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Narayan Nagbali Pooja at Trimbakeshwar Temple
Narayan Nagbali Pooja at Trimbakeshwar Temple

Narayan Nagbali Pooja on Auspicious Dates 2018-19 at Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nasik, MH.

The Trimbak Temple located in Trimbak (Trimbakeshwar tehsil) in the Nashik District of Maharashtra is the best place for Vedic poojas especially Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti and Tripindi. Spiritually and religiously it is an important place for these pujas because it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. A Jyotirlinga is a divine light indicating the supremacy of Shiva.

In the Vedic scriptures or shastras such as Shiva Purana, it is given that: ‘Jyoti’ means ‘radiance’ and ‘lingam’ means a divine Shiva personified. So Jyotir Lingam is the radiant/divine light of Shiva. Other eleven Jyotirlingas in India are: Somnath (Gujarat), Mallikarjuna (Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh), Mahakaleswar (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh), Omkareshwar (Madhya Pradesh), Kedarnath in (Himalayas), Bhimashankar (Maharashtra), Viswanath (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh), Vaidyanath (Deoghar in Jharkhand), Nageshvara Jyotirlinga (Dwarka, Gujarat), Rameshwar (Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu) and Grishneshwar (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

Narayan Bali and Nagbali Poojas at Trimbak Temple:

Narayan Nagbali Puja is a three day ritual that is performed as instructed in the scriptures at Trimbakeshwar Temple. It includes two poojas: Narayan Bali Puja and Nagbali Puja. The first is performed to fulfill the unsatisfied desire of a departed soul (Pitru or ancestor) of dead. And the Nagbali puja is performed to get nullify the curse caused by killing a snake like Cobra.

Narayan Bali Puja:

Garuda Purana mentions that Narayan Bali pooja aims to satisfy the unfulfilled desires of and liberate one’s Pitru (ancestors) from the bondage of material world. This bondage generally is the result of unnatural death.

How an unnatural death happens?

It happens when a person dies of hunger (starvation), is bitted by a poisonous animal, accidents, fire catching his place, dangerous diseases like cholera etc., commits suicide, slips off the mountain, tree or any higher places etc. Also if the person drowns underwater, is murdered, gets bitten by a poisonous snake or gets struck by the lightening. There are the cases that lead to his or her unnatural death.

What happens after the person dies unnaturally?

After dying accidently, unnaturally, the person’s soul does not attain Mukti (liberation) because before or at the time of death, he had certain unfulfilled desires. These unsatisfied desires hold him back from going toward the sun (Light of Liberation) and remains in the subtle form (with Mind, Intelligence and False Ego). As a result, he remains unsatisfied, frustrated and displeased. The impact of this dissatisfaction comes down on the generations (descendants) of his family. The family runs into struggles, more expenses than the incomes, injuries, frequent ailments, mental stress & frustrations, disputes etc. To pacify these afflictions, it is therefore essential to perform Narayan Bail puja wherein the Pundit uses an artificial body made entirely of wheat flour. During this puja, the selected mantras are chanted to invoke the departed soul in the same with certain unfulfilled desires.

In this puja, the departed soul finally possesses the artificial wheat flour body and is offered prayers, sacred food and other prescribed items. Thus satisfied, the soul loses all attachments to the material and moves toward the light, blessing his descendants (generations) of his family. This puja also relieves the soul of a dead person who had faced an abnormal death.

Nagbali Puja:

When you knowingly or unknowingly kill a snake like Cobra, you are cursed to undergo sever problems in life. When a man of the excessive materialistic mindset who is too possessive dies, he is said to be like a snake seated on those material objects. And when you kill the man who is now a snake in this life, you are afflicted with a curse. This curse leads to a lot of physical pains and illnesses.

Shaunaka Rishi, a prominent ancient sage of India, had suggested Nagbali Puja to get rid of such curse. In this puja, an object representing a divine snake is worshiped and offered sacred food so that he can release the sinned person from the curse.

What happens during the Puja? How to perform Narayan Nagbali Puja?

Since it is a 3 day ritual, there are prescribed Vidhis done over a period of three days. Deities are invoked, worshiped and offered sacred items. One has to reach Trimbakeshwar Temple in the evening for the puja that starts next morning.

