Casting Instructions for 'Ritual of Saraswati'
First, fast and do not do any sinful things before the ritual. Then on a Thursday or the fifth day of the new year's waxing moon, wear white clothing that's humble. Unless you're a girl and it's Saraswati's sacred day, then wear a light orange shade called besanti(though that's optional, it's traditional). Do not wear any perfume, jewelry, or makeup and make sure you're clean. Place the picture or statue of Saraswati in front of you to the north and the white candles in front of her. Place the ghee lamp or incense in front of her between the two candles. Have the flowers and petals decorate the now made altar and prepare the offerings in front of her. Don't forget to put the books, instruments, writing tools, and/or school supplies in front of her.
After you're done with that, light the candles and incense. If you have a ghee lamp, then light it. If you have a conch or horn or any gongs, bells, or singing bowls, then blow the conch or horn, or ring the gong, bell, or singing bowl to signal the beginning of the ritual. But anyway, after lighting the candles and incense, go into prayer position on your knees. Close your eyes while thinking of Saraswati and chant at least 5 malas(540 times):
"Om namah padmasne shabadrupe aim hreem kleem vad vad vag vadini swaha"
"Om shreem hreem Saraswati namaha"
Yaa Kundendu Tushaara Haaradhavalaa, Yaa Shubhravastraavritha
Yaa Veenavara Dandamanditakara, Yaa Shwetha Padmaasana
Yaa Brahmaachyutha Shankara Prabhritibhir Devaisadaa Vanditha
Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha Jaadyaapaha"
Bow down respectfully when you're done. Then make a short prayer to Saraswati for success in studies, exams, tests, performances, music, or whatever. Present the fruit offerings and flowers and petals to Saraswati while chanting three times:
"Saraswati maha-bhage vidye kamala lochane
Viswa-rupe vishalakshi vidyangdehi namastute
Esho shachandana pushpa bilvapatranjali
Namo Saraswatvayi devyayi namo"
Bow down respectfully to her again and then ask her to accept to the offerings you just made. Then, make another short prayer to Saraswati of thanking her for joining you and ask her for her blessings. Bow down, and then say farewell or good bye to her. The ritual is then over.
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