Rituals to be practiced / initiated on Yugadi

Yugadi means the first day of yuga/year. It is an obvious wish of every one that this day should be celebrated in a very useful way, just like owing a good resolution. As we’ve been learning many good things from our ancestors, we can also now learn how our seniors have put up a track of auspicious practices to ignite a new year according to Hindu Tradition.

  • ABHYANJANA:  Means, taking an oil massage and hot water bath. This is indeed suggested that one should take such bath at least once in a month. During festivals like Yugadi and Deepavali this becomes mandatory. Though it is forbidden for sanyasis to take Abhyanjana snana during other days, festivals are compulsory for them too.  At Mantrlayam:  This is the time for Rayaru and his disciples to take oil bathe. Specially prepared sesame oil will be applied on all Brindavanas, and then Abhisheka will be done applying soap nut powder.  Later the Mangalarati will be performed. The same oil taken out of the Brindavana will be distributed to devotees for oil bath.

After taking such wonderful bath, one should follow these things.

  • NOOTANA VASTRA DHARANA: Wearing new cloths. Cloths first should be offered to Lord Srilakshminarayana, and then be worn. While performing Devatarchana also this to be taken care. Don’t forget to offer new cloths to God as well ;)
  • VATSARADHIPA POOJA: Vatsaradhipa is the deity to be worshipped as he rules the year on behalf of Lord  Narayana.
  • NIMBAKADALA BHAKSHANAM: The prasada is to be prepared with tender petals of neam mixed with jaggery. It can be consumed after offering it to God. This signifies the both sweet and bitter things that may occur in our life. It should be accepted with noble prospect.  Recite the following sloka while you eat the said prasada. NIMBAKA means NEAM in Sanskrit.

Sloka:

शतायुर्वज्रदेहाय सर्वसंपत्कराय च । सर्वारिष्टविनाशय निंबकदल भक्षणम् ॥
ಶತಾರ್ಯುವಜ್ರದೇಹಾಯ ಸರ್ವಸಂಪತ್ಕರಾಯ ಚ | ಸರ್ವಾರಿಷ್ಟ ವಿನಾಶಾಯ ನಿಂಬಕದಲ ಭಕ್ಷಣಮ್ ||
శతాయుర్వజ్రదేహాయ సర్వసంపత్కరాయ చ | సర్వారిష్ట వినాశాయ నింబకదల భక్షణమ్ ||
ஸதாயுர்வஜ்ரதேஹாய சர்வசம்பத்கராய ச | சர்வாரிஷ்டவினாஸாய னிம்பகதல பக்ஷணம் ||

  • RAMAYANA PRAVACHANA: The period of nine days from Chaitra Shudha Pratipat (Yugadi) to Navami (Rama navami) is called RAMA NAVARATRI. What else can bring us more auspiciousness other than hymning lord Rama? Start reading Ramayana’s sloka as much as possible during these nine days. Those who don’t have Ramayana book can recite Sundarakanda at least.
  • DHARMA GHATA DANA : The yugadi never comes alone. It brings a wave of heat as well with it. The wave gradually gets increased and later called summer . wink So we need to offer something useful this month. Is it not? How about offering cool water to the thirsty people? Why not? Water is ok but how far one can keep distributing with a small mug? A little bit difficult na? Better put a charity water pot somewhere on a platform. So that people will come, themselves take out water, drink and then go. Is there any other thing in the world that makes you happy other than to watch the satisfaction on the person who used your charity pot and water? Well, simply forward that punya to the lotus feet of Lord Madhava through Sri Raghavendra and Acharya Madhva! The word dharma means Charity and Ghata means a pot. Putting several pots together will make more sence and make one water point for the people who are walking across that street. These water points are called PRAPA in Sanskrit. Keeping this system intact for entire summer is recommended. The sloka is given here to establish such water point.
  • PANCHANGA SHRAVANA: It is very well known that every one follows a systematic list of various schedules called Calendar. It is also known as Almanac. It is set of the entire year’s calculations. Read them thoroughly before you start your year plans. The same thing is well described here in tradition also.  One scholar will sit; do pooja to the Almanac aka Panchanga and start reading it loudly. (It is for illiterates) Farmers and other professionals will make their year plan accordingly.  Why don’t we also listen to such panchanga rendering and plan for a better way of success?

Finally, observing all the above things will bring auspciouness for sure, but if you go failed in performing Sandhya Vandana and Devara Pooja after Abhyanjana,  You are gone! The remaining process will just become a carnival but not a holy ritual.

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