Pooja services

Pooja services

Dear Devotees, Greetings!

Pooja Services

At our temple we conduct all poojas to satisfy all devotees to come to the temple. Please contact the temple to schedule priest services.

In order to better serve you, we request that you contact us.

 

Special Poojas

If you would like to host any one of these monthly poojas, please indicate your preference by either phoning one of the committee members or email through by clicking contact us.

The cost for hosting special monthly poojas will be $51.00. This will include special abishekam, arati and ashtotara namavali archana. For more details of the actual pooja, please contact the President Mr Ilango Krishnamoorthy on 09-263 8854 or Mob: 021 739879.

Any number of host families may participate on any day and be part of the communal worship.

Monthly Poojas

Shasti

Sashti is another day of importance to Sri Murugan. It usually falls a few days after Amavasai of the month. Devotees undertake fastings and prayers on the occurance of this day every month for a period usually a year or three years. Since this day is of importance to Sri Murugan, the occurance of Sashti during the month of Karthigai is considered of great importance and celebrated as Skanda Sashti.

Ekadasi

Ekadasi is a day of special importance to Vaishnavites. It denotes special importance with respect to Lord Venkateshwara. Ekadasi occurs twice a month, once a few days before the Amavasai of the month, and the other time a few days before the Pournami of the month. During this day devotees undertake special prayers to please Lord Balaji or present offerings as Thulasi and fruits in his alter.

Sankatahara Chathurthi

Sankata (means problems) and Hara (means killing or removing) and therefore Sankata Hara Chadurthi is a day to invoke Lord Ganesh’s blessings to remove all problems in life. Sankata Hara Chathurthi vrattam is very auspicious for removing all obstacles in life and to convert your problems into opportunities. You may recite sthothras, chants on Lord Ganesha on this day and invoke His Grace. It is customary to fast throughout the day and break the fast after sighting the Moon cresecent on this day.

Prathosam

Prathosam is a day of importance for Lord Shiva. This occurs twice every month once during the growing moon period and once during the waning moon period. In both these periods, the 1 hour before and 1 hour after sunset and approximately, 4.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. (the time we see stars) will constitute PRATHOSAM. It is on Prathosam that Lord Shiva danced between two horns of NANDHI DEVA. The offering of prayers on Prathosam day to both Lord Shiva and Nandhi is believed to destroy our sins and shower HIS blessings.

Pournami Pooja

This marks the full moon day. The moon, which is one of the Navagrahas denoted as CHANDRAN, is considered as a deity who showers blessings of prosperity and good health. This occurs once every month, usually a fortnight after Amavasai. On Pournami a special abishekam and pooja for Devi will take place.

Yearly Pooja

Tamil New Year

The Varushapirapu is the Tamil New Year, it is a time for celebrating new and prosperous beginnings. The 13th of April is the beginning of the first month Chittirai of the Tamil year (Nandhana year), which is celebrated as the New Year and is also known as “Chittirai Vishu”. Varusham is the Tamil word for “year” and ‘Pirapu’ can be translated as the “birth” or “beginning” or “commencement” of an event.

According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Creator of the world Lord Brahma started creation. On the Tamil New Year’s Day, poojas are performed in various temples.

Skanda Shasti

Sashti is the day the Lord Subramanya defeated the demon Soorapadman. When the devas couldn’t tolerate the evil doings of this demon, they approached the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati for his assistance. He fought Soorapadman for six days, at the end of which the Lord vanquished the asura. He threw his weapon at him and Soorapadman was split into two halves. One half became a peacock, which he took as his vaahana. The other became a cock and was transformed into his flag.

The devas, who were tormented by Soorapadman, rejoiced–they praised the Lord and prayed to him for six days. Devotees usually narrate the kanda sashti kavacham during this period. Whoever fasts for these six days of Skanda Sashti and prays to Lord Muruga steadfastly, it is said that they would get the blessings of [Lord Muruga]. Those who are unable to fast for a whole day for a six-day duration, can eat just one meal during this period.



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