Saturday, March 22, 2014

Daily Pooja (Archane / Worship) Schedule at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

The Pooja at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 3 times in a Day (i.e Trikala Pooja).
Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Dattatreya Maharaj while proceeding to Kardali Van (Srisailam) for Avatar Samapti insisted his Disciples for offering Trikala Aarati to his Nirgun Padukas at the Math in Ganagapur and the same is followed by us till this Day and the Daily Pooja Schedule is :

Kakada Aarti and Morning Pooja (3am - 7am) :

The Day at the Temple starts with the Loud Ringing of the Bell at Sharp 3am by the Pujaris (Archakas) of the Temple. We (Priests) then open the Door of the Inner Temple and start the Daily Schedule by Performing Kakada Aarti to Lord Datta and Chintamani Ganapati. During the Aarti large drums in the Drum house (Nagarkhana) are Drummed loudly. This is Known as Chaughada (Holy Drumming Ritual).
Devotees are allowed for the Darshana right from Kakada Aarti only. The Pooja (Worship) continues till 7am when the Final Aarti is done to the Lord and again there will be Choughada indicating that the Morning Pooja had been Completed.
After this the pilgrims are allowed for the Pooja till 12pm.

Afternoon Pooja and Maha Naivedya (12pm - 1pm) :

The Maha Naivedya (Offering Food) to Lord Datta in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 12pm. The Naivedya is prepared at the Houses of the Archakas(Pujaris) and is brought to the Temple at around 12pm. The Pooja and Naivedya takes place for an hour. The Choughada takes place after the Shankha Vadya (Blowing of Conch) and the Madhukari (Offering of Alms) starts.
As it is believed in Ganagapur that Lord Datta himself takes alms here at afternoon, the people visiting Ganagapur must offer alms to some people and accept alms from atleast 5 houses.
After the Maha Naivedya pilgrims are again allowed for pooja for an hour.

Evening Pooja and Pallakhi Seva:

The Evening Pooja to Lord Datta starts at 7.30 pm and after the Aarti the Utsav Murti of Lord Datta will be kept in the Pallakhi (Palanquin) after which the Pallakhi Seva starts (around 8.15pm).After the 3 rounds (With Bhajans) around the Temple the Utsav Murti is taken inside. The Day Schedule completes with the Shejarti (Last Aarti) during which Karuna Tripadi and other Stotras are Chanted by the Priests and residents. The Temple Closes at 9 pm.

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