Puja for Goddess Narayani
is performed in the Shanthi Mandapam. It is considered a rare blessing
to witness this Puja, which lasts for approximately 4 hours. Each
day hundreds of people come to the Peedam in Malaikodi to witness
this Puja. Many sit and observe in silence, some would worship the
Goddess by chanting “Om Namo Narayani” in their minds.
When Amma performs puja, Amma brings the entire Universe
into Amma’s body and mind. The puja is performed on behalf
of the Universe and it has to include all the elements, and the
rituals inspired from within. Amma does Abhishekam (bathing), Alankaram
(decorating) and Deepa Aradhana (lighting of lamps) in a particular
Amma teaches mankind that all life forms have a purpose
and man should live in harmony with them. One should also express
gratitude to nature and the five elements as they form the very
basis on which all life forms are supported.
After the Puja all the devotees would line up for
Darshan (Divine Vision and Blessing) and to receive the holy water
(Theertam) from Amma. Depending on the crowd, some days Amma would
distribute the holy water for hours to the hundreds of devotees
Many devotees narrate their problems to Amma and look for guidance
while they receive the holy water. Many of them say that the holy
water has had miraculous effects: - chronic diseases have been cured,
mental anxiety reduced, problems disappear and many find a great
Tulasi & Surya Puja
Narayani Puja in the Shanthi Mandapam
Full Moon Puja
There is also Full Moon Puja, which is done every
month on the night of Full Moon. Amma conducts Sri Narayani Yagna
on a grand scale. Amma says that this Yagna is performed for the
welfare of humanity and all other living things in the Universe.
In the Full Moon Yagna 108 types of herbs, 108 types of sweets,
several different types of fruits and savoury & special dishes
are offered to the Holy Fire.
Amma often says:
“When there is prayer in the mind, there is purity in
“When there is purity in thought, there is kindness in
“When there is kindness in the heart, there is service
“When there is service in action, there is harmony in
“When there is harmony in the community, there is unity
in the nation”.
“When there is unity in the nation, there is peace in