Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Easy Archana to Lord Ganesha

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Age
    49
    Posts
    750
    Rep Power
    1515

    Easy Archana to Lord Ganesha

    Hari Om!

    I subscribe to About.com's Hinduism emails and one of the topics this week was the Ganesha Archana. Here's the link to the video that was included. Beautiful to say the least. Also great for those new to Hinduism.

    http://video.about.com/hinduism/How-...hara-.htm?nl=1

  2. #2
    Join Date
    April 2011
    Location
    West Virginia, United States
    Age
    55
    Posts
    431
    Rep Power
    1383

    Re: Easy Archana to Lord Ganesha

    Hari OM

    Namaste C. Smith,

    Thank you for nice video. Signed up for newsletter. Had not heard of this before, so thank you.

    Om Shanti

    FFTW

  3. #3
    Join Date
    September 2007
    Location
    Canada
    Age
    65
    Posts
    7,191
    Rep Power
    5024

    Re: Easy Archana to Lord Ganesha

    Quote Originally Posted by Friend from the West View Post
    Hari OM

    Namaste C. Smith,

    Thank you for nice video. Signed up for newsletter. Had not heard of this before, so thank you.

    Om Shanti

    FFTW
    Vannakkam: The process of archana, or a personal prayer/puja is more common in south Indian temples. In the North Indian style temples I've been to, it is done, but not as commonly, whereas its very common in the South style. I'm glad this video was posted because it does a good job of explaining. On busy days, there can be a queue for them. Temples vary on how they're managed. At some temples you need to first go to the manager's office and buy an archana ticket ... usually a relatively small amount (5 to 11 dollars) . Other temples you can pay the priest directly. Still others will have a ticket booklet at a stall, and they use the honor system.

    People buy then for special occasions like birthdays, New Year's, starting school, and the like. At our temple here I've seen as many as 100 done on a single day, so it can keep the priests pretty busy. Usually they're performed after the main temple puja.

    Other temples do free aarti for anyone who happens to come by. Sometimes this can get confusing for people unfamiliar with archana, because they see the priest doing aarti for the archana, but then don't get to take the aarti as they don't understand it wasn't really for them. Some preists will understand this and offer the flame to anyone present. Same thing with any pujas like homas or abhishekhams that are purchased or sponsored. The sponsor gets special attention.

    This beautiful temple http://www.hindutemplestlouis.org/Te...atePoojas.aspx is an example of a website where all the various pujas and prices are listed. Archana is the simplest, at most places.

    I had a deal with my wife on my first trip to India ... "You can go just so long as you buy me an archana at every single temple you enter." Now that was great fun. (a challenge indeed) ... figuring out how to do it at each temple. I had a friend write out in Tamil our entire families names, nakshatras, and the gotra was easy. Then I just had to find the temple office, and a priest, follow him through a bunch of stone corridors to the sanctum (sometimes) and give him the two slips of paper.

    It is also customary to give the priest a small dakshina. (tip ... usually in a similar amount to the archana fee itself)

    Aum Namasivaya

  4. #4

    Re: Easy Archana to Lord Ganesha

    Namaste c.smith,

    Thank you for posting, it is both fascinating and beautiful moving to see more aspects of the culture with which I am so enamoured.

    praNAma

    mana

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Suffering?
    By satay in forum God in Hindu Dharma
    Replies: 53
    Last Post: 27 May 2014, 12:41 AM
  2. Shri Rudra - Sankarshana Moorti Swaroopo ??
    By giridhar in forum Shaiva
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10 July 2011, 06:27 AM
  3. Lord Ganesha
    By orlando in forum Shaiva
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 18 April 2007, 09:36 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •