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Chinthamani Ganpathy Maha Yanga - 20th Feb. 2003

Then traditional rituals in our  Holy land are manifold. The greatest of such a rituals is  “Yagna”.  Agni or Fire God is invoked as a medium to carry our offerings to any form of God. We generally perform, Ganapathi Homams, Chandi Homam, Maha Rudra Homam, Gayathri Mantra Homam, Navagraha Homam, Dhanwanthari Homam, and so on. Agni, one the five elements, is considered to be the powerful God.  He burns anything that comes His way.  He is also considered as purifier, next to Water.  In Ramayana, Mother Sita proved herself to be sacred by entering the Agni and Agni Bhagavan gave her back to Sri Rama stating that she is sacred and pure.  It is always important that Agni should be under the management of more powerful element than him to avoid any destruction that happens.  Sun God is million times powerful than Agni and that is why, the yagnas are being conducted only by sunrise, and completed before sun set. 

 Recently, I had the good fortune of sitting through a unique yagna, conducted in Chennai. This Yagna was “Chinthamani Ganapathi Maha Yagna”. We have heard about Vallabha Ganapathi, Ashta Sidhi Ganapathi, Uchishta Ganaapthi,  and in many more names. But this is the first time, I am hearing about  “Chinthamani Ganapathi”. Naturally it evoked lot of interest and curiosity about the background of such a Yagna.

 This yagna had been conceived and guided by none other than Sri. Bombay Srinivasan. He is a Sai Devotee, who had been initiated into Kundalini Yoga some 40 years ago. His Guruji, Dhyani Maharaj Sri Madhusudhan Dasji had also initiated him into many Sidha mantra deekshas. Sri Srinivasan had faithfully and reverently undergone the vigorous practice of many Upasanaas, and Anushtanams on each and every manthra into which he had been initiated.   One of such manthras is “Chinthamani Ganapathi Moola Manthram”. This Manthram, invokes the Grace of Lord Ganesha to bless us to get all our desires fulfilled, and to invite to Goddess Lakshmi to our home. I know about  few  devotees who had undergone anushtanams on Chithamani Ganapathi Mantra, after receiving initiations from Sri Srinivasan, and derived the desired results.

 This week in the Chinthamani Ganapathi Maha Yagna, the rituals were very meticulously organized.  Twelve learned Vedic Brahmins were inducted into this yagna, under a Chief Agnihothri who is well versed in Yagnas and other rituals. But none of them knew about this particular mantra. So as a first step, Sri Bombay Srinivasan, initiated all the 12 priests into this mantra. They accepted him as their Guru, and received Mantra Upadesam from him.  

 The Programmes started at 5.00 am. in the morning after the normal procedure as per Sai Culture that is chanting of Omkaram, Suprabhatam.  Since the moola manthra (the main chanting) needs to be educated to the performers, Sri Bombay Srinivasan took the responsibility of teaching the same to them.  Sri Bombay Srinivasan today took the position of Guru and initiated the performers with moola manthra.  After doing so, all the eleven  vedic pundits chanted the manthras in unison, each accounting for 1008 times. Simultaneously, the chief Agnihothri, was doing some other rituals. He had installed in the sanctum a specially made silver Yantra of Maha Ganapathi. The two hour long pooja for the yantra was called “Aavarana Pooja). The Chief Agnihothri explained to us that while  the small ‘bindu’ (dot) in the center represented Ganapathi, each corner of the triangles and petals represented various devathaas. He also explained that a small vacant portion just about the trtiangle in the center, represented the “Place of Guru’. Ritualistic Poojas for each part of the yantra was completed.   The yantra is said to be receiving and storing the chanting of Moola Mantra. The chanting of Moola Mantra scored  over 10,008  times. ( 11 pundits each of 1008 times.). It took more than 4 hours to complete the mantra chanting. 

 Later the Homam started. Eleven separate items each of 108 Nos. were offered into sacred fire, by each pundit. The items included, Modhagams, sugar cane, coconuts,  various fruits, Grass (Arikampullu- they call it), Jaggery,  Avil Pori etc. The actual homam lasted over one hour, followed by Poorna Ahauthi.

 Sai Premi Dr. R. Balakrishnan, spoke about the efficacy of yagna. He told that though this Chinthamani Moola Manthra was not known to anybody in the south, the meaning indicates great benefits which can be derived by chanting the same. Sai Bhajan  was also conducted for one hour. Aarathi was offered to Bhagavan Baba. 


Bharadhwaaj Ramaswamy

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