusham puraanaam ||
  • Hrudaya kamala madhye surya bimbaasanastham |
  • sakala bhuvana beejam shrushti sanhaara hetum |
  • niratishaya sukhaatmajyotisham hansaroopam |
  • parama purushamaadhyaam chinta yedaatmamoortim||
  • aaraadhayaami manisannibhamaatmalingam |
  • maayaapurihridayapankaja sannivisham ||
  • shraddhaanadivimalachitajalaabhishekaih|
  • nityam samaadhi kusumaairnapunarbhavaay ||
  • deho devaalayah prokto jeevo devah sanaatanah |
  • tyajyetgyana nirmalyam sohum bhavena poojayet |
  • swasminsarva jagannaatha yaavatpoojaavasaanakam |
  • taavatvum pritibhaavena bimbeasmin sannidhim kuru ||

2. Sanskrit

  • ॐ आत्मने नमः
  • ॐ अन्तरात्मने नमः
  • ॐ परमात्मने नमः
  • ॐ ज्ञानात्मने नमः

आत्मपूजां समर्पयामि

English transliteration

  • Om Aatmaney namah
  • Om antaraatmaney namah
  • Om Paramaatmaney namah
  • Om Gyanatmaney namah

Aatmapoojaam samarpayaami.

Next in this series will be Mandap pooja

 

 

 

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Mahashivratri shlokas prayers n Aarti

महाशिवरात्रि  Maheshmurti Shiva

Shiv Lingam

Shiv Lingam

This year Mahashivratri महाशिवरात्रि  is falling on Feb 27th, 2014.

Lord Shiva (Shivji) is considered to be self born. Mahashivratri  is usually celebrated at midnight on the indian calendar month of Magha chaturdashi of Krishna paksha. This roughly falls in feb/march of our English calender. Celebration of Mahashivratri is typically done by fasting on the day for the whole day and performing abhishek (offferings to shiv lingam) chanting shlokas, prayers and concluded by aarti. In case you do not have a shiv lingam a picture photo or image shud be fine. Lastly your mental prayers shud be fine as well.

As mentioned in my recipe blog on the page ” Fasting-Then and Now” we have various different levels  of fasts in Indian-Hindu culture. Fore more details visit the link  Fasting- Then and Now, and use your own personal and family discretion for the level of fasting that you wish or your body and mind can handle. Always remember if you do not wish to fast or cannot fast for any reason, you can still perform the puja/abhishek or visit temple or just pray at home. You can also most definitely do the mental prayer offerings.

Now let’s move to the rituals/shlokas/prayers/aarti/puja etc for Mahashivratri.

As far as time for this puja there are specific times although due to modern life styles/crazy work schedules, my personal opinion is that you can perform your puja any time during the entire day or evening up to midnight of this day. Again performing abhishek and all the rituals according to the time and energy.

jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2

jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2

You can perform the abhishek  by slowly offering milk in a thin stream (with a nozzle pot or a small cup that can create a steady small stream on top of the shiv lingam while chanting ॐ नमः शिवायः Om Namah Shivay  for 5,7,9,11, or 21 or 108 times  is the simplest form of abhishek one can perform. After which you can end it by flowers and rice and chandan tilak. This would be a short simple puja. Bilva patra (three petaled leaf) is very dear to lord shiva and you offer that as well if you are able to find it in your area. Flowers would do as well, inc ase the bilvapatra is not available. Conclude with aarti at the end if you have time.

Best times for this puja would be early in the morning after shower. For those with busy schedules, any time that is peaceful and quiet and suits your daily schedule is good. Just before midnight, around sunset are other preferred best times for this puja. Most important is you should have the inner will and intention to do the puja. I am posting below all the shiv puja links from my blog on one page.

nozzle pot for jalaadhaari

nozzle pot for jalaadhaari

Om Namah Shivay    ॐ नमः शिवायः simple short mantra for Lord shiva (narrate 108 times if possible) while doing abhishek.

