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What is Snatra Puja  ?

This is a common Puja widely performed by most of the Deravasi Jain worshipers.

Snatra Puja has been created by Pandit Shri Veer Vijayji Maharaj in a very poetic style.
The purpose of performing Snatra Puja is to perceive and praise the virtues and attributes of the supreme beings Jineshwar (24 Tirthankars), and thereby remembering to always conduct one's own daily life with the same supreme virtues and attributes.

It illustrates the celebration of two of the auspicious (out of five) events (Kalyanaks) occurring in the last life of Tirthankar Bhagwan.

Two Kalyanaks narrated in this Puja are Chyavan (conception) and Janma (birth) of Tirthankar. After this life, the soul of Tirthankar reaches its climax and achieves liberation from life and death cycle (attains Moksha).

This Puja recital explains the effect of Bhagawan’s birth on the whole universe, narrates how glorious the occasion was and how much joys were shared by all the living souls including all heavenly souls


 Stages in Snatra Puja:

1) Remembering and respectfully worshipping the virtues, attributes and characteristics that allowed the 24 Tirthankars to attain salvation.
2) Celebration of the birth and re-enactment of the Tirthankar’s first bathing ceremony.
3) Astha Prakari Puja: Worship with eight symbolic entities.
4) Aarti and Mangal Divo.
5) Shanti-Kalash Ceremonial Process.
6) Bhav Puja: Chaityavandan.


 JSGA Snatra Puja Mandates:

 

Snatra Puja at Derasar:

1) Snatra Puja will take place every 2nd Sunday of the month between 10 AM – 12 Noon

2) Nakro(fixed cost) for snatra will be $101 per family.

SignUp by 1 family

Aarti – Mangal divo & Shanti-Kalash done by them.

SignUp by 2 family same day

Aarti – Mangal divo split between them. Shanti-Kalash will require one member from each family.

SignUp by more than 2 families

Aarti – Mangal divo will be performed by all together.
Shanti-Kalash will have BOLI on the day of Snatra.

 

Snatra Puja at Home:

1.     Snatra Puja shall take place only as per Mandal’s availability and weekends ONLY.

2.     Snatra Puja Labharthi Parivaar to coordinate with Kamini Shah (5127962914) to collect Pratimaji from her home address + Snatra box (from JSGA Center) one day before the committed snatra date.

3.     Nakro(fixed cost) for snatra will be $201 per family. 

 

Amount to be send directly to jsga.treasurer@gmail.com by the family once snatra is completed.

 

Items to be brought by labharti families

Quantity

Item Description

1

Brown Coconut (Sreefad)

4-5 pieces

Mithai (to be used as nai-ved)

1 pint ( 2 cups)

Milk

3 handful

Rice

1 bunch

Rose Flower

2-3

Fruits ( Small sized )

$5 coins

Coins in different denominations

 


 You should do the following things to prepare for this puja :

1.     Bathe or shower prior to performing Puja

2.     Wear cloths in which you have never eaten food or used restroom.

3.     Cover your mouth with a handkerchief/mukhosh (use a fresh washed one).

4.     Snatra will start sharp 10am and will last until 12:30pm.Expectation from Labharthi family to be ready by start time.

5.     Post completion of snatra, expectation from labharthi family to assist in cleanup e.g. picking up Snatra Material , washing dishes and vessels , re-arrange the Snatra box to be taken back to JSGA Center(by labharthi family).

 

Please contact Rupen Shah – rupen.shah24@gmail.com 832-781-9931 for further information.