Naga Pratista Pooja
First, let us find the answers to the following:
Where can I find the ideal place to perform Naga pratishta? What remarkable quality the place has for conducting Naga Pratishtaapana or Pratishta, and also what importance the consecrated idols will acquire after the Nagapratishta? What kind of Naga stone has to be used for Pratishtapana? What is the method of worship for Naga pratishta?
Good results for Naga Pratishtacan only be obtained when the place of worship has some prominence. At the same time, Naga Pratista should be associated with a temple according to Naga Shastra. Hence, a holy land famous for Tapas, and Vedas such as Tri Jagadguru Peetham with various shrines in its premises located on the outskirts of Madipadu Village in Achampet Mandal in Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh on the north bank of the holy river Krishna is the most suitable place to perform Naga Pratishta. Generally, it is ideal to enshrine Naga idols with Vedic rituals on the banks of any river. Another feature about the above place is that as per the Skanda Purana, great Saint Bharadwaja performed his penance and established Shiva Lingam here. This place is known to reverberate with the sounds of perpetual chanting of Vedas and hence considered as a holy land of Tapas and Vedas. It is notable that from the time of the creation of the Universe, no god right from Indra was able to install the deity like the one being worshipped here. Then, the great Yogi Paramahamsa Parivryajakacharya Sri Sri Sri Satyananda Saraswati Swam Ji chanted the Moola Mantra consisting of 32 Beejaksharas of Lord Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Badabanala Jwaala lakshmi Narasimha Swamy for one lakh times.
After the fulfillment of the Moola Mantra, the Lord Narasimha Swamy was so pleased to grace Swamy Ji and instructed him to enshrine his avatar in an idol form from out of the mantra form. As per that divine instruction, the Swamy Ji explored several districts and finally consecrated the world’s unique and unprecedented deity of Lord Sri Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Badabanala Jwaala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy along with the deities of His eternal consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi on 14 June 1970 near Achampet Mandal in Guntur District and Jaggayyapeta Mandal in Krishna District on the sacred Northern banks of the River Krishna in the Koormavatara Mountain area.
Both our eyes are not sufficient to witness the glory of this marvelous idol of great power worshipped every day from till now with Dhoop, Deepa, and Naivedyas, and this Lord readily grants our every wish on mere invocation of His holy name. The legend says that owing to this power of the mighty idol present here, the great saints and monks used to get up early at dawn and have the Darshan of this deity in His sanctum sanctorum. The name of Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Badabanala Jwala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy indicates His 8 faces, namely, Gandabherunda, Simha (Lion), Vyaghra (Tiger), Ashva (Horse), Varaha (Pig), Vanar (Ape), Garuda (eagle), and Bhallook (Bear). Gandabherunda who is a fabulous bird of huge size with two heads is the first face of the Lord, and Badabhalana Jwala is the Great Fire that lies underneath the Ocean. Here, the Lord gives us His Darshan along with His consorts the Goddess Srilakshmi (of Wealth) and the Goddess Bhoodevi (of the Earth). In addition, there are idols of other deities housed here. The first among them as per the Vedic Pundits and divine scholars is Lord Shiva in the form of linga with unique red-colored stripes marked across as Namam. Another remarkable feature about this Lord’s idol is the red Namam it has that grows bigger every day.
