above Photography was done in 2007 with a statue of Shiv Ling and
Madurai Meenakshi Amman beautifully blessing us with a Five wicks
Lord Shiva and Goddess
Sumangali pooja which taught me
the greatness of Respecting women in your life
It is truly a wonderful Pooja..
as soon as we went i saw the beautiful elephant taking bath...
Then we went to Goddess Pachai Naayagi ( green queen ) sannidhi...Priest
did Milk abishekam for her. Then we went to Pateeswaran sannidhi
and did prayers.
My mothers 2 sister came their kids...
My moms one of brother came from tirunelveli with his son
and my cousin ram and lakshman and Arun were there along with chitapa.
My mom and her sisters offered Saree to Goddess ...green saree
with orange border...a very beautiful green like a light parrot
green.Then we went to all gods ...starting with Lord Ganesha.
Lord shiva here is known as Pateeswaran. Somehow during my kumbakonam
journey i learnt patee is name of a celestial cow.The cow has given
milk to a ant hill and it was discovered that Shiv ling was in it.
Though am in coimbatore for over 30 years, i really felt happy
for having darshan standing close to Shiv ling...The priest Shivachariyar
( son of Mani iyer ) sung very beautiful mantra in praise of Lord
Shiva.Then we were offered a Garland of bhel leaves over our neck.
Then we did prayers of Lord Gnana bairavar, Lord chandran and Lord
Suryan. We then came around the temple
The Lord Murugan is called "Baala murugan". in 1983 ,
my mother was seriously ill. During such time she was not able to
have solid food for over 8 month. Finally Mani iyer kept lemons
in holy feets of this Murugan and asked her to do a ritual . After
8 days she finally had half idly and gradually got cured.
So when ever i see this Lord Murugan i get a feeling of Gratitude
for he blessed me and indra with Mother. The priest sung a very
very beautiful mantra in praise of Lord Murugan in tamil. How powerful
were the words and how great the meaning which makes us realize
beauty of Lord Murugan.
Then we came around temple worshiping lord Murugan ...prayed Hanuman..then
reached in side sannidhi of Goddess Pachai naayagi.
Goddess Pachai Naayagi with her graceful eyes :
The saree we offered were given to Lord Pachai Naayagi..How beautiful
is our Goddess with the parot green saree, a silver paadhuka for
her leg, the orange border reminding me the presence of Shirdi Saibaba
and beautiful flowers.
The priest did pooja and asked to light 5 lamps...I saw the lamps
were lit with out kumkum kept over them. So i looked for kumkum.
There was a small triangular carving in the stony walls of temple
inside where some kumkum was kept. I took it and kept over the lamps.
Then we went infront of Pachai naayagi sannidhi...3 girls of age
7 to 12 was asked to sit facing east. My mom, her 2 sisters and
sister in law arranged the offerings in a plastic basket...
Jasmine flowers, Tumeric ,Kumkum is kept inside a kumkuma chimil,
Bannana fruit, a small powder box,comb, mirror, beetle nuts along
with a cloth to stich chudi was kept in a big plate - thaambalam
and offered to the girls.
Each girl is offered the same sacred offerings seperatly. Then
Shivachariyar asked me , amma and appa and all others to come around
them 3 times . We are supposed to get blessings from them as if
they are ambal ...the goddess herself.
Gift of Lalitha Sahasranamam books
I had already got 14 books of Lalitha sahasranaamam to give as
gift to the sumagali and girls. So i requested the priest if i can
offer them. I was allowed to offer them.He happily agreed. The priest
of Pachai naayagi asked for some copy of Pachai naayagi..When i
told i shall get it n give, he said its ok.
I still felt i must give him and gave a small pocket sized lalitha
sahasranaamam which i got in Nagasai mandhir. Then i went to entrance
of temple where the Temple elephant was giving blessings to devotees
with his wealthy long trunk.
I wanted to give more copy of Lalitha sahasranamam to the pachai
naayagi priest..so got it from temple book shop and ran inside the
goddess sannidhi to give it to him. He angrily said " i told
you its ok, you are taking strain and getting it "
All the 5 Lalitha sahasranamam books we kept in the beautiful holy
sacred feet of Goddess Pachai Naayagi. Then he asked me to wait.
Offered a garland of flowers to me along with Kumkum prasad. Another
priest gave prasad of goddess to me immediately. i felt Goddess
made me go to her again and again to bless me to hearts content.
