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Sri Anaghastami Puja

Sri Anaghastami worship as described in the Mythology of Datta Purana.


Sri Datta incarnated as the spiritual Master to bestow salvation not only to scholars, but also to laymen. However, due to the effect of this age Kali, the significance and the grandeur of his incarnation is lost in the memory of mankind in general. A few serious sadhakas (spiritual practicants) are an exception. Lord Datta, being the ocean of mercy again and again takes different incarnations - revealing his significance to one and all - uplifting the down-trodden. Such incarnations of Sri Datta are - Sri Pada Vallabha, Narasimha Sarasvati etc.

The philosophy of Sadguru Datta is beyond the reach of the commoner's imagination. Even great scholars do not realize that Datta-widely known as an Avadhuta (roving monk) - has another form of a householder. Among the several forms of Datta takes frequently in His divine play (leela) - the name of his householder's form is Anagha swami. His consort is Anagha Devi - an incarnation of Laksmi (Goddess of Prosperity) Herself. This divine couple leading pious lives of penance, shower blessings of physical and spiritual boons on the devotees. Asta Siddhis (the eight supernatural powers) are born as sons to this unique divine couple.

Sadguru Datta Himself gave the initiation of this Anagha Puja to his dear devotee Kartaviryarjuna, way back in Kruta Yuga. These details are described in detail by the sage Vysya. Emperor Kartaviryarjuna thoroughly propagated this Anagha Puja throughout his vast empire. This meritorious worship was performed individually and collectively by one and all. As a result, the prolonged period of Kartavirya's reign was really a golden age.

In the next age Treta Yuga, king Dasaratha and Sri Rama also performed this Puja - thus assert our epics. Though people lost sight of this worship to some extent in the third age, Dwapara Yuga, Lord Krisna caused wide participation in the performance of this puja by the people by initiating the same to Dharmaraja.

In the present age Kali Yuga this worship went out of popular practice gradually. It is due to the grace of Sadguru Datta and the good fortune of devotees that this famous worship is now being popularized extensively.

Now, Swamiji entrusts this method of worship in a further simplified form to you - dear children, friends and devotees. An easy method of worship is detailed in this book. On the cover of this book you find the figure of a lotus of eight petals. The various names of the deities are noted in each petal. In your homes., draw a similar lotus of eight petals on a metal sheet or a wooden plank. You may use rice flour, turmeric and kumkum for the drawing. In each petal, place a kalasa (vessel), a beteel nut, a beteel leaf or a Tulasi leaf, Invoke the deities as per the details given in the book.

Further, prepare twines of yellow, red and white colors. Each twine may be about eight inches long. Tie a knot in the middle of the twines. Keep the twines in the centre of the lotus at the feet of the Anagha couple.

At the end of the worship, wear the twine around your right wrist. Also you can pass on the method of worship to your dear ones by offering one twine each to them. You may have a stock of two or more twines for further use. When you tie the twine around your right wrist, utter the following prayer:

"Brahma Visnu Mahesana rupin triguna nayaka;

Trai varnika namastubhyam Tora Deva Anaghatsmaka".

Meaning: Oh! Anagha Deva! You are Bramha, Visnu and Siva - the three in one. You excel the three qualities Tamas, Rajas and Sattva symbolized by the three colors!

You may offer fruits, pancha karjaya or even the normal food as offering to Anaghaswami (vegetarian only!) youth who are aspiring for a decent match, men and women pestered by domestic problems and any distressed persons - are sure to get quick beneficial results by worshipping Anagha Devi with firm faith and deep devotion. All can perform this puja.

The most important day for this worship is the Margasira Krsna paksa Astami - the eighth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Margasirsa (falling in December). In case one cannot perform on the eighth day of the dark fortnight it may be done in the other fortnight, or on any day of the month. It is compulsory that one must perform the puja at least once in a year.

Angha means sin. We commit sins very often by thought, word and deed. Only these sins stand in the way of our progress. The celestial couple, the perennial parents of the Universe - Datta and Anagha remove our sins. Hence they are called Anagha couple.

Hence, my dear devotees, all of you perform Anagha Puja. By doing so, you are sure to get relief from all your sins. You will deserve the grace of Guru Datta. You will achieve progress in the physical and spiritual aspects of life. I bless you to become pioneers in building nations of plenty of peace.





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