Life Cycle Ritual Offerings
BLESSING CEREMONY FOR BABIES (ANAPASANA)(MACHA JANKO)
The Rice Feeding Ceremony is a celebration in Nepal in which a child is first fed rice. Although centuries old tradition, modern science has established the fact that child’s digestive system is capable of processing solid food when they are approximately six months old which is why anapasana is held for when a baby turns six months old but it can vary between daughters and sons.This ceremony is held at five months for daughters, and six months for sons. An auspicious date and time is chosen by an astrologer,special costumes are worn during ceremonies .
For Body, Speech, and Mind – This ritual is based on a tradition that has been carried down for centuries by Buddhist priests of Nepal. The ritual includes explanation of the five elements (air, fire, water, space and earth) in one’s being, purifying with the 5 elements, and the body as a mandala. Participants are then guided to perform the ritual for self-purification.
IIHI PUJA(Bel Bibaha) -Newar ceremony for girls under 12 years old
This ritual has been in practice since hundreds of years. Bel fruit (wood apple) has a peculiar quality of not getting rotten and remaining fresh forever. This ritual have to be done before 12 year for the girl.
Bahra Tayagu(Gupha Rakhne) Young Girl keep in Cave
The ceremony is conducted before the first Menstruation. Generally accepted age is 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 year old. The first day of the ceremony starts with a usual puja conducted either by the eldest woman of the lineage or the priest. A doll representing the bahra Khaya, the cave ghost, is prepared and put at one corner of the room. It is possessed in some way by the bahra khaya and thus as homage the girls regularly conducts puja to the khayak. Also from this day onward the girls has to put on a special facial called Kaoo to make her beautiful.
BRATA BRANDHAN(KETA PUJA) – Newar Ceremony for Boys under 12 year old
Sanskrit brata = promise, bandhan = to be bound. This Sanskara (rite of passage) involves elaborate Karma Kanda which involves the participation of entire family and a guru (teacher) who then accepts the boy as a disciple in the guru shishya tradition in Nepal. Traditionally these boys were sent to gurus to learn in a gurukul system of education but in modern times this act of the boy doing for first alms round in town and leaving his family for gurus hermitage is done symbolically within the family and is later is stopped by his maternal uncle (Mama)(Pau) from leaving
NAVA GRAHA PUJA(Remove the Obstacles) People use for Birthday Celebration
Puja will be done with right vidhi vidhan through experienced priest. Nava which in Nepalese means “Nine” and Graha means “Planets“. In Nepalese Vedic Astrology it is seen that there are total of nine planets that have influence on the life.The planets can effect various aspects of life such as relationships, health, business, careers, finance, marriage, etc. Every Life as has its ups and downs and they they can be due to the effects of the planets. Planets in the horoscope have their own combinations which can create obstacles in the life.That is call Nava graha Dasa. Though the planets have their effects—these malefic dasas or negative effects can be minimized by doing the Nava Graha Puja (worship of the 9 planets)
Traditionally down on an individual’s Birthday
Navagraha are Keu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter,Saturn and Mercury
HOUSE BLESSING AND PURIFICATION
In the Buddhist tradition, a house blessing is conducted always before people move into a new house after construction is finished, or a house is purchased. It will be done after purchase, before moving in. This blessing is performed by a Buddhist priest and varies greatly throughout Nepal. The traditional house blessing is the chanting of mantras, performing ritual in 8 direction of the house and each door will be protracted by the Mantras.
LONG LIFE PUJA
Seven Limbs of Most Excellent Ritual. The elements of the offering are 1. vandanā: Bowing Down 2. pūjana: Making Offerings 3. Desana: Confession of Sins. 4. modana : Rejoicing in Merit 5. adhyeṣaṇa: Requesting the Teaching, 6. yācana: Entreating the Buddha to Remain in the World for Aeons and 7. nāmana: Dedication of Merits. The ritual preparation involves many objects including the arrangement of 108 butter lamps,108 water bowls,108 tormas (miniature stupas) and 108 gulupa or begging bowls.
LONG LIFE CHANTING
HOMA PUJA(fire Ritual)
In the Vajrayana tradition, Homa rituals have been performed for thousands of years. This ritual is done for empowerment, consecration of stupas, temples, and to help for well- being. Homa is performed in a receptacle in which a fireplace is made with raw bricks. The Homa fireplace should be decorated with colorful flowers, leaves, grains, and beans.
The thirty-two herbs and grains used to purify the atmosphere make the smell very good. During the ceremony the priest adds incense, ghee, raw sugar & honey etc. as herbs. When the Homa is performed, the chemicals in the herbs are burnt and get converted into gaseous form which mix in the atmosphere, entering the breath and the body chemistry of the one doing the Homa and those who are in the vicinity. These chemicals go to inside the human organism, making it healthy and purifying bad energy.
This is usually done to purify the masks, statues, stupas, thankas, altars, vessels & any holy objects. The ritual gives life, rebirth, or is simply done to renew the purity of the holy objects.
Here are the steps for your wedding.
1) Staphana Pooja: Establishment. Priest establishes ritual materials and objects and purifies them. He purifies his own body mind, and speech.
2) Gurumandala Pooja: Purification. Bride and Groom enter the ritual space and Priest guides them through a symbolic purification of their body, mind, and speech.
3) Jola Naykan Shinamoo: Mirror Reflection. Priest reflects the good energy created during the ritual, to Bride and Groom and to All Sentient Beings. 4) Kisli: Rice, Coins, and Betel Nuts. Bride and Groom pray for good health and long life together5)Tikka: Yogurt, Rice, and Red Powder. Priest gives a blessing to Bride and Groom6) Swayambar: Marriage (a) Bride circles groom 3x and places a flower garland over his head. Groom circles bride 3x and places a flower garland over her head. The circling binds their energies together.(b) Bride and groom exchange jewelry, including wedding rings. (c) Say and share by Bride and Groom. (There is no time limit and the content is up to you.) (d) Shindur Laguene: Putting Red Powder. Groom puts Abir on Bride’s head. The red color symbolizes a promise as deep as bloom (e) Kanyadan: My Daughter is your Daughter. The bride’s parents give their daughter to the groom.
Stuff needed: Karuwa, gwaya, pan, money, and parents of Bride and Groom
7) Gwaya Sayake: Sharing Betel Nuts. The Groom’s family welcomes the Bride and introduces their family for life-long relationship
8) Dhauo Saga: Blessing withYogurt. Priest gives for blessing for happiness and joy to the Bride, Groom, and all family members
9) Shiffala Lukegu: Head Bang. Groom’s Father puts the heads of the Bride and Groom together and Groom’s Mother pours rice, flowers, and fruits over their heads.
10) KhenSagan: Wine, Fish, Egg. The Bride and Groom and their families eat of the whole universe.
Buda Budhi Jango
When man and women turning 77 years,7months and 7 days. There is the Special ceremony to perform.
* Rituals can be performed at the Portland Temple or at another location. Reservations are required for all rituals prior to ritual preparation. Contact Prajwal for reservations or more information.