Shiv mahimna stotra श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम् (about twenty minutes)

Shiv Manas Pooja श्री शिव मानस पूजा (under seven minutes) as well during abhishek.

Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani द्वादश्ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि (written sanskrit/english)  twelve names of Lord Siva jyotirlingam.   under two minutes

Vedasaar shivastavah  वेदसारशिवस्तव   (under six minutes) shiv prayers

conclude with

ShivJi’s Aarti शिवजी आरती

Happy Navratri every one.

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The festival of mother goddess Navdurga Maa is starting the nine days of great garba,raas and festivities for speacial prayers to the mother goddess Maa Durga, Maa amba and Mahalaxmi.

Amba Maamaha laxmi maa no photo ghar nomaha laxmi no ghar no photo

Do fasting as much as you can and you can follow the fasting recipes on the recipes blogpratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes.com   

Here are some of the prayers for mother goddess from our blog site.

Happy navratri everyone. Enjoy the raas, Garba and the festival prayers.

Platter placement n cooking tips for shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

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Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors. This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts. Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

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Platter placement n cooking tips for  shraddha days(pitrupaksha)

Just a simple basic video of some tips for following the days of shraddha /poonam and amavasya shraddha,and platter placement for the panch maha bhoot (the birds/animals etc) for our ancestors.   This video includes some small snips of a couple recipes I use for my platter but the main purpose of this video is to show the placement of the recipes for the shraddha platter. So the recipes are not in detail. Those videos will follow later in the posts.  Please follow your family customs if you have/know them. Follow this video if you are looking to learn or do not know or remember your family customs for he shraddha platter.

Hope this helps.

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Sarva pitru Shraddha

Sarva Pitru Shraddha is and can be performed by all for the ancestors who passed on Amavasya, Poornima, on both sides of the family and for those ancestors whose Tithi (Indian calender dates) you do not remember. 

So say for example you remember one or two people’s dates for shraddha but you do not know or do not remember your great grand parents dates of passing, then the last day of shraddha which is know as sarva pittru shraddha is to be used to cook and feed the pancha maha bhoot so all the ancestors can come together just like a big party for the ancestors and enjoy the day at your place. Give you/us blessings for Health,wealth,happiness,peace, progeny and prosperity etc. Remember to cook with lot of love whatever you can and offer. Image

 

Until next time. Please shre and pass it on to he next generation.

Maa Baap ne bhulsho nahin-Gujrati prayer audio

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Maa Baap ne bhulsho nahin-Gujrati prayer in  audio/Video  

Click here for the prayer written pdf gujrati,english and translations  Maa Baap Ne bhulsho Nahin 

Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) 2013

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Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) 2013   Pitru shraddha. (The day for remembering our ancestors)

This year 2013 the day is on Sept 19th in East USA to Oct 3rd/4th. 2013. poonam shraddha can be done on sept 19,2013.

In Hindu culture, Once a year, every year, comes Shraddha Paksha. (The Ancestors’ forthnight). The time to pay respects, perform some religious ceremony and remember our ancestors – Known as Pitrtus, honor their wisdom, sacrifices and their being that have helped us come into this world and be what we are today.  On the day of their particular shraddha day, It is believed that if we cook their favorite food and offer to the Pancha maha bhoot- birds/crows, cows, dogs, give some to children, the temple priest, the poor etc, the ancestors will be fully satisfied where ever they are for the next one year and will have a happy and fulfilling life no matter where they are at this time. They will shower blessings of happiness, health and prosperity upon us and our family of future generations.  Starting tomorrow, for the next 15 days, in Hindu calendar we offer prayers, respects to the dearly departed ancestors of our family. They have done a lot for us during their life time and this is a special day in one year when we remember them all, each on their specific day or departing from this world and from us.

