SEVAS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY
SANATAN HINDU CULTURAL SOCIETY
Sankalpam/Archana ticket can be obtained by making an Interac Payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Devotee to Forward the Proof of INTERAC payment (As received from the Bank) to email@example.com with Date of Seva, Names, Gothram, and Nakshtrams (Star). INTERAC is the preferred mode of payment.
Alternatively, tickets can also be purchased via SHCS online store (store.shcscalgary.com). Devotee to send Date of Seva, Names, Gothram and Nakshtrams (Star) details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Regular services conducted by the Society
Abhishekam is the bathing of a deity using various substances such as milk, honey, yoghurt, sugar and ghee. These five together are known as the ‘Panchamritam’ or the five nectars. Each of them is linked to one of the five elements and one of the five senses. The principle behind abhishekam is total surrender to the love of the deity. It is believed that by bathing the statue, or murti, the devotees cleanse and purify their own minds. Abhishekam is offered every second Saturday to Lord Srinivasa and his Consorts. Every Saturday, abhishekam is offered to one or the other deities in the facility by turns.
Tarpanam is the vedic practice of offerings made to ancestors (deceased souls) to elevate the ancestors to a higher plane. The satisfied souls of one’s ancestors protect families from ill fate, remove obstacles and bless the future generations with long life, intellect, wealth and success. The Tarpanam service is organized at the facility on every new moon (Amavasya) day for followers wishing to perform this ritual.
Ashtadala Pada Padmaradhana Seva
This seva is the Ashtotthara Sata Namarchana (chant of 108 names of the deity) while offering 108 golden/silver lotuses at the feet of the deity. This seva is performed at the facility on special occasions.
On Deepavali / Diwali day every year, special Diwali pooja is performed at the facility. Sri Suktha Homa/ Yagna is performed to Goddess Maha Lakshmi to bring prosperity and wealth. Srisuktha Homam coins are distributed to the participating devotees.
Devi Mata Abhishekam
Abhishekam(bathing of the deity) to Devi Mata is performed every Friday evening followed by Lalitha Sahasranamam chanting by devotees.
This festival is celebrated over 5 days and includes Pranaprathishta on the first day, ganapati homam and ganapati atharva sheersham chanting every day and ganapati visarjana puja on the last day.
This festival is celebrated in January and on this occasion, Thiruppavai Seva is performed at the facility followed by ponga panai and chanting of Aditya Hrudayam and distribution of Prasad.
Navrathri is celebrated for nine days at the facility. Navarathri Aarthi for Goddess Durga in different forms is performed every evening. On Saraswathi Puja day, children can keep their books in front of the Golu and do Puja to Goddess Saraswathi. On Ayudha Puja day, devotees can get special puja performed for their vehicles. Vijaya Dashami day celebrations include Aaradhanam, Sai Baba Aarthi (Baba Samadhi day), Utsavam for Lord Balaji and Consorts, Shami Puja, Bhajans/Kritis by music students and Maha Aarthi.
Panguni Uthram falls on a full moon day when the moon transits in the nakshatra of Uttara-phalguni or Uthiram. The festival marks the wedding day of Parvati and Lord Shiva, Murugan and Deivanai, and Aandaal and Rangamannar. Panguni Uthram celebrations at the facility include Madi Niraiththal with fruits for Thaayar and offerings of bangles, sari, garland, jewellery etc by devotees.
Pradosham is an auspicious 3-hour period, 1.5 hours before and after the sunset, and is celebrated bi-monthly on the 13th day of every fortnight. On every Pradosham day, Rudrabhishekam is performed to Lord Shiva, followed by the chanting of Rudram Chamakam by devotees.
Archana refers to the making of 108 flower offerings reciting the names of the deity being worshiped. Each of these names recalls a quality or aspect of the deity. Regular archana is offered to the main deity of the facility once a day by the preacher. Followers present at that time can witness the archana and receive prasad.
