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Query from: Nira Sureshan, Australia, 08/13/09
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: pooja

Can some one tell me how I would perform Pooja for a Valampuri Sangu? I bought one recetly and can you tell me the correct way to start the pooja.

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Response from: Lima Vikas,   
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The Conch Shell which is opened on right side is called dakshinavarti sangu or lakshmi sangu. Lord Lakshmi and Lord Narayana carry this sangu in hand. As the mouth is opened in right its called as Valammuri (valam is right in tamil). Latter it came to be pronouned as Valampuri. This sangu is very rare and highly auspicious and found in only 1 in 1 million of edampuri (left opening Shank). This sangu is used for bathing (abisaham) God statue in saligram and kept for pooja. All geniuine valampuri shankh are holy items associated with Goddess Lakshmi. This is also kept at home for business prosperity and to give good wealth. The price of this sangu is based on size and quality. The lesser the size and pure quality the price is more. Pure qualtiy means without any hole or damage on the body which can be understood by seeing.

You can give the shangu to any of the Narayana or Lekshmi temple nearby and can tll the preast to to give pooja on this as you have to keep it in your pooja room for you to make abhikshekam.

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Response from: tiruvarur chandrasekar,   
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The sangu has to be cleaned first with milk and water and with turmeric powder mixed water and sandal wood water, KUMKUM water etc. We can fill it with KALAS THEERTHAM or fill it up with water and decorate its side by sandalwood paste and flowers.Close the mouth with right hand and recite following mantras. SANGAM CHANRARKA DAIVVATHYAM MADHYE VARUNA DAIVATHAM BRUSHTE PRAJAPATHIM VIDHYATH AGRE GANGA SARAWATHI !! TWAM PURAA SAGAROTH UTHPANNA VISHNUNA VITHRUTHA: KARE POOJITHA SARVA DEVAISCHA PANJA JANYA NAMOSTHUTHE

TRYLOKYE YAANI THEERTHANI VASU DEVASYA AGJAYA SANGE THISTANTHI VIPRENDRA: THASMAATH SANGAM PRAPOOJAYETH

SANGA RAJAAYA VIDMAHE PAVAMAANAAYA DEEMAHI THANNAH SANGA: PRACHODHAYAATH

Then do archana to SANGU with flowers with following Mantras ADD OHM always SANGAYA NAMAHA/THAVALAYA NAMAHA/PANJAJANYAYA NAMAHA/ AAKAASA MANDALAATH AKRISHYA GANGAATHI SARVA THEERTHA GANAM AVAHAYAAMI. Again put flowers SANGARAJAYA NAMAHA. SAMASTHA UPACHAARAAN SAMARPAYAMI.

ALWAYS FILL UP WATER IN THE SANGU CHANTING GAYATRI MANTRAM.

One can use the water in the SANGU to sprinkle on oneself and the pouja Dravyams etc and again fill up water and keep it along with the deity for which Puja is done.

After the main deity puja is over,that is after mangala arathi to the deity the water in the Sangu is used for sprinkling reciting the following:

SANGA MADYE STITHAM THOYAM BRAAMITHAM DAIVATHOPARI ANGA LAGNAM MANUSHYAANAAM BRHMAHATHYA VYAPOHANAM THE SANGU ALONG WITH WATER SHOULD BE CIRCLED THRICE IN FRONT OF THE DEITY FOR WHICH PUJA IS DONE and then Sprinkle on all devotees as well as self. The water can be taken to be swallowed a little bit as a prasadam saying AKALA MRITHYU SLOGAM. MAY GOD BLESS YOU

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Response from: UMA CHANDRASEKA ,   
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Conchshell (SANGU) is one of the items held in HIS hand by Lord Vishnu along with SUDHRSHNA CHAKRAM in the other hand in addition to other weapon(s) depending upon the number of hands in the VISWAROOPA Dharshan. Like puja done to the TRISHUL of Siva and the bow and arrows of RAMA and the VEL held by Lord Karthik(Subrahmanya) one can do puja to SANGU too but unlike other weapons SANGU itself has a seperate place in all the pujas of all deities.Hence a simple puja for the first initiation of Sangu in regular puja can be done. Like any other idol worship SANGU too can be kept immersed in water(JALA VASAM),in oil (TILA VASAM) in MILK (KSHEERA VASAM) for a day each and then one can give PRANA PRATHISHTA to the SANGU using the same Mantras as for any other PUJA DEITY and may be SHODASA UPACHARA PUJA using the PURUSHA SOOKTHA mantras since it is an item of LORD VISHNU. Once it is initiated then it is used in ALL DAILY PUJA too. First we do KALSA PUJA keeping water in the PANCHA PATRAM or SEPERATE KALASAM duly decorating it with Chandan, flowers, AKSHADAI(yellow Raw Rice) and KUMKUM and closing with right hand we recite KALASASYA MUKHE VISHNU KHANDHE RUDRA SAMAASRITHAHA MOOLE THATRA STHITHO BRAHMA MADHYE MATHRU GANAAH SMRITHAAHA etc etc till GANGE CHA YAMUNE CHAIVA GODAAVARI SARASWATHI NARMADHE SINDU KAVERI JALE ASMIN SANNIDHIM KURU. Now the water in the KALSAM has been sanctified and a little bit of this water is sprinkled on all the PUJA DRAVYAMS as well as ones own self as PROKSHANAM .

