Traditional Vedic Prayer Events Using Meditation, Mantras & Rituals
Puja is a ritualistic form of worship that has been used throughout the temples of India for thousands of years. The word “puja” comes from two Sanskrit words which together translate as “to create purification of the mind and to acquire virtuous qualities while removing bad qualities or karma.” Thus the act of performing a puja brings to us positive energies while simultaneously dissolving the ill effects of our negative actions.
Pujas are typically directed towards different deity forms in order to invoke the attributes of that deity, connect with the light of God, and receive blessings. Pujas may be done for specific areas of life such as health, career, relationships, spiritual growthand so forth. During a puja elaborate steps are performed by the priest (called a “pujari”) in order to cleanse and prepare the space for worship; to invoke the deity and all his/her qualities; and bring in positive energies to the puja space, to those attending the puja, and to the world at large. Pujas involve Sanskrit mantra chanting along with offerings of flowers, fruit, rice, sweets, incense, milk, honey, water and other substances.
A puja also includes a fire ceremony called a “homa.” This fire ceremony forms an integral part of the puja rituals with fire used to represent the concept of God, which may otherwise be too abstract for us to visualize. During the homa, prayer requests, beautiful garments, various metals and other substances are tossed into the fire as an offering to God and an indication of the release of our desires.
Most pujas are done with attendees simply watching the rituals; however in special instances attendees have the opportunity to participate along with the pujari, making the ceremony and the steps of the puja more meaningful. Some pujas last for a few hours and some last for days on end, where the rituals are done around the clock without a break. Before a puja, attendees prepare themselves through fasting, praying, meditating or setting conscious intentions as to how they would like puja energies directed in their own lives. Once someone decides to participate in a puja, puja energies begin to work in the person’s life, even prior to the actual ceremony.
Ultimately a puja is performed for the purpose of honoring God and receiving blessings. By performing a puja, our minds and souls become purified and negative tendencies are washed away.
The Vedic Healing Institute offers group pujas on a regular basis which are led by Pujari Professor Sasi Velupillai of India, Reiki Master Alexandra Juliani and a dedicated group of vedic healing practitioners. Practitioners participate in the puja worship through the use of mantras, meditation, and rituals. Private pujas may also be scheduled upon request for an individual’s personal needs.
Ganesh Deity Form- Removes Obstacles, Brings New Beginnings, Good Luck & Auspiciousness
(The Ganesh pictured here is from the Vedic Healing Institute's temple where puja rituals with flowers, incense and camphor are performed daily.)
DEITY INSTALLATION CEREMONIES
in Private Homes & Offices
In the Hindu tradition, spiritual aspirants work with deity forms as a way to bring focus to their meditation and to invoke positive energies into their personal spaces and lives. All deity forms are regarded as aspects of the one Supreme Energy, with each one representing a special function. the deity forms are "spiritual" rather than "religious" in nature, providing simply an easy way for people to channel their prayers.
Professor Sasi Velupillai & Reiki Master Alexandra Juliani perform special Deity Installation Ceremonies for people who would like to not only own a statue in their home, office, or garden, but would like to have the statue transformed into a “murthi” or an energetic image, fit for worship and/or able to attract positive energies. Through vedic rituals, these murthis are given life, and thus able to create positive change, protection and movement for the recipient and the space where the murthi is kept.
The Deity Installation Ceremony includes an extensive vedic puja performed in Sanskrit along with English translation as well as traditional fire/coconut rituals.
• Time spent determining what type of deity would best serve the aspirant & the proper location in the home/office/garden
• Preparing the recipient and his/her space to receive the deity form
• Selection of an auspicious date for the installation ceremonies according to the recipient’s birthdate and the particular deity involved
• Installation of the Deity through the chanting of ancient Sanskrit prayers along with English translation. These prayers clear negative energies and bring in happiness, health, new beginnings, and positive energies
• Traditional puja procedures using Sanskrit mantras, prayers, incense, water, flowers, rice, milk, sandalwood paste, sacred ash (vibhuti), bells, kumkum (red paste), honey, camphor, coconut, and other items
• Fire ceremony in the Indian tradition
• Recommendations of ongoing ways to work with the deity energies
The Deity Installation Ceremonies mark an important, energetic "high" in someone's life, as he or she conciously invites into the space--and therefore into his/her life--a murthi (deity statue), becoming the custodian of this murthi. These ceremonies may be attended by the friends and family of the recipient as well. Indian food may be provided upon request as typically the ceremonies are followed by the joyous sharing of a meal.
***Currently we have a large Ganesh deity statue and a Hanuman who are looking for homes. Both were handcrafted in India by spiritual artisans. If you are interested in creating a sacred space at your home or garden with one of these deities, please inquire.
Practitioners assemble for a puja ceremony
VEDIC HEALING INSTITUTE
Sanskrit Mantra Chanting Classes & Vedic Initiation Ceremonies;
Puja Prayer Ceremonies; Meditation/Chanting Gatherings;
& Pilgrimages to India
On a magical night, a 5-foot Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva,
was installed in a vedic puja ceremony at the Vedic Healing Institute's temple.
Our Nataraja was handmade from a unique combination of metals in Tamil Nadu, South India according to vedic traditions and traveled many miles to grace our space.
Nataraja's energies help destroy negativity, bringing movement, action and new beginnings.
Pictured here is our beloved Nataraja murthi after the ceremony
in which he was honored through chanting and rituals that included offerings of rice, incense, sacred ash, fire, and flowers. Ceremony was led by Professor Sasi & Reiki Master Alexandra along with a dedicated group of Vedic Healing practitioners.
Om Namaha Shivaya...May all who gaze upon this image derive healing.