Annapurna Puja | अन्नपूर्णा पूजा
Annapurna Puja | अन्नपूर्णा पूजा
Annapurna is the form of Divine Mother which grants us nourishment. All humans are compelled to seek some form of nourishment, whether it be material, such as food, money, or possessions, or whether it be spiritual, such as cultivating a connection with the Divine.Anna means food and grains, while the meaning of purna is full, complete, and perfect. Annapurna is the Goddess of Nourishment, She who is full, complete, and perfect with food and grains.Annapurna is derived from 2 words – Anna means “food” or “grains” and purna means “full, complete and perfect”. Annapurna or Annapoorna is the goddess of food, grains and nourishment and wife of Lord Shiva. She is one form of Parvati. Worship and offering of food are highly praised in Hinduism and therefore, the goddess Annapurna is regarded as a popular deity. The Western world names her the “Hindu God of Cooking” considering her association with food items.
The Annapurna Sahasranam is dedicated to the goddess and chant her 1000 names while the Annapurna Shatanama Stotram is dedicated to her 108 names. It is believed that Maa Annapurna is the daughter of Himavat, the king of mountains, therefore, mountain Annapurna in the Himalaya is named given by Maa Annapurnas. She also described as the source of knowledge. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be the birthdate of the goddess Annapurna, the day is considered to be very auspicious for buying gold jewelry. Devotees offer various different kinds of culinary delights to Mother Annapurna and pray for Her blessings of wisdom, renunciation, and completeness.
The most famous Annapurna Devi Mandir and the Kashi Viswanath Temple are in Varanasi.
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What is the benefit of Worship ?
When Mother Annapurna is worshiped, She blesses her children with nourishment beyond the gross material things we desire. She blesses us with the attainment of perfection in wisdom and renunciation.
Before partaking of any meal, a devotee should offer Her food with this prayer: “Oh Annapurna, you are always full, complete, and perfect. You are the energy of the beloved Lord Shiva. For the attainment of perfection in wisdom and renunciation, please give me your nourishment.”
The wisdom Mother gives is the understanding that “Giving” is the true spirituality. She teaches that renunciation will allow us to remain in equanimity in all of life’s circumstances.
What is the story behind of this worship ?
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to play the game of dice. Once they were playing and the game became very interesting. They started betting. Shiva lost Trdant, snake. He played more and bet more and kept on losing. Eventually, he lost everything including his begging bowl. Lord Shiva went to Lord Vishnu and told all the situations. Shiva took Lord Vishnus advice and went back to play the game again.
Goddess Parvati became suspicious of Shivas unexpected change of luck that led him to win back everything. She called him a cheat. This led to an argument between the two of them. The Shiva told that everything materialistic was just an illusion or Maya. Everything that we held was an illusion. Even the food we ate was Maya. This made Goddess Parvati angry. She said that calling food an illusion was equal to calling her an illusion. So to show Lord Shiva and the world her importance she disappeared saying that she wanted to see how the world would survive without food. Her disappearance meant that Nature came to a standstill. This led to severe dryness and a huge shortage of food.
The Gods, humans, and demons all kept praying for food. Goddess Parvati heard the prayers and she could not see her children perishing out of hunger. So she appeared in Kashi (Varanasi) and started distributing food. Shiva realized his mistake that he was incomplete without Shakti. So he appeared before Goddess Parvati in Kashi with a begging bowl in his hands. He said to her that he had realized his mistake that food could not be an illusion and it was required to nourish the body and inner soul. Since then Goddess Parvati is worshipped as the Goddess Annapurna (Goddess of food). It is believed that if the food is cooked with a spirit of holiness it becomes sacred as Annapurna blesses it.
What are the other names ?
– Vishalakshi: she who has large eyes.
– Vishvashakti : world power.
– Vishvamata : mother of the world.
– Srustihetukavaradani : she who is a boon granter for the sake of the world.
– Bhuvaneshwari : goddess of Earth.
– Renu: goddess of Atom.
– Annada : the donor of food.
What are the ingredients needed for this puja ?
Red flowers, Green paddy rice, Paddy rice kalpavriksha, grain pot, Durva
Puja Service Includes: Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana(Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 chants of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Maa Annapurna Puja, Maa Annapurna Mantra Japa, Homa, Aarti and Pushpanjali.