Every Purnima, or Full Moon, a special Navavarana Puja or Homam is performed in the Temple. To find out when the next Purnima Puja will be performed, please check the Temple Calendar. Everyone who attends is offered the sacred “visesharghyam,” a mix of auspicious items that is charged and energized with the divine energy of Sri Lalitambika Devi. Please be advised that there is a dress code for entering the Temple.
The Significance of Purnima
Most people can appreciate the special beauty of the full moon. According to Sri Vidya, there is a uniquely auspicious energy available to us on the full moon day, and so this day is especially good for worshipping Sri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari Devi. In particular, it is highly auspicious to perform Sri Chakra Puja.
In our Temple, we perform either Navavarana Sri Chakra Puja or Navavarana Homam on the full moon day. “Navavarana” comes from the Sanskrit “Nava” plus “avarana.” This is referring to nine enclosures, veils, or layers that are contained within the sacred Sri Chakra design.
Each avarana contains a certain number of triangles, petals or lines that correspond to specific aspects of Divine Mother’s powers of love, wisdom and pure consciousness. As we proceed through each avarana, we come closer to the central bindu, the source of bliss and divine consciousness.
In the puja, we worship a physical Sri Chakra, the Meru Chakra that has been installed in the main sanctum. For Navavarana Homam, the nine levels of Divinity with their respective goddesses are invoked into the sacred homa fire, and appropriate offerings are made.
When Navavarana Puja or Homam is performed on Purnima, the powerful energy of the full moon magnifies the energy of the mantras and yantras, generating the divine vibrations of Sri Lalita Devi. This is a uniquely nectar-like blessing from Divine Mother that can only be experienced, not described.
Significance of Worshipping a Sri Chakra
The Sri Chakra, or Sri Yantra, is a specific pattern of triangles, circles and petals that is described as the King of All Yantras. Sri Chakra worship is considered the highest worship of Devi, and because it contains all deities and all divine potencies within it, it brings every kind of blessing for physical and emotional health, wealth, harmony in one’s relationships, and true spiritual progress.
Though some may feel that physical puja is not helpful in advancing spirituality, Aiya has expressly said that “The exquisitely beautiful form of the Sri Devi in the form of Lalita can be experienced as appearing in the daharakasa of the Sadhaka during this [Sri Chakra] puja.”
Aiya has also explained that “The significance of Navavarana Puja is the removal of the nine avaranas (veils) and attainment of the ecstatic experience of the inner consciousness.” This highest consciousness, which can be experienced within, is signified by the central dot, or bindu, within the Sri Chakra, where Divine Mother and Lord Siva exist in an eternally undifferentiated state of absolute oneness and pure bliss.
In truth, the worship of the Sri Chakra is both an art and a science designed by divinely inspired sages; its regular performance clears all obstacles, bestows all blessings, and carries us inexorably towards the highest goal of oneness with the supreme Goddess Sri Rajarajeswari Devi.
We invite you to join us for the Purnima Sri Chakra Puja or Homam. Whether one performs the puja, witnesses it, or just takes the sacred visesharghyam, one is sure to receive the most loving and compassionate blessings of Sri Rajarajeswari Devi.