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Shuklaambaradharam vishnum
shashivarnam chaturbhujam
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prasannavadanam dhyaayaet
sarva vighnopa shaantayae
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Sankalpam

The procedure of making a decision to perform the pooja for the welfare of all concerned.

Vigneswara pooja

Before commencing pooja of the main deity. Vigneswara pooja is performed to remove all hindrances. An idol created with turmeric powder paste is worshipped as Vigneshwara.

Kalasa Pooja

The pooja is done for the Kalasam (vessel containing water) with sandal, turmeric powder and flowers, invoking the presence of all the sacred rivers of India.

Praana Pratishtha

The idol or picture of the diety, is installed and by chanting the mantras, life is supposed to be given to the form.

Anga Pooja

This pooja is performed on each part of the diety. If it is idol of the God the pooja is performed from head to foot and vice versa in the case of Goddess.

Naivedhyam

It is customary to offer various food items, sweets and fruits as Naivedhyam to God and then distribute them as Prasadham.

Karpoora Harathi

The final part of the pooja consists of showing camphor harathi to the deity, which denotes the dissolution of ego.

Pradakshinaa

The need for performing 'pradakshinaa' : "We cannot draw a circle without a center point.
 The Lord is the centre, source and essence
of our Lives. Recognising Him as the focal point in our lives,
we go about doing our daily chores. this is the significance of
'Pradakshina'

Prarthana / Namaskaram

The pooja is completed by salutation and prostration, which denotes complete surrender. Prayers are then made, for the welfare of the individual, family and the World.