Gauri Puja (Jyeshtagouri Vrat)

Contents

    • 1. How to do the ‘Jeshtha Gauri Vow’ in the times of crisis ?
    • 2. Spiritual reason underlying invocation of Gauri
    • 3. Science underlying invocation of Gauri during the pre-determined time
    • 4. Method of vrat
    • 5. The ritualistic worship of the metal pot (kalash) during Gauripujan

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JyeshthaGauri

 

1. How to do the ‘Jeshtha Gauri Vow’ in the times of crisis ?

In few houses, on the Bhadrapad Shukla paksha ashtami, ritualistic worship of Jeshtha Gauri is done. In few houses ritualistic worship of Jeshtha Gauri is done in the form of stones and in some places in the form of standing Gauri idols. Due to the corona pandemic, if it is not possible to do the same, then they can do the ritualistic worship of an image or idol of female deity (Devi).

2. Jyeshtha gauri Vrat

All the wives of Deities harassed by the battle between the Deities and the demons prayed to Srimahalakshmi. Appeased by the prayer, Srimahalakshmi vanquished the demons on Ashtami, that is, the eighth day of Bhadrapad and relieved the Deities of the danger. In the memory of this incident and for the protection of their husbands by Srimahalakshmi, the women perform the vrat of JyeshthaGauri on the day of Shukl Ashtami of Bhadrapad

2 A. Spiritual reason underlying invocation of Gauri

The spiritual science underlying the invocation of Gauri is the welcome of the Deity of Knowledge and the supernatural powers which accompany Sri Ganeshji and to surrender to them with a sense of gratitude. Gauri is invoked to conserve the frequencies of energy generated in the house by the worship of Sri Ganeshji. The worshipper gets the benefit of these frequencies with the worship of Gauri.

2 B. Science underlying invocation of Gauri during the pre-determined time

According to the Scriptures, the time of invocation of Gauri is pre-determined. Gauri is to be invoked during that time only. The principle of a specific Deity comes on Earth in higher proportion during a specific time. On invocation of the Devi principle in the time pre-determined by the Scriptures, the principle is attracted at the venue of the worship in higher proportion and the family members get its benefit for a longer period.

2 C. Method of vrat

Gauri is installed on the Mul constellation that comes after Rushipanchami. This vrat is observed for three days. On the first day, when Gauri is invoked, the replicas of the Holy feet of Gauri are drawn on the main gate and everywhere in the house. For this turmeric powder-vermilion or rangoli is used.

In some regions, Devi is ceremoniously installed on the first Friday of the month of Shravan. On the day of Gauripujan that comes after Sriganeshpujan in the month of Bhadrapad, JyeshthaGauri is ceremoniously installed.

In some regions on the day of Gauri invocation, women worship the Deity of Water, that is, Jaladevata near the source of water. A kalash, that is, a copper pitcher is filled with water and the leaves of mango tree, champak tree etc. are placed in it. Five stones are also put into it. They worship the kalash. This is also called ‘GangaGauri’.

On the second day, Gauri is worshipped and offered ‘mahanaivedya’.

On the third day, Gauri is immersed in flowing water.

Married women are invited to the home as per convenience on one of the three days for the ceremony of haldi-kumkum.

Spiritual experience – While taking darshan of the consecrated Gauri, experiencing one Gauri in a saviour form and the other in a destroyer form and being advised by the Gauri in the saviour form to do sadhana with full dedication

On 2nd August 2006, during Gauripujan when I took darshan of Gauri, I experienced one Gauri in a saviour form and the other in a destroyer form. The Gauri in the saviour form said, “Get detached from the materialistic world, that is, Maya and do sadhana with full dedication”. She told me this same thing 3-4 times. At that time, my spiritual emotion was awakened and I began to go into a meditative state.

– Lata Dhavalikar, Goa

2 D.The ritualistic worship of the metal pot (kalash) during Gauripujan

  • In the metal pot of Gauripujan there is 1 % Divine principle, 2 % Chaitanya and 2 % Energy (Shakti).
  • A flow of Divine principle and Chaitanya in the form of Apa-tattva is attracted in the metal pot of Gauripujan.

A. Spirals of Divine principle and Apa-tattva are generated in the metal pot of Gauripujan.

  • A flow of Energy (Shakti) is attracted.

A. A spiral of Energy (Shakti) is generated and it moves in active form.

B. A flow of Energy (Shakti) is emitted into the environment.

C. Particles of Energy spread into the environment.

 

3. Other points

At the time of Gauripujan two types of Gauri, namely Jyeshtha and Kanishtha are worshipped. It was perceived that Jyeshtha and Kanishtha are the saviour (tarak) and destroyer (marak) Energies of Sri Ganeshji respectively.

Gauri does the task of sustaining the Ganesh Principle in the environment after Ganesh Chaturthi.

Due to the masks made in the metal pot, the married woman is benefitted of the presence of the Deity. The Sagun form of the Deity was perceived in the masks made in the metal pot. Hence, the Nirgun principle of the Deity is attracted in the metal pot in the Sagun form and the woman who worships it is benefitted.

Due to Gauripujan Energy is emitted in a greater proportion into the environment.

Reference : ‘Holy festivals, Religious festivals and Vowed religious observances’

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