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About Saraswathi Pooja - Ans by HH Chinna Jeeyar Swami.

From: Dan Pattangi (danp_at_uic.edu)
Date: Fri Oct 26 2001 - 09:14:20 PDT

adiyEn is forwarding HH Chinna Jeeyar Swami's note on Saraswathi Pooja.

====Note from HH Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swami===

Jai Srimannaryana!

Vighna niva:raka Chathurdhi, Saraswathi Puja,
sakthipuja etc, functions are meant for people, not
for devas/gods. Whomever you feel that way, you can worship
them. For instance, vighnaniva:raka is E:kadantha for
saivaites, but for Srivaishnavas, Vighnaniva:raka is
not E:kadantha, but vishvak se:na. so srivaishnavas
worship only Vishwakse:na on Bhadhra chathurthi. It is
on the same lines, on Saraswathi pujaday also, whoever
you feel as vidya-prada:tha, you can worship. 

For Srivaishnavas there are two forms, 1. Hayagri:va and
2. Vidya Lakshmi. During Navarathri days, it is only
Mother receives all the pujas. So we can better
worship Goddess Vidya Lakshmi. The reference for this
is from Sristhavam. Here is the slo:kam:

"Lo:ke: vanaspathi bruhaspathi tha:rathamyam,
 yasya:h kata:ksha parina:mam Uda:haranthi,
 sa: bha:rathi:  bhagavathi:thu yadi:ya da:si:, 
 tha:m de:va de:va mahishi:m sriyama:sraya:maha."

So Goddess Lakshmi is the one who blesses devotees
with good knowldege and education. We can worship her
too. 

Our mangalasasanams to all bhagawath bandhus

=chinnjaeeyar=



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