The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter XII - Description of the order to be observed in the course of worship

Hari said:— I will describe the order of adoration for achieving the success thereof.

The recollection of the great soul should be made with the mantrams, “Om, Salutation, &c.”

With the mantram “Yam, Vam, Lam, Ram” the purification of the body should be performed.

With the mantram “Om, salutation” the image of the four-armed deity should be made.

Then the three sorts of the making of idols should be made. Then follows the adoration of Yoga-pitha stationed in the heart.

Om, salutation unto Ananta. Om, salutation unto religion. Om, salutation unto disassociation. Om salutation unto knowledge. Om salutation unto prosperity. Om salutation unto sin. Om salutation unto ignorance. Om salutation unto worldliness. Om salutation unto proverty. Om salutation unto the lotus. Om salutation unto the solar disc. Om salutation unto the lunar disc. Om salutation unto the disc of the fire. Om salutation unto Vimala. Om salutation unto Utkarshina. Om salutation unto knowledge. Om salutation unto action. Om salutation unto ignorance. Om salutation unto inaction. Om salutation unto yoga. Om salutation unto Prarha. Om, salutation unto Satya. Om salutation unto Ishana. Om salutation unto Sarvatomukh. Om salutation unto Hari’s seat with all its accompaniments, principal and minor. Om salutation unto Vasudeva. Om salutation unto the heart. Im, salutation unto the head. Um salutuation unto Shikha (tuft of hair on the head). Em, salutation unto the amulet. Oum salutation unto the three eyes. As, phat, salutation unto the weapon. Am, salutation unto Sangkarshana. Am salutation unto Pradyumna. As salutation unto Aniruddha. Om, As salutation unto Narayana. Om, Tatsat salutation unto Brahma. Om, Hum, salutation unto Vishnu. Kshraum, salutation unto his man-lion and boar forms. Kam, Tam, Jam, Sham, salutation unto Vinata’s son. Jam Khem, Vam, salutation;unto Sudarshana. Kham, Cham, Pham, Sham, salutation unto the club. Vam, Lam, Mam, Ksham, salutation unto the conch-shell Panchajanya.

Gham, Dham, Bham, Ham, salutation unto Shri. Gam, Dam, Vam, Sham, salutation unto Pushti. Dham, Vam, salutation unto the garland of white flowers. Dam, Sham, salutation unto Shrivatsa. Chham, Dam, Yam, salutation unto Kaustava. Sham salutation unto Shranga bow. Im, salutation unto the arrows. Cham, salutation unto the leathern fence. Kham, salutation unto the sword, and the lord of the Suras. Dham, salutation unto the giver of riches and the lord thereof. Ham salutation unto Ishana, the lord of learning. Om, salutation unto the thunder-bolt. Om unto dart. Om unto rod. Om unto sword. Om unto noose, standard, club, and trident.

Lam, salutation unto Ananta the lord of the nether region. Kham salutation unto Brahma, the lord of all the worlds. Om salutation unto the Lord Vasudeva.

Om, Om, Namas; Om, Nam, Namas; Om, Mom, Namas; Om, Bham, Namas; Om, Gam, Namas; Om, Vam, Namas; Om Tem, Namas; Om Vam Namas; Om Sum, Namas; Om, Dem, Namas; Om, Vam, Namas; Om, Yam, Namas.

Om, Om Namas; Om, Nam, Namas; Om, Mom, Namas; Om, Nam, Namas; Om, Ram, Namas; Om, Yam, Namas; Om, Nam, Namas; Om, Yam, Namas; Om salutation unto Narayana. Om, salutation unto Purusottama.

Salutation unto thee, O thou having lotus eyes; salutation unto thee O creator of the universe, O Subramanya; salutation unto thee, O great Purusha, O thou the firstborn.

In Homa rites this mantram ending with the word Svaha should be recited. Having duly recited this mantram one hundred and eight times the worshipper should offer Arghya and bow unto the Deity again and again. Afterwards having worshipped the fire he should duly adore with his own mantram Achyuta the god of gods.

Having first lighted fire, fed it and whirled it one, conversant with mantrams, should adore it in the Kunda with auspicious results. Having first meditated on all he should assign his mind to the Mandala. Then with the Tattva called Vasudeva he should offer one hundred and eight oblations. Then with Sangkarshana and other mantrams he should offer six adorations, three each time to his limbs as well as to the guardian deities of the quarters. Then in the end he should offer Purnahuti. Then he should immerse his own self in the great principle which is beyond the range of speech. Then taking his seat, making again Mudras he should again bow. This is the daily Homa rite; the occasional one requires double the rituals. [He should then say] “Go, go to that great region where dwells the deity who is devoid of passions. May all the deities repair to their respective quarters.”

Sudarshana, Shri, Hari, Achyuta, Trivikrama (three footsteps), Chaturbhuja (four-arms), Vasudeva, the sixth Pradyumma, Sangkarshana, Purusha are the nine Vyuhas. Then comes Aniruddha and Ananta. With all these Chakras the gods are known and marked. And they are worshipped in a house along with the Rakshsas and Danavas.

Om Chakraya Svaha, Om Vichakraya Svaha, Om Suchakraya Svaha, Om Mahachakraya Svaha, Om, the remover of the Asuras, Hum, phat, Om, Him of thousand flames, Hum, Phat.

This adoration of the discus at the door of the house is auspicious. It gives also protection.

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