A sarpam is a serpent or snake, and “dosham” means “fault” or “curse.” Pariharam is a remedy that is done to remove or lessen the ill effects. A Pooja is a name given generally for any form of ceremonial or organized worship. Rituals like an abishekam (hydration ceremony), alankaram (decoration), archana (light and sound ceremony), etc. can qualify to be called a Pooja. But in the present context, a Pooja can be taken to specify an archana.
Sarpa Dosha Parihara Poojas thus denote the worships done as a remedy for getting relief from the ill effects of causing harms to snakes. An archana, the Light and Sound Ceremony, remains the principal among these worships, which are done for propitiating the Snake God.
Sarpas, or snakes, carry a lot of spiritual or religious significance. They are even regarded as divinity or God. The snake is believed to represent eternity as well as materiality, life as well as death, and time as well as timelessness. It symbolizes all 3 core processes, those of creation, preservation and destruction. People worship snakes too like any other deity, making them offerings of milk, fruits, etc. Hence, any harm caused to them or to their places of dwelling amounts to committing a sin that may incur for the person concerned and his or her family a dosham, or a curse.
An archana is a ritual done in praise of a deity. The names, qualities, attributes and greatness of the deity are recited, normally before the idol or picture of the deity, while offerings like flowers are submitted along with. An archana will consist generally of the recitation of 108 names of the archetype. There can also be archanas involving 1000 or even a lakh of names of the God. The ritual begins with a sankalpa, where the names of the sponsors are included as the beneficiaries. It ends with the holy aarti, where lighted camphor is shown to the altar as a final offering, which is then presented to the devotees for their acceptance of the blessings. This sacred Light and Sound Ceremony is performed for inviting divine energies into our lives. It is a simple but effective process for invoking a deity and seeking his or her blessings.
This ceremony is done to incur the favor of the Snake God, and it involves performance of a Pooja to him, in which an archana plays a principal role. This ritual is done in praise of the deity and in the names of the devotees and their families.
The Sarpa Dosha Parihara Poojas done to the Snake God can earn his compassion and mercy for the devotees. This can act as an effective remedy in minimizing and even removing the negative afflictions caused by the congested energies that befall one on account of harming snakes. This can thus ensure the wellbeing of the devotees and their families.
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