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  Mata Ki Aarti  

The 'Aarti' of the Goddess is performed twice a day first time in the morning just before the sunrise and second time in the evening immediately after the sunset.  The procedure of 'Aarti' is a very sacred and lengthy one. The Pujaris perform 'Aarti' before the holy deity first inside the sanctum- sanctorum and than outside the cave. Before the commencement of 'Aarti', the Pujaris perform 'Aatam pujan' i,e self-purification. Then the Goddess is bathed in water, milk, ghee (Clarified butter), honey and sugar. Thereafter the goddess is dressed-up in a saree, chola andchuni and ornaments are endowed upon her. The whole process takes place amidst the enchantment of various shlokas and Mantras. Thereafter Tilak is placed on the forehead of the deity and Navied (prashad) is offered to her. The Pujaris perform puja of various Gods and Goddesses, as it is a believed that during the Aarti time, all the Gods and Goddesses are present inside the sanctum Sanctorum.

The Jyoti(divine lamp) is lightened and then the 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed. After the whole procedure, the thaal which contains the lamp and various other items used in the 'Aarti', is brought outside the mouth of the holy cave, where 'Aarti' of the goddess is performed in the presence ofyatris. The yatris who remain seated outside the holy cave during the time when the Aarti is performed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum, keep listening to the Pravachans of head Pandit. After theAarti outside the holy cave is over, the pujari distributes Prasadam and the charanamrit ( the holy water) to the devotees.


Aarti...CHANTING OF MANTRAS AND ARTI 

This whole procedure of 'Aarti' takes nearly two hours during which time the darshans remain suspended. All the maintenance works required inside the cave are carried out during this time only. 

 

The varios mantras chanted during Aarti are given hereunder. Only general explanations of the mantras have been attempted. At the commencement of the Aarti the Pujaris speak aloud the 108 names of the Goddess, which are as under:

CHANTING OF MANTRAS AND ARTI 


The various mantras chanted during Aarti are given hereunder. Only general explanations of the mantras have been attempted. At the commencement of the Aarti the Pujaris speak aloud the 108 names of the Goddess, which are as under:




 
OM APAVITRAH PAVITRO VA
SARVAVASTHAM GATOAPI VA,

YAH SMRAIT PUNDARIKA AKSHAM SA VAHY
ABHYANTARAH SHUCHIH.

Explanation: Whoever contemplates upon Vishnu gets automatically purified, both mentally and physically.

This is followed by ‘Achman’ (drinking of holy water after accepting it in the palm of the hand), which helps to wash off the sins committed by action, thought and speech. The mantra runs as follows:

OM KESHAVAYA NAMAH, OM NARAYANAYA NAMAH, OM MADHAVAYA NAMAH, OM GOVINDAYA NAMAH.

Explanation:
I bow to thee Keshav, I bow to thee Narayan, I bow to thee Madhav, I bow to thee Govind.

This is followed by the chanting of the following mantra to welcome Lakshmi and applying Tilak (or an auspicious mark) on the forehead of the Pujaris.

OM GANDHA DWARAAM DURAA DHARSHAAM NITYAPUSHTAAM KARISHINIM,
ISHWARIM SARVA BHOOTAANAAM TAAMIHOPAHAV YAI SHRIYAM.

Explanation: Lakshmi, the omnipotent giver of prosperity, I respectfully welcome you to my home.

In the next mantra, the Pujaris pray to the Goddess for granting them sound and robust health by chanting the following mantras:

OM, AIN, HRIDAYAAY NAMAH,

OM VAG MAI AASYAI ASTU,
OM NASOR MAI PRANO ASTU,
OM AKSHANOR MAI CHAKSHUR ASTU,
OM KARNAYOR MAI SHROTRAM ASTU,
OM BAHYOR MAI BALAM ASTU,
OM OORVOR MAI OJO ASTU,
OM ARISHTANI MAI ANGANI,

TANU STANVA MAI SAHASANTU

Explanation:
Oh Mother, keep my heart, speech, breathing, sight, hearing, strength and energy intact and disease free.

After this the earth is worshipped by chanting the following mantras:

OM PRITHVI ITI MANTRASYA MERUPRISHTA RISHIHI SUTALAM, CHANDAH, KOORMO DEVTAA, AASAN SHODHANAYA VINIYOGAH. OM PRITHVI TVAYAA DHRITAA LOKAA DEVI TVAM VISHNUNA DHRITAA, TVAM CHA DHAARAY MAAM DEVI PAVITRAM KURU CHA AASANAM.

Explanation: In These mantras the earth is worshipped in order to purify the place for sitting. Oh Mother earth, just as you hold the earth and Vishnu holds you. I beseech you to hold me and accept this seat that I am offering you.

Thereafter an Argha (water containing a mixture of milk, rice, grass etc.) is offered to Surya Devta (Sun God) with the chanting the following mantras:

OM EHI SURYA SAHASRAANSHO TEJO RAASHAY JAGAT PATAY, ANUKAMPAYA MAAM BHAKTYA GRIHANAARGHYA DIVAKAR.

Explanation:
Oh Sun, master of the brilliant effulgence, please accept this Argha that I am offering with complete devotion.

This is followed by Deep Pujan (worship of the flame of the lamp) and Dhoop Pujan (worship of incense) which are performed by the chanting the following mantras:

OM SUPRAKAASH MAHAADEEP SARVATRA TAMIRAPAH, PRASID MAM GOVIND DEEPO ARGHAYAH PRATIGRIHYATAAM.

Explanation:
Oh, the remover of darkness, please accept my Argha.

OM VANASPATI RASOD BHOOT GANDHAADYA GANDHUTTAMAH, AARGHEYA SARVADEVAANAAM DHOOPOAYAM PRATIGRIHYA TAAM.

Explanation: Please accept this essence of flora, which has such divine smell.
This is followed by the ‘Pratigya Sankalp’ (to resolve to fulfil a vow), which runs as follows:

OM VISHNUR VISHNUR VISHNU,

OM TATSADYA BRAHMANOAHINI,
DWITIYA PRARDHE, VISHNU PADA,
SHRI SHWET VARAAH KALPE,

 

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