THEN SANGU PUJA IS DONE AS UNDER Fill the SANGU with the sanctified KALASA THEERTHAM and chant as under

TWAM PURA SAGAROTH UTHBHANTHO VISHNUNA VITHRUTHA KARE ! DEVAISHCHA PUJITHAH SARVAI PANCHAJANYA NAMO ASTHU THE !!!

Now use the water in the sangu to do PROKSHANAM once again (sprinkling)THRICE on self as well as all PUJA DRAVYAMS and then ONCE AGAIN FILL UP THE SANGU with KALASA WATER and keep it in the puja. Then do the puja for the deity. At the end the water in SANGU can be used as a THEERTHA PRASADAM to be given to all chanting AKALA MRITYU HARANAM SARVA VYAADHI SAMANAM SAMASTHA PAPA KSHYAKARAM VISHNU PADA UDHAKAM SUBHAM etc. In many places in temples etc liberal use is done by always taking water in the sangu each every time water needs to be touched or poured etc. I hope this meets your requirement. UMA

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Response from: Raju Balasubramanian,   
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Keep Valampuri Sangu with other god statues and worship daily after lighting Vilakku with gingely oil (Nalla Ennai). You will hear OM sound from Valampuri Sangu. It is really a precious one. Your life will be very good if you perform pooja daily for Valampuri Sangu.

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Response from: Kranthi Kumar,   
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Hi Nira Sureshan,

A conch is a sea-dwelling mollusc. In Hindu religion, it is popularly called as "Shankha" and considered to be one of the most auspicious objects that emerged from the sea during the Ksheera Sagara Samudra Manthan.

Religious Significance

In Indian mythology, the Shankha is regarded sacred and very auspicious. To initiate religious ceremonies, a shankha (conch shell) is blown. It is a major Hindu article of prayer. God Vishnu, the God of Preservation, is shown with a shankha in one hand and a disc or a chakra in the other.

Each hindu shankha has a specific name. Vishnu's shankha is called "Panchajanya". It is believed that when it is blown, it announces the victory of good over evil. In the epic war, Mahabharata, the conch shell held a significant place. Arjuna's shankha was called "Devdutta", Bhima's "Paundra", Yudhisthira's "Anantavijaya", Nakula's "Sughosa" and Sahadeva's was known as "Manipushpaka".

The sacred conch shell is an integral part of Hindu symbolic and religious tradition. Even today, all Hindus use the conch as a part of their religious practices. Whenever the conch shell is blown, it is said to purify the environment from all evil effects.

Scientific significance

Leaving aside the mythology part, the conch shell's significance can also be corroborated by science. If you try holding a shankha near your ear, the sound of the gently humming ocean can be heard. This is actually the natural vibration or cosmic energy of the Earth which gets magnified on entering the conch shell.

The vibrations from these conch shells can overpower evil forces from the Earth and at the same time also clear environmental pollution including healing the hole in the ozone layer which causes global warming. According to science, the blowing of a conch shell enhances the positive psychological vibrations such as courage, determination, hope, optimism, willpower, etc. in the blower as well as those around him.

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Response from: chaitanya yallapragada,   
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As far as i know u can use a conch in pooja.not perform puja to a conch.in the begining of puja u offer the god arghya, padya,achamana etc according to the god.u use the sacred water stored in conch.after that u take it as teertha.in the begining of puja u blow to invite god.

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Response from: sambasivan s,   
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Hallo !

Valampuri sangu is used for performing abhishekam of small lingam or deity kept in puja. If u are doing puja regularly then u can use it.

pl see the link: http://www.eprarthana.com/virtual/v…

I do not recommend ur buying new things. With the available lingams, pictures and books u can perform puja to ur mental satisfaction. best wishes

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Response from: madhavan parthasarathy,   
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VAlampuri sanku should be washed with pure water and placed along with the deity in the house for a day. From the second day onwards the same can be used for doing abhishekam to the deity. Sanku can be decorated before taking water in it. Alternatively, take the sanku to a nearby temple and keep the same in the foot of the deity for sometime and then take to house

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