Archana is a special pooja carried out by the temple priest. It is usually performed by narrating the name of the devotee, his birth star and family ancestry to call upon direct guidance and blessings of the Lord. The foremost part of the pooja, however, is chanting 16, 108 or 1008 names of the deity and worshipping the Lord with tulsi leaves, flowers and kumkum.
Kalyan Mala is a holy thread (Andal Mala) offered to Shree Balaji to invoke the blessings of the Lord for a long and happy married life in case of married couples and to seek an ideal life partner and a happy future, if looking to get wedded.
Tulsi (basil) is known to be the most sacred plant in Hinduism. It is worshipped for its healing powers. It is said that by offering a Tulsi Mala (garland of tulsi leaves) to Lord Venkateshwara, the aura of the devotee is purified and he can connect to Shree Balaji, hence, bringing peace, good health and wards off the evil.
Oil is generally offered to Lord Venkateshwara to eliminate the darkness form the minds of the devotee and ask the Lord to guide him through the path of knowledge and shower him with enough wisdom to lead a life of humbleness.
This pooja is performed on Saturdays at the Shree Balaji Temple, Mumbai. The Utsav deities are decorated beautifully and placed on a swing for this pooja and worshipped by swinging it back and forth. Just like the swing, our lives are filled with ups and downs and UnjalSeva is performed to bring about balance in our lives and bless us with tolerance.
As per ancient Hindu Texts, the souls of our departed ancestors’ dwell within the bodies of the Brahmans and any offerings made to the Brahmans, be it food or clothes, will satisfy our ancestors and thus, the Gods. Devotees opting for PitruDaan are known to get devoid of all sins and hence, attain salvation. These devotees are blessed with fame prosperity, long and healthy life and fine children.
It is known that offering clothes to Lord Venkateshwara at Shree Balaji Temple, Mumbai will bring abundance and peace of mind and body to the devotee. He will be blessed by Lord Venkateshwara and his physical health will be cared by the Lord himself.
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Prasada means gift, mostly in the form of sweets, prepared with a lot of devotion. By offering Prasadam to Lord Venkateshwara, devotees are blessed with good health, endurance, prosperity and abundance. Prasadam is first offered to the Lord and then distributed amongst devotees, which is believed to ease their sins and sorrows.
DeepotsavaSeva means lighting a lamp for Shree Balaji at the temple. By doing this seva, the devotee receives anugraha (blessings) of Lord Venkateshwara in the form of Gyan Drishti (clear vision of knowledge). Light a lamp at Shree Balaji temple with utmost devotion, love and a pure heart. In turn all the darkness and sorrows of your life will transform to a bright and prosperous future.
Tulabharam means offering an ingredient required, at Shree Balaji Temple, to prepare Prasadam equivalent to one’s weight. It signifies surrendering oneself completely, with a pure heart, to Lord Venkateshwara. The ingredient offered is used towards Annadanam, Prasadam, and feeding of the poor, which gratifies the devotee and gives him immense peace of mind.
Suprabhata (auspicious dawn) Seva is performed by chanting Suprabhatam at Shree Balaji Temple and offering Lord Venkateshwara with the first aarti and bhog of the day. This seva is said to bring in dawns of good fortune and excellence and bestows the devotee with inner strength to withstand any difficulty he faces in his life.
Performing Aarti to Lord Venkateshwara at Shree Balaji Temple and distributing Prasadam twice a day with utmost devotion is Nitya Seva. It shows the devotee’s faith in the Lord and he stands blessed with prosperity and good health.
After the bhajans each day, except for Sundays, a special pooja is performed on behalf of a couple of devotees present at that moment, having birthdays or anniversaries on that day. The significance of this pooja is to assure overall health, happiness and prosperity of these devotees.
This seva involves devotedly worshipping Lord Venkateshwara at Shree Balaji Temple right from the morning aarti to the last pooja at night by the devotee (all alankarams, vastrams, archanas, bhog, deeparadhana, flower and tulsi offerings). By offering this seva to the Lord, the devotee is relieved of all the sins and sufferings surrounding his life and is blessed with a bright future, good health and great prosperity all round.