* * * Saburi
May all the shirdi saibaba devotees who light lemon lamps with
pure devotion gain blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, Ganesha, Lord
Murugan , Lord Shiva and Shirdi saibaba
Goddess Durga Pooja :
My love for lighting lemon lamps started as i used to light lemon
lamps for Goddess Durga in a temple from 1999. The lemon lamps itself
creates a sacred feeling in mind. Though i created "starsai
lemon lamps pooja for shirdi saibaba devotees, you can also do the
same for Goddess Durga.
Usually Lemon lamps are lit for goddess Durga in temples. I get
few mails asking if Lemon lamps can be lit in house. It can be done
because rituals and pooja are only way of showing devotion on God
and Goddess . Just take proper safe way to light lamps. I used to
say ,simply offer one full lemon in the feets of sai or any god
photos and pray "goddess of nature" as a thank you for
providing the lemons for your sacred Pooja. The rest of the lemons,
you can cut it , take off the juice, keep cotton wicks and use ghee
or oil to light lemon lamps. Its very powerful if you light lemon
lamps on fridays from 10.30 A.M to 12 noon. and on sundays between
4.30 P.M to 6 evening.
Lighting lamps is very dear to sai
and i also love it :
See and Feel how it looks from the photographs below this ritual
i wrote to gain blessings of shirdi saibaba.Though i have never
taken photo of the shirdi saibaba statues i pray in my pooja room
, i felt it will do good to others if i spread a word about it..so
i have photographed it for starsai family members.
About Starsai Lemon lamps pooja
A pooja/ritual is done to show our devotion,love and faith on
God.If you are facing any problems and trying to take a spiritual
path , trust me , there are not instant benefits for any thing in
shirdi sais path.You have to show that you have ability to bear
the pains based on your past karma.Sai will let the bad days pass
by and during these times when you feel your prayers are not being
answered , try to divert your mind in reading mantra,sloka and doing
little rituals , puja for god etc.This way you will make use of
your bad time in gaining blessings of God which will have its effect
when you enter a good phase in life. Thats why i have listed few
pooja in here.
When it comes to lemon lamps, you need not light so many lamps
as i have done. Lighting just 2 lamps is enough
to gain blessings of Goddes Durga and shirdi saibaba but the more
lamps you light , the better your life will be.
Thats my personal faith. Apart from the materialistic benefits,every
ritual has its own philosophy and meaning.Do this "starsai
lemon lamps pooja " if u can spend 5 hours any day of the week.
Intention to spread this ritual
: Puja for saibaba
I did this pooja on 26: 01 :2007 in my house lighting 24 lemon
lamps in circle around shirdi saibaba statue and while reading sai
satcharitra , i felt it must be spread amoung other shirdi sai devotees
who might love to do it.So immediately i took my camera and started
photographing as it will be a memory for myself.
Atleast one in every 10 people who read this will learn the value
of lighting lamps and bliss and feeling of purity , confidence and
presence of a divinity the lemon lamps can bring to your heart.
How Shirdi Saibaba helped me do
this Pooja :
My love for lighting lamps in temple started in 1999 when my mom
asked me to light lemon lamps.After 8 years when i went to kabaaleswarar
temple in chennai , i saw Goddess Durga where i used to light lamps
every sunday.From that day, something kept on repeating in my mind
related to lemon lamps.Last week, i got few visions of Lord Shiva
and also in dream i saw shiva temple.
The past two days i was depressed and upset a lot worrying about
my career.I love Goddess Saraswathi and from wednesday evening ,
i felt saibaba is always telling me to light 24 lemon lamps infront
of Goddess saraswathi and pray.Then you will get success.somehow
i din't felt like purchasing lemons as i dint know if i am really
serious about doing it.
Already we are lighting 7 lamps with oil and one lamp with ghee
infront of 9 baba statues everyday for past 2 years.( saibaba asked
me to do this in vision in feb 2005 )
When i told my mom about my interest to light lemon lamps,she said
" you have become mad of lighting lamps...do as u wish ".So
i felt upset why i am like this and left it.My mom also said no
one will light so many lemon lamps at home.I know she is right and
even my guru said that since we cut lemon in 2 halves , we must
do preethi to lemon thanking Nature goddess for proving us this
But i respect words of a vibration that sometimes emerges in my
heart.I consider it as sais words and will do it no matter what
baba asks me to do.
