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Saraswati Puj a

Hindu Student Council will practice, promote, and strive


to learn about Hindu culture and ideals. By doing such,
HSC will foster a community centered on the principle of Hindu Student Council
Sanatana Dharma. Our mission will be to awakes peo-
ple to the vast wisdom inherent within our scriptural, cul- Presents
tural, and religious heritage.
Saraswati Puj a
WEEKLY DISCUSSIONS
FRIDAYS

WEEKLY KIRTAN
SATURDAYS

2003 BOARD MEMBERS

Amit Rajani, president


Suniti Maheshwari, vice president
Shailesh Balasubramanian, secretary
Kavitha Mukund, treasurer
Krishna Raghavan, publicity chair

Kush Varshney, technical coordinator


Swati Mohan, ex officio
Navneeta Pathak
Mark Rondinaro
Ashwin Sridharan

Hindu Student Council


118 Anabel Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
December 5, 2003
hindu@cornell.edu
7:30pm
http://hsc.cornell.edu
Om Jaya Jagadeesha Hare
Saraswati Om Jaya Jagadeesha Hare, Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Bhakhta Jano Ke Sankat, Daasa Jano Ke Sankat
Khshan Mein Dur Kare, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Saraswati, the goddess of learning and knowledge is the wife of
Jo Dhyaave Phal Pave, Dukh Binase Man Kaa, Swami Dukh Binase Man Ka
Brahma, the creator of the world. She is represented as an extremely
Sukh Sampati Ghar Aave, Sukh Sampati Ghar Aave
beautiful woman with milk-white complexion sitting or standing on a
Kasht Mite Tan Ka, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
water lily, playing a veena.
Maata-Pita Tum Mere, Sharan Kahoom Kiskee, Swami Sharan Kahoom Kiskee
Tum Bin Aur Na Duja, Tum Bin Aur Na Duja
She presides over and protects the arts and is credited with the inven- Aas Karun Me Jiskee, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
tion of writing. The worship of this goddess is performed in front of her Tum Puran Paramatma, Tum Antaryami, Swami Tum Antaryami
image or can even be performed without her image in front of a vessel Par-Brahm Parmeshwar, Par Brahm Parmeshwar
containing a pen, inkstand, and book. These articles are supposed to Tum Sabhke Swami, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
form a proper substitute for the goddess, who is also named Vad-
vadini, the deity of eloquence. Offerings are placed with flowers on Tum Karuna Ke Saagar, Tum Palankarta, Swami Tum Palankarta
these objects and prayers are chanted from scripture. Saraswati is Mein Moorakh Khal Kami, Mein Sewak Tum Swami
also the goddess of speech, the power through which knowledge ex- Kripa Karo Bharta, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
presses itself in action. Tum Ho Ek Agochar, Sabke Pran Pati, Swami Sabke Pran Pati
Kis Vidhi Milun Dayamaya, Kisi Vidhi Milun Krupaamaya
Tumko Mein Kumti, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Deenbandhu Dukh Harta, Tum Rakshak Mere, Swami Tum Rakshak Mere
Apne Hath Utaao, Apne Charan Badaao
Dwar Padaa Tere, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Vishay Vikaar Mitao, Paap Haro Deva, Swami Paap Haro Deva
Shradha Bhakti Badaao, Shrada Prema Badaao
Santan Ki Seva, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Tan Man Dhan Sab Hai Tera, Swami Sub Kuch Hai Tera
Tera Tujhko Arpan, Tera Tujhko Arpan
Kya Lage Mera, Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

Ending Shlokas
Tvameva Mata Cha Pita Tvameva
Tvameva Bandhuschasakha Tvameva
Tvameva Vidya Dravinam Tvameva
Tvameva Sarvam Mama Devadeva

Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu,


Sahaveeryam Karvaavahi.
Tejasvinaavadheetamastu
Maa Vidvishaavahi.
Vaayorvaa Apaam-aayathanam Nakshathraanivaa Apaam-aayathanam
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Yo Vaayor-aayathanam vedha Yo Nakshathraanaa Apaam-aayathanam Saraswati Puja Vidhi
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Veda
Aapovai Vaayor-aayathanam Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Place the Goddess Saraswati’s image or idol facing east or west next
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Aapovai Nakshathraanaa Aayathanam to books and musical instruments representing Saraswati. Books are
Ya Yevam Veda Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi wrapped in red or pink silk cloth.
Yopaam-aayathanam Veda Ya Yevam Veda
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Yopaam-aayathanam Veda
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi First light the oil lamp. Apply sandalwood paste and kumkum to the
Asauvai Tapannapaa-aayathanam forehead, palms, and feet of the Goddess and then garland with flow-
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Parjanyovaa Apaam-aayathanam ers. Also apply on the books and musical instruments. Sit with folded
Yo Mushyathapatha-aayathanam Veda Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi legs facing the Goddess.
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Yah Parjanyasy-aayathanam Veda
Aapovai Amushyathapatha-aayathanam Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Aapovai Parjanyasy-aayathanam Ganapti Dhyanam
Ya Yevam Veda Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Yopaam-aayathanam Ya Yevam Veda Do salutation and contemplate in Lord Vigneshwara chanting:
Veda Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Yopaam-aayathanam Veda
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Chandramaavaa Apaam-aayathanam Om Shuklam bharadharam Vishnum, Shashi varnam chaturbhujam
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Samvathsarovaa Apaam-aayathanam
Prasanna vadanam dyayeth, srva vighno upashanth aye
Yaschandramasa Aayathanam Veda Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Yah Samvathsarsy-aayathanam Veda
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Puja Sankalpam
Aapovai Chandramasa Aayathanam Aapovai Samvathsarsy-aayathanam
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Ya Yevam Veda Ya Yevam Veda Let the right palm rest on the right knee facing upwards. Cover with
Yopaam-aayathanam Veda Yopsu Naavam Prathishtitham Veda the left palm and chant the following mantra:
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi Prathyeva Thishtathi
OMamopaatha Samashta,
Duritha kshaya dwara,
Shri parameshwara preethyartham,
Asmin shubha muhurthey,
Jnyaana Vairagya Siddhyartam,
Vidhya-vinaya praapthyartham
Shri sadguru prasaada-siddhyartam cha
Shri Saraswati pujaam karishyey
Ring the bell as you chant the following mantra: Ashta Lakshmi
Kalai Magalum, Malai Magalum, Oatridum Thirumagal Alai Magale
Aagamaartham tu Devanaam, Gamanaartham tu rakshaam.
Kurvey ghantaa ravam thathra Devataahvaan—lakshanam Alai Kadal Udiththa Aadhi Lakshmi, Shelvangal Aliththidum Dhana
Lakshmi
Chant the following mantras with contemplation: Thiruvarul Thandh-idam Dhaanya Lakshmi, Bhava Bhayam Poakidam
Dhairya Lakshmi
Vakra tunda mahakaya, suryakoti samarprabha,
Nirvighnam kuru mey devaa, sarva karyeshu sarvadaa. Thaamare Poovil Gaja Lakshmi, Maga Udan Madiyil Santhaana Lak-
shmi
Om shri Maha Ganapataye namaha.
Veeraththai Aliththidum Vijaya Lakshmi, Arimai Aliththidum Vidhya
Lakshmi
Offer a flower.
Maha Lakshmi Aval Vara Lakshmi, Mangala Roopini Ashta Lakshmi,
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur devoh Maheshwaraha,
Guruh saakshaath, param brahma, tasmai shri guruvey namaha. Aval Mangala Roopini Ashta Lakshmi
Om shri Gurubhyo namaha.

