[Advaita-l] Question - Using SRI SUKTA mantras for shoDasa upachAra pujas

vishwanthan Krishnamoorthy krishvishy at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 11 20:17:05 CDT 2006

some addnl info from my researches:

It is very common to use Sri Sukta mantras for
upacharam in Maharashtra for devi pujas. 

it is also common to use the 1st anuvaka of rudram for
upachara puja as detailed in Sri Rudram by Anna (RK

I was told that using Purusha Sukta for upachara is
very beneficial by some priests and is used in Siddhi
vinayaka temple and also in a book published by

However during this Navaratri, I was told by some Sri
Vidya upasakas that using the Moola mantram for
upacharam is the correct procedure. 


--- Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>

> >List members,
> >
> >I have seen PURUSHA SUKTA mantras being used widely
> for pujas to deities.
> >
> >Is it a normal practice to use SRI SUKTA mantras
> for the shoDasa upachAra
> >pujas for Mother Goddess?
> >
> >Some Telugu people were doing the navarAtri puja
> this way. They told me 
> >that
> >it is common in Andhra Pradesh.
> >
> >Your input is appreciated.
> It is common practice for regular shoDaSopacAra pUjA
> in Maharashtra and 
> Karnataka too (but not for AvaraNa pUjA among
> SrIvidyA upAsakas). I haven't 
> seen this practice much in Tamil Nadu, but given
> that Bhaskararaya was from 
> Maharashtra and moved to Tanjavur, I would not be
> surprised to see this 
> practice among some Tamil speaking groups too. As
> for Kerala traditions and 
> north Indian traditions, I don't know how prevalent
> it is.
> One simple reason could be that the number of verses
> in SrI sUkta easily 
> lends itself to the number of upacAras involved in
> the pUjA. There is also 
> an interwoven use of durgA sUkta (jAtavedase
> sunavAmasomamarAtI...) and/or 
> medhA sUkta (medhA devI jushamAnA...) during the
> pUjA too. The other reasons 
> could be that in the devI mAhAtmya, the central
> Goddess is mahAlakshmI and 
> that the purusha sUkta itself has a reference to hrI
> (or SrI in Sukla 
> yajurveda) and lakshmI towards the end.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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