Puja Tokri (basket): Contents and Usage of the Contents
After every Puja* we perform, we send Puja Tokri that contains Red Thread (Moli), Haldi (turmeric) and Kumkum in a plastic container, a blessed Yantra**, a fortune coin (Lakshmi, Ganesh and Saraswati), a Laghu Nariyal (small coconut), Rudraksha bead, an energized Taveez having Homa Bhasma in pure silver, an energized betel nut, Akshata (Colored Rice) and Dry Prasadam.
*No Puja Tokri is sent in case of these pujas: Narayan Nag Bali, Kala Sarp Dosh Nivaran, Pitra Dosh Nivaran and Gandanta Dosh Shanti
**In case of Tirupati Balaji Puja, we send a brass idol of Lord Tirupati Balaji instead of a blessed Yantra along with the aforementioned items.
Haldi, Kumkum and Colored Rice: These sacred items are applied on the forehead during a Puja or offered to Yantras/Deity idols. Haldi (Turmeric powder) represents purity; it removes negativity. In the Ayurvedic Shastra, it acts as an anti-septic agent. Kumkum is associated with life, fertility and movement. Rice grains represent wealth and prosperity. They are offered to the deities whilst chanting mantras
Yantra: A Blessed Yantra is placed in your Puja altar or money safe or carried in wallet. A Yantra (Mandala in Sanskrit) is the representation of sacred geometric symbols. It has the center point encircled by the geometries. Symbolically, it points to our natural place that is the centre where the Divine resides, our journey from being outward to being inward, reaching the center. It is going away from ignorance to merging with the Divine at the centre. Yantras are the diagrammatic representations of different Vedic mantras and thus help resonate positive energies, disperse negative energies and spiritually elevate the individuals using them.
Placement: You may place it near the entrance of your home/office/shop or in your living room or reception or study room or office cabin. You may keep it on a table or use as a wall hanging. Yantra is best placed in the East direction facing West.
Rudraksha Bead: An energized Rudraksha Bead to be placed in altar or your money safe. By wearing energized Rudraksha beads, one actually feels pure in their body and mind. Even mere sight of a Rudraksha bead or the devotees wearing such beads is highly sanctifying. Japas or meditation on the beads actually liberates your mind from negative emotions.
Potli: A potli contains Gomati Chakra, Cowri, Sriphal and Shell to be kept in cash box or wallet or money lockers for financial prosperity and also protects from financial debacles. Gomati Chakra is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. If you closely notice, the Gomati Chakra looks like the Sudarshan Chakra or Discus of Lord Krishna. It is believed that the Gomati chakras formed a part of Lord Krishna’s majestic palaces in Dwaraka. These chakras embellished the walls the Lord’s palaces. Cowri Shells denote the power of destiny, fertility, birth and wealth. Sriphal represents riches and fertility. Lastly shells are also used as tool to repel evil and negativity.
Red Thread Moli: Energized Red Thread Moli is tied to your right wrist (for males) and left for females. Red is associated with life and energy. It reminds you of your Sankalp during the puja.
Fortune Coin: A blessed Ganesh, Lakshmi, Saraswati coin for your cash box. It represents never-ending wealth and fortune. Lord Ganesha removes obstacles, Lakshmi represents auspiciousness and Saraswati represents knowledge.
Taveez: An energized Pure Silver Taveez having Homa Bhasma to be worn around the neck or kept in money safe. It shows their divine power when people tie them on their arms or hang in their neck.
Betel Nut: An energized Betelnut wrapped in Red Thread is kept in your Puja altar for auspiciousness. Placing it with Beetle leaf signifies blessings, strength, good health and prosperity.