After multiple resolutions, their executions and spiritual upasanas, a very rare, extremely pious and auspicious 10-day event of “Shri Varadachandika Prasannotsav” happened, which in fact was amalgamation of peace, competency and satisfaction with support and fearlessness.
A man has to continuously face difficulties, problems, sorrows and enmity in his life. The Prasannotsav was held to give him capabilities to fight all the above impediments in the human life. “Mantramalini” is the ninth incarnation of Mahishasurmardini who owns the Universe. Mantramalini manifests in the form of ‘Matruvatsalya Vindanam’ of which Prasannotsav was the end result.
In Prasannotsav all participants got opportunity to have Adimata’s darshan, remembrance, singing of her qualities as well as the Mahapujan. They got the chance to repent for their misdemeanors, sins, mistakes and make all the 108 power-centers in body propitious, activated and strong through this utsav.
Each devotee was given an opportunity to take a “Kanthkoop Pashan” (stone) to his home and perform Shree Devi Pujanam. This poojan was first done by Sadguru Aniruddha at the Shree Harigurugram. Later, Shree Kanthakoop Pashan Poojan was performed enthusiasticaly at their home by shraddhavans with a firm belief that with “Shree Kanthakoop Pashan” they were letting Adimata’s footsteps in their homes.
Information on various worships, rituals and chantings done in this utsav are as under-
1. Pujan of the Chief Goddess
Mahishasurmardini’s Akhil Kameshwari (fullfiller of all desires) , Mahakali’s “Kalniyantri” (one who has power over the time) and Mahasaraswati’s “Arogyabhavani” (giver of good health) forms were worshipped.
Kaal (time), Kaam (desires) and Arogya (health) are the most important things and the forms of Adimata which remove the impedimentsinthese three were worshipped during the utsav..
2.Daily ceremonies in the Utsav
Every day in the Prasannotsav, chanting of daily jap (hymns) which used to begin in the morning went on till night. A special jap was formed combined from three mantras-
१. ॐ ऐं र्हीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे।
२. नतेभ्यः सर्वदा भक्त्या चण्डिके दुरितापहे।
रुपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषौ जहि॥
३. ॐ नमश्र्चण्डिकायै।
(Give English transliteration)
Mahaarti was performed at 1 o’clock in the afternoon and 9 o’clock at night. As per the Vajramandal peeth poojan Mahanaivedya was offered thrice a day. In the morning Madhupark was offered as naivedya and in the afternoon and night full meals were being offered. Every evening Mahabhog was offered.
Mahakaali Kund was to destroy the toxic Kalikendras (centers of kali) in the body of the human in this Kaliyug.
4.Mahalakshmi Deep –
Sadguru Aniruddha himself had installed symbols of 52 Shaktipeeths in the Mahalakshmi Deep. This Deep (lamp) was very big and had 52 big flames. Devotees could offer Susneh fluid in this lamp.
5.Mahasarawati Vaapi –
This vaapi (well) was to strengthen the purity of centers in our body. This well was constructed by using the Kanthkoop stones which were charged with mantras and poojans done at household of the shraddhavans. The devotees could voluntarily offer Mangaldravya in this well.
6.Shatrughneshwari Pujan –
In the Prasannotsav, Mahishasurmardini’s fourth incarnation – the Raktadantika (Red-toothed one) Shatrughneshwari (destroyer of enemies) too was worshipped.
7.Sahasra Chandi Yadnya –
Another very rare thing that happened during the Prasannotsav was the ‘Sahasra Chandi Yadnya’. Navarn mantra was chanted here along with other mantras. Moreover everyday Devi Saptashati was chanted twice between 2 pm to 8.30 pm .
8.Durgavarad Hoam –
This propitiatory fire or Yadnya was based on the code from Atri Samhita The hoam was performed as per the sanskrit version of the book ‘Matruvatsalyavindanam’. This ritual continued for 9 days and on the ultimate day the final offering was made to the Yadnya.
9.Janhavisthanam and Ganga mataa’s arti-
An important day in the month of Vaishakh is ‘Ganga Saptami’, which relates to the origin of river Ganges of the Ganga. On this very day Ganga descended on to the earth. On this day Shree Ganga was installed and the place were it was performed was called Janhavisthanam.
At this Janhavisthanam, alloyed (from 5 metals or Panchadhatu) idol of Ganga riding on a crocodile was installed. Waters from seven seas and hundred rivers from all over the earth was brought for the Abhishek. This idol of Ganga Mata was later installed at the Shree Gurukshetram after the utsav.
10.Activation of Avdhootkumbh –
Twenty-four alloyed pots (kumbh) were filled with ‘Avirat Udi’ (unceasing sacred ash) and were charged during the ten days of Prasannotsav as per the Kalateet Samhita. These 24 Avadhoot Kumbh were kept besides of the three main idols in a specific formation. They were worshipped in a specific way.