Krishna Puja Vidhi at Home
Krishna is perhaps the most popular one among the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu worshipped with a great devotional fervour. Krishna descended on the earth in the age of Dwapar Yug, the third of the four cosmic periods. Krishna came with the divine mission of protecting the virtuous, annihilating the wicked and restoring Dharma. In his lifetime, Krishna vanquished hundreds of demons who were atrocious and troubled the worlds with their vicious deeds.
Thinking of Lord Krishna, different images come to our minds. As Bal Krishna, Krishna blissfully played on the sands of Gokul and showcased several divine pranks. Thinking of this form, we get in mind the scenes of Krishna stealing butter, playing with Gopis and Gopas, killing the demons, lifting the Govardhan hill, playing the flute, dancing on the serpent Kaliya and many others. As Parth Sarati, Krishna drove the chariot of Arjun and helped the Pandavas win the kingdom that was lawfully theirs. He taught the Bhagavad Gita on the battlefield to guide the confused Arjun.
The magical charm of Krishna
The term Krishna has two meanings, the black one and the attractive one. Krishna’s form is so attractive and has always evoked the imaginations of the devotees, common people, poets, lovers and literary giants. The shiny black form, the curly hair, the mysterious smiles, the divine flute he carries, the peacock feather on his crown, the simple but grand attire he wears, and the finest jewels he wears are a feast to the eyes and souls.
The Magical Charm of Krishna
Lord Krishna is always portrayed as the most compassionate one and the most loving one among the gods and therefore Krishna is very popular as a personal, familial, religious and social deity.
Krishna puja is one of the most popular pujas performed in homes. Krishna is merciful, loving and very simple. Several verses from the Bhagavad Gita say Krishna loves the devotion and pure heart of the devotees rather than the pomp and show exhibited.
Only an unwavering devotion, faith and surrender can please him and win his grace and blessings. Therefore, Krishna puja is something which you can perform at your home without any hesitation, fears and apprehensions. Here is a detailed Krishna puja procedure for homes along with the details of material and mantra to be used for the puja.
Step by step Krishna Puja Procedure
Krishna puja can be performed on Krishnashtami or the birth day of Krishna, other auspicious days or any other day you feel comfortable. This is an interesting and highly engaging puja for the whole family.
• Wake up early in the morning and take bath. Wear clean traditional clothes. Apply a sacred mark on your forehead with ashtagandha (sandal paste) or gopi Chandan (mud of Vrindavan).
• On a clean table, spread a piece of new cloth and place an image or statue of Lord Krishna. Arrange the set up near the family puja room or altar. Decorate the idol of Krishna with garlands, clothes, jewels and flowers as per your taste.
• Prepare two lamps with ghee and cotton wicks. Have a puja plate nearby with turmeric paste, sandal paste, vermilion, incense sticks, arati lamp, potable water is a copper tumbler with a spoon and some flowers.
• In another plate, spread some fruits and specially prepared dishes and snacks you might have for the puja.
• Once the preparations are made, take water from the copper tumbler with the spoon with your left hand, pour it on your right palm and sip it three times chanting Achyutaya Namah, Anantaya Namah, Govindaya Namah.
Light the lamp chanting the following mantra.
“Shubham Karoti Kalyanam
Aarogyam dhan sampada
Shatru buddhi vina shayak
Deep jyoti namostute”
• If you have a metal image of Krishna and would like to do the abhishek or holy bath, bathe the idol with milk, ghee, fruit salad, flowers, rose water and simple water as you please, dry the image and decorate it. Otherwise, you can skip this step and just go ahead with the puja.
• The main part of any Hindu puja is the shodasopachar or the sixteen types of offerings made to the Lord. They include the seat (aasan samarpayami), water to wash the hands (argyam samaprpayami), water to wash feet (paadyam samarpayami), bath (snaanam samarpayami), water to drink (achamaniyam samarpayami), sandal paste (gandhaan dharayami), turmeric paste (haridraa churnam samarpayami),
), Vermilion (kumkumam samarpayami), turmeric smeared rice (akshadaan samarpayami), clothes (vastram samarpayami), flowers (pushpaanim pujayami), fruits (phlam nivedayami), incense sticks (duupam aagrabayami), camphor or lamp flame (dhiipam darishayami), music, slokas or songs (Vaadyam / stotram / gitam shraavayaami) Karpura niranjanam (camphor arati). After completing these steps, do namskar by prostrating in front of the altar.
• Chant Vishnu Sahasranam or 108 names of Lord Krishna and offer flowers. Offer the dishes and others you might have for the Lord and conclude the puja. Distribute the Prasad to the devotees assembled or the family members.
Shri Keshvay namah, Naraynay namah, Madhvay namah, Govinday namah, Vishnve namah, Madhusudnay namah, Trivikramay namah, Vamnay namah, Shridhray namah, Hrshikeshay namah, Padhanabhay namah, Damodaray namah, Sankrshnay namah, Vasudevay namah, Prdyumnay namah, Aniruddhay namah, Purushottmay namah, Adhoxjay namah, Narsinhay namah, Achyutay namah, Janardnay namah, Upendray namah, Haraye namah, Shri Krishnay namah
Krishna mool mantra
Om Kleem Krishnaaya Namah
Krishna maha mantra
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Achyutam Keshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Bhaje
Sridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabam Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhaje
Krssnnaaya Vaasudevaaya Devakii Nandanaaya Ca
Nanda-Gopa Kumaaraaya Govindaaya Namo Namah
He Krishna Karuna Sindho Dina Bandho Jagat Pate
Gopesa Gopika Kanta Radha Kanta Namo Stute
Namasthubhyam Jagannatha Devakeethanaya Prabho
Vasudheva Sutha Anandha Anandha Yasodhanandha Varddhana
Govindha Gokuladhaara Gopikaantha Gunaarnava
Paahimaam Padhmanayana Pathitham Bhavasaagare
Paahi Paahi Jaganmohana Krishna Paramaanandha Sri Krishna
Devaki Vasudeva Nandana Krishna Dhivya Sundhara Sri Krishna
Nandha Yasodhaa Nandhana Krishna Indhu Vadana Sri Krishna
Kundha Radhana Kutilaalaga Krishna Mandhasmitha Sri Krishna
• Krishna puja wins the blessings and grace of Lord Krishna for the devotee and the family
• Boosts up self-confidence and enhances the power of judgment aided by a clear vision
• Removes the sins committed in many births and bestows merits
• Clears the obstacles to progress and leads the devotees steadily in their life
• Cures incurable diseases and enhances happiness, wealth and prosperity in the family
• Promotes a good understanding among the family members and brings peace and harmony