Let’s discuss the Vedic Pooja for Moon better referred to as moon Shanti yagya or Chandra shanti yagya.
The most significant step in whole Yagya is the enchantment of the whole jaap that may go as high as 11,000 in count. All the other procedure in Chandra Pooja Vidhi is based around these chants. To begin any pooja “a Sankalpam” or “resolution” is taken by head pundit on behalf of other assistant pundits. In this Sankalpam it is mentioned that they are performing moon Pooja on behalf of the native (his name), his father’s name, gotra, name of assistant pundits, time duration for the completion of pooja is proposed and it is mentioned that they shall perform enchantment of 11,000 Chandra Vedic mantra in order to pacify the malefic moon or avail benefits from the already benefic moon and for the native to be blessed on the successful completion of pooja. Additional requests and wishes made by the natives are also mentioned in this step.
It is very important and powerful procedure and this Yagya which should be performed by trained pundits only. In this Havana a direct connection between the corresponding planet and natives is established by the mantras from pundits. It is a bit technical step and involves accuracy and precision in practice. A holy fire is lit which is called Yagna. In this process after the enchantment of each mantra, an offering is donated to the holy fire of Havan Kund. With the end of each mantra a sound of “Swaha” is produced and then offering is devoted to the fire. This process goes in sync for long and is repeated again and again. These things offered to the fire from Pooja samagri, and may differ for different poojas. Mantras are chanted by pundits on native’s behalf. After which the native is asked to go circles around the havan- kund. These circles may be of 1, 3 or 7 in number according to the nature of pooja and this step is called “Parikrama”. This marks the end of Moon pooja.