The planet Moon in Vedic astrology is called CHANDRA. In Sanskrit CHANDRA is defined as bright and magnificent. It is also known as SOMA, got its name from the alcoholic holy drink used in Vedic sacrifice. The western countries pay more attention to the sun sign whereas you may observe that a majority of Hindus know their Moon sign and follow it.
The bright Moon is looked upon as a benefic of the highest order, and the dark Moon is considered to be malefic. The Moon is the controller of many things. The moon is the master that blesses the humans with bodily beauty, a sharp and intellectual mind, etc. The westerners find it hard to believe that the Moon signifies the functioning of the mind, and not Mercury.
|| Aarti ||
ॐ जय सोम देवा, स्वामी जय सोम देवा ।
दुःख हरता सुख करता, जय आनन्दकारी ।
रजत सिंहासन राजत, ज्योति तेरी न्यारी ।
दीन दयाल दयानिधि, भव बन्धन हारी ।
जो कोई आरती तेरी, प्रेम सहित गावे ।
सकल मनोरथ दायक, निर्गुण सुखराशि ।
योगीजन हृदय में, तेरा ध्यान धरें ।
ब्रह्मा विष्णु सदाशिव, सन्त करें सेवा ।
वेद पुराण बखानत, भय पातक हारी ।
प्रेमभाव से पूजें, सब जग के नारी ।
शरणागत प्रतिपालक, भक्तन हितकारी ।
धन सम्पत्ति और वैभव, सहजे सो पावे ।
विश्व चराचर पालक, ईश्वर अविनाशी ।
सब जग के नर नारी, पूजा पाठ करें ।
The things required to conduct the Aarti include: flowers, bell, incense stick, dhoop batti, a copper lota, Diya along with oil and batti. Begin with lighting the diya in front of the god’s idol. Then light the incense sticks and begin the Aarti as you ring the bell continuously, followed by offering the flowers and rice to the lord. You can keep some fruits as the Prasad, to distribute after the Puja. A fast must be observed to appease the god. You can perform the Aarti in the temple or your house and later on offer food and clothes to poor.
CHANDRA (MOON) is considered to be a loving God - a god who is easy to sway. He is pleasing to all, everyone is fascinated by him, such as his beauty. The Sadhus treat the moon as god mother and take blessings by conducting Dhyaan yogi Puja.
The moon lord bestows happiness, calmness and contentment to the devotees. He is cool and calm in nature, but loves changes and so he makes his devotees the same. The day of Chandra Dev is Monday and thus a Puja conducted on Mondays is extremely beneficial. A Chandra aarti along with a fast on Mondays magnifies the result.
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