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Saraswati Puja Vidhi | Shodashopachara Saraswati Puja Vidhi

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Saraswati Puja Vidhi
We are giving detailed Saraswati Puja Vidhi which can be performed during all Saraswati Puja including Vasant Panchami. Vasant Panchami is also known as Shri Panchami and it is the most significant day to worship and seek the blessings of Goddess of arts, knowledge and wisdom.

This Puja Vidhi is given for new Pratima or Murti (मूति॔) of Goddess Saraswati. The given Puja Vidhi includes all sixteen steps of worship which is known as Shodashopachara Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा).
  1. Dhyana (ध्यान)
    Puja should begin with the meditation of Mata Saraswati. Dhyana should be done in front of already installed Bhagawati Saraswati statue in front of you. Following Mantra should be chanted while meditating on Bhagawati Saraswati.
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    Dhyana Mantra

    Ya Kundendu-Tushara-Hara-Dhavala, Ya Shubhra-Vastravrita,
    Ya Vina-Vara-Danda-Mandita-Kara, Ya Shveta-Padmasana॥
    Ya Brahmachyuta-Shankara-Prabhritibhirdevaih Sada Vandita,
    Sa Mam Patu Saraswati Bhagawati Nihshesha-Jadyapaha॥

  2. Avahana (आवाहन)
    After Dhyanam of Bhagwati Saraswati, one should chant following Mantra in front of the Murti, by showing Avahana Mudra (Avahana Mudra is formed by joining both palms and folding both thumbs inwards).
    Avahana Mantra

    Hari Om। Sahastrashirsha Purusha Sahastrakshah Sahastrapat।
    Sa Bhumim Savvetaspprttvattyatishtha Ddashangulam॥
    Agachchha Saraswatidevi Sthane Chatra Sthirobhava।
    Yavatpujam Karishyami Tavattvam Sannidhau Bhava॥

    Om Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Avahayami Sthapayami॥
  3. Asana (आसन)
    After Mata Saraswati has been invoked, take flowers in Anjali (by joining palm of both hands) and leave them in front of the Murti to offer seat to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Asana Mantra

    Ramyam Sushobhana Divyam Sarva Saukhyakaram Shubham।
    Asanam Cha Mayadattam Grihana Parameshwari॥

    Om Idasanam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  4. Padya (पाद्य)
    After offering flowers-made seat to Mata Saraswati offer Her water to wash the feet while chanting following Mantra.
    Padya Mantra

    Gangodakam Nirmalam Cha Sarvasaugandha Samyutam।
    Pada Prakshalanarthaya Dattam Te Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Padayoh Padyam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  5. Arghya (अर्घ्य)
    After Padya offering, offer water to Mata Saraswati for head Abhishekam while chanting following Mantra.
    Arghya Mantra

    Arghyam Grihana Deveshi Gandhapushpakshataih Saha।
    Karunakara Me Devi Grihanarghya Namoastu Te॥

    Om Hastayorarghya Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  6. Achamaniya (आचमनीय)
    After Arghya offering, offer water to Mata Saraswati for Achamana while chanting following Mantra.
    Snanam Mantra

    Sarvatirtha Samayuktam Sugandhi Nirmalam Jalam।
    Achamyatam Mayadattam Grihana Parameshwari॥

    Om Mukhe Achamaniyam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  7. Snana (स्नान)
    After Achamaniya offering, offer water to Mata Saraswati for the bath while chanting following Mantra.
    Snanam Mantra

    Ganga Saraswati Revapayoshni Narmada Jalaih।
    Snapitoasi Maya Devi Tatha Shanti Kurushva Me॥

    Om Snanartha Jalam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  8. Panchamrita Snana (पञ्चामृत स्नान)
    After Snanam, offer Panchamrita bath to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Panchamrita Snanam Mantra

    Payo Dadhi Ghritam Chaiva Madhu Cha Sharkarayutam।
    Panchamritam Mayanitam Snanartham Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Panchamritena Snapayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  9. Shuddhodaka Snana (शुद्धोदक स्नान)
    After Panchamrita Snanam, offer bath to Mata Saraswati with pure water while chanting following Mantra.
    Shuddhodaka Snana Mantra

    Jnanamurte Bhadrakali Divyamurte Sureshwari।
    Shuddha Snanam Grihanedam Narayani Namoastu Te॥

    Om Panchamritena Pashchachchhuddhodakena Snapayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  10. Gandha Snana (गन्ध स्नान)
    After Shuddhodaka Snanam, offer scent bath to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra. After Gandha Snana, offer final Shuddhodaka Snana to Mata Saraswati before offering Her Vastra.
    Gandha Snana Mantra

    Malayachala Sambhutam Chandanagaru Sambhavam।
    Chandanam Devadeveshi Snanartha Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Gandhodakena Tatpashchachchhuddhodakena Cha Snapayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  11. Vastra (वस्त्र)
    After Gandha Snanam, offer Moli (मोली) as new clothes to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Vastra Mantra

    Tantusantanasamyuktam Kala Kaushala Kalpitam।
    Sarvangabharanam Shreshtha Vasanam Paridhiyatam॥