Light Lemon lamps praying Goddess
Saraswathi and shirdi saibaba :
On thursday i went to nagasai mandhir, came around dhuni for hours
reciting saraswathi mantra.I bought 30 lemons and came home.I decided
to light many lamps as i wished on friday morning praying Goddess
saraswathi, Sivanesan swamiji , Lord shiva and parvathi to help
me. Most importantly the pooja is for our shirdi sai to show my
love by lighting lemon lamps around him....Its also for kuruvi sidhar
( the saint who lived before 6000 years.since he lived a life associating
himself with nature, i also decided this pooja is very special to
kuruvi sidhar as its done with lamps made of natural lemon )
Lamps Pooja can also be done for Goddess Durga - Click Here
Making a Lemon lamp :
I will explain how to make lemon lamp for people who have not done
1.Take a lemon, press it on floor or any hard surface few times
to make it become less harder.
2.Cut the lemon in two halves.
3.Take off all the juice by pressing in a cup , make sure all the
flesh is completely off .
4.Invert the lemon gently in such
a way that it makes a cup like structure where u can pour oil or
ghee. sometimes, the lemon will create a whole in center which must
not be used.Thats why u have to buy extra lemons.
5.Then take 2 wicks , Pour oil or ghee and
6.You can pour extra oil or ghee while doing prayers, if u want
the lamps to continue burning .sometimes the lemon it self will
start to burn because of over head.
7.I explain everything in detail because since it involves fire,
please take utmost care while doing this pooja.
Starsai lemon lamps pooja :
Now we come to the actual pooja. Lemon lamps are often lit for
Goddess Durga and Amman. You can pray any Goddess you wish. Either
Durga, any form of Parvathi, Saraswathi
Make sure you choose your favourite goddess along with sai to
do this pooja.
The only item required is a big plate which will be easy for u
to arrange the lemon lamps in circle....Its not necessary that u
arrange as circle.You can arrange in line too as u wish. But make
sure that u have a big comfortable plate its not safe to light lemon
lamps on floor.My mom gave me one big thaambaalam which i used today.
Lighting 2 lemons lamps is enough
to gain blessings of Goddess Durga and shirdi saibaba :
I am not asking any of you to light 24 lemon lamps .Only i did
it because i love lighting lamps so much. I think the photography
of sai with 24 beautiful lemon lamps surrounding him will surely
inspire you and help you learn the value of lemon lamps. So atleast
light 2 lemon lamps when ever you have time and feel like showing
your devotion to shirdi saibaba by lighting lemon lamps.If you really
wish to light many lemon lamps, you are most invited by kingdom
of sai , because Shirdi
sai loves lighting lamps so much.
You can learn how much shirdi saibaba loves lighting lamps at shirdisailight.com
Holy bath ( abishekam ) for all
baba statues, Ganesha and Goddess saraswathi :
I did abishekam for all 9 shirdi sai status, Lord ganesha and sarswathi
Lighting the sacred lemon lamps
I arranged all the lemon lamps in circle around the plate, kept
kumkum in four sides of lemon reciting a mantra. After pouring oil
, i started lighting the lemon lamps. I kept my Goddess saraswathi
statue over a sai book, the book of sivanesan swamiji, Baba samadhi
photo , Garbarakshaambigai photo and kept a hibiscus flower which
grows in our house.
Then i felt why not keep one of shirdi saibaba statue in middle
of the plate and i kept it there. ( you can arrange the lamps as
you wish.its not necessary that shirdi sai must be kept it middle.I
did it because the plate was big enough ).
Make sure you offer any sweets or prasad for sai.My mom came inbetween
prayers and said u lit so many lamps but no prasad.so she gave me
I started reciting the following
mantra for shirdi saibaba and Goddess Mahalakshmi, Saraswathi and
saibaba astothram ,
Goddess Saraswathi gayathri
Mantra of Lord shiva
Then i read 2 chapters from Sai
satcharitra - life of shirdi saibaba.