Sai Baba Pooja
Sai Baba Aarthi is performed every Thursday evening at the facility followed by distribution of Prasad.
Sahasranama Archana is a special archana where the deity is worshiped with ritual repetition of 1008 divine names praising the deity. This seva is conducted on special occasions and is a way to create a spiritual connection with the deity being worshiped.
Sankata Hara Chathurthi
Sankata Hara Chaturthi, or Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the waning phase of the moon every month. On this day, the preacher performs Abhishekam for Lord Ganapati along with Atharva Sheersham chanting at the facility.
Shree Satyanarayan Puja is a puja or worship which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The word “Satyanarayan” is an amalgamation of two words, ‘Satya’ means truth, ‘Narayan’ means the highest and ultimate form of being or the supreme man; that means Lord Vishnu is the personification of the truth. Satyanarayan Puja is conducted at the facility once a month on every Poornima (full moon) day of the lunar calendar.
Shatari is the sacred crown of the deities in the shape of temple tower with two feet etched on it. The term comes from Shat (six) ari (enemies) which are kaama (passion), krodhaa (anger), moha (lust), lobha (miserliness), mada (vanity), maatsarya (jealousy). The shatari is usually placed on the heads of the followers by the preacher at the end of archana or pooja so that they can obtain the blesssings of the deity and enjoy divine grace. Shatari Abhishekam refers to the bathing of the shatari with milk and is conducted every Saturday at the facility.
Special pujas that include special archanas and abhishekams along with chant of manthras pertaining to the deity worshiped, are performed on festival days during the year. These occasions include Rama Navami, Krishna Jayanthi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Narasimha Jayanthi, Hayagreeva Jayanthi, Karthigai Deepam, Ayyappa Swami Makara Vilakku, Guru Poornima Puja for Sai Baba and the New Year days observed by different communities.
Suprabhatam is a Sanskrit term which means ‘Good Morning’. The ritual is performed to wake up Lord Venkateswara from his celestial sleep by singing sacred Sanskrit hymns. This seva is performed every Saturday morning at the facility followed by Vishnu Sahasranamam Chanting.
Upakarma is a Vedic ritual celebrated every year on the full Moon day of the Lunar Month Sravana. On this day, all those who have undergone upanayanam, ritually change their sacred thread accompanied by relevant rituals, and make offerings to the rishis. Arrangements are made at the facility for all those seeking to perform this ritual under the guidance of the preacher.
Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in the Sravana month, on the Friday preceding the full moon day. It is the worship of the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu.On this day, sankalpam, kalasa pooja, sri suktha parayanam and sahsranama archanai are performed at the facility.
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Sevas for Devotees
Sevas Conducted at the request of Devotees
Abhishekam is the bathing of the deity using various substances such as milk, honey, yoghurt, sugar and ghee. Devotees can request performance of Abhishekam to the deity of their choice on payment of a fee.
This ritual is the initiation given to a child to start formal education. This is considered as a pre-requisite as per the Hindu religion before the child starts going for a formal education into a school. It is generally performed on Vijaya Dashami,Guru Poornima, Sraavana Poornima, Vasanta Panchami, Saraswathi Puja, Ugadi or any other auspicious day. We provide this service to devotees at the facility, at their homes or other locations.
Annaprashan is a Sanskrit term which means “grain initiation”. It’s a baby’s first feeding or first rice-eating ceremony. Annaprashan marks the beginning of solid food in a baby’s life, following which other weaning foods are slowly introduced into the baby’s diet.This service is offered to devotees at the facility, at their homes or other locations
Archana refers to the making of 108 flower offerings reciting the names of the deity being worshiped. People offer Archana on special days such as wedding anniversary or birthdays. The purpose of Archana is to thank god for giving us all what we need for survival – be it the strength to endure agony or the basic essentials. When devotees request performance of archana on the payment of a fee, the temple preacher performs the archana, reciting the name, birth star and family lineage of the follower to invoke individual guidance and blessings.
