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Saptamatruka Poojan

हिंदी मराठी ಕನ್ನಡதமிழ்

On Thursday, 24th October 2013, Param Poojya Bapu, in His discourse, spoke on a very important topic. It is the ardent wish of every parent that their child should lead a long and healthy life. Traditionally, Shashti Poojan has been performed for this very purpose. However, over a period of time, this poojan has gradually lost its importance and has been reduced to a mere ritual. Param Poojya Bapu through his discourse guided about the significance, importance and the formal procedure of performing this poojan.

Param Poojya Bapu said that the poojan was first performed by Rishi Agastya and his wife Lopamudra and by Rishi Vashishtha and his wife Arundhati,  together, after becoming mothers for the first time; both of them delivering at the same time. This poojan came to be known as ‘Saptashasthi Poojan’.

We have read in the Matruvatsalya Vindanam of how in the course of the war with  the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha, all the Gods had sent their respective ‘Shaktis’ (powers) to help Shree Mahasaraswati. These seven Shaktis are known as the ‘Saptamatruka’ of whom Goddess Kali is their chief commander (Senapati). The names of the seven Matrukas are as under;

1. Maaheshwari – The shakti of Shankar, she is five faced and rides on Vrishaba (bull). She has a Trishul (trident) in her hand.

2. Vaishnavi – The shakti of Vishnu, she rides on Garuda (Eagle) and has a Chakra (discus), Gada (mace) and Padma (lotus) in her hand.

3. Brahmaani – The shakti of Brahma, she is four faced and rides on a Hans (Swan). She holds a Kamandalu and an Akshamala (string of beads) in her hands.

4. Aindri – The shakti of Indra, she rides on an Elephant and is armed with Vajra.

5. Kaumari – she is the shakti of Kartikeya, is six faced and rides on a peacock.

6. Naarsimhi – One whose face is that of a lioness. She is armed with a Gada (Mace) and Khadga (Sword).

7. Varahi – One whose face is that of a boar, and rides on a white buffalo, she is armed with a Chakra, Khadga (Sword) and Dhaal (shield)

The Poojan of these Saptamatrukas is the ‘Saptashasthi’ Poojan itself. After Bapu’s own birth, this poojan was performed in his house. An image of the Saptamatrukas used during this poojan was shown by Bapu to all Shraddhavans during his discourse on 24th October 2013. While talking about the significance of this poojan, Bapu further stated that Shumbha and Nishumbha were killed by Mahishasuramardini in the form of Mahasaraswati, Shumbha’s son Durgam somehow managed to survive. He survived not because he had assumed the form of a crow, but because of the motherly love which arose in the hearts of these seven Matrukas, even though he was the enemy’s son. Mahasaraswati was pleased by this act of their’s and she blessed them saying, “the person who, after the birth of a child in his house performs poojan of matrukas, that child will be protected by you”. Hence, in every household it became a practice to perform poojan of these Saptamatrukas after the birth of a child.

Thereafter Bapu gave complete information about the manner in which the poojan is to be performed

सप्तमातृका3

Poojan Preparation:

1. Take one small Pooja table (Paat). Draw a ‘Swastik’ or ‘Shree’ using rangoli because these are auspicious symbols. The poojan decoration has to be done on the paat only and not on the table or Chaurang (stand) because we are all children in front of Mothi Aai. The first step of the child would be a small one measuring the height of a ‘paat’ and hence ‘paat’ be used in the poojan decoration. 2. Spread a shawl / sovala / bed-sheet / on the ‘Paat’. Rangoli may be drawn around the ‘Paat’. 3. On one poojan thali (tamhan) place wheat and level its surface. 4. Place one betel-nut (supari) at the centre and six others around it. 5. Place two coconuts on both sides of the poojan thali on the ‘Paat’; apply haldi (turmeric powder) and kum-kum on the coconuts.

6. On the inner side of both coconuts, in front of the poojan thali place a small pile (raashi) of red akshata (grains of rice mixed in kum-kum). These raashi represents the wives of the Ashwinikumars, the two doctors of the Gods. They are real twin sisters and their names are ‘Jara’ and ‘Jivantika’. These two never stay separated from each other, just as the Ashwinikumars do. They are the ones who play with the child when it is small. It is believed that they take care of the child and it is in response to them that the baby smiles till the time it turns 3 months old. (a) Jara represents the giver of long life. “Let the child live till it becomes very old” is the blessing that it gives. (b) Jivantika means the one who blesses the child by giving protection towards its health as long as the child lives.