Then i prayed shirdi saibaba and kuruvi sidhar to accept my prayers
and said that i did this to show my love and affection on sai.Mean
while i poured extra oil to continue the lamps to glow for 3 hours.I
must have poured oil 3-4 times little by little.
Then i did meditation for few minutes.Thats when i asked baba if
its good to spread this way of praying to all my starsai family..i
opened eyes and saw the beautiful lights surrounding sai will surely
inspire other shirdi saibaba devotees to lighti lamps ..I took it
as a positive message from sai that its good to spread this pooja
I showed arathi with camphor many times when ever i felt like doing.I
was reading Mahalakshmi astothram and mantra was shiva and showing
arathi for shirdi saibaba and shiva,saraswathi statues.
Benefits of starsai lemon light
I dont know about benefits of this ritual but i feel really pleased
to express my love for lighting lamps and it actually started in
1999 when my mom asked me to light lemon lamps regularly on sundays
..I am 100 percent sure that this ritual will bring you great blessings
from shirdi saibaba and the Goddess whom you worship lighting lemon
lamps will bless you with all peace and happiness in life.
Step by step description of Starsai
lemon light pooja :
Before u do this pooja make sure you have cut 12 lemons in 2 halves...so
it makes 24 lemon lamps..The count is not at all important.since
sai made me feel like doing it with 24 lamps , i choosed 24. If
u dont have time atleast choose to light 6 lamps...I recommond 24
because it was said by sai to me.Even if thats not possible just
light 2 lemon lamps .
1.Pray your favourite Goddess and Shirdi saibaba to bless you by
doing this pooja
2.Keep photos or statues of Goddess whom you wish to pray and also
photos of shirdi sai baba .
If you have statues, do abishekam as you wish and use the water
as prasad for you to drink after the pooja.
3.Light lemon lamps and offer any prasad...sweets etc.
4.Recite your favourite mantra and read atleast 2 pages or chapters
of sai satcharitra.
5.Repeat " aum sai sri sai jai jai sai " or "shirdi
sai dwarakamai " or any names of shirdi sai for atleast 10
minutes.you can simply chant sai sai sai...sai sai sai...sai sai
sai....for 30 minutes .This is most powerful chanting for shirdi
6.After all the lamps are put off by itself, close your eyes for
10 minutes and deeply feel baba is in your heart and say his name
contineously.You will get God vision .If not you will feel the bliss
in you.Do u r prayers and drink the abishekam as prasad.
Thats it. ****
I love lighting lamps.so i did this puja and i hope it will atleast
help you understand the value of lighting lemon lamps .
Some say only in temple we must light many lamps.especially lemon
lamps but i believed in what shirdi sai was saying me past 2 days
and the best part is that though i made 26 lemon lamps thinking
lets have extra lamps incase if any lamp has hole init, exactly
2 lamps had holes ...there by i lit 24 lamps...the count given by
sai....It confirmed that sai really wants me to do it.
Thank u sai for doing this beautiful work today .Hope Goddess saraswathi
listened to my prayers.Please feel free to share your views, doubts
or any improvements to be made in this ritual.
Shirdi Sai Dwarakamai
sai sai sai....sai sai sai...sai sai sai...sai
sai sai....sai sai sai....sai sai sai....sai sai sai...sai sai sai...
Always in the holy feets of my sweet saint shirdi saibaba
Shirdi saibaba photos while i did
Lemons lamps puja :
Sairam friends, only the beauty of these
wonderful lemon lamps surrounding our shirdi sai made me get a feeling
that i must share it with all shirdi sai devotees and inspire them
to do this pooja.Why am i doing all this. I know you are facing
pains in your personal life, career andmay be in any relationship
issues. Please dont worry.Show total devotion on our shirdi sai.
There are no rules in shirdi sais path.He is a very unique and most
forgiving saint. So please do any of the pooja listed in starsai
and be blessed by saibaba of shirdi.