Puja

The system and methodology of doing a puja is enumerated in the Yajurveda. The body of knowledge that tells us how the various pujas are to be conducted is known as karamkaand. We, at Isha Music have produced a series of puja albums which have all of these elements as propounded by our ancient sages to try and prevent this knowledge of karamkaand from dying out. All of the puja CDs have been recorded by Pundit Rajendra Kimothi, Ph.D. who was appointed as a dharmachaarya by the Late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for teaching these Vedic truths to other scholars.

There is no doubt that the best way of performing a puja is by getting a learned pundit to do so at your house. However, in case a suitable pundit is unavailable, you can use one of our puja CDs. These albums have been recorded according to the Vedic system, from the Vedic texts, with perfect pronunciation. Some people wonder why they need to sit down and listen to a CD when they can get an 'online puja' performed by temple priests hundreds of miles away. Well, according to Vedic scholars, it is mandatory for the yajamaan (the person at whose behest the puja is being done) to be present during the puja and perform the sankalp and the purnaahuti himself. Obviously, this is impossible if you're not present at the site of the puja. Also, many pujas are done with the aim of warding off the ill effects of a planet or for seeking the blessings of some deity so as to grant the person doing the puja some benefit or boon. Online pujas or homas are akin to asking the doctor to not only prescribe the medicine, but also to eat it on your behalf! If money could replace effort then those who could afford the cost would never fall ill or meet with misfortunes.

According to the texts, the puja starts with the pundit chanting mantras for calling the gods and the departed souls of the family members to help the yajamaan successfully conclude his puja so that he is able to fulfill his desires. These mantras have been incorporated in all our albums. Mandatory parts of a complete puja include the puja of shodash matrika, sapta graha matrika, vaastu purush, chatush shashti yoginis, the nava grihas, the kalash, the conch, the lamp, the bell, the kshetrapaals, the lokapaals, the dikkapaals along with Lord Ganesha and Devi Durga. Only after all of this, is the puja of the main deity performed. We have ensured that all our albums contain these elements and nothing prescribed in our texts has been left out.

We are confident that when you listen to one of these puja CDs, not only will you gain the benefit of your prayers, it will also feel like you have a pundit performing the puja with you.



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Ganesh Puja
Artist: Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi , Ph.D.
Just as Om is the Vedic mantra which is added to the beginning of every shloka, similarly, one must do the puja of Lord Ganesh before one does the puja of any other God. This is a boon granted to Lord Ganesh by Lord Shiva himself!

The names used to refer to Lord Ganesh include the following:
Vakratunda - one with a twisted trunk.
Mahakaya- one with a huge body.
Koti Surya Samaprabham - one who shines like ten million stars.
Vighnaharta - one who removes all the obstacles.
Riddhidayak - one who has the ability to grant great wealth.
Siddhidayak - one who has the ability to grant all wishes.

According to Narad Puran, "...those students who desire knowledge, or those people who desire wealth, or those who have no progeny but desire children, will have their wishes and desires granted by doing the puja of Lord Ganesh."

"OM GAN GANPATAYE NAMAH."
Navagraha Puja
Artist: Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi , Ph.D.
According to the Vedas, astrology is the "eyes of the Vedas". It is one of the most important aspects of Vedic thought and Indian philosophy. Astrology is based on the configuration of the nine planets at the time of the birth of an individual. The placement of these planets in a person's horoscope and their permutations and combinations determine the course of events in his/her life.

Each planet has a benefic and a malefic influence. The degree of this effect is determined by a host of factors - far too many to be enumerated here. However, what is sure is that some these planets have a negative influence that leads to various problems. Similarly, the positives in a person's life are related to the favorable influence of these planets.

According to our ancient texts, the positive effects of the planets can be enhanced, and the negative influences mitigated by performing the Navagraha puja.
Durga Puja
Artist: Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi , Ph.D.
According to Hindu thought, man represents the positive charge and woman the negative charge. No creation can be brought about without both these charges being connected. Durga represents the glorification of the female form. She is the shakti behind Lord Shiva.

Every year during the Indian lunar months of Chaitra (March- April) and Aashwin (September- October) the first nine days of the waxing moon are called the navaratri. Devotees of Devi Durga spend these nine days fasting and praying for Her beneficence.

This album contains the complete Durga puja as per the Vedic system, including the saptagriha matrika poojan (puja of the deviís seven forms), the shodash matrika puja (sixteen forms) and the chatushasti matrika puja (sixty-four forms).

Vaastu Puja
Artist: Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi , Ph.D.
According to Hindu beliefs, gods reside in a person's home, as well as the heavens. It is further believed that the gods have a specific place assigned to them in the house. This belief is in accordance with the principles of vaastu, that have been enumerated in ancient Indian texts.

Vaastu is the the art of constructing buildings according to the prescribed rules, which take into account the placement of various rooms within the house. Further, Vaastu describes the importance of the eight directions, namely, north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast and south west. For instance, Vaastu tells us that one must have windows and the doors on the eastern and the northern side of the house, instead of the other directions. This is to let in the morning sun and the air. This would help in keeping the house well-lit and ventilated thus reducing the need for air-conditioning and extra lights, which in turn would help to conserve energy.

Vaastu also contains instructions on maintaining the harmony of nature with our living. Vaastu talks of the five elements that comprise humans - air, water, fire, earth and space, and how to maintain the balance of these elements while designing our places of work and habitation. The disturbance of this balance is said to be the cause of numerous problems, such as ill-health, family discord, loss of wealth etc.

Unfortunately, in the modern age, most people have almost no control over the construction of their houses or offices, as they have to make do with the properties that have been made by builders and developers. Vaastu puja is one way to correct the anomalies that arise in these constructions. Vaastu puja is performed by praying to the Vaastu Purush, which is a representation of thirty-two gods. Puja to the Vaastu Purush is like a puja to all these gods. It is commonly recommended that Vaastu puja be done continuosly for 40 days.

This album contains the complete prayers to the various gods who reside in our abode in the ethereal form. The mantras in this album have been taken from the rare Indian spiritual texts and strictly follow the Indian Vedic rules.
Shiv Puja
Artist: Pt. Rajendra Prasad Kimothi , Ph.D.
Lord Shiva is commonly represented by his mantra, Namaha Shivaya. This mantra has five constituents namely: Na, maha, shi, va, and ya. These five constituents represent the five elements (air, water, earth, fire and space), and additionally, the five senses. Lord Shiva is also represented by five faces, each of which is said to represent the five constituents mentioned above.

Lord Shiva resides at his abode with Devi Durga . They have two sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. The Shiva famiily includes his devotee Bhringi and the bull Nandi, which is also Shiva's vehicle.

According to the Vedic texts, a complete puja of Lord Shiva is performed only when the whole Shiva family is included in the puja. Hence, this puja album includes the ganesh-ambika puja and the shiv parivaar puja. The album also includes the shodash upchaar puja and the shiv ashtottar shat naamavali (108 names of Lord Shiva). This is followed by the panch vaktra puja which is the puja of the five constituents of Lord Shiva as mentioned above. The album ends with a prayer for forgiveness to Lord Shiva.
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