This lingam acquired these miraculous attributes only because of Paramahamsa Parivrajakaacharya Sri Sri Sri Satyanandaendra Saraswati Swamiji who gave all his powers from his Tapas to the Shivalinga. In addition, on 14 June 1970, Swami Ji has installed and consecrated the idols of the deities Ekaadasa Mukha Veeranjaneya Swamy, Venkateswara Swamy, Dattatreya, Santana Venugopalaswamy, Ganapati Sita Sameta Sri Rama, Suvarchala Anjaneya, Pataka Anjaneya, Garutmanta, Vikshwasena, Mahalakshmi, Patyangira, Aditya, and other Navagrahas. Moreover, this Peetham has Akhanda Sahasra Sarpa pantheon and hence it gained great reputation and prominence. It is the reason why this holy Vedic land of Tapas once visited by the Saint Bharadwaj who performed penance, that lies on the northern bank of the holy river Krishna gives you the best results after worship provided you perform Naga Pratishta at Jagadguru Peetham. On every auspicious day of Aslesha Star, Abhisheka and Naivedya are conducted specially for the idols you have installed here. Special poojas will be performed to the idols you consecrated by reciting your Gotra Naamas. Thereby the best results of your Pratishtapana shall go into your favor permanently. What kind of Naga stone should be used for Pratishtapana? According to the tenets of Naga Shastra, the idol should be in an attractive snake form, it has to be twin snakes mainly, and the head portion of the snake should be turned towards us, and its size has to be as prescribed by the Shastra of architecture. Idols in the form of Midhuna or Gemini Twins should not be used, namely, the snakes should not face each other. This is because as per Jyotish Shastra, it is taboo to see the serpents involved in coitus or union. These kinds of idols should not be installed. What is the procedure for doing the great ritual called Naga Pratishta? The following will take place in their order: Ganapati Pooja, Rakshabandhan, Aditryadi Navagraha Mandapa Vahana Kshetrapalaka Vaastu Purusha Chatushasti Yogini Mandapa avaahana Pradhana Devata Kalasa Sthapana, Navagraha Sahita Sarpa Shanti Pratishtapana, for the idol Ksheeradrivasam, Jaladivasam,Dhanyadhivasam, Pushpadhivasam, Vastradivasam, Sayaadhivasam, later Homa ritual consists of Sri Lakshmi Ganapati Homa, Navagraha Homa, Lord Subrahmanya Swamy’ s root mantra Homa,and finally Poornaahuti.
In addition, as part of Pratishta, there will be Yantra Pratishta, Vigraha Pratishta, Pooja for the Pratishta idol with Dhyana Aavaahana Pooja followed by Neerajana Mantrapushpam, Asservachanam, Annaprasaada distribution. This wonderfully grand ritual is held every day, namely on 365 days after observing strict rules and procedures by Vedic Brahmin pundits with the blessings of Sri Satyananda Saraswati Swamy that too without seeking any money and with only a service-oriented view as per Shastras by yourself. Devotees may note that the fee you pay is meant for the things used for Pooja material-related expenses only Naga Pratishta will be done using only that fee. There will not be any principal/ or capital amount in the fee you pay. Best results can be obtained by the devotees by taking their sacred baths and dressing in silk clothes and performing the worship with focus and faith in God and with a pure mind as per the ancient Vedic Jyotish Shastra. Moreover, other Vedic ceremonies are also held in our Peetham. Among these, there is Aslesha Bali Sarpa Samskara which is like Naga Pratishta is meant mainly for serpent-related Dosha. In addition, there are the following events. Aditya and other Navagraha Mantra Japas with a defined number of Japas, Tarpan of one-tenth part of Japa, Dasa Bhaga Homa with Tarpan Dasa Bhaga, Navagraha Danas, and other Shastric rituals. As part of the Save- Cow campaign and worship of cows and special Homas, Chandi Homa, Pratyangira Homa, Sudarsana Homa, Rudra Pasupata Homa, Surya Namaskarams are also performed by you. For those who cannot make it to this place due to constraints of distance and other considerations, Naga Pratishta, Aslesha Bali, and other Vedic programs will be conducted in your respective towns and villages in addition to Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, and Srikalahasti. You may please note this. “Daivadhinam Jagat Sarvam Mantradhinam tu Daivatam Te Mantraa BrahmaNadhinam” As per this Mantra the whole universe is under control of God. God is under the control of the Vedic Mantras. These Mantras are under the control of Brahmins. Thus, we obtain the best results if every religious ritual is taken up under the aegis of Brahmins chanting Vedic mantras.
The devotees coming for Nagapratishta may note that the auspicious and suitable days for doing Naga Pratista are every Shasti, Chaviti, Panchami, Saptami, Dasami, Ekadasi, Pournami and every Aslesha Star, Kruttika Star, and likewise every Tuesday, and Sunday, Also it is done on Subrahmany Shasti, Nagula Chavithi, Vasanta Panchami days. Naga Pratisha is also done every day. Those who wish to visit Jagadguru Peetham can come by road. Our Peetham is away from the following important places at the given distances. 210 Km from Hyderabad via Kodada, and Jaggayyapeta. From Vishakhapatnam - 400 Km; from Khammam -80 Km; from Guntur - 90 Km.; and from Ongole -140 Km. Our Peetham is 50 Km away from Sattenapalli Railway Station in Guntur District. For more details visit and log in at www.nagapratista.com. Wishing that God Almighty may bless you so that you and your family get rid of all kinds of mighty Sarpa Doshas and let everything good shall happen to you. Likewise may everyone worship and increase their divine power so that all seasons shall be moderate to see that the world turns bountiful.
Namaskrams to all.