Offer a flower.
Mantra Pushpam
Om Shri Saraswatyey namaha
Yopaam Pushpam Veda
1. Yaa kundendu tushaara haara dhavalaa Pushpavaan Prajaavaan Pasumaan Bhavathi
Yaa shubhra vastraa vritha Chandramaa vaa Apaam Pusham
Yaa veena vara danda maditakara Pushpavaan Prajaavaan Pasumaan Bhavathi
Yaa shweta padmaasanaa Ya Yevam Veda
Devai sadaa vandita Yopaam-aayathanam Veda
Saa maam paatu Saraswati Bhagavati Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Nishyesha Jaadyaa pahaa
Agnirvaa Aapaam-aayathanam
2. Namaste sharada devi Kashmira puravasini Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
Tva maham prarthye nityam, vidhyaanam cha dehi mey Yo Aghner-aayathanam Vedha
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
3. Saraswati thriyam drishta veena pustaka dhaarini
Hamsa vaahana samyukta vidya daanakaree mamah Aapovai Agner-aayathanam
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
4. Padma patra vishalakshi padma kesara varninee Ya Yevam Veda
Nityam padmaalaya devi, saamaam paatu saraswati Yopaam-aayathanam Vedha
Aayatha-navaan Bhavathi
5. Sharada sharadaambhoja vadana vadanaam bhuje
Sarvada sarvadaasmakam sannidhi sannidhim kuru continued
Bhagyad Lakshmi Baaramma Devata Aavaahanam
Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma
Nammamma Nee Sow-Bhaagyada Lakshmi Baaramma Touch iyour chest with your left palm. Also touch the feet of the god-
dess with your right palm and say:
Hejjaya Mele Hejjaya Nikkutha, Gejjaya Kaalina Naadhava Thoarutha
Sajjana Saadhoo Poojaya Velage, Majjige Olagina Benne Anthe Aagachch deva deveshey, tejo raashey jaga janini,
(Bhagyada…) Kriya maannaam mayaa puja, gruhaan sura sattamey.
Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Aavaahayaami.
Kanaka Vristiya Karayutha Baare, Manake Maanava Siddhiya Thorey
Dinakara Koti Theyjadhi Holeyyuva, Janakka Raayana Kumaari Baare
(Bhagyada…) Aasanam
Offer a flower (akshata) at the feet of the Goddess, saying:
Ath-ithalugadhey Bhaktara Manayali , Nithya Mahotsava Nithya Su-
mangala
Sathyava Thorutha Saadhu Sajjanaraa, Chiththadhi Holeyyuva Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Aasanam samarpayaami.
Puththali Bumbey
(Bhagyada…) Paadhyam
Shankhe Illadha Bhaagyava Kottu, Kankhana Kaiyya Thirugutha Offer a spoonful of water at the feet of the Goddess, saying:
Baarey
Kunkumanaankithey Pakaja Lochana, Venkata Ramanana Mohada Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Paadhyam samarpayaami.
Raani (Bhagyada…)
Arghyam
Sakkarey Thuppava Haalige Berasi, Shukra Vaaradha Poojaya Velage
Akkarey Ullaa Alagiri Rangana, Chokka Sri Purandhara Vittalana Offer a spoonful of water to the Goddess, saying:
Raani (Bhagyada…)
Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Arghyam samarpayaami.
Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma
Nammamma Nee Sow-Bhaagyada Lakshmi Baaramma
Aachamanam
Pour down a spoonful of water, saying:

Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Aachamanam samarpayaami.

Snaaneeyam
Gently sprinkle water, saying:

Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Snaaneeyam samarpayaami.