In my family we  typically sing the following prayer/s of

In respect to our ancestors, I am posting these small prayers in audio/video in gujrati to remember them. Recitation of the bhagwad gita chapter 12 and 15 are also considered to be very beneficial for the ancestors as it helps them in achieving peace and happiness in their  abode/next life cycle. Cook their favorite food on this day  and feed all you can and after offering to all, enjoy the meal with your family.

In case you do not remember which day they passed, the last day is a good day to offer your food and prayers. It is know as Sarva Pitru shraddha. (The day for all the ancestors) Sarva pirtushraddha This year 2013  in East USA is  Oct 3rd/4th. 2013

 

108 names of Lord Ganesh and Ganesh visarjanश्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि

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This year Ganesh visarjan is on Wed sept 18th,2013.  Shri Ganesh

The ten days of the special Ganesh chaturthi festival is coming to a close on the fourteenth day of the month known as Anant Chaturdashi (Anand chaudas). On the blog I have posted the shlokas, chalisa, and aarti now  here I am posting the 108 names as well. Recite these along with the other prayers to conclude the festival as we joyfully immerse the idols in the ocean we believe that Lord ganesh goes back to his heavenly abode and will at the same time accept our invitation to return to our homes again next year. Follow the order of  shlokas,prayers,chalisa,108 names and then Aarti.

After the 108 names, and at the end of this post are a few simple steps to follow for Ganesh Visarjan if you are doing it at your homes. Please remember immersions are only done for statues/idols/images of Ganesh that are brought specifically on the day of ganesh chaturthi for this event.(Usually made of clay).  The regular statues,images of Lord Ganesh that are in our homes  are NOT to be immersed.They stay.

Here are the Ashtottara Shatanamavali श्री गणेश अष्टोत्तर शतनामावलि of Lord Ganesh:

  • ॐ गजाननाय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नाराजाय नमः।
  • ॐ विनायकाय नमः।
  • ॐ द्वैमातुराय नमः।
  • ॐ द्विमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुमुखाय नमः।
  • ॐ कृतिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुप्रदीपाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुखनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सुराध्यक्षाय नमः।
  • ॐ सुरारिघ्नाय नमः।
  • ॐ महागणपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मान्याय नमः।
  • ॐ महाकालाय नमः।
  • ॐ महाबलाय नमः।
  • ॐ हॆरम्बाय नमः।
  • ॐ लम्बजठरायै नमः।
  • ॐ ह्रस्व ग्रीवाय नमः।
  • ॐ महॊदराय नमः।
  • ॐ मदॊत्कटाय नमः।
  • ॐ महावीराय नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गल स्वराय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमधाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रथमाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्राज्ञाय नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नकर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विघ्नहन्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्व नॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विराट्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्रीपतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ वाक्पतयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शृङ्गारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अश्रितवत्सलाय नमः।
  • ॐ शिवप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ शीघ्रकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ शाश्वताय नमः।
  • ॐ बल नमः।
  • ॐ बलॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ भवात्मजाय नमः।
  • ॐ पुराण पुरुषाय नमः।
  • ॐ पूष्णॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पुष्करॊत्षिप्त वारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगण्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रपूज्याय नमः।
  • ॐ अग्रगामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ मन्त्रकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ चामीकरप्रभाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वाय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वॊपास्याय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्व कर्त्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वनॆत्रॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वसिद्धिप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ सिद्धयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ पञ्चहस्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ पार्वतीनन्दनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कुमारगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अक्षॊभ्याय नमः।
  • ॐ कुञ्जरासुर भञ्जनाय नमः।
  • ॐ प्रमॊदाय नमः।
  • ॐ मॊदकप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ कान्तिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ धृतिमतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कामिनॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कपित्थपनसप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मचारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मरूपिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ ब्रह्मविद्यादि दानभुवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ जिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विष्णुप्रियाय नमः।
  • ॐ भक्त जीविताय नमः।
  • ॐ जितमन्मधाय नमः।
  • ॐ ऐश्वर्यकारणाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यायसॆ नमः।
  • ॐ यक्षकिन्नेर सॆविताय नमः।
  • ॐ गङ्गा सुताय नमः।
  • ॐ गणाधीशाय नमः।
  • ॐ गम्भीर निनदाय नमः।
  • ॐ वटवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ अभीष्टवरदाय नमः।
  • ॐ ज्यॊतिषॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भक्तनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ भावगम्याय नमः।
  • ॐ मङ्गलप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ अव्यक्ताय नमः।
  • ॐ अप्राकृत पराक्रमाय नमः।
  • ॐ सत्यधर्मिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सखयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सरसाम्बुनिधयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ महॆशाय नमः।
  • ॐ दिव्याङ्गाय नमः।
  • ॐ मणिकिङ्किणी मॆखालाय नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त दॆवता मूर्तयॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सहिष्णवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ सततॊत्थिताय नमः।
  • ॐ विघातकारिणॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वग्दृशॆ नमः।
  • ॐ विश्वरक्षाकृतॆ नमः।
  • ॐ कल्याणगुरवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ उन्मत्तवॆषाय नमः।
  • ॐ अपराजितॆ नमः।
  • ॐ समस्त जगदाधाराय नमः।
  • ॐ सर्वैश्वर्यप्रदाय नमः।
  • ॐ आक्रान्त चिद चित्प्रभवॆ नमः।
  • ॐ श्री विघ्नॆश्वराय नमः।

