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Aparna Devi Vratam



Srirastu || Subhamastu || Avighnamastu

Story of Mata Sri Aparna in the form of Vrat


 

Goddess Sri Aparna’s temple is in Tatiparthi village, Gollaprolu mandal in East Godavari District in Andhrapradesh. This place is very near to another holy place, Annavaram (abode of Lord Satyanarayana), at about 20 KMs distance. Other nearby places are Samarlakota (25 kms) and Kakinada(30 kms).

 

Vrat or Vratam is a ritual that is performed in a specific time with particular paraphernalia. Usually a Vratam consists of praising of the deity with various names which expounds the divine qualities, followed by the story of the importance of praying or offering obeisance to the deity. Every vratam has a strict format to be followed and after performing the specific number of cycles of the vratam, one has to perform the closing ceremony as well, which is called Udyapana.

 

Mata Sri Aparna Devi’s vrat can be performed either at a temple or at home to fulfill the following wishes:

1.       Domestic Happiness (On Fridays from 10.30AM to 12 noon)

2.       To overcome Kuja Dosha or Manglik Dosha (which mars marital happiness due to Planet Mars) (On Tuesdays)

3.       To  fix/settle marriages (On Tuesdays)

4.       To get rid of Rahu, Ketu Dosha usually called Kala Sarpa Dosha (On Fridays from 10.30AM to 12 noon or on Tuesdays)

5.       To be free from financial debts (On Tuesdays)

6.       To get job, to get promotion and to get transfers to the place of one’s choice (On Tuesdays which have thidhi Ashtami or On Tuesdays)

7.       To  overcome issues of conjugal happiness and to beget progeny (On Fridays)

8.       To earn profits in business (On Fridays)

9.       To achieve success in any field of interest (On Tuesdays)

10.     To acquire knowledge and to attain salvation (On Fridays)

 

This vrat can be performed on any day or any auspicious day. If the problem is very intense and we need solace and request for divine direction, it is advised to perform this vrat for seven successive Tuesdays or Fridays.  Based on our convenience and feasibility, we can peform this vrat at home or holy places where Mata ji is propitiated or we can request a priest to perform on our behalf.

 

At Mata Sri Aparna’s abode, every Tuesday from 6 am to 12 am Kumkumarchana (prayer to god with Kumkum, sindhoor powder) is performed to the deity for getting rid of Manglik dosha, for finding suitable match for marriages and for solution for different problems. During Fridays, special Kumkumarcharna is performed from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

 

On every full moon day, Panchamruthabhishekam is done to goddess, Sri Aparna. The Goddess will be drenched (Abhishek) with Panchamrutam (a potion of five nectars, comprises of milk, curd, ghee, honey and any fruit. At times five different fruits are mixed with this syrup). Also a unique and special Kumkumarchana will be performed during full moon days.  

 

Every year during Asweeyuja Suddha Padhyami (spans September-October months) to Dasami Navratri (Nine Holy Nights) is celebrated. Kumkumarchana is also performed during those days.

 

Every year during Falguna Suddha Saptami (spans February-March months), the wedding celebration of Goddess Sri Aparna and Lord Nageswara is performed and a procession is organized.

 

Items that are required to perform Kumkuma Puja as per tradition:

1.     Turmeric – 50 gms

2.     Betel Leaves – 9

3.     Bananas – 6

4.     Red flowers

5.     Camphor – ¼ kg

6.     Cotton towel

7.     Coins – 9

8.     Incense Sticks (Agarbathis) – 1 packet

9.     Rice – 1 kg (for Puja to Lord Ganesh)

10.   Kumkum – 200 gms

11.   Betel/Areca Nuts – 5

12.   Coconuts – 2

13.   Red Blouse Piece – 1

14.   Red wicks – 5 (to light diyas)

15.   Ghee

16.   Sandalwood Powder

17.   Akshatas (rice mixed with turmeric)

18.   Sambrani Powder/Dhoop Sticks

19.   Mango Leaves – 3

20.   Sweet Rice made with Milk (Paramannam)

21.   Pooja Utensils (Panchapatra, Uddarini, Arivenam) – Vessels and Spoon

22.   Pancharati Diya set – five lights

23.   Kalash – a bowl specific for puja

24.   Panakam – A Liquid made by mixing jaggery and black pepper powder in water

25.   Vadapappu – A mixture of soaked green gram dal, grated coconut, green chillies and coriander, salt and lemon juice

 

Puja of Lord Ganesh

Remover of Obstacles





It is customary in India to perform the puja of Lord Ganesh before starting any auspicious function or taking up any work or joining a job or launching a business. Lord Ganesh is believed to be the remover of obstacles and ensures smooth sailing towards success.

 

A clay idol of Lord Ganesh or the form of Lord Ganesh prepared with Turmeric should be adorned with flowers. Holy Diya, the sacred light should be lit and the diya item should be smeared with  Kumkum at the corners.