    Om Vastram Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  12. Gandha (गन्ध)
    After Vastra offering, offer Chandan to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Gandha Mantra

    Shrikhanda Chandanam Divyam Gandhadhyam Sumanoharam।
    Vilepanam Sureshwari Chandanam Pratigrihyatam॥‌

    Om Gandham Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  13. Saubhagyadravyam (सौभाग्यद्रव्यम्)
    After Gandha offering, offer Haldi, Kumkum, Sindoor as Saubhagya Dravya to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Saubhagyadravyam Mantra

    Tambulapatram Mayaanitam Haridra Kumkumanjanam।
    Sinduralakchakam Dasve Saubhagyadravyamishwari॥

  14. Alankara (अलङ्कार)
    After Saubhagyadravya offering, offer jewellery (Alankara) to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Alankara Mantra

    Ratnakankanakechura Kanchi Kundala Nupuram।
    Muktaharam Kiritancha Grihanabharanani Me॥

    Om Alankarana Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  15. Pushpa (पुष्य)
    After Alankara offering, offer flowers to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Pushpa Mantra

    Malyadini Sugandhini Malyadini Vai Prabho।
    Mayaanitani Pushpani Grihana Parameshwari॥

    Om Pushpam Pushpamalam Cha Samarpayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  16. Dhupam (धूपम्)
    After Pushpa offering, offer Dhupa to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Dhupam Mantra

    Vanaspatirasod‌bhuto Gandhadhyo Gandha Uttamah।
    Aghreyah Narayani Dhupoayam Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Dhupamaghrapayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  17. Deepam (दीपम्‌)
    After Dhupa offering, offer Deepa to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Deepam Mantra

    Sajyam Cha Vartisamyuktam Vahnina Yojitam Maya।
    Deepam Grihana Deveshi Trailokyatimirapaham॥

    Om Deepam Darshayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  18. Naivedya (नैवेद्य)
    After Deepa offering, offer Naivedhya to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Naivedya Mantra

    Sharkaraghrita Samyuktam Madhura Svaduchottamam।
    Upahara Samayuktam Naivedyam Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Naivedyam Nivedayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  19. Achamaniyam (आचमनीयम्‌)
    After Naivedya offering, offer water to Mata Saraswati for drinking and Achamana while chanting following Mantra.
    Achamaniyam Mantra

    Eloshiralavangadi Karpuraparivasitam।
    Prashanartha Kritam Toyam Grihana Parameshwari॥

    Om Naivedyante Achamaniyam Samarpayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  20. Tambulam (ताम्बूलम्‌)
    After Achamaniya offering, offer Tambool (Paan with betel nuts) to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Tambulam Mantra

    Pugi Phalam Mahadivyam Nagavallidalairyutam।
    Ela Churnadi Samyuktam Tambulam Pratigrihyatam॥

    Om Elalavanga Karpura Adi Sahitam Tambula Samarpayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  21. Dakshina (दक्षिणा)
    After Tambula offering, offer Dakshina (gift) to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Dakshina Mantra

    Hiranyagarbha Garbhastham Hemabijam Vibhavasoh।
    Ananta Punya Phaladamatah Shantim Prayachchha Me॥

    Om Dakshinam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  22. Aarti (आरती)
    After Dakshina offering, now perform Mata Saraswati Aarti after chanting following Mantra.
    Aarti Mantra

    Kadaligarbhasambhutam Karpuram Tu Pradipitam।
    Arartikyamaham Kurve Pashya Me Varado Bhava॥

    Om Karpurarartikya Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  23. Pradakshina (प्रदक्षिणा)
    After Aarti, now offer symbolic Pradakshina (circumambulate from left to right of Mata Saraswati) with flowers while chanting following Mantra.
    Pradakshina Mantra
    Om Pradakshinam Samarpayami Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  24. Pushpanjali (पुष्पाञ्जलि)
    After Pradakshina, offer flowers filled in Anjali (by joining palm of both hands) to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Pushpanjali Mantra

    Nanasugandha Pushpaishcha Yathakalauddaverapi।
    Pushpanjali Mayadattam Grihana Parameshwari॥

    Om Mantra Pushpanjali Yuktam Namaskaram Samarpayami
    Bhagawati Shri Saraswatyai Namah॥
  25. Sashtanga Pranam (साष्टाङ्ग प्रणाम)
    After Pushpanjali, offer Sashtanga Pranam (Pranam which is done with eight limbs) to Mata Saraswati while chanting following Mantra.
    Sashtanga Pranam Mantra

    Namodevyai Mahadevyai Shivayai Satatam Namah।
    Namah Prakrityai Bhadrayai Niyatah Pranatah Smatam॥
    Tamagnivarnam Tapasajvalantim Vairochanim Karmaphaleshu Jushtam।
    Durgam Devim Sharanamaham Prapadye Sutarasi Tarase Namah॥
    Devi Vachamanajanayanta Devastam Vishvarupah Pashvo Vadanti।
    Sa No Mandreshamurjam Duhana Dhenurvagasmanupa Sushtutaitu॥
    Kalaratrim Brahmastutam Vaishnavim Skandamataram।
    Saraswatimaditim Dakshaduhitaram Namamah Pavanam Shivam॥

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