The vrata of our great goddess

We bow humbly to the 6th part of prakR^iti. On the 6th bright lunar day or for pediatric purposes on the 6th day after childbirth he performs the vrata to ShaShThI

dhyAnaM
suputradAM cha shubhadAM dayA-rUpAM jagat-prasU |
shveta-champaka-varNAbhAM ratna-bhUShaNa-bhUShitAM |
pavitra-rUpAM paramAM devasenAM parAM bhaje ||

He does japa, homa and tarpaNa with the following ShaShThI mantra:
praNava+bhuvaneshvari+ShaShThI-devyai+agni priyA ||

Thus meditating using the dhyAna, the worshipper should place a flower on ones own head. Then again meditating and muttering the above mUla mantra the votary offers pAdya, arghya and AchamanIya, and sandal-paste, flowers, incense, lamp waving, naivedyam of food, delightful bhojya roots and fruits with the pa~NchopachAra formulae. The one should do japa of the mUla mantra. Finally one should utter the below stotra of kShatriya priyavrata connected with the kauthuma school of the sAmaveda and offer devote worship. Then one may ritually dismiss the deity asking her to be favorable, pleased and boon-giving.

namo devyai mahAdevyai siddhyai shAntyai namo namaH |
shubhAyai devasenAyai ShaShThyai devyai namo namaH |
varadAyai putradAyai dhanadAyai namo namaH |
sukhadAyai mokShadAyai ShaShThyai devyai namo namaH |
sR^iShTyai ShaShThAsharUpAyai siddhAyai cha namo namaH |
mAyAyai siddhayoginyai ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH |
sArAyai sAradAyai cha parAdevyai namo namaH |
bAlAdhiShThAtR^i-devyai cha ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH |
kalyANadAyai kalyANyai phaladAyai cha karmaNAm.h |
pratyakShAyai svabhaktAnAM ShaShThyai devyai namo namaH |
pUjyAyai skanda-kAntAyai sarveShAM sarva-karmasu |
deva-rakShaNa-kAriNyai ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH |
shuddha-sattva-svarUpAyai vanditAyai nR^iNAM sadA |
himsA-krodha-varjitAyai ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH |
dhanaM dehi priyAM dehi putraM dehi sureshvari |
mAnaM dehi jayaM dehi dviSho jahi maheshvari |
dharmaM dehi yasho dehi ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH |
dehi bhumim.h prajAM dehi vidyAM dehi supUjite |
kalyANaM cha jayaM dehi ShaShThI-devyai namo namaH ||

|| iti priyavrata virachita shrI ShaShThI-devI stotraM samAptaM ||

~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on January 28, 2006.

 
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