Tapovanam Parayan- Shodasa Upachara Puja for Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba




(Manasika (praying mentally) puja can be done wherever all the below mentioned items are not available. We imagine mentally and visualise that we are offering all the required items to the Lord by touching His picture or padhuka)

  1. Dhyanam (prayer)

Dhyanam is reciting a short prayer specific to god that one worships and engage our mind into lotus feet of that god. In the Hindu scriptures, Lord Ganesha is always worshipped in the beginning of any ritual for his blessings to ensure that the whole procedure would move smoothly unhindered by any external obstacles at any stage. So, these upacharas are first done for Lord Ganesha and then all steps are repeated for Swami.


Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam |

Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye ||

OM Ekadantaya Vidmahe Vakkratundaya Dheemahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat

For Swami

Om Namah Pranavarthaya

Mangala Prada Moorthaye

Prasanthi Nilayasthaya

Sathya Sai Namo Namah

  1. Avahana invocation

Inviting the worshipped Swami to come into the place of worship or idol by chanting the Vedic verse as though you are inviting a loveable guest inside your home.

Eashwaramba Sutha Sreeman

Agachcha Prapithamah

Maha Vishno Mahadevah

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Aaasana (offering seating)

Offering the worshipped God a seat. After inviting a guest to your house you would offer a comfortable seat for him to relax. In similar way by chanting the Vedic verse offer a seat to Swami.

Thrisathya, Nithya, Sath , Dharma

Santhi Rathna Pradeepakah

Simhasanam Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin namo namah

  1. Paadya (washing of feet)

Wash the feet of God by pouring water at His feet. As per our tradition, the guest is offered water to wash his feet after he relaxed for adequate time. Imagine you are washing the delicate, lotus feet of Lord.

Sathya Deva Parabrahma

Sarva Dharma Prabhodhaka

Padyam Prabho Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah


  1. Arghya (washing of hands)

Water is offered to the Swami to wash hands.

Abhra Ganga Jata Joota

Paramananda Vigraha

Gruhana Arghyam Maya Dattham

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah


  1. Aachamana (Offering water to drink)

Water is offered to drink with the chanting of the relevant vedic mantra.

Deva Deva Jagannatha

Prema Amrutha Rasa Ambudhi

Gruhana Achamanam Deva

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Snana (bathing with water or panchamruthas)

Sprinkle water on picture of Swami as if giving Him bath. In a detailed pooja, bath God with panchamrutham (Milk, Yoghurt, Ghee, Honey, Sugar, Coconut Water, Fruit Juice, Sandal Powder, Turmeric one at a time). This is followed by bath with fresh water

Nana Rasa Amruthaih


Samgruhana Jagatha Pathe

Snapa-ishyami Aham


Sathya Sayin Namo Namah


  1. Vastra (new clothes), Abharana

Offer new clothes, Jewellery. Imagine that you adore the Lord with the ornaments of your love and other good qualities.

Kashaya-ambara Divyanga

Soundarya Rasa Ranjitha

Vasthram Sweekuru Lakesha

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah


  1. Yajnopavita (sacred thread)

Offer Yajnopaveetham to Swami (sacred thread/flower/akshathas).

Yajna Bhoktha Yagna Kartha

Yajna Priya Yajushpathi

Upaveetham Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Gandha (sandal paste)

Place sandalwood paste on the forehead of God. After getting dressed and wearing “Yagnopaveeta” the host offer good smelling sandal wood paste. “Sugandham (Good Smelling), “Manoharam” (Should steal the heart) is the quality of Sandal wood paste narrated by Vedic verse. It is expected to apply the sandal wood paste gently on the neck of the Lord.

Sri gandham Seethalam Subhram

Dehe The Lepayami Ahm

Sevanam Sweekuru

Sreeman Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

Tulasee, Kunda, Mandaraih

Vakulaih, satha pathrakaih

Poojayami Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Archana (flowers)

Tulasee, Kunda, Mandaraih

Vakulaih, Satha Pathrakaih

Poojayami Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

Then Glorify Swami by reciting His 108 names, and offer one flower or a petal at a time.


  1. Dhoopam (incense)

Show incense to God. As the perfumed smoke reaches the Lord, so our soul also should aspire to reach God.

Sugandha- Agaru Samyukthah

Dhoopam Prathigruhyatham

Aghreya Sarva Lokesha

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Deepam (Oil lamp)

Show oil lamp to Swami. It is not expected to make your guest to sit in the dark. In olden days when electric power was not in use, lamps were used to be kept on stands slightly away from the place where people used to dine. It also symbolizes bringing of light into one’s place and life.

Jyothisham Pathaye Thubyam

Sai Ramaya Vishnave

Gruhana Deepam Math- Datham

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Naivedyam (offering of specially prepared food).

Offer specially prepared food or fruits to Baba.

Parama-Annam Divyam Naivedyam

Shat Rasopetha Manjulam

Gruhana Krupaya Deva

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Tamboolam (offering Betel Leaves and Betel nuts)

Betel leaves and betel nuts are offered to Swami after the Naivedhyam. After delicious food, it is the practice to offer betel leaves for proper digestion.

Thamala Pama Saugandhyam

Poogee Phala Sudhanvitham

Thamboolam Gruhyatham

Deva, Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Neerajanam

Camphor lamp is shown to Baba. It is again customary that in every auspicious occasion aarati is offered to the deity. This is an important and auspicious occasion as Lord himself has come home, so with utmost devotion offer “Aarati” to the Lord.

Ananda Ghana Karpobram

Neerajanar Idam Prabho

Gruhana Idam Maya Datham

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

  1. Mantra Pushpam– Flowers are offered for Swami



Suvarnam Jnana Dayakam

Manthra Pushpam Gruhana Idam

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah

Namaskaram- Salutations are offered

Prapthoham Praptha


Praptha-Athma, Praptha Sambhavah

Trahi Mam Krupaya Deva

Sathya Sayin Namo Namah


Arathi is offered- Lighted camphor to be offered to Swami



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