Day 1:

  • Devotee takes a holy dip in the Kushavarta Kund and puts on new clothes (dhoto for men and saree for women)
  • Then the devotee along with one coconut, five suparis and some Dakshina (instructed by the pundit) visits Kushawarth Tirtharaj to offer prayers aka the Prathna.
  • If father is alive, the devotee does not do Mundan (going bald) else he has to be bald if father has departed.
  • Next is performance of the Sankalpa that is performed under the supervision of your pundit at the shamshaan (crematorium) behind the Shiva Temple on Trimbakeshwar.
  • After the Sankalpa, five kalash (water pots) are worshipped and then the deities such as Bal Gopal (baby Krishna), Vishnu, Bramha, Shiva, Yumraj and Tath Purush are worshipped.
  • Next is a Havan wherein the oblations are given into Agni. Following the Havan, eleven Pinda Shraadh Lord Vishnu and five Pinda Shraadh for Lord Bramha and one for other gods are offered.
  • Then a Pinda Puja is performed to nullify the Pitru Dosh afflicted upon the family.
  • Of the above mentioned Pinds, one is offered to the crows for them to eat.
  • Then a humanly doll placed on the top of a coconut is worshipped with mantras. After this ritual, it is burnt indicative of burning all the negative elements and energies.
  • At the end, Dashakriya Vidhaan Vidhi is performed by the Pundit like any other human being. One has to chant ‘Om Namah Bhagvate Vasudeva’ after all the day 1 ritual is over.

Day 2:

  • Day 2 starts with the devotee again taking a holy dip in the Kushavarta Kund and putting on the new clothes.
  • Devotee then re-visits the shamshaan to perform Sapindh Shraadh of the humanly doll which was worshipped and fired (burnt) the previous day
  • Next is the worship of an idol of snake placed on the wheat flour. This snake is said to have eight doshas. This worship or puja nullifies all the doshas. Then the snake idol is declared lifeless and burnt.
  • Chant ‘Om Namah Bhagvate Vasudeva’ after all the day 2ritual is over.

Day 3:

  • Finally Day 3 starts with the worship of Lord Ganesh. This Ganesh Pooja is performed so invite auspiciousness since all the negative energies or doshas were burnt in the previous rituals performed on the previous today days.
  • Then a small golden deity of snake is worshipped.

Here ends the Naryana Nagbali puja with the chanting of ‘Om Namah Bhagvate Namah’ for the rest of the days.

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Why is Narayan Naga Bali Puja performed at the Trimbakeshwar (Trayambakeshwar) only?

The Trimbak Temple has three lingams that represent the divinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). Also the images of various deities such as Gangadevi, Jaleswara, Rameswara, Gautameswara, Kedarnatha, Rama, Krishna, Parasurama and Lakshmi Narayana are featured inside the Temple. And because of this, it is vibrant with their energy making the reactions of you sins, reduced and nullified.

An event of Samudra Manthana described in the Bhagavat Purana (8.7.22) highlights a point that it is Shiva only who cleanses the sins of surrendered souls. The event describes the poison Halahala generated during Churning of the Ocean (Samudra Manthana) which started spreading in all directions. As a result, the heavenly group of gods called the Prajapatis prayed to Shiva this way:

त्वमेकः सर्वजगत ईश्वरो बन्धमोक्षयोः ।
तं त्वामर्चन्ति कुशलाः प्रपन्नार्तिहरं गुरुम् ॥२२॥


“O lord, you are the cause of bondage and liberation of the entire universe because you are its ruler. Those who are advanced in spiritual consciousness surrender unto you, and therefore you are the cause of mitigating their distresses, and you are also the cause of their liberation. We therefore worship Your Lordship.” (Bhagavat Purana 8.7.22)

Thus requested by them, Lord Shiva said to His wife Bhavani (Parvati): ‘It is my duty to give protection and safety to all living entities struggling for existence. Certainly it is the duty of the master to protect his suffering dependents.’ Lord Shiva compassionately took the whole poison in his palm and drank it, averting the cosmic destruction due to the spread of Halahala.

This event describes that only Lord Shiva who destroys the negative and liberates the people from all types of miseries. It is He only who neutralizes the effects of sins committed knowingly and unknowingly.

Auspicious Dates for Narayan Nagbali Puja in Trimbak:

Year Month Dates
2018 November 5, 11, 15, 21, 25 and 28
  December 2, 8, 12, 18, 22, 25 and 3
2019 January 5, 8, 15, 19, 21 and 26
  February 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 28
  March 4, 10, 14, 17, 22, 28 and 31

Rudra Centre has its own temple in Trayambakeshwar. Narayan Nagbali is performed here by the able karmakandi Pundits. All the rituals are performed as instructed in the scriptures.

Narayan Nagbali Puja at Trayambakeshwar by Rudra Centre is performed for:

  • Nullifying ancestral curse (Pitru dosh /Pitru Shaap)
  • Getting rid of sin of killing snake, especially Cobra which is worshipped in India.
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