Ashtadhala swarna padma puja
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Ashtadhala swarna padma puja is part of the weekly rituals of worship in certain Hindu temples known as sevas, or selfless service; although some rituals are not selfless, these are known as pujas. Ashtadhala swarna padma puja is comprised of the following Sanskrit words:
- Ashtadhala, meaning “lotus flower with eight leaves”
- Swarna, which means “good color” or “golden”
- Padma, meaning “lotus”
- Puja, a ritual of worship
It is so-named because it involves placing a golden lotus flower at the feet of the Lord. This ritual is also known as ashtadhala pada padmaradhana.
On weekdays, the Hindu temples that observe the weekly sevas perform a special ritual for each day. Ashtadhala swarna padma puja is performed each Tuesday.
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Ashtadhala swarna padma puja dates back to 1984 when it is said that a Muslim offered Lord Srinivasa 108 golden lotuses. The weekly ashtadhala swarna padma puja begins when the temple priest, known as the archaka, offers the incense stick and lamp to the principal deity and then repeats the 108 names of the Lord. A golden lotus flower is placed at the feet of the image of the Lord after the recitation of each name. The same ritual is then offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, and Padmavati, the goddess of protection.
The other weekly sevas and the day each is performed are:
- Vishesha puja – Monday
- Ashtadhala swarna padma puja - Tuesday
- Sahasrakalasha abhishekam – Wednesday
- Thirupavadai – Thursday
- Abhishekam – Friday