Here is link for you to read and recite Lalitha Sahasranamam
Link to Lalitha
Sumangali pooja in Mani iyers house :
Then i thanked the priest and came back to van...We all went to
Mani iyer's house. We arranged 9 sets of sacred items in a plastic
Saree, kumkum in kumkuma chimil, Tumeric , Beetle nuts, Jasmine
, Marikolundhu ( a fragrant leaves ), Shenbhaga , Ponds powder,
comb, bannana fruit and other sacred items.Nine Maami were invited
to accept our gifts ( brahmin ladies who are married -sumangali
Showing respect to Good women by offering gifts
and accepting their blessing :
The Shivachariyars son joined him to do the pooja beautifully.All
the 9 women were requested to sit on a mat. Then my Amma , her 2
sisters, sister in law and one of her sisters little daughter holded
a plate of flowers and akshadha ( rice in yellow color as its mixed
with tumeric powder ).
The priest sung a Song and asked them to offer the akshadha rice
and flowers in feet of all the good women. He song a very nice sloka
and all the ladies were asked to repeat it.Then each one of them
were asked to offer Jasmine garland around all nine womens neck.Again
a sacred mantra was chanted very beautifully by priests son and
we were asked to repeat.
Then the gift of saree and other sacred items were given to each
women . We all were asked to come around them. At this time in a
warm divine voice 3 priests chanted a holy mantra... Vow...how beautiful
was this moment.
Bowing to the good women and coming around them
with very sacred Mantra recitation by 3 priest : :
India is a sacred country were women were respected like Goddess
Herself. I really felt blessed for this moment when the good women
took their time to come to Mani iyers house , accept our offerings
as if Goddess herself is blessing us.
As the pradhikshina ( coming around of women ) got over , the akshadha
was given to the women in their palm and we all were asked to bow
our head to accept their ashirwad. Their blessing with pure happiness.
Then we thanked the Shivachariyar for his wonderful favour in blessing
us with opportunity to do Pooja for Pachai naayagi - Goddess Parvathi,
Pateeswarn - LORD SHIVA and also Our family god Lord Murugan.
Satisfied and felt Blissful :
The priest said he also got immense satisfaction that it happened
in his house. Mani iyer is very very sacred soul whom we know from
1984 and he had is samadhi in 2006. I call his passing away as samadhi
because he has served Lord Murugan with heart and soul. He has helped
many people through his spiritual ways.
Now today we were blessed to do this Sacred Sumangali Pooja by
his son and Grand Son. My mom woke up early in the morning at 4
A.M with her 2 sisters and made tasty Idly..We requested if we can
have idly in their house itself and they happily asked us to have
it. How blessed are we to get such hospitality from Mani iyers son,
grandson and daughter in law.
I feel only Sai is making me write this article as it will help
every Indian man and women to understand the greatness of our culture
and tradition and to lead a life of purity and simplicity.
Message to the world through this
Sumangali pooja :
My sai always takes me in to experiences
so that i can spread its core sacredness and divinity to all sai
1 . When we get ashirwad blessing from a Women from the bottom
of her heart, The sins done by our ancestors and by us for several
births is being washed away.
2. Don't make a women and a girl shed tears. Never. Ever feel the
greatness of Goddess in a women . How beautiful is Sanatana Dharma.
In kaliyug people are leading a life attracted to sensory pleasures.
Their need for pleasures and happiness at any cause, leads them
to be blind for the sins they commit knowingly and unknowingly.
3. Ever respect Women - Be pure . Be true to your mother, sister
Respect women as Goddess herself . Gradually gain knowledge about
leading a Divine life . You can lead life as ahouse holder, earn
money, have children. At the same time respect each and ever women
whom you come across.
4. You can also do such pooja if you have like minded people around
you. If you are not able to arrange priests who do such seva and
if you live abroad. Do this. Give such gifts to any women doing
seva in temple , any poor women or your welwishers and friends.
Their blessing will keep you happy. Its not necessary that you have
all items mentioned... Basically the common sense is making a good
women satisfied with offerings and getting her ashirwad itself is
great blessing for you.
5. From today please understand the greatness of our country -
India. Our ancestors has dedicated their life for welfare of community
through great mantra, sloka, rituals , pooja and respect for women
Note : The article was written to awaken good thoughts in you. Not
as a ritual or pooja. So please don't write me for matters relating
to Pooja, where to do it etc. Ofcourse you can write to me to share
your other feelings after reading this article. May be you can give
such gifts to needy women and or welwishers in your friends and
family. Before you offer something, ask for permission if they will
accept and do it.
Its a blessing for both your family and their family.
With love and Respect for my Mother
7 : 8: 2009
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