हरिः ॐ गं गणपतये नमः. इति श्री गणेशाय अष्टोत्तर नमः हरि ॐ शतनामावलि समाप्तः

Hari om Gum Ganapataye namah. Iti shri ganeshay ashttottara namah. Hari On shatanamavali .

Steps to follow For Ganesh visarjan:  श्री गणेश विसर्जन 

In case you cannot follow these steps due to lack of availability of items or time, that’s ok.  Just close your eyes and have an intention and do manas pooja (Mentally) offer these to lord Ganesh and

recite the prayers,chalisa,shlokas,108 names and conclude with aarti.

  • Aavahan
  • Shtaapan
  • Aasan
  • Arghya
  • Aachman
  • snanam(with panchamrut)
  • Vastra
  • yagnipavita
  • gandha
  • akshata
  • pushpamala
  • dhoop
  • deep
  • naivyedhyam
  • Taambul
  • Aarti
  • and Visarjan- Bring the idols/statues/images for immersion

  • Remember to create an intention to bring Lord Ganesh to our home again next year.

Pirtupaksha (Or the fifteen days- forthnight of ancestors) Shraddha Paksha is coming up Next.

Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

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Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Everyone

 

Always remember if you are short on time and cannot make this recipe a small piece of gud(Gor) or jaggery will serve just as well for ganpati prasad.

Originally posted on pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes:

Khuskhus kopra na ladoo(Ganpati Prasad Laadoo)

Ghaun naa laadoo(Wheat flour ladoos)

Khuskhus is – poppy seeds
Kopra- dry shredded coconut.
Ladoo- is sweet round balls (dessert) gujrati- લાડૂ

Typical traditional Indian Gujrati families always like and make wheat flour laddoos (sweet dish). This recipe takes some time to make but is very tasty. Yes it is very rich due to ghee/olive oil and a generous amount of gud (Gor) or jaggery. Yet, it is so worth it to be enjoyed on special occasion such as Ganesh Chaturthi. Laddoos are considered to be the most favorite sweets of Lord Ganesh and we also use this as an excuse to feed our own sweet tooth. Make sure to put the ladoos for prasad first.

So here is how we make it. There is a longer traditional version but I am trying to follow a much healthier and shorter version to make these Laddoos.

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Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक

Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक.