Vow

 

Om Kesavaya Swaha

Om Narayanaya Swaha

Om Madhavaya Swaha

(by saying the above, have water with right hand 3 times)

 

 

Om Govindaya Namah

Om Vasudevaya Namah 

Om Vishnave Namah 

Om Pradyumnaya Namah 

Om Madhusudanaya Namah 

Om Anirudhaya Namah 

Om Trivikramaya Namah 

Om Purushottamaya Namah 

Om Vamanaya Namah 

Om Adhokshajaya Namah 

Om Sridharaya Namah 

Om Narasimhaya Namah 

Om Hrushikesaya Namah 

Om Achyutaya Namah 

Om Padbhanabhaya Namah 

Om Janardhanaya Namah 

Om Damodaraya Namah 

Om Upendraya Namah 

Om Sankarshanaya Namah 

Om Haraye Namah 

 

Om Srikrishnaya Namah 

 

 

Uttishantu Bootha Pisachaah, Yete Bhoomi Bharakah !
Yetesha mavirodhena, Brahama Karma Samarabhe !!
(after smell the akshitaas, place them your backside)

 

Angulyagraih naasikaagram sampeedya paapanaasanam!
PraaNaayaamamidam proktam rushibhih parikalpitam!!
(With thumb finger, middle finger and little finger touch the nose, inhale and hold the breathing for few seconds)

 

Mama upaatta samastaduritayakshaya dwaaraa Sree AparnaDevi muddisya Sree AparnaDevi preetyardham, subha sobhana muhoortae Sree Mahavishno raajnaaya pravartamaanasya adyabrahmanah dviteeya parardhae, sweta varahakalpae, vaivaswata manvantarae, kaliyugae, pradhamapaadae, jamboodweepae, bharatavarshae, bharatakhandae asmin vartamaana vyaavahaarika chaandramaanaena … samvatsarae … ayanae … rutau … maasae … pakshae … tidhau … vaasarae (say the running year, aayanam, telugu month, paksham, the tidhi of the day, and the day of the week) subhanakshatrae, subhayogae, subhakaranae evamguna visaeshaNa viSishtaayaam Subhatidhau Sreemaan … gotrah … naamadhaeyah *Sreematah: … gotrasya … naamadhaeyasya * (Married persons * should say dharmapatnee samaetasya) mamopaatta duritakshaya dwaaraa AparnaaDevi preetyardham asmaakam sahakutumbaanaam, kshaema sthairya dhairya vijaya abhaya aayuraarogya iswaryaabhivruddhyardham, dharmaardha kaama moksha chaturvidha phalapurushaardham … siddhyardham … siddhyardham aparnaa paradevataa muddhisya aparnaa paradevataa preetyardham kalpokta prakaaraeNa yaavachchakti dhyaanaavaahanaadi ekavimsati upachaara poojaam karishyae!! Adau nirvighna parisamaaptyardham siddivinaayaka poojaam karishyae!!

(By saying the above, leave akshataas and water)

 

To achieve the results:

1. For marriage: To get rid of manglik doshas due to birth or planets movements/placements, or the entering of Kuja (Mars) into second, fourth, seventh, eighth houses and to get rid of Kuja graha dosha and to get married according to age
2. To gain wealth: When found Kuja (Mars) in second house and to get rid of this Kuja dosha problem
3. To come out of issues from Education, Land, Constructing house related: When found Kuja (Mars) in fourth house and to get succeed in education, land, house constructions upon coming out of this Kuja dosha problem
4. For Progeny: When mars is looking into fifth house, the owner of fifth house in jataka is staying with Kuja planet, the cause of fifth house Guru planet is staying with Kuja and to come out of all these manglik issues and upon to give good birth
5. To get rid of enemies, diseases, and debts: When Kuja planet is sitting at sixth place and to come out of this of this manglik dosha
6. To gain the lost money, early deaths issues
7. To come out from Court or Legal issues
(after the oath make Ganesh Idol with turmeric powder and place it on betel leave and put this betel leave in Porch (Puja Mandap))

1. Dhyaanam: Vinaayakaṁ hēmavarṇaṁ paaSaaṅkuSa dharaṁ vibhum।
dhyaayēdgajaananaṁ dēvaṁ baalachandra samaprabham॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ dhyaayaami

2. Aavaahanaṁ: Sindhooraaruṇa kumbhan̄cha kuṅkumaajkitamaalinam।
sarvavighnakṣhayakaraṁ sid'dhidaṁ sarvakaamadam॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ aavaahayaami

3. Aasanaṁ: Chaturbhujaṁ mahaakaayaṁ poorṇachandra samaprabham।
ēkadantaṁ Soorpakarṇaṁ poorṇamōdaka dhaaraṇam॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ aasanaṁ samarpayaami

4. Paadyaṁ: Indraadi vanditaṁ dēvaṁ sid'dhagandharva sēvitam।
paadyaṁ gruhaaṇadēvēSa vinaayaka namōstutae॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ paadyaṁ samarpayaami

5. Aarghyaṁ: Gajaanana mahaakaaya naagaayajñōpaveetinē।
sooryakōṭi prateekaaSa gruhaaṇaarghyaṁ namōstutē॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ aarghyaṁ samarpayaami

6. Aachamaneeyaṁ: Dēvadēva namastubhyaṁ nirvighnagaṇanaayaka।
gaṅgōdakaṁ mayaaneetamidamaachamanaṁ kuru॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ aachamaneeyaṁ samarpayaami

7. Snaanaṁ: Payōdadhighrutaṁ gavyaṁ Sarkaraamadhusanyutam।
pan̄chaamrutaṁ mayaaneetaṁ snaanaṁ kuru vidhaanatam॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ pan̄chaamrutasnaanaṁ samarpayaami
snaanaanantaraṁ Sud'dhaacamaneeyaṁ samarpayaami

8. Vastraṁ: Raktavarṇaṁ vastrayugmandēvaanaan̄cha sumaṅgaḷam।
gruhaaṇaiSvarya sarvajña lambōdara Sivaatmaja॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ vastraṁ samarpayaami

9. Yajñōpaveetaṁ: Dhaaraṇaardhaṁ brahmasootraṁ sauvarṇaṁ chōttareeyakam।
vakratuṇḍa gruhaaṇēdaṁ bhaktaanaaṁ varadaayaka॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ yajñōpaveetaṁ samarpayaami

