Adelaide Shwetambar Jain Sangh (ASJS) Pathshala teachers organise Kids Pooja (Every school holidays - an announcement of the date is done well in advance to all in the group so they can keep that date free to attend) for them to learn the complete process of ASHTA PRAKARI Pooja.
This entire pooja covers the below poojas'
- Jal Pooja: (Water) Water symbolizes the ocean. Every living being continuously travels through life’s ocean birth, death, and misery. This puja reminds that one should live their life with honesty, truthfulness, love and compassion towards all living beings. This way one will be able to cross life’s ocean and attain Moksha or liberation.
- Chandan Pooja: (Sandal wood) Chandan symbolizes knowledge (Jnan). By performing this puja, one should strive for Right Knowledge. Jainism preaches that the Path of Knowledge is the main path to attain liberation. Bhakti or Devotion helps in the early stages of one's effort for liberation.
- Pushpa Pooja: (Flower) A flower symbolizes conduct. Our conduct should be like a flower, which provides fragrance and beauty to all living beings without discrimination. We should live our life like a flower, with love and compassion towards all living beings.
- Dhoop Pooja: (Incense) Dhoop symbolizes the ascetic life. While burning itself, incense provides fragrance to others. Similarly, true monks and nuns spend their entire life selflessly for the benefit of all living beings. This puja reminds that one should strive for an ascetic lifestyle that ultimately leads to liberation.
- Deepak Pooja: (Candle) The flame of deepak represents Pure Consciousness or a soul without any bondage (liberated soul). In Jainism, such a soul is called a Siddha or God. The ultimate goal of every living being is to become liberated from karma. By doing this puja one should strive to follow the Five Great Vows: Non violence, Truthfulness, Non stealing, Chastity and Non possession. Ultimately, these vows coupled with Right Faith and Knowledge will lead to liberation.
- Akshat Pooja: (Rice) Since rice is a non-fertile grain, it cannot be grown by seeding it. Symbolically, it means that rice is the last birth. By doing this puja, one should strive to put all their efforts in life as if this is their last life. And after the end of this life, one will be liberated and will not be reborn again.
- Naivedya Pooja: (Sweet) Naivedya symbolizes a tasty food. By doing this puja, one should strive to reduce or eliminate attachment to tasty food. Healthy food is essential for survival, however one should not live to eat tasty food. The ultimate aim in one's life is to attain a life where no food is essential for our existence. That is the life of a liberated soul who lives in Moksha forever in ultimate bliss.
- Fal Pooja: (Fruit) Fruit symbolizes Moksha or Liberation. If we live our life without any attachment to worldly affair, continue to perform our duty without any expectation and reward, be a witness to all the incidents that occur surrounding us and within us, truly follow ascetic life, and have a love and compassion to all living beings, we will attain the fruit of Moksha or liberation. This is the last puja performed and symbolizes the ultimate achievement of our life.
- Chamer Pooja, Darpan puja Other puja's like chamer, darpan , pankha pujas' are also done.
Every kid does all these pooja's by himself or herself with the guidance of the pathshala teacher. They enjoy and memorize the steps as a part of their learning curve.
During the evening time Aarti and Mangal Devo is done where kids are given the chance to do the ritual . At the end of the day they get an anumodhana (gift) from the teachers.
Try this pooja yourself or with your kid through this virtual version :
Ashta Prakari Pooja
Recitation of AartiJai Jai Aarti Aadi Jinanda,Nabhiraya Marudevi Ko Nanda.
Paheli Aarti Pooja Kije,Narbhav Paamine Lavo Lije.
Dusari Aarti Din Dayala,Dhuleva Nagarman Jug Ujavala.
Tisari Aarti Tribhuvan Deva,Sura Nara Indra Kare Tore Seva.
Chothi Aarti Chau Gati Chure,Manavanchhit Fal Shiv Sukh Pure.
Panchami Aarti Punya Upaayo,Mulchanda Rushubh Gun Gayo.
Jai Jai Aarti Aadi Jinanda,Nabhiraya Marudevi Ko Nanda.
Recitation of Mangal DivoDivo Re Divo Prabhu Mangalica Divo,Aarti Utari Bhau Chiran Jivo.
Sohamanu Gher Parva Divali,Amar Khele Amaara Bali.
Dipala Bhane Aane Kula Ajavali,Bhave Bhagate Vighana Nivari.
Dipal A Bhane Aane E Kale Kali,Aarti Utari Raaja Kumara Pale.
Ama Gher Mangalica Tuma Gher Mangalica,Mangalica Chatur Vidha Sanghane Hojo.
Divo Re Divo Prabhu Mangalica Divo,Aarti Utari Bhau Chiran Jivo.
Contact Pathshala Teachers : Khushbu Zaveri : +61 424 843 407 or Bhavini Shah : +61 430 551 213 if you have any questions.