Ayusha means age in Sanskrit and ayusha homam is performed by purohits for a healthy long life and for removal of hindrances from life. On this homam the god of life Ayur Devatha is worshiped and it is believed that by doing this homam, blessings from the god of life is attained. This homam is performed usually on the naming ceremony of a new born baby for long life, or when a person has come out from a terminal illness and wishing for a healthy life here after or by people who wish for overall wellness and goodness in a home. Devotees can get this Homam performed at the facility or at their homes or at any other location of their choice.
Devotees can request for conduct of other sevas, homams or pujas of their specific choice, to be held at the facility or their homes or at other locations.
Engagement, a pre-wedding ritual beginning with Ganesh Puja, followed by the groom’s family gifting saree and jewellery to the bride, exchange of rings and reading of the lagna patrika or conventional invitation card, can be performed by our preacher, either at the facility or a location of follower’s choice, on requisition by followers and payment of fees.
Ganapati Puja/Lakshmi Puja
Ganapati puja is performed for Ganesha Devaru, invoking Him to bring victory, success, and harmony in family and life by removing all the obstacles and negative energies. Lakshmi Puja is the worship of Goddess Lakshmi to provide us with wealth and prosperity. Devotees can request to get this puja conducted at the facility, at their homes or other locations
Ganapati and Vaasthu Homam
Vaasthu Ganapati Homam is performed to Increase positive vibrational energies in a home, office or business place & remove all obstacles of life. It erases the negative effect of malefic planets, and removes negative energies and brings prosperity. Devotees can request the performance of this homam at the facility, at their homes or other locations
Gruhapravesam Puja is a ceremony which is done before shifting to a new house to cleanse the place from all the evil forces. As per the Pravesham Muhurtham, couples enter the house prior to which Dwara Puja, Gau puja is performed near the door. After the Pravesham milk boiling ceremony happens, Ganapati puja, Punyahavachanam, Sankalpam, Navagraha puja etc are done and after that Vastu Homam, Ganapati Homam, Navagraha Homam etc are performed and lastly after Poornahuti, Satyanarayana Vratam is also performed. Devotees can request performance of Gruhapravesham ceremony at their residence, on payment of a fee to the facility.
This ceremony is performed on the day a child is born. Ghee and honey is used to write “OM” on the tongue of the new-born to remove impurities. Devotees can request the performance of this ceremony at the facility, at their homes or other locations.
Vedic Scholars acquainted with Vedic prayers, rituals and the mantras conduct the wedding rituals and ceremonies in accordance with the Vedic tenets. They chant mantras, instruct the bride, groom and their parents on their duties during the function and play the most important role in the wedding. SHCS offers the marriage ceremony service, subject to conditions. Pls, contact the facility for details.
Moola Nakshatram Puja
Moola Nakshatra puja is generally performed to rectify the malefic effects of Moola Nakshatra in a horoscope and to pacify negative Moola Nakshatra in a horoscope but this puja can also be performed to increase the benefits given by benefic Moola Nakshatra in a horoscope. Devotees can have this puja performed at the facility, their homes or other locations by making an application.
Navagraha puja is a collective worship of the nine planets. Nava means nine and graha means planet (9 Planets). Navagraha Puja and Navagraha Homam is commonly believed to reduce the malefic effects of the planets in very effective manner. Navagraha Homam benefits can be mainly seen by pacifying the planets when they are moving or changing from one place to another. Devotees can request to have this puja/homam performed at the facility, at their homes or other locations
Punyavachanam/Namakaranam (Naming Ceremony)
Punyavachanam is a puja performed during a child’s birth; Punyavachanam is done for the purification of the house and for the well-being of the child. The ritual invokes the God of water and celestial ocean, Varuna and offers prayer through 16 steps (Shodasa upachara), in a purnakumbha (Kalash). This is followed by the recitation of Pavamana Mantra. On completion of the puja, the water from the Kalash is sprinkled around the puja premises, thereby purifying it. The child is usually named after this puja is performed. The preacher can perform this ceremony at follower’s home or other locations, on request to the facility by the devotee.
