Laksharchana Paduka Puja in Auckland
‘Laksharchana’ and ‘Paduka Puja’ (ritualist prayer to the Feet of the Lord) was conducted in Sai Aroha, Auckland, New Zealand, beginning at 9:30 am on Sunday, 30 October 2022.
Lak is ‘100,000’ and Archana is “chanting and glorifying the Divine Name”. Laksharchana is chanting the Divine Names as Mantra in a group..
Since our lives are so busy these days, chanting the name of God is the easiest spiritual path to follow in this dark age (Kaliyuga). It also has the most positive effects. It can heal and cleanse not only our physical bodies, but also the subtle sheaths that surround them. Spiritual seekers all over the world have seen that chanting has positive effects on the body, the mind, and the spirit.
It has been noted in the past that many devotees who participated in Laksharchana had evidence of the advantages of this magnificent Sadhana, such as peace of mind, increased physical health, and spiritual progress. Furthermore, many devotees who were unable to Meditate owing to their 'monkey mind’ discovered that their concentration and attention increased.
The Laksharchana and Paduka Puja commenced with ‘Ganesha Prarthana’ (prayer to Lord Ganesha), reciting Gayatri and Sai Gayatri Mantras followed with Bhajans and Paduka Puja.
Some devotees brought Padukas that they pray to at home, while others received a photo of Swami along with some rice to offer as part of the ritual. Mantras from the Sri Sathya Sai Ashttotharam (108 names of Sri Sathya Sai Baba) were chanted in unison in order to do the Paduka Puja, and an offering of rice was made after each mantra. In point of fact, devotees presented Swami with offerings of rice as a symbol of their Love and Gratitude to him. The total number of mantras that were recited was above 100,000, and it took around three hours to complete.
Bhajans and Aarti were performed as the last acts of the Paduka Puja. Rice that had been offered to the Lord by devotees was collected in order to perform Narayan Seva (Feeding the less privileged people) followed by Prasadam
To be honest, Laksharchana is really a unique and powerful Sadhana (Spiritual practice). Anyone who wants to experience the chant's ethereal energy from the beginning to the last notes must take part. Many believers claimed to have found relief from their problems via this regular Sadhana.