In today's run-of-the-mill life, where a person is barely able to find time for his family, he is unable to find time to remember and worship his God, to do puja. And if a person thinks of organizing a puja havan at home, when needed, it seems like a huge task. A lot of work comes in front of you in organizing this kind of event. Like first finding Pandit Ji, making a list of Puja material, collecting whole Puja material by visiting different places in the market, then reaching home to arrange pure wood for havan including havan kund, bringing flower garland, leaves, etc. All these mobilizations start to look crooked.
Recall a story of Srimad Bhagavad Gita- it is the story of the child Dhruva. In a nutshell, the story tells that people worship deities for fulfilling the requests and desires. The common man's mind is like a child Dhurva. Everything that happens is according to the wish of God. A man approaches God so that he can gain salvation by devotion to God.
Today, when the whole world has turned into a global village, why shouldn’t the convenience of our Vedic traditions, rituals, rituals of religious worship etc. be made easy through modern resources? It cannot be denied that since ancient times, kings have arranged havans in India for the welfare of the general public. Earlier, there was a mutual guru-disciple tradition or the priest as an advisor in the King’s court. Pandit means Dash or skilled in a piece of particular knowledge. Other terms like scholar or master can also be used to describe him. A pundit is a person who has knowledge of a particular discipline. In ancient India, the great scholar of Vedas and scriptures etc. was called Pandit.
Presently this relationship started to weaken with the change of time, due to which there are many reasons like - migration, urbanization, effects of globalization, etc. But still, people who believe in Hinduism are fulfilling their religious needs in some way, but are not satisfied with all of them. The main reasons for this are lack of knowledge of Vedic culture, availability of qualified pundits, pure worship materials, etc. Due to which all these religious events are not fully successful and devotees do not get the full benefit of them.
Our Hindu scriptures prescribe certain objects for worship. However, people who have started doing Puja or do havan rarely, might not know the correct information. Simultaneously, many Puja samagri can create confusion. For example, Betel nut is so important in Hindu religious rituals that worship does not begin without it. It is worth noting that there are two types of betel nuts and both are separate items. The betel nut which is eaten is large and round. On the other hand, the betel nut of Pooja is small in shape and has a peak at the top. Along with this, the floor of the betel nut is very flat, which makes the installation work easy. In the Indian Puja Vidhan, the invocation of the gods or the start of the yagna, every work is started with the installation by placing betel nuts and betas on the sides of the pan. Now, the person who can differentiate between the correct type of betel nut will be Pandit.
Similarly, a Puja place at home also has very restrictive rules that the person should follow. While God can be pleased by doing Puja and at the same time it also gives peace of mind. However, special things should be kept in mind while worshipping, otherwise, it can be inauspicious rather than auspicious. For instance, It is written in the scriptures that defective idols should not be worshipped. It is said that worshipping such deities does not yield any fruit. If there are such idols in your house, then you should remove them from your house and place them under a tree or give it to the temple. Apart from this, you should not keep the murtis where the gods are fighting. This always leads to creating tension and fighting at home. If Goddess Lakshmi is in standing mudra, then according to Vastu, you should not keep this picture. With this, Lakshmi does not stay in the house.
Moreover, many rituals and havan also require the supervision of an expert, i.e. Pandit. For example, in Navratri Vrat, Haldi, asafetida, mustard oil, methi, garam masala, and coriander powder are not used. You should only eat rock salt instead of salt. Do not cook meals in refined oil or soybean oil. Do not rub the idol with your thumb in the idol bath. Do not start worshipping Lakshmi in the afternoon, at night, on Krishna Paksha, on Dwadashi date, and on Ashtami. Likewise, many other restrictions are there which we need to follow. Therefore, the role of Pandit is important and irreplaceable.
When you worship at your home, there is no priest while there is a priest in the temple. All the laws and rules of worship are followed in the temple, while the person in the house worships to reveal his devotion and for his own complacency. According to Vedic books, building a temple at home can also be harmful to you. However, you can allot a place of worship in the house for only one goddess or deity whom you consider highly. Some pujas at home do not require a Pandit, like evening aarti, daily puja in the morning, etc.
Festivals, celebrations, and fasting all have different meanings. All the celebrations and fasts of Hinduism are related to solar month, lunar month, and constellation month. Each festival has its specific day and time to perform the Puja. While some festival pujas can also be done by oneself with the supervision or advice of Pandit. For example, you can consult an online Pandit and ask him the rules and regulations to do Aarti or havan at home. It can be for Navrati Puja, Diwali Puja, Bhai-Duj, or more. With online booking, you can also organize Puja at your house or a temple. Here, you organize Office-opening puja, new house warming puja, Sarawati Puja, Dosh Nirvana Puja, and more.