Kuldev – Kuldevi Sadhana
कुलदेवी – महाकृपा
कुलदेवता-कुलदेवी साधना विधान
Your Family Goddess – Your Family God
Family Deity – Divine Grace
Obtain Divine Blessings Directly
If you get questioned about the name of your Family Deity, then there is a 90% chance that you will not know the answer. You only know that Family Deity exists, but you cannot tell His or Her name.
- The whole phase of praying-worshipping Family Deity just does not exist?
- What is the significance of worshipping Family Deity?
- How is this worship related to your overall growth and development?
Let us try to comprehend these details in this article,
Akenaapi Suputrena Vidhyaa Yukte Cha Saadhunaa
Aalhaaditam Kulam Sarva Yathaa Chandrena Sarvaree
A single moon lights up the beauty of the entire night sky, similarly a competent scholarly child enhances the reputation-status of his entire family.
I chant the following Mantra at the beginning of every Diksha initiation ceremony –
Om Lakshmee Naaraayanaabhyaam NamaH Vaanee
Hiranyagarbhabhyaam NamaH Sthaan DevataabhyoH NamaH
Kula DevataabhyoH NamaH
Maatr-Pitr Charana Kamalebhyo NamaH
Sarvebhyo DevebhyoH NamaH |
The Diksha initiation ceremony starts with the invocation of Lord Lakshmi Narayan and we pray to the Family Deity. The Family Deity protects the genealogy of the person, and this Tutelary Deity bestows a divine protection-ring around that family.
Kul-Devata (Family Deity) and Ishta-Devata (Favorite Deity)
Sometimes people mistakenly believe the Favorite Deity to be the Family Deity. Favorite Deity is your beloved God or Goddess, whose worship brings peace and calm into your mind. This means that a husband and wife may have separate Favorite Deities, but the entire family or clan will have only one single Family Deity.
The Family Deity is not setup in the worship-altar in your home, in spite of such high importance. The Family Deity remained in the village when people move away from the villages to the cities. The Family Deity keeps getting neglected and ignored. The family remembers Them only during the marriage of their children. The first invite of marriage is offered to the Family Deity. The newly married bride participates in the worship to Family Deity to obtain Their blessings. The essence lies in the fact that the newly married couple is starting a new life after marriage, and prayer is made to the Family Deity to include them in the divine protection-ring.
Blessings of Family Deity
You must have understood by now that grace of Family Deity is highly necessary for overall all-round progress of the family. The Kul (Family) in Clan is completely akin to the Mul (Root) of a tree. Family is the fundamental unit of a Clan and all members of a family have blood relationships with each other. The ravages of the time may have separated and differentiated members of a clan, but they belong to the same lineage.
It is believed that any instant benefit is not visible after worship of the Family Deity. However, uncontrollable negativity and accidents enter into the family, as soon as the protection-ring gets compromised.
This implies that if your family is experiencing frequent accidents or if you are suffering from obstacles then you should try to ascertain the last time when the Family Deity was worshipped.
The Foundation Base of Success
Divine grace is mandatory to achieve all wishes in life. Therefore, we perform Sadhanas to obtain positive energy and divine blessings. Hence we provide a full introduction while starting a Sadhana – name, gotra, village and date. This helps us to register our attendance in the divine court of the Almighty.
While worshipping Family Deity, your own relations approach Divinity to support your case. Thus this strengthens your Sadhana accomplishments and successes, fulfilling your wishes-desires, enabling you to proceed ahead on the divine path of the Sadhanas.
A Person’s Identify – His Family Deity
A person gets identified by his or her family. The family-clan name and Gotra, is specifically linked to the name. The literal meaning of the word “Kul’ is the clan and its associated genealogy. The associated family lineage has been continuing for the past thousands of years. However, a typical person does not know the names beyond the immediate 3-4 ancestral generations. This is really ironic. A person cannot recall the names of brothers of his great grandfather. However it is utterly important to remember the details of his family and gotra. Every family-clan has a tradition of worshipping the Family Deity. Food offerings are certainly offered on significant days of festivals to the Family Deity, along with departed grandparents and great-grandparents.
Family Deity signifies – The God who has blessed the family-clan to progress from the times immemorial, and the bestower of grace and protection-ring to the family-clan.
Valmiki Ramayana contains a context of Lord Rama performing a Sadhana to obtain blessings of all Family Deities after His return back to Ayodhya after completion of His education in Sage Vishwamitra’s ashram. A temple within the palace housed divine activated idols of all Gods and Goddesses. Lord Rama obtained blessings of His Family deities by performing Sadhanas of these Gods-Goddesses, enabling Him to attain distinguished accomplishments later-on in life.
If we pay careful attention, we will realize that the words “Kuladevataabhyo NamaH” are briefly pronounced, along with worship of Lord Ganapati, Guru and Lord Bheirav, during initiation of all special Sadhanas. This is a greeting to the Family Deity to pay our respects and obtain blessings for success in the Sadhana. Thus the Family Deity pleased with Sadhanas bestows all kinds of prosperity, success, power, prestige, joy and peace.
If you do not know about your Family Deity
Many people do not have adequate knowledge about their Family Deity. In such cases, you should consider Lord Shiva and Goddess Jagdamba as your Family Deity since this entire universe has originated from the divine union of Shiva and Shakti
Sadhana Procedure for Family Deity
It is a two-week Sadhana practice which can be initiated from any Amavasya (New-Moon). For example, if the Sadhana is started on a Monday, then it should be culminated on a Monday after completion of 15 days. You will require “Kuldevataa Yantra“, “Kuldevi Bheishaja” and “Pratyaksh Siddhi Mala” for this Sadhana. There is no need of any special ritual or rite in this Sadhana.
Take a bathe in the morning or night, and sit facing East direction. Place Guru picture in front of you and perform a short worship of Guru. Then pledge taking water in right palm that – I am performing this sadhana to please my Family Deity, and am praying to obtain Their blessings and grace to bestow all kinds of success and prosperity in my life and guard me from all kinds of problems and troubles. Chant following Sankalp resolution with the above feeling in mind-
Om Aaddh Amooka GotriyaH (speak your Gotra name), Amooka Sharmaaham (speak your name) Swa Kuldevataa Preetyartha Sakala Manokaamanaa Poorti Nimitttam Kuladevataa Saadhanaaam Sampatsye |
Drop the water on the ground. Thereafter bathe “Kuldevataa Yantra” with water and wipe with clean cloth. Setup on a seat of flowers in a plate. Then offer Kumkum, Akshat and Neivedhya.
Tie “Kuldevi Bheishaja” with a Mouli sacred thread and setup on the center of the Yantra. Put five marks on Bheishaja with kumkum chanting following Mantra five times-
Om Etosmaanam Shree Khandachandanam Samarpayaami Om Kula Devataayei NamaH ||
Thereafter chant 5 malas of following Mantra with “Pratyaksh Siddhi Mala” for 15 days-
Kul Devataa Mantra
|| Om Hreem Kula Devataayei Manovaanchitam Saadhaya Saadhaya Phat ||
Offer a homemade Neivedhya (sweets) on the Yantra on last day. Wrap the entire set of Sadhana materials along with the Neivedhya with a cloth and offer it in a pond, river or a temple. The results of the Sadhana gets realized quickly. The Sadhak gets a vision of his Family Deities and obtains Their divine blessings.