Shri Ganesh

Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक

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Shri Ganesh Aavahan Mantra Shloka
श्री गणेश आवाहनं मन्त्र श्लोक

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shri Ganesh

This year Shri Ganesh Chaturthi falls on Sept 8th Sunday, 2013. It is also a day when you try to stay away from looking at the moon. Visit my categories on the right of the blog to see what shloka to recited if you happen to see the moon by mistake on this day.

In continuation of our series for steps for pooja practices in typical hindu gujrati homes. This particular segment is for invoking Lord Ganesh which is always done at the beginning of all ceremonies and pooja performances.

Tadaadau shri vighneshvar poojam karishye : तदादौ श्री विघ्नेश्वर् पूजां करिष्ये

Join hands and close your eyes in reciting this following mantra/shloka to invite/invoke Lord Ganesh to the pooja performance.

  • ॐ सुमुखाय नमः Om sumukhaay namah
  • ॐ एक दन्ताय नमः Om Ek dantaaya namah
  • ॐ कपिलाय नमः Om Kapilaaya Namah
  • ॐ गजकर्णकाय नमः Om gajakarnakaya Namah
  • ॐ लम्बोदराय नमः Om Lambodaraaya Namah
  • ॐ विकटाय नमः Om Vikataaya Namah
  • ॐ विघ्नराजाय नमः Om Vidhna Raajaaya namah
  • ॐ गणाधिपाय नमः Om Ganadhipaaya Namah
  • ॐ धूम्रकेतवे नमः Om Dhumratketave Namah
  • ॐ गणाध्यक्षाय नमः Om Ganaadhyakshaaya Namah
  • ॐ भालचन्द्राय नमः Om Bhalchandraaya Namah
  • ॐ गजाननाय नमः  Om Gajananaaya Namah

अभीप्सितार्थ सिध्यर्थं पूजितो यः सुरैरपि |
सर्व विघ्नच्चिदे तस्मै गणाधिपतये नमः
ॐ गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे,
कविं  कवी  नामुपमश्रवस्तम म्
ज्येष्टराजं ब्रह्मणां ब्रह्मणस्पत,
आनः श्रुन्वन्नूति भिस्सीद सादनम् ||

 श्री महा गणपते नमः| 

Jai Shri Ganesh

विघ्नेश्वर महाभाग सर्व लोक नमस्कृत |
मयरब्धमिदंकर्म निर्विघ्नं कुरु सर्वदा |
आब्रह्मलोकादशेशात् अलोकालोकपर्वतात
ये वसन्ति द्विजदेवाः तेभ्यो नित्यं नमो नमः |
नमो नमो गणेशाय नमस्ते शिव सूनवे |
अविघ्नं कुरुमे देव नमामित्वाम् गणाधिप

श्री महा गणपतये नमः  प्रार्थना समर्पयामि ||

  1. Abhipsitaartha siddhyarthan poojito yah surairapi.
  2. sarva vighnachchidetasmai ganaadhipataye namah.
  3. om ganaaanaam tvaa ganapatim havaamahe,
  4. kavimkavinaam upamashravastavam |
  5. Jyeshtaraajam brahmanaam brahmaanaspta
  6. aa nah shrunvannutibhissida saadanam ||
  7. Shri maha ganapataye namah|
  8. Vighneshvara mahabhaaga sarva loka namaskrutah
  9. mayaarabdhamidam karma,nirvighnam kuru sarvadaa.|
  10. aa brahmalokaadsheshaatalokaalokaparvataat
  11. Ye vasanti dvijadevaha, tebhyo nityam namo namah.
  12. namo namo ganeshaya namaste shiva sunave|
  13. A vidhnam kurume  deva namaamitvaam ganaadhipa.
  14. Shri maha ganapataye namah : Prarthanaam samarpayaami.

Bow your head to lord Shri Ganesh.

shri ganesh

shri ganesh

Next in the series is 10 Aatmapooja  आत्मपूजा in our continuaiton of series for Hinduism: Basics of Pooja practices.

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