10. Aabharaṇaṁ: Suvarṇēnakrutaṁ haaraṁ mauktikaiScha suSōbhitam।
bhaktyaa samarpitaṁ tubhyaṁ bhooṣaṇaṁ pratigruhyataam॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ aabharaṇaṁ samarpayaami

11. Gandhaṁ: Gruhaaṇa dēvadēvēSa divya chandana miSritam।
karpoora kuṅkumaayuktamumaaputra namōstutē॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ gandhaṁ samarpayaami

12. Akṣhatalu: Saaliyaan Svētavarṇaabhaan raktacandana miSritaan।
akṣhataanScha mayaadattaan gruhaaṇa suravallabha॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ akṣhataan samarpayaami

13. Puṣhpaṁ: Kamalōtpala kal'haara punnaaga bruhateenicha।
naanaavidhaani divyaani puṣpaaṇi pratigruhyataam॥
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminēnamaḥ puṣhpai: Poojayaami

Om sumukhaya namaha

Om ekadantaaya namaha 

Om kapilaaya namaha 

Om gajakarnakaaya namaha 

Om lambodaraaya namaha 

Om vikataaya namaha 

Om vignaraajaya namaha 

Om gaNadhipaaya namaha 

Om dhuma ketavey namaha 

Om ganadyakshaaya namaha 

Om phaalachandraya namaha 

Om gajananaaya namaha 

Om vakratundaaya namaha 

Om shoorpa karnaaya namaha 

Om heyrambaaya namaha 

Om skandapoorvajaaya namaha 

Om sarvasiddipradaayakaya namaha 

Om sree maha gaNaadhipatayae namaha 

pushpaaNi poojam samarpayaami 



14. Dhoopaṁ: DaSaaṅgaṁ guggulaṁ divyamuttamaṁ gaNanaayaka।
dhoopaṁ gruhaaNadaevaeSa gauree putra namōstutae।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ dhoopamaaghraapayaami

15. Deepaṁ: Sarvajña sarvadaevaeSa sarvasiddipradaayaka।
gruhaaNa maṅgaḷaṁ deepaṁ rudraputra namōstutae।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ deepaṁ darSayaami
dhoopa deepaanantaraṁ Sud'dha aachamaneeyaṁ samarpayaami

16. Naivaedyaṁ: Mōdakaa, laḍḍukaa, poopaan, naarikaeḷa, phalaanicha।
sadghrutaṁ paramaannan̄cha, naivaedyaṁ pratigruhyataam।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ naivaedyaṁ samarpayaami

17. Punaraachamanaṁ: KarpooramiSritaṁ tōyaṁ kastooryaadi samanvitam।
gruhaaNa vighnaraajaendra sarvasampatkaraṁ Subham।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ punaraachamaneeyaṁ samarpayaami

18. Taamboolaṁ: Naagavallee daḷairyuktamaekavinSati saṅkhyayaa।
kramukaṁ choorNasanyuktaṁ taamboolaṁ pratigruhyataam।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ taamboolaṁ samarpayaami

19. Mantrapuṣpaṁ: SauvarNaṁ raajitan̄chaiva nikṣhiptan̄cha tavaagrataḥ।
suvarNapuṣpaṁ daevaeSa sarvavighnaharōbhava।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ mantrapuṣpaṁ samarpayaami

20. PradakṣhiNaṁ: Namastae daevadaevaeSa bhaktaanaa mabhayaprada।
vighnaṁ naaSayakaamaeSa haraatmaja namōstutae।।
pradakṣhiNa trayadaeva prayatnaena mayaakrutam।
daasōyamitimaaṁ rakṣha namastae bhaktavatsala।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ pradakṣhiNa namaskaaraan samarpayaami

21. Praardhana namaskaaraṁ: aayurdaehi yaSōdaehi Sriyaṁ daeheecha saukhyakam।
putraan pautraan prapautraanScha daehimae gaNanaayaka।।
Sree sid'dhivinaayaka svaaminaenamaḥ praardhana namaskaaraṁ samarpayaami
anaena aekavinSatyupachaara poojanaena bhagavaan sarvaatmakaḥ aetatphalaṁ
Sree sid'dhivinaayakaarpitamastu। Sree sid'dhivinaayaka prasaadaṁ SirasaagruhNaami।।

 

Mata Sree Aparna Amma Vrat





 

Om Kesavaya Swaha

Om Narayanaya Swaha

Om Madhavaya Swaha

(by saying the above, have water with right hand 3 times)

 

 

Om Govindaya Namah

Om Vasudevaya Namah 

Om Vishnave Namah 

Om Pradyumnaya Namah 

Om Madhusudanaya Namah 

Om Anirudhaya Namah 

Om Trivikramaya Namah 

Om Purushottamaya Namah 

Om Vamanaya Namah 

Om Adhokshajaya Namah 

Om Sridharaya Namah 

Om Narasimhaya Namah 

Om Hrushikesaya Namah 

Om Achyutaya Namah 

Om Padbhanabhaya Namah 

Om Janardhanaya Namah 

Om Damodaraya Namah 

Om Upendraya Namah 

Om Sankarshanaya Namah 

Om Haraye Namah 

 

Om Srikrishnaya Namah 



Uttishantu Bootha Pisachaah, Yete Bhoomi Bharakah !
Yetesha mavirodhena, Brahama Karma Samarabhe !!
(after smell the akshitaas, place them your backside)

 

Pranayama (Extension of Prana or Breath)
Angulyagraih naasikaagram sampeedya paapanaasanam!
PraaNaayaamamidam proktam rushibhih parikalpitam!!
(With thumb finger, middle finger and little finger touch the nose, inhale and hold the breathing for few seconds)

 

Mama upaatta samastaduritayakshaya dwaaraa Sree AparnaDevataa preetyardham, poorvokta evamguNa veSaeshaNa visishtaayaam Subhatidhau Sreematah....... gotrasya........... naama dhaeyasya, dharmapatnee samaetasya, sahakutumbasya, kshaema, sthairya, vijaya, abhaya, aayuraarogya iswaryaabhivruddhyardham, dharmaardhakaamamoksha chaturvidha purushaardha phala siddhyardham, aparNa daevi muddhiSya, Sree aparNaadaevi preetyardham, kalpokta prakaaraeNa dhyaana vaahanaadi shodaSopachaara poojaam karishyae!!

