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  • Puja paraphernalia

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    paraphernalia in pujas and Fire ceremonies has to be selected with great care and atmost attention, and should be selected according to the best available options on the market. Apart of the delicious fruits and flowers here you find different ingredients used for the standard worship, and what has to be taken care by selecting those items. Also you will find background informations on those items and in case of none available on the market a supplement for it.

    Kusa

    Holy wood used in fire worship Homa / Yagya ceremonies:

    PANCHA-VRIKSHA ‘Five trees.’ The five trees of Swarga, named Mandara, Parijataka, Santana, Kalpa-vriksha, and Hari-chandana

    The Asvatta, or Pipal Tree (Ficus religiosa), sacred to Vishnu.

    The Vata, Banyan or Indian Fig Tree * (Ficus Indica), also sacred to Vishnu.

    The Bilva, or Wood-apple, or Bel Tree (Ægle Marmelos), sacred to Siva.

    The Vakula (Mimusops Elengi)

    The Harltāki (Terminalia chebula)

    The Amalaki, or Emblic Myrobalans (Phyllanthus emblica).

    The Nimba, or Nim Tree (Melia azadirachta).

    The Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum or sanctum).

    The Tulsi is very commonly worshipped by the followers of Lord Vishnu; and the plant is most carefully tended as his representative. Every morning the ground near it is cleaned with cow-dung and water; at night a lamp is hung before it. During the two hottest months of the year, a vessel of water is hung over it so that it constantly receives moisture. When a plant dies, it is cast into a river, the same honour being given to it as to an image as soon as the worship of it is concluded. It is a common custom to place a sprig of Tulsi near the head of a dying person. The origin of the worship of this plant is said to be the following: A woman named Tulsi engaged in religious austerities for a long period, and asked, as a boon, that she might become the wife of Vishnu. Lakshmi, hearing of this, cursed her, and changed her into the plant which bears her name. Vishnu, however, comforted his follower with the assurance that he would assume the form of the Salagrāma, and continue near her. The Vāyu and the Padma Purānas teach that the Tulsi was one of the products of the churning of the ocean.

    Mandala puja, installation of a Deity inside this coloured design

    Navagraha vriksha (wood and herbs for Homa/Puja)

    those plants are connected with the mystical power of their respective planet, and are used in remedy pujas to support the planetary energies and transform negativity.

    Herb for the Sun (Surya)  = Milk Weed / Arka

    Herb for the Moon (Chandra) = Butia Frandosa / Palasa

    Herb for Mars (Mangala)  =  Couch Plant or Khadira

    Herb for Mercury (Budha)  =  Achyranthes or Apamarga

    Herb for Jupiter (Brihaspati) = Ficus Religiosa or Pippala

    Herb for Venus (Shukra) = Ficus Glomerata or Audumbara

    Herb for Saturn (Shani) = Prosopis or Shami

    Herb for Rahu =  Cynodon Dactylon or Durva

    Herb for Ketu =  Sacrificial Grass or Kusa

    Ghee

    Honey

    Ahaushadhis (herbs)

    Flowers

    Incense (Sambrani)

    Gheelamps and Gheewicks

    ghee wicks made from pure cotton, using for puja offerings and standing oil lamps for light

    Bell

    Homakund

    Satkona Star shaped Homa Kunda (firepit), designed in a traditional way

    yagya kunda (firepit) with the 8 symbols of planets in the appropiate place around. It is filled with cowdung and Samit (special wood).

    Firespoons

    different fire spoons used in Yagas and agni hotra ceremonies

    Set of two Homa spoons, made in brass or silver

    Watercup for acamana (pancapatra)

    Camphor

    Bermuda Grass

    Betelnut

    Palmsugar / Gour

    Akshata (unbroken rice)