7. Place four betel leaves on four sides of the ‘Paat’. Place a supari on each one of them. Placing of supari signifies invoking God. Invoking God by placing betel leaves and supari is akin to invoking without chanting any mantras, as stated by Katyayani, the form of Adimata incarnate. Placing of betel leaves signifies that the invitation has reached God as this is Katyayani’s resolve.

8. On the rear side of the pooja thali (plate), touching it, place the photograph of Saptamatruka.

सप्तमातृका-पूजन-मांडणी3Poojan Procedure: 1. This poojan is to be performed between sunrise and sunset only. It can be done on any day, even on the day of Amavasya.

2. The poojan is to be performed only after the birth of the child and that too by the father of the child. While doing the poojan, the father should place the child on his lap atleast for some time. This poojan can be done anytime, 3 days after the child is born.

3. The poojan is to be started by chanting of “Vakratunda Mahaakaaya…”

4. This is followed by chanting of Gurukshetram mantra. After this, it is mandatory to take the Sadguru’s name.

5. Offer haldi and kum kum on the supari kept on the betel leaf. If possible, apply wet kum kum. After that offer haldi, kum kum, askshata and gandha (sandalwood paste) on the supari kept in the poojan thali.

6. Further, the poojan is to be performed chanting ‘Navmantramala Stotram’ given in the Matruvatsalyavindanam. This stotra has to be chanted atleast once; those who are desirous of chanting more than once may do so

7. While chanting the stotra, offer fragrant flowers dipped in gandha and akshata. If fragrant flowers are not available, then ordinary flowers will suffice. Offer flowers on the suparis, the photo of Saptamatrukas, and also on the pile (raashi) of Akshata representing Jara and Jivantika. Offer flowers only when the Navamantramala Stotram is chanted for the first time.

8. Light the lamp and dhoop.

9. Prepare seven plates for naivedya and offer Puran (a sweet made of gram and jaggery) and Varan (lentil soup). Alongwith this, also offer dry coconut with jaggery as naivedya. If it is not possible to offer seven plates for Naivedya for any reason whatsoever, then only jaggery and a half of dry coconut may be offered.

Naivadyam

10. Lastly, after offering Naivedya, offer the lotus flower, as it is the favoured flower of this God.

Bapu further stated that the poojan is to be done only after the birth of the child and the first poojan is to be done by the father of the child. While the poojan is being performed, the child’s mother should sit for the poojan atleast for some time.  If, for some reason, the child’s father is not present during the poojan, then the grandfather (father’s father OR mother’s father) of the child can perform the poojan. If even they are not present then any one of the child’s close male relatives may perform the poojan. Once the child grows up, then the mother of the child can do the poojan anytime for the child without any age-bar. One can perform the poojan of the child any number of times; on the child’s birthday or after the child recovers from illness or any other day or occasion. During this time, the poojan can be performed by the parents together or individually. Likewise, once the poojan is performed, there is no compulsion to repeat the poojan. If there are more children in the house, then it is always preferable to do the poojan separately for each child. However, if due to some unavoidable circumstances the time is not available, then the poojan may be performed for all the children together.

Saptamatruka Poojan

Once the poojan is over, the poojan decoration should be kept as it is for atleast 3 hours, after which it can be removed any time. The flowers and suparis may be sent for visarjan (immersion). Wheat may be used as Prasad in the household cooking. Alternately the same wheat can also be offered to a cow as this is always considered pious. Naivedya may, as usual, be partaken by the members of the household. The photograph of Saptamatruka is not to be sent for immersion. Rather it should be kept in the house in a secure place. The photograph can be photoframed and kept at the place of worship (Pooja room). In future, if a new child is born in the house, then the poojan is to be done preferably by getting a new photograph.

The photographs of Saptamatruka are available at Shree Gurukshetram and Shree Harigurugram.