(By saying the above, leave akshataas and water)

dhyaanam

aekapaadasdhitaaṁ daevīṁ chinmayaananda vigraham।
chīravalkala sanvītaaṁ jaṭasaṅghaata dhaariNīm।
Sivachintana sansaktaaṁ tapasaa dyōtita prabhaam।
agnivarṇaaṁ mahaadaevīṁ aparṇaaṁ paarvatīṁ bhajae।।

aavaahanaṁ

Slō॥ maataraṁ pitaraṁ saathapraṇipatyamudaa Sivaa।
sakhībhyaan̄chaSivaansmr̥tvaa tapastaptunsamudgataa।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ aavaahayaami

aasanaṁ

Slō॥ hitvaa mataan'yanaekaani vastraaṇi vividhaanicha।
valkalaani dhrutaan'yaaSu mauojīṁ bad'dhvaatu Sōbhanaam ।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ divya simhaasanaṁ samarpayaami

paadyaṁ

Slō॥ hitvaahaaraṁ tathaacharma mr̥gasya paramaṁ dhr̥tam।
jagaama tapasae tatra gaṅgaavataraṇaṁ prati।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ paadayō: Paadyaṁ samarpayaami

arghyam

Slō॥ Sambhunaa kurvataa dhyaanaṁ yatradagdhōmanōbhavaḥ।
gaṅgaavataraṇōnaama prasthō himavata s'sacha।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ hastayō: Arghyaṁ samarpayaami

aachamanīyam

Slō॥ haraSūn'yō tha dadr̥Sae sa prasthō himabhūbhr̥taḥ।
kaalyaatatraetya bhōstaata paarvatyaa jagadambayaa।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ mukhae aachamanīyaṁ samarpayaami

sud'dhōdaka snaanam

Slō॥ yatrasthitvaapuraa Sambhustapavaan dustaraṁ tapaḥ।
tatrakṣaṇantu saasthitvaa babhūva virahaarditaa।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ Sud'dhōdakaena samarpayaami

vastram

Slō॥ haa haraeti Sivaatatrarudantī saa giraes'sutaa।
vilalaapaati du:Khaartaa chintaaSōka samanvitaa।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ vastrayugmaṁ samarpayaami

chaamaraṁ

Slō॥ tataSchiraeṇa saamōhaṁ dhairyaatsaṁ stabhya paarvatī।
niyamaayaa bhavattatra dīkṣitaa himavatsutaa।।
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ vyajana chaamarae vījayaami

chandanam

Slō॥ tapaSchakaara saatatra Sr̥ṅgitīrdhae mahōttamae।
gaurīSikhara naamaasīt tatapaḥ karaṇaad'dhitat॥
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ Srīgandhaan dhaarayaami

aabharaṇaani

Slō॥ sundaraaScha drumaastatra pavitraaSSivayaamunae।
aarōpitaaḥ parīkṣaardhaṁ tapasaḥ phala bhaaginaḥ॥
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ sarvaabharaṇaani samarpayaami

puṣhpaaṇi

Slō॥ bhūmiSud'dhiṁ tataḥ kr̥tvaa vaedīṁ nirmaaya sundarī।
tathaatapas'samaarabdhaṁ munīnaamapi duṣkaram॥
Srī aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ puṣhpaṁ samarpayaami

Atha'aṅgapoojaa

ōṁ śreeṁ aparṇaayai namaḥ paadau poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ chapalaayai namaḥ gulphau poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ kaantyai namaḥ jaṅghē poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ bhadrakaaḷyai namaḥ ooroo poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ kamilin'yai namaḥ kaṭiṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ śivaayai namaḥ naabhiṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ kṣhamaayai namaḥ udaraṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ gauryai namaḥ hr̥dayaṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ kambu kaṇṭhyai namaḥ kaṇṭhao poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ taaḷḷapuri nivaasin'yai namaḥ mukhaṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ svarṇakuṇḍalaayai namaḥ karṇau poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ susvaroopaayai namaḥ naaśikaaṁ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ kumaaryai namaḥ śiraḥ poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ yōganidraayai namaḥ śreepaadukē poojayaami
ōṁ śreeṁ śree'aparṇaadēvyai namaḥ sarvaaṅgaaṇaao poojayaami

 

