Rare “Sahasra Chandi Maha Yajnam” will be Held during Navaratri Brahmotsavam

During Navaratri this year (Sep 20 – 30), the Sri Vidya Temple will conduct the most powerful and auspicious Sahasra Chandi, in which up to 100 Ritwiks will complete a total of 1000 repetitions of Sri Devi Mahatmyam throughout the Navaratri Mahotsavam. In addition, 100 Chandi Homas will also be completed, along with the required tarpanam, Navavarana Puja and japam of Navakshari Mantra 1 million times!

For the sake of destroying every kind of painful situation or negative energy, there is no Devi yajna more powerful than Sahasra Chandi Maha Yajnam. When this great offering is performed during Saran Navaratri, the divine energy is multiplied millions of times and Devi showers Her supreme blessings on all for divine peace, joy, love and every kind of wealth.

The Sahasra Chandi Maha Yajnam is done very infrequently even in India, and this may be only the second time this great yajna is being done in the United States. To have the chance to witness, sponsor or participate in such a great event is only due to the unimaginable grace of the Divine Mother – please don’t miss this chance! There is tremendous benefit in sitting and listening to the incredibly powerful Devi Mahatmyam mantras, and we invite you to come and receive the most loving blessings of Sri Durga Jagan Mata!

Please see below for sponsorship and participation opportunities.

Schedule

Please note that while the Sahasra Chandi activitites are being conducted, all of the regular Navaratri festivities will also be taking place. Please see the Navaratri announcement for those details.

Sep 20: Preliminary Pujas, Sri Maha Ganapati Puja, Sri Nava Durga Kalasa Sthapanam
Sep 21: Sri Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam
Sep 22 – 24: Sri Chandi Homam and Parayanam
Sep 25 – 29: Sri Devi Mahatmyam Parayanam
Sep 30: Sri Chandi Homam with Final Maha Purnahuti

Maha Prasadam will be served at 2:30PM and 8:30PM.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For those who would like to sponsor this divine event and receive blessed prasadam, several sponsorship and participation opportunities are available. To sponsor, please fill out the 2017 Sahasra Chandi Sponsorship Form.

Some of the Sahasra Chandi sponsorships allow sponsors to make offerings directly to the homa fire, which is an incredibly rare and auspicious blessing. All sponsors will receive a blessed thread and kumkum/vibhuti, and will be included in the sankalpam.

Sankalpam Sponsorship: Sponsors will be included in the sankalpam and will receive a blessed thread, kumkum and vibhuti.

Ahuti Sponsorship: Sponsors will have the chance to offer one ahuti of auspicious items into the homa fire with their own hands and will receive yajna raksha.

Mangalyam Sponsorship: A gold mangalyam will be offered to Devi during the Chandi Homa on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors will also receive yajna raksha.

Purnahuti Sponsorship: Sponsors will prepare one purnahuti and will sit at a homa kundam for one chapter of Devi Mahatmyam before offering the purnahuti with their own hands. A gold mangalyam will be offered on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors will also receive yajna raksha and a silver-plated pendant energized during the Sata Chandi.

Grand Chandi Sponsorship: Sponsors will sit at one of the homa kundas for the last chapter of Devi Mahatmyam and will offer samit throughout the whole chapter.A gold mangalyam will be offered on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors will also receive yajna raksha and a gold-plated coin energized during the Sata Chandi.

Silver Chandi Sponsorship: Sponsors will sit at one of the homa kundas for the entire Chandi Homa while offering samit into the sacred homa fire.A gold mangalyam will be offered on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors will also receive yajna raksha, a gold-plated coin, energized valampuri shankha, and prasadam sari.

Gold Chandi Sponsorship: Sponsors will sit at one of the homa kundas for the entire Chandi Homa (all four homas on Sep 22-24 and 30) while offering samit into the sacred homa fire.A gold mangalyam will be offered on the sponsor’s behalf. Sponsors will also receive yajna raksha, a gold-plated coin, energized valampuri shankha, and prasadam sari.

Yajna raksha is a paste made by lighting the pure and auspicious kusha grass in the homa fire and mixing that ash with ghee. When applied to the forehead, the yajna raksha transmits the full divine energy of the homa to us, giving protection, healing and inner purification. It is a priceless blessing to receive yajna raksha from such a holy event. To sponsor, please fill out the 2017 Sahasra Chandi Sponsorship Form.

It is our humble and heartfelt wish that this devotional offering will bring powerful divine blessings for peace, prosperity and happiness for all the devotees and all beings. We hope you will join us in offering this auspicious Sahasra Chandi to Divine Mother Sri Chandi Devi!

Significance of Sri Devi Mahatmyam

Sri Chandi Homam is one of the most powerful homas that can be performed. Sri Bhaskararaya himself expressed the view that Sri Devi Mahatmyam should be considered as “Sruti,” or “divinely revealed knowledge” in the same category as the Vedas.

In Sri Devi Mahatmyam, Devi Herself proclaims that when this great hymn is recited, She will manifest in that place. Many have experienced this to be utterly true.

The mantra most strongly associated with this scripture is Sri Chandi Navakshari. In many traditions, at least one priest must maintain constant silent japam of this mantra while all the other priests are busy conducting the Chandi Homam. Reciting this mantra is powerful in itself, and it also helps us tremendously in opening up to the transforming vibrations of Sri Durga Saptashati.

Chanting Navakshari Mantra or Devi Mahatmyam helps to stop our ordinary thoughts and help us cut through the subtle bondages that limit us and block our true divine nature. When our ordinary thoughts stop, Sri Chandi’s energy rushes into us, filling us with an abundance of spiritual peace, inner strength, and radiant sakti. When this mantra is combined with the powerful practice of homam, the homa fire magnifies this effect tremendously and burns all the impurities within our subtle energy aura.

In the twelfth chapter of Devi Mahatmyam, Devi Herself declares that this great hymn should be listened to with full attention and devotion during the Saran Navaratri, and that those who chant or listen to Devi Mahatmyam at this highly unique time will without a doubt be liberated from all troubles and will be blessed with every kind of wealth and blessing. Please join us and receive the most loving blessings of Sri Durga Jagan Mata!

 

Jai Chandi!