A copy of the ‘Navmantramala Stotram’ required for the Saptamatruka poojan is appended in Sanskrit, Marathi and Hindi language alongwith this post. As stated by Param Poojya Bapu, during the poojan this stotra is to be chanted in any one of the three languages viz., Sanskrit, Marathi or Hindi.

I am confident that every Shraddhavan will surely do this poojan individually at his house.

Hari Om

॥ हरि ॐ ॥

अथ नवमन्त्रमालास्तोत्रम्।

(पदच्छेद)

या माया मधुकैटभ-प्रमथनी या महिषोन्मूलिनी

या धूम्रेक्षण-चण्डमुण्ड-मथनी या रक्तबीजाशनी।

शक्ति: शुम्भनिशुम्भ-दैत्य-दलिनी या सिद्धिलक्ष्मी: परा

सा चण्डि नव-कोटि-मूर्ति-सहिता मां पातु विश्वेश्वरी॥

स्तुता सुरै: पूर्वम्-अभीष्ट-संश्रयात् तथा सुरेन्द्रेण दिनेषु सेविता।

करोतु सा न: शुभहेतुरीश्वरी शुभानि भद्राण्यभिहन्तु चापद:॥

या सांप्रतं चोद्धत-दैत्य-तापितै: अस्माभिरीशा च सुरैर्-नमस्यते।

करोतु सा न: शुभहेतुरीश्वरी शुभानि भद्राण्यभिहन्तु चापद:॥

या च स्मृता तत्क्षणमेव हन्ति न: सर्वापदो भक्ति-विनम्र-मूर्तिभि:।

करोतु सा न: शुभहेतुरीश्वरी शुभानि भद्राण्यभिहन्तु चापद:॥

सर्वबाधाप्रशमनं त्रैलोक्यस्य अखिलेश्वरि।

एवमेव त्वया कार्यं अस्मद्-वैरि-विनाशनम् ॥

सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।

शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते॥

सृष्टि-स्थिति-विनाशानां शक्तिभूते सनातनि।

गुणाश्रये गुणमये नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते॥

शरणागत-दीनार्त-परित्राण-परायणे।

सर्वस्यार्तिहरे देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते॥

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेशे सर्वशक्ति-समन्विते।

भयेभ्यस्-त्राहि नो देवि दुर्गे देवि नमोऽस्तु ते॥

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 ॥ हरि ॐ ॥

॥ अथ नवमन्त्रमालास्तोत्रम् ॥

(मराठी)

जी माता मधु-कैटभ-घातिनी        मर्दी जी महिषासुरां

जी धूम्रेक्षण-चण्ड-मुण्ड-नाशिनी   वधे रक्तबीजासुरां।

निर्दाळी शुम्भ-निशुम्भ-दैत्यां        जी सिद्धिलक्ष्मी परा

ती चण्डिका नव-कोटी-मूर्ति-सहिता   प्रतिपाळो आम्हां लेकरां ॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

अभीष्ट-पूर्तिसाठी देवादिकांनी    स्तविली भजिली जिला ती आदिमाता।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी ती माय आमुची   करो शुभभद्र, हरो सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

उन्मत्त दैत्यांमुळे गांजलेल्या    आमुचे क्षेम करो पराम्बा सुरवन्दिता।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी ती माय आमुची   करो शुभभद्र, हरो सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

जी स्मरण करताचि हरे दु:खक्लेश । भक्तिशील आम्ही तिला शरण असता।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी ती माय आमुची   करो शुभभद्र, हरो सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वबाधांचे प्रशमन           करी त्रैलोक्याची अखिलस्वमिनी।

आमुच्या वैर्‍यांचे निर्दालन   करावे हेचि त्वा भक्त-उद्धारिणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वमंगलांच्या मांगल्ये   शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरी   नारायणी नमो अम्बिके॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सृष्टीची उत्पत्ति स्थिति लय   करी जी आद्यशक्ति सनातनी।

वन्दितो गुणाश्रये गुणमये     वात्सल्यनिलये नारायणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

शरणागत पामर लेकरां       तत्पर जी प्रतिपालनी।

प्रणाम तुज सर्वपीडाहारिणी   क्षमास्वरूपे नारायणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेश्‍वरी   सर्वशक्ति-समन्विते।