  1. Om Sreem aparṇaayai namah

55. Om Sreem manōgamyaayai namah

  2. Om Sreem ambikaayai namah

56. Om Sreem mahaavēgaayai namah

  3. Om Sreem akṣamaalaadharaayai namah

57. Om Sreem maṅgaḷapradaayai namah

  4. Om Sreem anantaayai namah

58. Om Sreem mantravidyaayai namah  

  5. Om Sreem aruṇaayai namah

59. Om Sreem mahaavidyaayai namah  

  6. Om Sreem aadiSaktyai namah

60. Om Sreem mēnakaatmajaayai namah 

  7. Om Sreem aaryaayai namah

61. Om Sreem maatruSaapa vinaaSin'yai namah  

  8. Om Sreem aanandapūritaayai namah

62. Om Sreem yōgaayai namah

  9. Om Sreem iṣṭaardhadaayai namah

63. Om Sreem rūpasaubhaagyadaayin'yai namah 

10. Om Sreem EeSvaryai namah

64. Om Sreem rudraaṇyai namah  

11. Om Sreem umaayai namah

65. Om Sreem lakṣyaardhaayai namah 

12. Om Sreem ruṇavimōchan'yai namah

66. Om Sreem laghusid'dhidaayai namah 

13. Om Sreem lupta paapaayai namah

67. Om Sreem laasyapriyaayai namah

14. Om Sreem ēkapaadasthitaayai namah

68. Om Sreem laavaṇyanidhayē namah 

15. Om Sreem aiSvaryadaayai namah

69. Om Sreem varapradaayai namah  

16. Om Sreem ōṅkaaraayai namah

70. Om Sreem vindhyaachala nivaasin'yai namah 

17. Om Sreem kaulin'yai namah

71. Om Sreem vijayaayai namah  

18. Om Sreem kaḷyaaṇadaayai namah

72. Om Sreem vaan̄chitaardhapradaayin'yai namah  

19. Om Sreem kamalaakṣyai namah

73. Om Sreem vidyaarūpaayai namah 

20. Om Sreem kambukaṇṭhyai namah

74. Om Sreem viSaalanētraayai namah 

21. Om Sreem kadambavanavaasin'yai namah

75. Om Sreem vaageeSvaryai namah 

22. Om Sreem kamaṇḍaludharaayai namah

76. Om Sreem vaaṇeeramaasēvitaayai namah 

23. Om Sreem kanakavarṇaayai namah

77. Om Sreem vandaarujanavatsalaayai namah 

24. Om Sreem kaamarūpaayai namah

78. Om Sreem Sarvaaṇyai namah 

25. Om Sreem kaatyaayan'yai namah

79. Om Sreem Saraṇaagata vatsalaayai namah 

26. Om Sreem kaaḷyai namah

80. Om Sreem SatruSaapa kṣayakaryai namah 

27. Om Sreem kujadōṣavinaaSin'yai namah

81. Om Sreem Seeghrasid'dhidaayai namah 

28. Om Sreem girijaayai namah

82. Om Sreem Sivaayai namah 

29. Om Sreem guṇapriyaayai namah

83. Om Sreem Sivadharmaparaayaṇaayai namah 

30. Om Sreem gauryai namah

84. Om Sreem Sivadhyaana paraayaṇaayai namah 

31. Om Sreem chaturbhujaayai namah

85. Om Sreem Siva priyaayai namah 

32. Om Sreem chandravadanaayai namah

86. Om Sreem Seeghragaamin'yai namah 

33. Om Sreem chaṇḍikaayai namah

87. Om Sreem Saaṅkaryai namah 

34. Om Sreem jaṭilaayai namah

88. Om Sreem Sreematyai namah 

35. Om Sreem tapōniṣṭhaayai namah

89. Om Sreem Sreekaryai namah 

36. Om Sreem tapas'sid'dhidaayai namah

90. Om Sreem sarvasampatpradaayai namah 

37. Om Sreem taaḷḷapuri nivaasin'yai namah

91. Om Sreem Subhaayai namah 

38. Om Sreem dayaaSeelaayai namah

92. Om Sreem SōkanaaSin'yai namah

39. Om Sreem divyaaṅgaayai namah

93. Om Sreem Syaamaaṅgaayai namah  

40. Om Sreem durgaayai namah

94. Om Sreem ṣaḍaaṅgadēvataayuktaayai namah 

41. Om Sreem niraadhaarayai namah

95. Om Sreem sarvajñaayai namah 

42. Om Sreem nirmalaayai namah

96. Om Sreem sarvaSaktyai namah 

43. Om Sreem nityapūrṇaayai namah

97. Om Sreem sarvamaṅgaḷaayai namah 

44. Om Sreem paraayai namah

98. Om Sreem sarpaSaapa pramathin'yai namah 

45. Om Sreem putrapradaayai namah

99. Om Sreem sadyaḥ prasaadin'yai namah 

46. Om Sreem padmin'yai namah

100. Om Sreem sarvasukhapradaayai namah 

47. Om Sreem paarvatyai namah

101. Om Sreem sarvasammōhin'yai namah 

48. Om Sreem pitruSaapanivaariṇyai namah

102. Om Sreem sarvaSaastra svarūpaayai namah 

49. Om Sreem patneeSaapapraSaman'yai namah

103. Om Sreem sarvavēdyaayai namah 

50. Om Sreem puṇyasvarūpiṇyai namah

104. Om Sreem saavitryai namah 

51. Om Sreem bhaktavatsalaayai namah

105. Om Sreem subhadraayai namah 

52. Om Sreem bhavaan'yai namah

106. Om Sreem haimaavatyai namah 

53. Om Sreem bhraatruSaapanivaariṇyai namah

107. Om Sreem haripriyaayai namah 

54. Om Sreem maṅgaḷaayai namah

108. Om Sreem kṣi praprasaadin'yai namah 



Dhoopaḥ

Slō॥ vigruhya manasaa sarvaaṇeendriyaaṇi sahaaSu saa।
samapa sthaanikae tatra chakaara paramaṁ tapaḥ ॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ dhoopa maaghraapayaami॥

