I read a few websites and tried to follow in my first pooja. During the course of the pooja, I learnt certain things from my father in law who does quite lot of poojas at home and for others, and I corrected in my process.
We can do the pooja in highly elaborate process or a simple way. All that needs is Shradhaa (Concentration and dedication from heart) in whatever we do.
This Pooja is generally done on Fridays, and preferably finish it before 6:00 pm for a period of 11, 21. But for me, since I work, I can start at the earliest by only 6:00 pm. So, it also depends on the time available.
Here are the steps I follow:
- Vrath on the day
- Preparation of Pooja area
- Preparation of Kalasam
- Prayers followed by Naivediyam
- After the pooja
Once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin family (husband and wife) in a village….. :)
Please check this link for the story behind this Vaibhava Lakshmi Vrath.
Vrath on the day
Generally, I take head shower in the morning, and don’t eat NV that day. It is good to be in Satvik Food if you are planning to go for a pooja. Buy some flowers, prior to the pooja is good.
Preparation of Pooja area
Clean the Pooja room or area by wiping clean, clean the photos, lamp etc, put some chandan and kumkum on lamp and photos if possible.
Preparation of Kalasam
Prepare a vessel (Kumba) of water, put some turmeric powder, rose water (Panneer), some coins, tulasi and kumkum. Don’t worry if you don’t get something beside your locality.
On a wider plate put some rice, and little turmeric on it. Keep the kalasam on top of the rice.
Close the top of the kumba (pot like small vessel) with a cover. This can be a coconut, or a plate on top. I have used a small plate to close the top in most of the occasion since I don’t get one closer to my place.
Put some coins on top of the plate, and cover with a new cloth (you can use a washed cloth as well). But make sure you have not been using it. It should be a dedicated cloth for the kalasam/pooja. In that case, you can wash and use it over and over again.
Decorate with some flowers on top of the cloth.
Payers followed by Naivediyam:
For every pooja, please do archana to th kalasam
Ganapathy pooja (Any one is fine):
- Om Gam Ganapathaye Namah
- Gajananam Chandra samana Varnam ,Swadandha Pashangusha laddu kaani
Hastai Dadhanaam kamalasanasthaam, Vigneshwaram Noymi sadhaa pasannam
- Guru Bhramha Guru Vishnu guru devo maheshwaraha,
guru sakshaat para brahma, tasmay shri gurarvey Namaha
- Aim Kaara Hrim Kaara Rahasya Yukta, Shim kaara ghuudartha maha vibhutya
Om kaara Marma Prathi bhaati Neebhyam, namo namaha Shri Guru Padukabhyam
Pray your Kula Devatha and Ishta Devatha to help you during the prayers. Make your Sankalpa (your intention for Pooja)
Om Namo Narayanaya à(5-7) times putting flower on Kalasam.
Vaibhava Lakshmi Pooja:
Shi Mahalakshmi Ashtothram (download pdf)
LAKSHMI ASHTAKAM_TRANS (download pdf)
Once these 2 pooja are done,
Give the Naivediyam to God. You can prepare any nice sweet like payasam (Kheer), sweet pongal, gulab jamun or anything you wish. I keep rock sugar, if I can’t prepare naivediyam that day,
Then pray god to forgive if any mistakes knowingly or unknowingly we would have done during the pooja.
Take Mangalam Aarathi:
Take Aarathi while chanting:
Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvartha sadhake.
Saranya triambike Devi, Narayani namostute.
Then I generally read out the last stanza from Soundarya Lahari at last. It’s a choice.
Sudha-suthes chandropala-jala-lavair arghya-rachana;
Svakiyair ambhobhih salila-nidhi-sauhitya karanam
Tvadiyabhir vagbhis thava janani vacham stutir iyam.
After the Pooja:
Slightly move the kalasam forward from its original location. Make sure you take the naivedyam. This is very important.
Next day after the pooja, take the rice and put that to feed the birds. Take the kalasam water and sprinkle inside the house and pour the rest to any plants.
On your final week of the Pooja:
Do the pooja similar to the other weeks, but this week is special. Call some married ladies, girls to your house and let them participate in the function. Share the historical story and your success story with them. Distribute some turmeric, kumkum, cloths(if possible), yellow thread, coconut, and Vaibhava Lakshmi process book that you followed. This is an indication that you are wishing good for your friends and family.
May God be there with all of us. I wish all who try this pooja get very good results as I did.