भयापासून रक्षी आम्हां   देवी दुर्गे आदिमाते॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करो बाळाचे संरक्षण मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

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॥ हरि ॐ ॥

॥ अथ नवमन्त्रमालास्तोत्रम्॥

(हिन्दी)

जो माता मधुकैटभ-घातिनी        महिषासुरमर्दिनी

जो धूम्रेक्षण-चण्डमुण्ड-नाशिनी      रक्तबीज-निर्मूलिनी।

जो है शुम्भनिशुम्भ-दैत्यछेदिनी     जो सिद्धिलक्ष्मी परा

वह चण्डिका नवकोटीमूर्तिसहिता   चरणों में हमें दें आसरा ॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

अभीष्ट-पूर्तिहेतु सुरगणों ने   की जिसकी स्तुति भक्ति वह आदिमाता।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी वह माँ हमारी    करें शुभभद्र, हरें सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

उन्मत्त दैत्यों से ग्रस्त हैं हम     करो क्षेम हमारा पराम्बा सुरवन्दिता।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी वह माँ हमारी    करें शुभभद्र, हरें सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

स्मरण करते ही दुखक्लेश है हरती।    भक्तिशील हम जब शरण में हों उसके।

शुभहेतुरीश्‍वरी वह माँ हमारी    करें शुभभद्र, हरें सर्व आपदा॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वबाधाओं का प्रशमन   करे त्रैलोक्य की अखिलस्वमिनी।

हमारे बैरियों का निर्दालन   करो यही माँ तुम भक्तोद्धारिणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वमंगलों का मांगल्य   शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके।

शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरी   नारायणी नमो अम्बिके॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सृष्टि की उत्पत्ति स्थिति लय   करे जो आद्यशक्ति सनातनी।

वन्दन तुम्हें गुणाश्रये गुणमये   वात्सल्यनिलये नारायणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

शरणागत दीनदुखी संतानों के   परिपालन में तत्पर जननी।

प्रणाम तुम्हें सर्वपीडाहारिणी   क्षमास्वरूपे नारायणी॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

सर्वस्वरूपे सर्वेश्‍वरी   सर्वशक्तिसमन्विते।

भय से हमारी सुरक्षा करना    देवी दुर्गे आदिमाते॥

अनिरुद्धमाता नवमन्त्रमालिनी। करें बच्चे की सुरक्षा मातृकासम्राज्ञी॥

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|| Hari om|| Shreeram || Ambadnya ||

हिंदी मराठी ಕನ್ನಡதமிழ்

2 comments

  1. Ambadnya Dada for the detailed procedure,will be doing this pooja shortly for my daughter.iam sure it will be a divine expreience. your blog is an answer to all my questions.

  2. Reshmaveera Karmarkar

    Hariom Dada, I have a query: After performing this pooja for both my kids, do i have to keep 2 Saptamatruka photos in the worship place and the same can be used the next time i do this pooja for them,? Is my understanding right? Kindly clarify.

    Ambadnya Reshmaveera Karmarkar
    Hyderabad

    • Hari Om Reshmaveera,
      As per instructions from Param Poojya Bapu it is preferable to have a separate new photo for respective child. After poojan this photo can be placed for worship. Alternatively, you may also reuse the earlier photo. But going for a new one is preferable.

  3. Hari Om DADA ! Ambadnya .After reading the article so many thoughts ran in mind.Our P.P.Bapu is so much taking care of us from all side . Like a complete circle.so smoothly and softly he is taking us on all right poojans and perfect poojans and that too with full faith Holding our Hand tight, since that those who have done poojan,has shared there joy and happiness of performing it. we just parents of one or two kids feel so happy by performing these pooja,what about our Vishwa Pitta our P.P.BAPU how HAPPY he may be when he is doing for all his shraddavan kids. And our Job in these is to keep faith and trust . I here would like to mention one more such beautiful thought, few months back I rem.while talking P.P.BApu had said ” instead of feeling quile on our wrong things in life,Take a paper and pencil and sit to write all good things u have done in life.” I cross my heart and tell its only and only and only our P.P BAPU could do these .AMBADNYA.

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