Today is a last day of Oli. and in Jain community this week people will do Shri Siddha Chakra Puja. This Tapsya and this puja is most auspicious. Here I am sharing background and benefits of this Puja.
Reproduced with permission of K.V.Mardia
DETAILS OF SIDDHACHAKRA
1. Background and Benefits.
The Siddhachakra Yantra is the most auspicious and most versatile mystical diagram in the Jain religion (see the diagram given here). ‘Siddha‘ means liberated soul and ‘chakra‘ means freedom from karmic bondages. ‘Yantra‘ means a mystical diagram. When one worships the Siddhachakra Yantra, one’s soul becomes liberated from karmic bondages.
The rationale behind performing this puja (worship) is usually either martial felicity or physical health alongside the karmic benefits of performing any Jain Puja. Both of these efficiencies are chartered by the King Shripal and Queen Mayanasundri story.
According to the Jain tradition, they lived at the time of 20th Tirthankara Munisuvarat Swami, who lived approximately 1.1 million years ago. As the story goes King Shripal was suffereing from leprosy and married Mayanasundri who took him, togather with 700 lepers, to a monk named Munichandra for the cure. He instructed them for the cure on how to perform the Siddhachakra Mahapuja (with a particular type of fasting “Oli” for a long period (9 days) which worked!
The Yantra depicts the whole Jain Dharma, the principle nine elements (Nav Pad) and the protective diaties. The main section is in the form of an auspicious pitcher (Kalash). It has two main componenets. the first is the core, Nav Pad, which consists of circles 1 and 3, and this represents the standard (stand-alone) Siddhachakra, which is commonly used in Puja. The second main component is the protective rings of deities. The focus on these protectors makes the worldly benefits of the Siddhachakra more understandable and attractive.
In Nav Pad,
(1) Arihant means the one who has conquered the inner enemies such as Anger, Gree, Ego, and Deceit.
(2) Siddha ‘liberated soul’
(3) Acharya ‘spiritual master’
(4) Upadhaya ‘spiritual teacher’
(5) Sadhu ‘monk’
(6) Darshan ‘Right Faith’
(7) Gyan ‘Right Knowledge’
(8) Charitra ‘Right Conduct’
(9) Tap ‘Right Austerities’.
The earlist known text relating the storyis in prakrit written by Ratnashekharsuri in 1372 AD. The version that most people know was written in Gujarati by monks Vinayvijy and Yashovijay in 1682 AD. The ‘Shripal Raja no Ras’ Rantnasekharsuri is also credited with being the author of the oldest current Siddhachakra Puja.
Acknowledgements: Prof. K.V.Marida who has worked hard to prepare this leaflet when they performed this SiddhaChakra Puja on 19th October 2008 at Leicester.
Content on this post is from the leaflet for the Siddhachakra Puja prepared by Prof. K.V.Mardia.
You can find this leaflet from : http://www.yjf.org.uk/YJain7thAnniversary1F.pdf