deepaḥ

Slō॥ greeṣmaecha paritō vahniṁ prajvalantaṁ divaaniSam। krutvaa tasthaucha tanmadhyae satataṁ japatee manum॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ deepaṁ darSayaami॥

naivaedyam

Slō॥ Seetae jalaantarae SaSvatta sthau saa bhakti tatparaa।
anaahaaraa ttapa statra neehaaraeṣu niSaasucha॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ naivaedyaṁ nivaedayaami ॥

taamboolam

Slō॥ aevaṁ tapaḥ prakurvaaṇaa pan̄chaakṣhara japaerataa।
dadhyau Sivaṁ Sivaa tatra sarvakaama phalapradam॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ taamboolaṁ samarpayaami॥

neeraajanam

Slō॥ pradhamaṁ phalabhōgaena dviteeyaṁ parṇabhōjanai।
tapaḥ prakurvatee daevee kramaannidyae mitaas'samaaḥ ॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ karpoora maṅgaḷa neeraajanaṁ samarpayaami॥

mantrapuṣpam

kaatyaayanaaya vidmahae kan'yaakumaari dheemahi।
tannō durgi: Prachōdayaat॥

Slō॥ tataḥ parṇaan'yapi Sivaa nirasya himavatsutaa।
niraahaaraa bhavaddaevi tapaScharaṇa sanrataa॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ suvarṇa divya mantrapuṣhpaṁ samarpayaami॥

aatmapradakṣhiṇa namaskaaraḥ

Slō॥ aahaarae tyakta parṇaabhoo dyasmaat himavatas'sutaa।
taenadaevairaparṇaeti kathitaa naamata SSivaa॥
Slō॥ yaanikaanicha paapaani janmaantara krutaanicha।
taani taani praṇasyanti pradakṣhiṇa padae padae॥
Slō॥ paapōhaṁ paapakarmaahaṁ paapaatmaa paapa sambhavaḥ।
traahi maaṁ krupayaadaevee Saraṇaagata vatsalae॥
Slō॥ an'yathaaSaraṇaṁ naasti tvamaeva Saraṇaṁ mama।
tasmaatkaaruṇya bhaavaena rakṣha rakṣha mahaeSvari॥
Sree aparṇaadaevyai namaḥ aatmapradakṣhiṇa namaskaaraan samarpayaami॥

kṣhamaapraarthana

ōṁ jñaaninaamapi chaetaansidaevee bhagavatee hisaa।
baladaa kruṣhyamōhaaya mahaamaayaa prayacchati॥ 1

durgaesmrutaa harasi bheeti maSaeṣajantō: -
Svasthai: Smrutaa matimateevaSubhaaṁ Subhaaṁ dadaasi।
daaridrya du:Khabhaya haariṇi kaa tvadan'yaa -
sarvōpakaarakaraṇaaya sadaarthra chittaa॥ 2

sarvamaṅgaḷa maṅgaḷyae Sivae sarvaardhasaadhikae ।
Saraṇyae tryambakae gauri naaraayaṇi namōstutae ॥ 3

Saraṇaagata deenaarta paritraaṇa paraayaṇae ।
sarvasyaarti harae daevi naaraayaṇi namōstutae ॥ 4

sarvasvaroopae sarvaeSae sarvaSakti samanvitae।
bhayaebhyaḥ traahinō daevi durgaedaevi namōstutae ॥ 5

rōgaanaSaeṣhaanapahansi tuṣhṭaa -
ruṣhṭaatu kaamaan sakalaanabheeṣhṭaan।
tvaamaa Sritaanaaṁ navipannaraaṇaaṁ -
tvaamaa Sritaa hyaaSrayataaṁ prayaanti॥ 6

sarvaabaadhaa praSamanaṁ trailōkyasyaakhilaeSvari aevamaeva tvayaa kaaryamasmadvairi vinaaSaanam॥ 7

anaena kalpōkta prakaaraeṇa aparṇaa paradaevataa ṣhōḍapachaara -
poojanaena bhagavatee sarvaatmakaa sarvaṁ Sree aparṇaa paradaevataa -
supreetaaḥ suprasannaa varadaa bhavantu।
aetat phalaṁ Sree aparṇaa paraadaevyaarpitamastu॥

Goddess Sri Aparna’s Vrat consists of three chapters.

 

In ancient India, education system is in Gurukulam (a residential school set up where the pupils stay with the teacher and learn) model.  Sages used to build hermitages in forests and perform different types of Yagnas for the general well being of the world.

 

Naimisha forest, which lays on the banks of the Gomati River in Uttarpradesh is a very holy place. It is said to be in the Sitapur district of Uttarpradesh.

 

Once upon a time, many sages under the guidance of Sage Saunaka performed Satra Yagam. During that time, another great Sage, Sutha, who is an authority on the Puranas, visited them.  The sages welcome Sutha Maharshi with much respect and offer him food. They requested him to share about any Vratam which can throw away the misery of people living on earth and bring in happiness, a Vratam which is easy to perform and which can fulfill their wishes. Sage Sutha, moved by their devotion and urge to serve mankind, mentioned that Aparna vrat is one such puja which can help people overcome the dreaded Manglik Dosha (placement of Mars in 2, 4, 6 or 8th houses in horoscope of a person) and fixes the marriage of people who are desperate to enter into wedlock.

 

The sages became curious and were eager to know the formalities and process to follow to perform this Vratam. The questions were as follows:

1.       Who should perform this vratam?

2.       Are there any specific days of significance to perform this vratam?

3.       Which deity should be propitiated in this vratam?

4.       What is the mode and method of worship?

5.       What is the blessing one can receive by performing this vratam?

 

Goddess Aparna is the deity to be worshipped in this vratam. Before commencing the vratam, Lord Ganesha’s prayer should be done. A special place should be designed and designated (mandapam) for Puja and Lord of Rain (Varuna Devudu) should be placed on the Kalash (holy pot) and goddess Aparna should be made with turmeric powder using sufficient quantity of water.

