Bhagavathi Seva is being done at our temple for the first time this Friday, April 29th at 6:30pm. This puja needs a lot of flowers and so devotees are encouraged to bring lots of flowers.
Puja can be sponsored for $101.
The Bhagavati Seva Puja, is an ancient Vedic puja ceremony done to restore balance in the environment and bring peace within us and the world. It balances the malefic effects of planets. It is a very beneficial puja performed to keep us in harmony with cosmic forces, thereby removing and overcoming the sorrows of life and bringing spiritual upliftment.
The Puja starts with lighting of the lamps. The Lord Ganesha, Devi Durga and Devi Saraswathy are invoked in the Kuthuvilakkus. First Puja is done for Lord Ganesha and Naivedya (Kela, Coconuts, Pan Supari etc) is offered. Next Devi Saraswathy is worshipped. The Naivedyam offered is Vadai, Kela Coconuts Pan Supari.
Then Devi Durga is worshipped. This is done a bit elaborately as compared to the other two deities. The priest recites Devi Mahatmyam. Then he recites the Lalitha Sahasranamam using a lot of flowers for the archanai. Then he does Kumkum archana reciting the Lalitha Astothram and then later on he recites the Lalitha Trishathi.
A series of Namaskarams are offered by the assembled devotees, to the deities, interspersed with different stotrams/mantram/slokams in praise of Devi.
Then the Neivedyam is offered which is very special- the Nei Payasam to the Bhagavathy.