Due to the ongoing pandemic, our Temple is offering Virtual Šri Kedareswara Vrata Pooja Online to perform from home during Deepãvali Celebrations.
The Kedãreswara Vrata is observed by Šri Pãrvati for 21 days. Once, Sage Brghu had prayed only to Lord Šiva ignoring Goddess Pãrvati. So She withdrew from Lord Šiva. She wanted to come back to Him only as His exact half. On this day, She united with Him as Ardhanãreešwarar. Bhãgyavati and Punyavati daughters of a King, once saw a few maidens performing Kedãra Gowri Vrata, obtained the holy thread from them and tied it to their hand wrist. By doing this act they got back all their lost wealth, all due to the glory of observing this vrata. They continued to observe this vrata every year. One who observes this vrata with devotion pleases Lord Šiva.
The Virtual Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja Online will be conducted using Zoom Meeting as follows:
Date: November 4, 2021 (Thursday) – at 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Fee: $31.00 per person
Prior registration is required to participate. Scroll below and click the link option for payment.
Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to registered participants on November 3, 2021 (Wednesday).
For complete info during Deepãvali please see: nyganeshtemple.org/deepavali2021
Last date for registration to participate:
November 3, 2021 (Wednesday) – at 5:00 pm – No registrations will be allowed after this, no exceptions!
Internet and Computer Requirements:
This is an online program and therefore, you’ll be required to have a reliable Internet connection and a suitable device such as a PC, laptop or tablet. Cell phones may not be suitable to take this program. The pooja will be offered via Zoom Meeting.
Please check your Internet and computer requirements at: https://zoom.us/test before registering for this program.
Also, please prepare for the pooja as detailed below. The participants may not be able to ask questions during the online pooja.
Preparing for Virtual Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja
Prepare yourself before commencement :
Please login to Zoom meeting at 5:45 p.m. on November 4, 2021 (Thursday) and wait to be admitted into the meeting. This may take up to 10 minutes!
Since there is only one virtual session, please login on time. The Virtual Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja will start at 6:00 p.m. (EST) for those who have already logged in.
Total time duration for ritual is approximately 1 hour.
The Virtual Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja will be conducted by our Temple Priest and assisted by a Technical Admin.
How to participate in Virtual Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja?
As per one’s family tradition, wear a neatly washed cotton or silk dress.
Keep the following items ready:
**Devotees who wish to pick up Granti / Raksha & Sacred Thread may come to the Temple no later than November 3, 2021 (Wednesday) or make their own arrangement to acquire the same locally. No mail in requests.
- Silver, Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel Plate
- Panchapatram (cup) with Uddharani (spoon) – filled with clean water
- Akshata (raw rice) or Kumkum (sufficient quantity for 1008 Nãmãvali)
- Flowers, incense stick and harati
- Light a Lamp or Candle and place appropriately on the altar / pooja mantap
- Granti / Raksha & Sacred Thread**
- Any offering / naivedyam – fruits / dry fruits, home cooked food or sweets
Sit comfortably on the floor and keep your laptop or computer monitor in front of you with adequate audio level. (Try to play some music and check the audio levels BEFORE logging into the meeting!)
If you have difficulties sitting on the floor, you may sit on a raised seat or a chair.
Religious ritual – step by step procedures:
Please follow the instructions that will be given while Šri Kedarešwara Vrata Pooja is live streamed from the Temple.
1. Lighting of lamp
2. Invocation Prayer
4. Prayer to Sri Maha Ganapati
5. Invocation of Sri Kedarešwara Swãmy in a kalašam
6. Ashtottara Sata Nama Archana
6. Namaskara (prostration).
7. Upachara (honoring)
8. Offer of Naivedyam (food offering)
10.Tying of sacred thread on the hand wrist/ forearm
11.Closing prayer & Namaskara (prostration).