Karthika Somavara Vratha Vidhanam, Procedure

Karthika Somavara Vratham Vidhanam, Procedure for Karthika Somavaram Shiva Pooja is explained here…

This vratham should be started on Karthika Somavaram (Mondays) or on any Monday coinciding with Krittika Nakshatra.

Perform ceremonial bath early in the morning on puja day. Take the clay from any river or any normal clay. Add Gandham (sandalwood paste) and milk to this clay and make ‘Parthiva Lingam’.

Install Lord Shiva in this Lingam by chanting ‘Panchakshari Mantram’ for 108 times. Boiled rice is offered as Naivedyam to Lord Shiva.

After the puja, the Parthiva Lingam is donated to a Brahmin by offering him Dakshina and Tambulam.

The important aspect to note is – there will be no Udyapana for Karthika Somavara Vratham.

Read on for detailed mantras or slokas for Shiva Puja on Karthika Somavaram  

Chant the slokam at the beginning of Shiva Puja…

Om Vande Shambhu Umaapatim Surgurum Vande Jagad Kaaranaam |
Vande Pannag Bhushanaam Mrigadharam Vande Pashunaam Patim|
Vande Surya Shashaak Vahninayanam Vande Mukundapriyam|
Vande Bhakta Janaashrayan Chavardham Vande Shivam Shankaram||

Deeparadhana

Chanting the below slokas, light deepa and offer it to Lord Shiva

Sajyam cha varthi samyuktam vahnina yojitham mayaa

Deepam gruhaana devesha trilokya thimirapaham

Pari the dhanvano hethirasmaan vrunakthu vishvathah

Atho ya ishudisthavaare asmanni dehi tham

Sri sambashivaya namah deepam darshayami..

Sankalpam

Chant this Sankalpa mantra. Sankalpam signifies the name, gothra and the place of the performer.

Karthika Somavara Shiva Puja Sankalpa (Karthika Somavara Vratha Sankalpam)

” Karthika Somavara Vratham hyethath karishyeham mahaphalam

nirvighnam kuru devatra twatprasadath jagatpathe

Karthika Somavara nirahaaro bhuthwa shambho pare hani

bhokshye ham bhukti mukthyartham saranam mebhaveshwara”

Mama Sreeman (your gothra)….. Gothrodhbhavasya, (your name) namadeyasya, darmapathni samethasya saha kutumbaanaam dharmartha kaama moksha chaturvidha phala purushartha sidhyartham shatru jayaartham Shri samba sadashiva preethyartham bhagavatah sri sambasada shivasya pujaana maham karishye..

Ganapati Puja and Guru Puja are the most important aspects in any puja and thus perform Ganapathi Puja and Guru Puja.

Gandham (Sandalwood paste)

Offer Gandha (sandalwood paste) to Lord Shiva by chanting this mantra

‘Lam’ Pruthvi tatwatmane Sri Sri Samba sadashiva Swamiye namah – Gandham Parikalpayami

Pushpam (Flowers)

Worship Lord with flowers and akshatas by chanting the mantras

‘Ham’ akasha tatwatmane Sri Sri Samba sadashiva Swamiye namah – pushpam parikalpayami

Shiva Astottara Shatanamali, Chant 108 names of Lord Shiva – Link

Offer akshatas and flowers to Lord Shiva by chanting this mantra

Sri Sambasadashiva swamiye namah – Naanavidha pushpakshatan samarpayami

Dhupam (Incense sticks)

Light incense sticks and show them to Lord by chanting the mantra

‘Yam’ Vayu tatwatmane Sri Samba sadashiva Swamiye namah –  Dhupam parikalpayami

Deepam

Light diya and show it to Shiva by chanting the sloka

‘Ram’ tejastatwatmane Sri Samba sadashiva Swamiye namah – Deepam darshayami

Naivedyam

Offer food (fruits and other food material) to Shiva by chanting the slokam

‘Vam’ amrutha tatwatmane namah – amrutha naivedyam parikalpayami

Tambulam (supari)

Offer betel leaves, betel nuts, etc to Shiva. Chant this mantra

‘Sam’ sarvatatwatmane Sri Samba sadashiva Swamiye namah – Tambulam samarpayami

Neerajanam

Light camphor and show it to Shiva by chanting the mantra

Sri sambasada shiva swamiye namah – Ananda mangala karpura neerajana deepam darshayami

Perform Aarti to Shiva by singing Shiva Aarti

Chant the mantra

Mantraheenam kriyaheenam bhakti heenam Sri samba sadashiva swamiye yatpujitham mayaadeva paripurnam thadasthume

Anayaa dhyanaa vahanadi shodashopachara pujaaya cha bhagavathi sarvatmaka sri samba sadashiva swamiye suprasanno varado bhavathu

(Leave akshatas and water through your palms)

Sri Samba Sadashiva swamiye namah Prasadam shirasa gruhnami

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Pray to Lord Shiva to forgive if any mistakes done during Puja procedure

Take tirtha and Prashad. Put akshatas or flowers on your head.

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