 

People who belong to the first three varnas as per Chaturvarna system of ancient India (Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vysyas) should perform this puja in vedic tradition. People of other castes should perform as described in Puranas.

 

 

 

Second Story Begins

The Story of the Birth of Planet Mars (Kuja in Telugu)

 

 

Sounaka and other sages wonder about the various problems some people face due to the affliction of Mars in their respective birth charts such as remaining unmarried all through the life, deeply entangled in debts, lack of progeny, facing fire mishaps often, suffering from incurable wounds and asks Sounaka Maharshi the following questions: Who is Mars/Kuja? What kind of powers he possess? How to overcome the affliction of Mars? What are the options available to get rid of the evil effect (dosha) of Mars?

 

Sounaka Maharshi responds in a positive way consoling that any kind of affliction of Mars, placement in any of the second, fourth, seventh and eigth positions either in birth chart or due to transit of Mars in these positions, can be atoned. One has to do the parayan (reading) or sravan (listening) with utmost devotion and concentration the story of the birth of Mars, the divine wedding of Goddess Aparna to get rid of malefic aspects of Mars affliction and to get their wishes fulfilled.

 

Story of the birth of planet Mars in Sounaka Maharshi’s words: Lord Vishnu creates Brahma (Brahma takes visceral birth (emerges from the midriff of Lord Vishnu)) and Brahma in turn creates Prajapatis. Daksha Prajapati is one among them. Daksha means Capability, Efficiency and Adeptness. Daksha Prajapati has 28 daughters and he gives off 27 daughters (the 27 stars in Indian Astrology, Ashwini to Revati) to Planet Moon in marriage. The other daughter, Dakshayani aka Srimata, is married of to Lord Parameshwara/Siva.

 

Lord Siva is also known as Nataraja (King of Dance). He performs dance every evening and all the three crore deities of Hindus attend to witness the glory of the art in Lord Siva’s performance and to experience pure bliss. Daksha also is one of the regular audience and ever since Daksha becomes his father-in-law, Lord Shiva sends off Daksha first before seeing off the other deities. One day it so happens that he sends off the other deities first before bidding farewell for the day to Daksha.

 

Daksha gets infuriated and plans for a big yagna (propitiation of gods by lighting sacred fire and chanting specific mantras following particular rituals). He does not invite his daughter, Dakshayani and son-in-law, Lord Siva. The effort of Maharshis like Maricha to bring sense to Daksha, does not bear any fruit. Dakshayani gets to know about this Yagna from Sage Narada and seeks the consent of Lord Shiva to attend this yagna. Lord Siva gives his consent with a caution that one should not attend any function without proper invitation. He also sends his followers (Pramatha and other Ganas) along with Dakshayani to take care of her.

 

When Dakshayani visits the holy site where the Yagna is being performed, her father Daksha meets her and exclaims that he does not care if Lord Siva attends the yagna but he is happy that his daughter is present. Dakshayani, shocked by her father’s fury towards Lord Siva, appraises her father and other deities about the greatness of Lord Siva. She jumps off in the fire feeling ashamed of being born to a person who insults Lord Siva. On hearing this news, Lord Siva destroys the Yagna.

 

Lord Siva couldn’t stay in his home, Kailash mountain, brooding over the death of his wife. Engulfed in the grief, pained by the separation, he goes to Hima mountain and immerse himself in deep meditation (Tapasya). The sweat drops from Lord Siva’s third eye fall on the land and take the form of a baby boy.  The boy’s weeping reverberates the world as if the earth and sky meet and became one in the sound. Goddess Bhudevi, deity of the earth, takes human form and breast feeds the boy.

 

Lord Siva praises the goddess of earth that she is so lucky for feeding the child born from his sweat drops. He declares that this boy will be renowned as the son of Goddess Earth. He blesses the child to be highly spiritual, to belong to the meta physical and meta divine realm, to remain desireless and be named after her.

 

Ku means Earth, Ja means the person who has taken birth. As the boy was created from the sweat drops of Lord Siva that fell on the Earth, he was called Kuja. As blessed by Lord Siva that he will be recognized as the son of Goddess Earth, he was called, Bhouma. As he was born with the radiance of fire/agni (who controls all organs), he was also called, Angaraka.

 

As he was born/created for a purpose, he became youth within minutes of his birth, visits the place, Kasi/Varanasi (in Uttarpradesh, the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi), and does meditation and prayer of Lord Siva.

 

With the blessings of Lord Siva, he attains the planet status and takes the lordship of Planet Venus. Lord Siva gives a boon to Planet Mars that whoever prays him, will overcome all obstacles in marriage, comes out of problems in conjugal life and achieves success in every endeavor.  The story of Planet Mars is very powerful and helps people to come out of the hardships.

 

 

Third Story Begins

The Story of Goddess Aparna’s Marriage

 

Maharshi Suta alerts Sounaka and other sages to listen with devotion and attention, the story of Goddess Aparna’s marriage, which is one of the options to get rid of Mars affliction.

 

Dakshayani, wife of Lord Siva, after leaving her mortal coil burning in the sacred yagna fire, takes birth as a girl in the family of Mountain King, Himavanta. As she was born to King, Himavanta, she is called Hymavathi and as he is the king of Mountains (Parvata raju) , she is also called, Parvathi. As she is growing up in bliss, a deamon by name Tarakasura, performs a strict and difficult Tapasya for Lord Brahma and succeeds in getting a boon to remain a victor over the deities.

