Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Lighting Of Lemon Lamp To Goddess Durga, Along With The Mantra To Be Recited

We find different kinds of rituals performed in temple premises, whenever we visit goddess temples that too especially Shakti mata temple. One the ritual which we come across most often is lighting of lemon lamp to goddess Durga Devi. Though, this practice has no mention in any of our ancient Puranas (class of Sanskrit sacred writings), it has been followed for a very long time and this practice has been in fact found to be effective in reality. It is important that we do this pooja for 09 weeks continuously.

Lemon Lamps
Lamps Made Out Of Lemon

Rahu Kala Timings

  • Sunday : 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
  • Monday : 07:30 AM to 09:00 AM
  • Tuesday : 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • Thursday : 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
  • Friday : 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday : 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
We should cut the lemon which has to be offered to goddess Durga only in Rahu kala. We should not cut and keep it ready before Rahu Kala. This pooja can be done on Tuesdays and Fridays. 3 Ripe yellow lemons have to be taken and cut into equal halves. When you cut 3 lemons, you get 6 pieces(6 halves), one is offered to Ganapati(Lord Ganesh) who had been given the boon by Goddess Parvati (Shakti and Durga are the forms of Goddess Parvati) that he will always get the privilege of being worshiped first before any Gods and Goddesses. So one piece of the lemon lamp is offered to Lord Ganesha and the remaining 5 pieces to Goddess Durga. We must remember that the number of lemon lamps lit for the Devi have to be always Odd Numbers, so 1, 3 5, 7 or 11 as per how you pray to the Goddess.

The juice should be squeezed out completely. Then the half lime should be turned inside-out (inverted) and the fruit inside to be scooped out, making a cup like structure where you can pour oil or ghee. Sometimes, the outer skin of the lemon might create a whole in center which must not be used. Due to this, it is always better to buy extra lemons. Now introduce a thread or a wicker or a ball of cotton shaped with a wicker on top and fill the lemon with ghee or oil and lit the same. Place the lemon lamp at the place allotted for keeping lemon lamps in the temple and bow to the Goddess.

Since Lemon is an spiritual fruit, cutting this fruit might lead to some un-favorable effects. To overcome this, we need chant few mantras i.e. while cutting the fruit one should chant "Aim" - beej mantra of Goddess Saraswati. During the turning i.e. inverting process of the lemon one should chant "Hreem" - beej mantra of Goddess Maha Lakshmi. While pouring the oil or ghee one should chant "Kleem" - beej mantra of Goddess Maha Kali. And finally while lighting the lamp you should chant "Chamundaye Vicche".

Thus the mantra means that the three gunas, the three Goddesses are constantly moving in the paradigm of reality giving birth to all that is knowable as perceived by consciousness.

5 comments:

  1. Can I perform I'm front of Hanuman ji ?

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    1. Please get in touch with any elders or temple priest who are very much familiar with he customs.

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  2. very nice article! Lightning a lemon lamp for Goddess Durga is very precious, at home me and my mother used to light lemon lamp for Goddess Durga and chant durga mantra with devotion, so as to receive her blessings.

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  3. they say with this u get ur desire fullfilled..?is it true?

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  4. i read somewhere that doing this pooja fullfills ur desire

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