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Discussion in 'Queries on Religion & Spirituality' started by test121, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. test121

    test121 New IL'ite

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    Hi everyone,

    Can anyone tell me the color of flowers that are favourable to all Gods.

    And one more - I am planning to offer Vadamaalai to Anjaneyar. What should be the count of vadas in that maalai?

    Waiting for ur valuable replies....

    cheers
     
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  2. lavii

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    jus read in a book abt this
    ganesh likes red flowers
    and lord shiva likes night qeen
    not sure abt others hope to look for update here:)
     
  3. sumasandeep

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    Lord Ganesha:

    Red colored flowers are the favorite of Lord Ganesha.
    Durva Grass is an important offering to Ganesh.
    Other important flowers offered is the Milkweed flower. (It is known as Arka ) and Shanka pushpam/conch flower.

    For proper Ganesha Puja one should procure the leaves and flowers of twenty-one different plants, trees and shrubs. This is called Ekavimshati Patra Puja.

    Its all depends on the place u live. So u can procure which are available & perform puja with bhakti that what matters.

    Lord Shiva:

    Bilva is the bael tree. Its fruit, flowers and leaves are all sacred to Shiva (Bilwa leaves, which have to be a stalk with three leaves)

    Lord Vishnu

    Red colored flowers, red color cloth (Mango leaves)

    For Vishnu puja usually 14 types of flowers & leaves.

    Lord Krishna

    Tulasi leaves

    Goddess Lakshmi:

    Bilva leaves & red & white color flowers. Lotus is very sacred
    9 types of flowers & leaves

    Tulasi:

    Marigold flower, red color cloth, goose berries & its stem


    Lord Hanuman:

    Red color flower, red color cloth... Parijaata flower is dear to him & all kinds of fruits (For Nevedhya), Sindoor (Kesari & oil for smearing his body)

    Goddess Saraswati

    White & Yellow colored flowers - yellow/White color cloth
    [Books are wrapped in a silk cloth. (Red or Pink)]
    Flowers – louts, lilies or jasmine.

    Leaves used in puja

    Durva, Aghada, Tulsi, Bilva, Prajakta, Mogra, Madhumalati, Pomegranate leaves and flowers are also offered.
    Leaves and flowers of Screw Pine are also offered (Ketaki)

    And the number of vadas in the maala is not fixed. Its depends on your capability.

    5,7,9,11,21,51,108,......501....1001....
     
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    Hi Lavii/Suma,

    Thank you soo much for ur prompt valuable responses.

    Will try to offer the favourable flowers to all Gods.

    Cheers
     
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    Dear Suma

    Thank you so much for wonderful tips
     
  6. sumasandeep

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    I have shared what i know...still there are so many things about the offerings...if u people know about these things please do share.

    Lataji your welcome :)
     
  7. sumasandeep

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    For Lord Shiva

    Wish U ALL A VERY HAPPY MAHASHIVARATHRI


    Bilva is the bael tree. Its fruit, flowers and leaves are all sacred to Shiva, liberation's summit. Planting Aegle marmelos trees around home or temple is sanctifying, as is worshiping a Linga with bilva leaves and water.

    Fruits:
    Datura fruit: (to offer during puja, NOT for Naivedya or to be eaten)

    Wood Apple - bilva tree fruit (must)

    JUJUBE fruit (red date) - as it is symbolic of longevity and gratification of desires.

    other fruits: small-sized bananas, coconut, berries etc

    Flowers :Datura, Milkweed Pearls (aakanda), Aparajita

    Six different dravyas Abhisheka:

    • • Milk is for the blessing of purity and piousness. (Unboiled)
    • • Yogurt is for prosperity and progeny.
    • • Honey is for sweet speech.
    • • Ghee is for victory.
    • • Sugar is for happiness.
    • • Water is for purity. (Ganga Jal)


    Even tender coconut water can also be used fro abhishekam

    Use Rudraksha-Maala for chanting Shiva's naamas or "Om Namah Shivaaya" (28/108 times)
     
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    Hi ALl,

    Regardless of the name of gods and godess, White flowers are best(uttamam) for puja.Rest of the colors like red,yellow,orange,green are good(madhyamam).Black color flowers are not good(adhamam) for puja.

    Thanks
    Sandy
     
  9. sumasandeep

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    FOR LORD VISHNU:

    Paarijaatha flower - Presiding diety Aanjeneya
    Sowgandhika flower - Presiding diety Bheemasena
    White flowers - Presiding diety Lord Shiva
    Punnaga flower - Presiding diety GaruDa
    Dhruva grass - Presiding diety Varuna
    Thulasi - Presiding diety Sri Lakshmi

    *****************************************************************************
    If you are performing:
    Panchamrutha Abhishekam

    Payo Dhadhi Grutham Kshoudhram Sarkara Panchama Amrutham

    The five amrutas are milk, curd, ghee, honey, Sugar. To this fruits & coconut water are included. Put Thulasi Dhalas on all the vessels

    The vessels containing the above should be kept as under:

    MILK in the CENTER
    CURD towards EAST
    GHEE towards SOUTH
    HONEY towards WEST
    SUGAR towards NORTH
    FRUITS towards NORTH WEST

    Chant the following mantra:

    Ksheera (Milk) Govindam Aavahayami
    Dhadhini (Curd) Vamanam Aavahayami
    Aajye/Grithe (Ghee) Vishnum Aavahayami
    Madhuni (Honey) Madhusudhanam Aavahayami
    Sarkarayam (Sugar) Achyutham Aavahayami
    Phaleshu (Fruits) Narayanam Aavahayami


    After panchamruta abhishekam:

    Shower Thulasi leaves and flowers on the Lord. Offer Fruit, Naivedhyam & Neerajanam
    (Wave lighted wick lamp or Camphor).
     
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  10. sumasandeep

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    Mantra Pushpam:

    Manthra Pushpam, is recited, at the conclusion of all major prayers, poojas and rituals. The Mantra Pushpam is given in the Yajurveda, Taittriya Aaranyakam

    Om Yopaam Pushpam Veda Pushpavaan Prajaavaan Pashumaan Bhavati
    Chandramaava Apaam Pusham Pushpavaan Prajaavaan Pashumaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 1

    Agnirva Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yoho Gne-rayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapova Agne-rayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 2

    Vaayurva Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yova yo-rayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapovai vayo-rayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 3

    Asow-vai tapan-napa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yo Mush shatapata Aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapova Amush shatapata Aayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 4

    Chandrama va Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yash Chandramasa Aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapovai Chandramasa Aayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 5

    Nakshatraani va Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yo NakshatraaNa-maayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapovai NakshatraaNa maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 6

    Parjanyova Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yah Parjanyas-syayaatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapovai Parjanyas- syayaatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yopaam-aayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati 7

    Samvatsaro va Apa-maayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Yas Samvatsara Syayatanam Veda Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Aapovai Samvatsara Syayatanam Aayata-navaan Bhavati
    Ya Evam Veda Yop sunaavam Pratishtitaam Veda Pratye vatishtati 8



    Rajaadhi raajaya prasahya sahine
    Namo vayam vai shravanaaya kurmahe
    Samekaaman kama kaamaya mahyam
    Kamesvaro Vai shravano da daatu
    Kuberaaya vai shravanaaya maha raajaya namah



    Toss flowers over murtis.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009

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