 

Blinded by the boon and with the enormous power, he conquers the kingdoms of all deities and even out thrones Lord Indra, King of Heaven. He also keeps on irritating the deities with his wrongdoings and egoistic behavior. All the deities visit Lord Brahma and plead him to protect them from Tarakasura’s actions. Lord Brahma says that Tarakasura became so powerful due to the boon given by him and as he himself gave the boon, he is also helpless and cannot punish Tarakeshwara by the principle that is followed that one should not cut the tree one plants, though it turns out to be poisonous. Even Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva also will not be in a position to help.

 

To the distraught deities, Lord Brahma says that the only way out of this calamity is to appease Dakshayani, the supreme power of the Universe, who has taken birth as Parvathi. Tarakasura can be killed by only one person who is born to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Siva. He suggests the deities to plan and arrange the wedding of Goddess Parvathi with Lord Siva.

 

Sage Narada comes forward to do his level best and the deities requested Manmatha (Lord of Love and Sensual Pleasures) to help them in this initiative. Delighted by the importance given to him, Manmatha travels to Himavanta mountain along with Vasantha (Lord of Spring) and Rati (Wife of Manmatha, Goddess of  Love, Passion and Carnal Desire). Meanwhile Sage Narada pays a visit to the king of Mountains, Himavanta and basking in the hospitality of King Himavanta, he tells him that his daughter Parvathi is none other than Goddess Lalitha (Dakshayani’s another form) and she is destined to be the wife of Lord Siva. He also advices King Himavanta to engage his daughter in the service of Lord Siva who is performing meditation (tapasya) in one of his mountains over which he reigns. Heeding to the advice of Sage Narada, King Himavanta instructs his daughter, Parvathi, to serve Lord Siva.

 

Parvathi, as an obedient daughter, follows her father’s instructions and serves Lord Siva. Manmatha who is at the mountain to fulfill the responsibility entrusted to him, looks for an opportune time and releases his arrows of flowers towards Lord Siva to tempt him. Puzzled by the aroused sensual feelings in him, Lord Siva tries to find the reasons. Once he realizes that those feelings are due to Manmatha’s arrows, seething in anger, he turns Manmatha into ashes by opening his third eye. Rati Devi, devastated by the loss and the turn out of events, mourns the death of her husband.

 

Parvathi also is shocked that her beauty has no value for Lord Siva and she pledges to gain his love through meditation. She removed all her jewellery, held Rudraksha mala in one hand, Kamandala (a tumbler like small pot to keep water for propitiating god) in the other hand, lifted her hands up in folding and in standing posture, began meditating with utmost devotion and concentration, oblivious of the surroundings and weather conditions.

 

Seeing her daughter taking that extreme step and performing the toughest mode of meditation, Parvathi’s mother Menaka, tried to stop her  by saying “Uma” meaning “not to”.  Thence, Parvathi became famous as Uma. Undeterred by others’ advice and suggestions, Parvathi continued her Tapasya with much vigor. For some moths she remained only on fruits, for some months she relied on leaves and starchy vegetables, for some months she survived by drinking water and after few months, she stopped eating leaves and drinking water as well. Witnessing the hitherto unknown and toughest form of worship, standing with one leg, in the middle of five types of fire and in raised hands folding posture, people began calling her Aparna, the woman who has shunned even eating leaves. The other meaning of Aparna is the one who releases mankind from the bondage of debts incurred in previous births.

 

Finally Parvathi wins over Lord Siva with her single minded devotion and hard tapasya. Lord Siva disguises himself as a Brahmachari (the one who pledges celibacy) and approaches Parvathi and enquires her about the reason for her tapasya. He talks ill of  Lord Siva that he is an orphan with no house of his own. He makes fun of Lord Siva that he resides in a burial ground, adorns himself with skulls, wears animal skin and not a decent person to look at or to sacrifice life. He suggests Parvathi not to waste her time on such a person, to discontinue her stance and that he will grant her half the power of his prayer.



 

Raging in anger, Aparna feels bad on hearing abuses hurled at Lord Siva and tries to walk away from that Brahmachari. He tries to hold her hand and she quickly turns around scolding him for holding her hand. On seeing Lord Siva in place of Brahmachari, she feels a flurry of emotions, surprise, joy, shy, happiness, going through her. She experiences a sense of fulfillment on witnessing the positive result of the tough Tapasya she performed. Slowly she comes out of the emotions she has been going through, takes her hand and asks Lord Siva to approach elders in her family and to talk with her parents about marriage.

 

Lord Siva sends the Seven Rishis as elders from his end to talk to King Himavanta. He also sends Arundhati to talk with King Himavanta, on his behalf and to arrange the marriage with Parvathi. King Himavanta feels very happy that Lord Siva himself is going to be his son-in-law and expresses his consent to give his daughter in marriage to him.

 



In the presence of three crore deities, the marriage is performed in grand and glory. Eventually Kumaraswamy borns to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Siva and he kills Tarakeswara much to the relief of the deities.

 

Whoever reads of listens these stories are blessed by Goddess Aparna and she fulfills all the wishes of the devotees.

 

Concluding Remarks

 

Those who are not in a position to perform this Vratam, should perform Puja in Rahu Kalam (10:30 am to 12:30 pm) on every Friday, in the temple of Goddess Aparna for seven weeks. Whoever does this Rahu Kala Puja for seven weeks, will overcome all the malefic influences in one’s birth chart (Rahu, Ketu, Kuja and any other malefic influences), and all their wishes will be fulfilled.