Worshipping the Planets 2
Planets are solely responsible either for our sufferings or happy life. In order to alleviate the sufferings, the propitiation of planets is one of the best measures suggested by the Astrologers. Propitiation of the planets is by various means and rituals.
On auspicious occasions and festivals Navagrahas are duly worshipped and to propitiate all the planets following Sholaka is recited :
Om Brahma Muraristripurantakari Bhanu Shashi Bhoomi Suto Budhasch
Gurusch Shukrah Sani Rahu Ketawah Sarve Grahah Shantikara Bhavantu
O lord, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha, Sun, Moon, Mars,Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu! Please bless us with peace and welfare.
As a matter of fact, Navagrahas leave their impact on every human being according to his/her time of birth and Zodiac signs at that time. Some planets cast good while some others cast bad effects on the native. To ward off evil effects of a particular planet, it is worshipped. Worship, Yajna and donation pacifies the planet and thus the native gets good results and evil days go off simultaneously. Worshipping the planets and chanting the appropriate mantras are quite helpful. In continuation, one should perform havana of dasamsa; dashamsha tarpan of havana, dashamsha marjan of tarpan and dashamsha brahman bhojan of marjan. All these must be performed under the able guidance of a Brahmin scholar to have desired result without fail.
Procedure of worshipping the Navagrahas
At first, arrange all the things essential for the worship of Navagrahas. One shouldn’t get up to get things once the worship begins. The native who is to worship the Navagrahas, should leave his bed meditating his own God-Goddess. He must then ease himself off and take a bath. He must sprinkle water of Ganga in his water for bath. While performing the pooja the native should sit facing east where the priest
must face north. Both must sit cross legged. Once again the native should sprinkle the water of Ganga on himself contemplating his 'Ishta Deva'. He should chant the following mantra simultaneously in order to purify himself.
Om Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarvavastha Gatopi Va.
Yah Smaret Pundarikaksham Sa Bahyamyantrah Shuchih.
O Lord of this Universe, Jagdishwar! We make ourselves sacred by contemplating you.
After this, the following steps are performed while chanting various mantras.
- Aasan (seat) should be purified by sprinkling water on it.
- In various provinces sacred thread is changed during the worship of Navagrahas. The native in that case wears a new sacred thread.
- If wife and husband sit together, the priest should tie them with their clothes.
- Now sip water thrice from your right hand and chant the mantras all the while:
Om Keshavaya Namah, Om Narayanaya Namah Om Madhavaya Namah
- Once you have done the ablution you should purify your head with this mantra:
Om Hrishikeshaya Namah
- Light up a Deep of ghee.
- Now take a Sankalp for Navagraha Pujan and pray :
O, light like lord, kindle good ideas in myself.
O lords - the Sun, Varuna, Indra, Brihaspati and Vishnu! Kindly bless us and ensure our welfare.
- You can now start worship of Navagrahas - obviously with sankalp.
- First of all Lord Ganesh is invoked and his worship is performed.
- Once you are through with the worship of Ganesh go for the worship of all the planets according to the scriptures.
Worship of Sun
Of the Navagrahas, the Sun is at the top. He bestows energy on one and all. Those desirous of his worship should do so on any Sunday - but after worshipping lord Ganesh. After Sthapana of the Sun, his worship should be accomplished according to Ganesha pujan. In course of worship one should meditate about Sun and chant his mantras and beeja-mantras. The worshipper must recite Surya Gayatri mantra, Sri Aditya Hridaya Stotra and Surya Dwadash Naam stotra.
After all these, the native should donate some wheat, jaggery, copper, clothes, ruby and red piece of cloth according to his capacity. As per the scriptures lord Vishnu