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Hindu Rites & Rituals

  • Dãn (donation) .......................................................... 163

  • Shrãddh (homage ritual for ancestors) ..................... 163

  • Punya (merit) ........................................................... 164

  • Solar eclipse celebrated in Kurukshetra .................. 164

  • Lunar eclipse celebrated in Kãshi ............................ 165

  • Effects ....................................................................... 166

20. Janmangal Nãmãvali Paath (chanting 108 divine names of Bhagwan Swaminarayan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Part 3

Home Rituals

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

  • 21.

    Shilãnyãs (foundation-stone laying ritual) . . . . . . . . . 181

    • Mãrjanam ................................................................. 182

    • Khãta Devatã pujan ................................................. 182

    • Shilãnyãs ritual sequence (in pictures) .................... 183

  • 22.

    Vãstu Pujã (Home inauguration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

    • Origin of Vãstu ......................................................... 185

    • Vãstu pujã ritual ....................................................... 186

    • Sankalp ..................................................................... 186

    • Dhruva pujã ............................................................. 186

    • Gruha pravesh (entering the house) ......................... 187

  • 23.

    Ghar Mandir (Home shrine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

    • Ghar mandir .............................................................. 189

    • Functions of a ghar mandir....................................... 189

    • Choosing a location for the ghar mandir.................. 190

    • Maintaining purity of the ghar mandir ..................... 190

    • Murtis in the ghar mandir ......................................... 191

    • Murtis in BAPS ghar mandir ................................... 192

    • Pramukh Swami Maharaj on the ghar mandir ......... 192

FAQs

  • Why is the ash of burnt incense (agarbatti) in ghar mandirs, usually sprinkled in a river or water body, rather than disposing it with garbage? .......... 193

  • In which direction should a ghar mandir be located in a new house? ...................................................... 193

  • What should a family do if it is unable to afford a ghar mandir? .......................................................... 193

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