Rare Navagraha Dosha Parihara Homa Happens at Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple Houston Aadheenam
For the very first time on North American soil, both the Navagraha Dosha Parihara Homa and the Rahu Ketu Puja have taken place on a large scale on June 3rd, 2017 at the Nithyanandeshwara Hindu Temple – Houston Aadheenam.
This was the first major event at our new Houston Hindu Temple after the grand opening only 3 months ago back in February of this year. During the opening, the temple was uniquely blessed and energized by H. H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda to be the Parihara Sthala for Navagraha Doshas (A sacred place that removes adverse effects of Nine planets).
The temple was flooded with more than 100 participating families and guests on site, and also included 37 online participants through video conferencing from 20 cities and 7 countries. The ritual was about 5 hours long, and all patrons enjoyed a grand traditional feast following the prayers.
The Navagraha Homa is a fire ritual performed to all the nine planets designed to remove all obstacles and negative influences in life. According to Vedic Scriptures, the nine planets influence each and every aspect of a human’s life and they have the power to change a person’s life in an instant. This Homa is performed by invoking all the nine grahas (planets) followed by performing the Navagraha Homa by offering nine type of daanyams (grains), flowers, colored vastra (cloth) & naivedhyas (food offering) to the grahas to receive the blessings of all the nine grahas.
Segments of the elaborate traditional agamic rituals consisted of Navagraha Puja, Sarpa Shanti Puja, and Abhishekam (sacred bath) to Rahu and Ketu (Shadow Planets). At the end of the ceremonies, there were light rain showers at the temple area, signifying cosmic blessings.
These rituals are performed in succeeding fashion to appease the planets, and remove all obstacles and negativity in our lives. Shivacharya, a Hindu priest from the sacred town of Thiruvannamalai, India to conduct the rituals.
HarPraveen, a participant from Vancouver, felt eternally grateful to be included in this ritual and was especially thankful to be able “to bring an authentic Homa of this magnitude and to experience it right in my home.” He profusely expressed his gratitude towards the Houston volunteers who organized this massive event and coordinated with all online participants.
The temple is 100% volunteer run and . is inspired by His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, who is recognized as a living incarnation by millions across the world, and Mahamandaleshwar of the most ancient apex body of Hinduism, the Mahanirvani Akhada. Under the auspices of the worldwide governing body of Hinduism, Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP), the temple promotes the values of Hinduism and supports the spiritual needs of the local Houston community.
Our temple offers many events including meditation workshops with His Holiness, yoga, demonstrations of Shaktis (spiritual powers) of the Third Eye, readings of the divine Akashic Records, and daily worship services. You can view our events calendar for a more detailed description of temple happenings. Devotees can also contact (832) 812-5916 or (704) 965-8966.