Any form of ceremonial or organized worship can generally be termed a Pooja. Rituals like an abishekam (hydration ceremony), alankaram (decoration), archana (light and sound ceremony), etc. can qualify to be so called. A Pooja, in the present context, can be taken to specify an archana.
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.
Lord Vishnu is the God of preservation, the one who protects and sustains the universe. One among the holy trinity of supreme Gods, he is said to be the physical manifestation of spiritual consciousness. He guards all the living beings on Earth and blesses the devotees with a long life, prosperity, peace, happiness and success. This Lord remains the presiding deity of this Vishnu Pooja worship.
This ceremony is done for propitiating Lord Vishnu. This involves performance of a Pooja to him, in which an archana plays a principal role. This ritual is done in the name of the devotee, starting on the day of his or her birth star, and is continued on each of the days of the birth star continuously for a year (that is, on all the 13 birth star days of a year), so that blessings keep on accruing to the devotee throughout the period and subsequently too.
Performing this worship and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu can get for the devotees his divine protection. This can help the devotees with success in endeavors, progress in life and all-around welfare.
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