10 Days of Navaratri Yagyas in Kanchipuram
50 Priest Lakshmi Yagya in Pune
Navaratri starts early this year and we begin on October 7th in Kanchipuram for a full 10 days of Goddess yagyas. Our program consists of a 5 hour morning program and 3 hours in the evening.
Every morning, our priests begin at 8 AM with Rudra Abishekam and the other components of the daily yagyas (Navagraha, Mrytunjaya, etc) and perform Chandi Path (shakti or goddess) fire yagya concluding at 1 PM.
In the evening, the priests will recite the Saundarya Lahiri which is a traditional hymn/mantra of 103 verses that invoke the blessings of the beautiful form of the goddess called Tripura Sundari.
At the same time another group of priests will recite the 1008 names (Sahasranam) of Lalitha; another form of the most beautiful and generous goddess. This takes place while the priest are performing another abishekam and elaborate puja on a Shaki Yantra.
We are also including a full day Ganesha yagya at the beginning of Navaratri. This yagya removes obstacles to our progress towards enlightenment and material success.
The final day, Vijaya Dashami, will feature special pujas for Saraswati who is honored on this day of victory; symbolic of the victory of light over darkness and joy over suffering.
These yagyas are profoundly purifying and eliminate old stresses and bad karmas. As a result life is lived with more freedom, happiness and satisfaction.
English translation of the complete Chandi Path text.
(also known as Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatmyam)
Complete MP3 recitation of Chandi Path; Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Lalitha Sahasranam - 1000 names of the Divine Mother
PDF Text of Saundarya Lahiri is here in English and Sanskrit.