Vastram Bhajans
Offer a flower (akshata) at the feet of the Goddess, saying: Varuvai Amma
Varuvai Varuvai Varuvai Amma
Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Shubra vastram samarpayaami. (Undhan) Thiruvai Uruvai Varuvai Amma
(Endhan) Irulai Neekkida Varuvai Amma
Gandha lepanam Undhan Arulai Pozhindhidu Varuvai Amma
Varuvai Varuvai Varuvai Amma
Apply sandalwood paste and kumkum to the forehead and feet of the
Goddess, saying:
Kalyaani Karumaari Kaamaakshi Neeye
Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Gandham samarpayaami. Mahalakshmi Maathangi Meenakshi Neeye
Varalakshmi Vaarahi Vishalaakshi Neeye
Akshata Ulagelum Maaye Prashaanthi Thaaye
Amma…Amma…Amma…Amma
Smear rice with kumkum. Offer it at the feet of the Goddess, saying:

Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Akshataan samarpayaami.

Pushpam
Offer a garland of flowers to the Goddess, saying:

Om shri saraswatyey namaha. Pushpaani samarpayaami.


Mangala Neerajanam Archana
Light camphor, show it to the Goddess. While ringing bell with left Take a flower; chant one name of the Goddess; offer the flower at the
hand, say: feet of the Goddess:

Na tatra suryo bhaati, na chandra taarakam 1. Om Saraswatyey namaha


Nemaa vidyutp bhaanti kuthoyam agnihi 2. Om Mahaabhadraayey namaha
Tameva bhaantam anubhaati sarvam, 3. Om Mahaamaayaayey namaha.
Tasya bhaasa sarvamidham vibhaati 4. Om Varapradaayey namaha.
5. Om Padmanilayaayey namaha.
Om shri saraswatyey namaha 6. Om Padmaakshyey namaha.
Karpoora neeraajanam samarpayaami 7. Om Pustakabhruthey namaha.
Mangala neeraajanam samarpayami 8. Om Jnanamudraayey namaha.
9. Om Kamarupaayey namaha.
Pushpaanjali 10. Om Mahaavidyaayey namaha.
11. Om Mahaapaathaka Naashinyey namaha.
With folded hands, pray and offer flowers. Say: 12. Om Vidyaadhara Supujitaayey namaha.

Om shri saraswatyey namaha Dhupam Deepam


Pushpaanjalim samarpayaami
Light the agarbatti and small lamp; show it to the Goddess; ring the
Pradakshina Namaskaram bell with the left hand, and say:

Turn around in the same spot three times in a clockwise direction with Om Shri Saraswatyey namaha
hands together in prayer, saying: Dhupam Aaghraapayaami

Yaani kaani cha paapaani janmaantara kritaani cha Om Shri Saraswatyey namaha
Thaani thaani vinashyanti pradakshina padey padey Deepam Darshayaami

Prostrate to the Goddess


Naivedyam Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:

Keep the prasad in a plate in front of the Goddess. Put a tulsi leaf on Nivedanan antaram aachamaniyam samarpayaami
it. Close your eyes, put your hands together, and say the mantra:
Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:
Om bhur bhuvasuvaha, tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi, dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat Madhyey Madhyey amrita paaniyam samarpayaami

Take two spoonfuls of water in your right hand and sprinkle drops of Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:
water around the plate, saying:
Amritaapidhaa namasi
Deva savita prasuva
Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:
Again two spoonfuls as above:
Hasta prakshaalanam samarpayaami
Satyam tvarthena parishinchami
Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:
Take two spoonfuls of water in your right hand and drop it on your right
side near the prasad, saying: Paadha prakshaalanam samarpayaami

Amratahopastarana masi Drop two spoonfuls of water on the right side of the plate, saying:

Make gesture of offering to the Goddess, saying: Aachamaniyam samarpayaami

Om pranaaya svaha Offer tulsi leaves or flowers at the feet of the Goddess after saying:
Om apaanaya svaha
Om vyaanaya svaha Poogi phala samaayuktam,
Om udaanaaya svaha Naagavalli dalai yurtham
Om samaanaaya svaha Karpoora churna sanyuktam
Om brahmaneya svaha Taamboolam prati gruhataam
Taamboolam samarpayaami
Drop two spoonfuls of water through your right palm on the right side
of the plate, saying:

Om shri saraswatyey namaha.


Naivedyam nivedayaami