THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHANDI HOMAM
Attainment of health, wealth, prosperity, longevity, food, wealth, progeny, fame, success, strength, etc, removal of fear, ailments danger, defeat in the hand of adversaries, etc. By performing the homam five times, evil planetary influences are removed. The performance of this homam seven times removes all fears, performance eleven times begets royal influence and sixteen times begets progeny. The core of the homam ceremony involves a recitation of the Sri Durga Saptashati or 700 verses in praise of the goddess Sri Durga Devi. With the recitation of each verse, offerings are made in the sacrificial fire invoking the goddess. The Sri Durga Saptasati is a 13-chapter narration from Sri Markandeya Purana attributed to the Rishi Markandeya. In a workbook-like, fascinating, allegoric way the verses demonstrate how the Goddess Sri Chandi vanquishes and annihilates the two demons Shumbha (or Pride) and Nishumbha (or Shame), slaying the negativities of Indulgence and Denial, restoring the equilibrium necessary for perfection.
Sri Maha Chandi Homam
09:00 AM Guru Hora 108 Sri Sankha Puja followed by Sri Maha Chandi Homam
12:15 PM Sri Devi Parashakthi Abhishekam followed by Aarathi
05:30 PM Sri Maha Meru Abhishekam
06:00 PM to 07:00 PM Talk by Dr Kumar Garu followed by Sri Mahaalankaara Darsanam followed by Sri Durga Sahasranaama Archana Maha Aarthi, every half hour Sri Devi Archana