Saturday, 20 August 2011

Chitraguptajayanti Puja

by Chitragupt Pariwar (Hum Kayasth) on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:37am
Chitraguptaji was born on Yamadwitiya and his birthday is celebrated as Chitraguptajayanti. Puja including yajna is done on this day. The greatness of this yajna is that whoever performs it, is spared the punishments of hell, whatever his records of deeds be!
The process of Puja (worship rituals) starts in a similar fashion as other worships of Hindu gods and goddess. The various steps and observations are detailed below.

Chitragupta Puja: Process

Saamgri (Articles Consumed in Worship of Lord Chitrgupt)
1. Vastra (new cloth) 2. Kalash (A pitcher/pot) 3. Sakkar (Sugar) 4. Deep (Light) 5. Ghee 6. Cotton 7. Dhoop (Scent stick) 8. Phool mala (Flowers and garlands) 9. Chandan 10. Haldi (Turmeric powder) 11. Akshat (Raw rice, a scared article in Hindu Worship) 12. Agarbatti (Scent stick) 13. Ganga Jal (Water from the Holy Ganga) 14. Raksha (A pious red colored thread tied on wrist after worship) 15. Kumkum (A color used for [tilak]) 16. Shankh 17. Mango Foliage 18. Camphor 19. Sweets 20. Fruits 21. Kasora (earthen bowl; could also use metal) 22. Pan (Betel leaf) - it should be with the petiole 23. Supari (Betel nut), whole 24. Pen and Inkpots
1. Wash the place for God and spread a cloth (desk or any other place)
2. Wash and clean the God's idol or any other representation such as portrait
3. Respectively put Lord Chitragupta's idol and other Gods as per devotion after washing
4. Place kalash and kasora with sugar, put mango foliage between kasora and kalash
5. Put Pan & Supari
6. Wrap rakhsha on all the pen & ink pot (ancient and new ones) ahead of placing before God
7. Put [swastika] on papers
Conducting the Pooja
1.Bath the Gods and decorate with tilak of Chandan, Haldi and Roli followed by Akshat
2.Offer flowers, deep, dhoop and praise Lord Chitragupt with agarbatti
3.Offer fruits and sweets
4.Start with Lord Chitragupta's Katha
(the mythological story)

a. After completing the decorations, hold your hands and do a Naman before the God.    b. Take the katha book and a flower in your hand and give a flower each to all listeners   c. After completing the Katha, ask listeners to offer their flowers in the service of God

5.Following the katha, start Chitragupta Chalisa[1]

6. Do the Aarti of Lord Chitragupta

7. Write names of Gods (5 or 7 or 11) on the papers with Swastik (Two thoughts per kalam shayan has resulted in ambiguity in the order of this assignment. While the western hypothesis silence the pens after Diwali pooja, easterners do it after Yum-Dvitiya pooja. Written assignment should find an order w.r.t. kalam shayan)

8.When the writing assignment is over, put all the papers in the offering to God. It is followed by kalam-shayan (which literally means "Resting of the Pens"). This ritual is not homogeneous as different rituals are observed in east and west part of north India.

a. In the western hypothesis, pens are put to rest post worshiping the goddess Lakshmi on Diwali b. In the eastern part of India (further east of Varanasi), pens are continued with writing; however, they are put on reast following the Chiragupta pooja.

9.Do the Hawan (the holy fire). Organize and structure woods/stick in a hawan-kund or organize on open earth

a. Lit a Camphor in a spoon, drop it in the hawan kund chanting Gayatri Mantram b. Put three/five Aahutis of cotton plugs in the hawan chanting Gayatri Mantram c. Next, offer hawan-Saamagris in the Hawan kund chanting names of all Gods and Goddess starting with Ganesh followed by Chitragupt, Home God and village God d. Chant “Om shri Chitraguptay namah Swaha” during rest of the Hawan

10.Do the aarti with camphor chanting the ‘Chitragupt Aarti’

11.The main person performing this worship (usually head of the family in home or the priest in temple) ties rakhsha, put tilak on his forehead and that of other participants, and then take God’s blessings and Prasaadam

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