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Gauri Pooja



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Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati who the mother of Lord Ganesha. Gauri Ganesha Puja,or Gauri Habba is an important occasion observed in Karnataka on the day prior to Ganesh Chaturthi.In Karnataka and some parts of Andhra Pradesh it is observed during the Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada.

In parts of Tamil Nadu,in Aavani month.

Gauri Habba celebrates the extraordinary creation of Ganesha by Goddess Parvati (Gauri).This has the significance of woman's power to create wonders.The method of performing Gauri puja differs from community to community and place to place.So most important is not the ritual but devotion and self-realization.                              

Pooja Material

Image of Gowri or Parvati,Betel leaves,Bananas Flowers,  betel nuts,coconut and the other usual pooja material. Kalash,Mango leaves,Coconut,Cosmetics and gifts for ladies.Also, other normal puja accessories like lambs, incense etc.Nombu Food – if you are preparing a nombu neividya or prasadam.

Preparation of Kalash.

Take a brass or silver pot and apply turmeric and kumkum on it.Fill half of the pot with water, put uncooked rice, turmeric pieces, almonds etc in the pot.
Arrange mango leaves from inside the rim and place a coconut smeared with turmeric and kumkum on the mouth of the pot.Keep the Kalash on a plate with uncoocked rice grains spread on it.
 

Kalash can also be a small container or a glass with water and betel leaves dipped in it with tip facing out.At first the footsteps of Devi Gauri are drawn by using Rangoli.The impressions are colorfully stamped all over the house right from the entrance of the house.Water is sprinkled over them and rice thrown over them.
 

These images are taken around the entire house.These images are usually handled by unmarried girls.The hostess of the house questions Gauri, “Where have you come?” and the girl holding the images, describes the house.Then the hostess says, “Come to us with golden feet and stay with us forever”.

 




The Pooja
 
Keep the plate with the Kalash on a decorated table surrounded by Rangoli. Another Kalash is kept next to goddess Gauri which represents Lord Shiva.Take a single betel leaf and place it before the Kalash.

Barks from five different trees must be kept on to the Kalash and mantras are recited so as to do the Avahaan of goddess Gauri.Create an image of Goddess Gauri using turmeric paste.Place it on the betel leaf.Bangles and other cosmetics are arranged around the Kalash.If clay idol of Gauri is available then place it near the Kalash.
 

Take the Kalash plate and turmeric Gauri outside of the house and place it carefully on a table or hand it over to a resposible person.Take a steel glass with uncooked rice and jaggery and place it down on the front door of the house.Now taking the Kalash plate and Gauri in hand,enter the house and slowly kick the glass containing uncooked rice with right foot and overturn it.
Enter the house with right foot first.
 

The Kalash and Gauri are placed in the puja room and a regular puja is performed,by chanting the mantras and offering fruits,flowers and neivediya (food offering).Gifts are handed over to the invitee married women.Gifts are placed on threshing basket (muram) which is decorated using turmeric paste and kumkum and a banana leaf is spread on it with  rice grains spread on it.The idol of Gauri is immersed in water on the day Ganesha is immersed.

                                   


Gauri-Ganesh Visarjan
 

It is strongly beleived that Goddess Gauri brings peace, prosperity and wealth in life.This puja has the power to remove all the obstacles and it also solves the matrimonial problems.Thus the entire ceremony is known to be an occasion for those married girls who come to stay with their parents for festive occasion.

In olden day, the married girls were under strong family restrictions and were hardly allowed to go to their parents place. When their parents desired they used to officially give invitation and then the girls used to visit their house.

Gauri-Ganapati was such and occasion, when the girls used to meet their parents and stay with them.
Such celebrations serve dual purpose - joy and happiness in the family and also the satisfaction of worshipping the Gauri and Ganesh.



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