Various offerings are conducted in Devi’s abode to allow devotees to benefit from the Devi’s abundant Grace.
Pournami Abhishekam & Maha Aarti
On every Pournami, an elaborate Abhishekam is celebrated with dance and music, followed by a grand procession with the Linga Bhairavi Utsavamurti (a consecrated icon of Devi). It culminates with the Maha Aarti in front of the Dhyanalinga. The powerful energy created is particularly beneficial for the overall wellbeing of the family, for good health, success, and prosperity. learn more…
Offering a cow is one of the revered ways to earn the Grace of Devi. The cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full earthly life. This life-giving and motherly creature sustains us with various products from milk and curd, to butter and ghee. The milk of a cow promotes sattvic qualities, while the ghee (clarified butter) is used in ceremonies and preparation of Prasad (blessed food). Cow dung, mixed with turmeric is used to clean and decorate the floor. If you would like to offer Godanam to the Devi, please inquire at the Linga Bhairavi for additional details.
Women with marital problems can offer their thaali/mangal sutra to plead for Devi’s Grace and compassion. This Thaali Arpana is made only on Pournami days, and will be kept at the sanctum in Devi’s Grace for one month, after which it can be collected.
An offering of one’s hair to Devi. Giving a part of yourself to Devi signifies a joyful surrender and paves the way for good health and wellbeing.
Mangalya Bala Sutra
A consecrated turmeric-dyed thread with a turmeric root that can be offered by tying it around the Trishul. This offering ensures a long and prosperous life of one’s spouse.
Devi Abhaya Sutra
A specially consecrated thread, which, when tied around one’s wrist, is supportive in fulfilling one’s ambitions and removing fear. Women wear it on the left wrist, men on the right. It must be worn for a minimum of 40 days. It can be removed by untying or burning it (please do not cut it) and disposed of either by burying it in wet soil, or burning it and applying the ashes from your vishuddhi (chakra or energy center located at the pit of the throat) down to the anahata (chakra in the heart region).
Devi Netra Arpana
A plea, with a powerful chant, to the Grace of Devi’s Third Eye, to fulfill one’s desires and wishes. The Third Eye is a symbol of going beyond the limitations of the physical and beyond the duality of existence. The Netra(symbolic eye available in copper or silver) is kept in the sanctum of the Linga Bhairavi until it can be collected and taken home on the next Pournami (full moon).
An important and generous custom of offering food to all, a symbol of sharing that which sustains life You can make this auspicious offering to honor and celebrate special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and memorials, or on any day of your choice.
Linga Bhairavi Vastram
This consecrated Vastram (sari) adorns the Devi. You can either offer a sum amount towards a Vastram that will be offered to Devi, or buy a consecrated one which you can wear for special occasions such as your marriage, or hang it in a special place where it will create a powerful vibrant atmosphere.
A set of 11 offerings made three times a day: at 7:40 am, 12:40 pm and 7:40 pm, in a sacred ambiance of gratitude, to appeal to the Devi’s Grace. Abhishekam can be offered on any given day, or on a particular special day or occasion in one’s life. At the end of the Abhishekam, Aarti is shared with everyone, and the offerings made are given back as Prasad.
This offering establishes all that is auspicious for you and your family. It can be made at any time to honor any occasion. The offerings are then given back as a Prasad.
A decorative flower garland offering can be made daily, on any day or on special days, in appreciation, to adorn Devi and receive her overflowing Grace.
A ghee lamp offering to Devi, which can be lit inside, near the Trishul (trident). It symbolizes complete surrender to Devi’s Grace.
An offering of fragrant flowers as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude towards Devi.
A sacred red cloth which is supportive in warding off negative influences and brings good luck. It can be worn as a bandana around the head or neck or kept in the pooja room, in front of the house, in the workplace, or in one’s vehicle.