Traditionally, the ritual of Upanayanam or sacred thread ceremony is performed when a Hindu boy attains seven years of age. Upanayana ritual symbolises the end of an era in a boy’s life and the initiation into another. With this ceremony, a boy leaves his childhood, proceeds to become a man, and follows the path of getting knowledge. But, in modern times, this ritual can be conducted when a man gets married. It involves worship of Lord Ganesha, yajnopavita or wearing sacred thread, issue of vows or promises of achamana, control of speech and abstaining from day naps, followed by homam. Devotees can apply to the facility to have this ceremony performed at the facility, or at their homes or at any other location of their choice.
Homam is the visualization and invocation of the Divine into a consecrated fire and the making of oblations of ghee, milk, and various substances – grains, herbs, etc. The fire is recognised as a symbol of the Divine and is the only element which characteristically rises upwards – symbolic of the raising of consciousness and ascent towards God-consciousness. The mantra recited while oblating is SVĀHĀ which means svatva hanana iti svāhā — “I offer myself for the benefit of all beings.” This can be performed at the facility or at the homes of devotees or other locations as desired by the devotees.
Saneeswara Shanthi Puja
Sani Shanti puja is performed to please the planet Saturn and to bring prosperity in one’s life. The puja for Saneeswara is performed for mental peace and to get rid of health ailments in the body and bring relief from the punishments inflicted by Saturn. Devotees can request to have this performed at the facility, at their homes or other locations
Sathabishekam is a ceremomy performed on completing 80 years of age, seeking blessings of God for the longevity of the couple and their good health. On application by devotees, this ceremony can be performed at the facility, at their homes or other locations.
Shree Satyanarayan Puja is a puja or worship which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The word “Satyanarayan” is an amalgamation of two words, ‘Satya’ means truth, ‘Narayan’ means the highest and ultimate form of being or the supreme man; that means Lord Vishnu is the personification of the truth. Satyanarayan Puja can be conducted at the request of a devotee, at the facility, or their homes or at any other location of their choice.
Seemantham is a ritual performed in preparation for a woman’s first delivery, and its primary functions are to satisfy the pregnant woman’s desires, bless her, and ensure a safe delivery and a healthy baby. SHCS offers this service, performed by the preacher, either at the facility or at a location of follower’s choice, on application by followers.
Shraddham is a ceremony performed in honour of a dead ancestor. It is performed for both the father and mother separately, on their respective ‘thithi’ – death anniversaries as per Indian calendar. In addition, it is performed for the entire community of ‘pitr’ – both from paternal and maternal side -collectively during the Pitru Paksha or Shraaddha paksha (Fortnight of ancestors), right before Sharad Navaratri in autumn. This ceremony can be performed at devotee’s request, at the facility, at their homes or other locations.
The word Sudarshana Homam is derived from two Sanskrit words, ‘Su’ means good or auspicious and ‘darshana’ which means vision. Lord Sudarshana is known as the Sudarshana Chakra which is held by Lord Vishnu in his right rear hand. Sudarsana Homam is performed by invoking Lord Sudarshanar followed by the chanting of Lord Sudarshana Mantra and then performing the homam (fire ritual offering ghee, dry fruits and others to Lord) and receive the blessings of Lord Sudarshanar. This can be performed at the facility or at the homes of devotees or other locations as desired by the devotees.
Vahana (Vehicle) Puja
Vahana Puja is a puja to gain God’s blessings for a new vehicle. The puja is done to satisfy the Gods on the possession of the vehicle, and obtain God’s protection from mishaps while travelling. Devotees can make a request to the facility to perform this puja at the facility, at their homes or other locations.