The Shiva Pooja

The Shiva Pooja

TRYAMBAKKAM YAJAMAAHE SUGANDHIM PUSTIVARDHANAM
URVARUKAMIVA BANDHANAN MRTYORMUKSIYA MAMRTAT

This mantra should be recited for 8000 times in a period of forty days. The recitation of 108 mantra for forty days both in the morning and evening covers this requirement. After lighting a lamp and sitting in any yogic posture (preferably Padmasana which is the Ideal Posture of Lord Shiva while facing east. Recite the Maha-mantra 108 times This is the greatest work of Maharishi Vashistha

Understanding the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

OM has to be added to the beginning of all Mantras

TRYAMBAKKAM refers to the Three eyes of Lord Shiva. 'Trya' means 'Three' and 'Ambakam' means eyes. These three eyes or sources of enlightenment are the Trimurti or three primary deities, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the three 'AMBA' (also meaning Mother or Shakti' are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Gouri. Thus in this word, we are referring to God as Omniscient (Brahma), Omnipresent (Vishnu) and Omnipotent (Shiva). This is the wisdom of Brihaspati and is referred to as Sri Duttatreya having three heads of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

YAJAMAHE means, "We sing Thy praise".

SUGANDHIM refers to His fragrance (of knowledge, presence and strength i.e. three aspects) as being the best and always spreading around

PUSTIVARDHANAM Pooshan refers to Him as the sustainer of this world and in this manner, He is the Father (Pater) of all. Pooshan is also the inner impeller of all knowledge

URVAAROKAMEVA 'URVA' means "VISHAL" or big and powerful or deadly.

'AAROOKAM' means 'Disease'. Thus URVAROOKA means deadly and overpowering diseases. He is the destroyer of all Diseases

BANDANAAN means bound down. Thus read with URVAROOKAMEVA, it means 'I am bound down by deadly and overpowering diseases'.

MRITYORMOOKSHEYA means to deliver us from death (both premature death in this Physical world and from the neverending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the sake of Mokshya (Nirvana ).

MAAMRITAAT means 'please give me some Amritam (life rejuvinating nectar). Read with the previous word, it means that we are praying for some 'Amrit' to get out of the death inflicting diseases as well as the cycle of re-birth.


SHIVA POOJA

Moole Kalpadrumasya Druta Kanaka Nibhamcharu Padmasanastam
Vamamkaruda Gowrinbidakucha Bharabhoga Gadopagudam
Nana(Sarva)lamkara kantam Vara Parasumruga Bheetihastam trinetram
Vande Balendu Moulim Gajavadana guha slishta parswam Mahesam.
Sambaparameswaram dhyayami, Avahayami, Parameswaraya namah, Asanam samarpayami, Padyam samarpayami, Arghyam samarpayami, Achamaneeyam samarpayami, Madhuparkam samarpayami, Snanam samarpayami, Achamaneeyam samarpayami, Vastralakaram samarpayami, Yegnopaveetam samarpayami, Gandhan dharayami.

Om Bhavaya Devaya namah
Om Sarvaya Devaya namah
Om Eesanaya Devaya namah
Om Pasupataye Devaya namah
Om Rudraya Devaya namah
Om Ugraya Devaya namah
Om Bhimaya Devaya namah
Om Mahate Devaya namah
Parameswaraya namah Nanavidha parimala patra pushpan samarpayami, Om Haim, Hreem, Sreem Panchakshari Samba parameswara Shree Padukam poojayami tarpayami namah(3 times)

Parameswaraya namah, Dhupam agrapayami, Deepam darsayami, Nivedyam samrpayami, madya madya paneeyam samrpayami, Uttaraposhanam samrpayami, Hastaprakshalanam, Padaprakshalanam, Achamaneeyam, Tambulamcha samarpayami, Karpura Neerajanam samarpayami.

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudra Prachodayat. Parameswaraya namah Mantrapushpam samarpayami. Pradikshina namaskaram samarpayami, Samasta Rajopachara, Devopacharan samarpayami. Anaya Poojaya Bhagavan Sarvadevatmakah Sambaparameswara Supreeta Suprasanno bhavatu.
Abhishta sidhim medehi Saranagata Vastale

Bhaktwa samarpaye tubhyam chaturayata narchanam .

Om Sai Ram

courtesy: KM emailed on 11.07.2007

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