• Check all the Pooja samagri again.
• Tie the door hanging (Toran) to the main door. Decorate your main entrance with colorful Rangoli.
• Play some divine instrumental music like Sitar, Shehnai, Santoor, Flute etc… to create a holy atmosphere.
• Check if your camera and camcorder are in working conditions; batteries charged. This is a precious
moment in your life and you should capture it, preserve it, cherish it and share with your relatives & friends.
• Prepare the Prasad (offerings to the God like food, sweets etc…) well in time. If possible call 2-3 families
of friends/relatives for help from beginning.
• Before starting the Pooja the host couple should wear dress suitable and appropriate for the Pooja as per
the family tradition. Typically the husband should wear Indian silk Dhoti and the silk kurta or regular Kurta
Pajama. Wife of the host should wear a sari or salwar kamiz dupatta etc…
• If there are kids at home call their friends as much in advance as possible so that they will not get bored
and trouble during the Pooja. Ask the kids to participate in the Pooja as they like, do not force them.
Engage them in their favorite activities like comic books, story books, favorite TV Programs,
Cartoon/Comedy TV Programs or DVDs etc…Without taking care of them properly expecting them to
behave through out the Pooja is not correct.
• Follow the steps & diagrams below for preparing the Pooja Dais (raised square or rectangular platform for
|| Pooja Dais Arrangement ||
• As far as possible do not set up Pooja near kitchen so that strong smell of spices will not cause problem
during the Pooja and also chatting in the kitchen will not create distraction during Pooja .
• Chaurang is to be used as a Pooja Dais on which all the Pooja is performed. Place the Chaurang against a
wall in such way that the deities on the Chaurang are facing East (If not possible West is also OK). Place a
nice decorative cloth on it.
• Keep all the Pooja samagri in different plates on the right side of the Chaurang. Prepare a bowl full of
Panchamrut by adding 2-3 tea spoon curd, 1 spoon honey, 1-2 spoons pure ghee & 1 spoon sugar to about
1 cup milk. If required prepare more pamchamrut enough for all the guests invited for the Pooja.
• Place 2 flowerpots at the 2 backside corners of the Chaurang.
• In the center of the Chaurang put handful of rice grains and place silver or copper Kalash.
Arrangement around the Chaurang:
• Place sufficient aluminum foil (about 2 feet wide strip) on all the 3 sides of Chaurang (front, left & right side)
so that the floor will not get spoiled due to Pooja material.
• Keep one oil lamp (Samai) and one Ghee Lamp (Niranjan) on the right hand side of the Chaurang on the
foil. Use a small plate below Samai or niranjan so that the oil or ghee will not spill outside.
• Keep the incense stick (Agarbatti) in a proper holder next to the ghee lamp on the right side of Chaurang.
• Keep 4 coconuts with water in front of the Chaurang on the aluminum foil. Keep one Beatle Leaf in front of
each coconut. Keep one dollar note folded on each leaf, keep one quarter coin on each dollar note, keep
one Beatle Nut on each coin. Keep one peace of dry coconut on each Beatle Leaf and keep a small piece
of “Deshi Gud” i.e. Jaggery on each piece of dry coconut. Keep small quantity of 5 types of dry fruits like
cashes nuts, almonds, resins, pistachio, dry dates etc…
• Keep one Jug full of water near the Chaurang. Keep a big utensil or big bowl to keep the used water.
• Keep two mattresses one each for the husband and wife performing Pooja in front of the Chaurang about 2
feet away from the Chaurang. Husband will seat facing the Chaurang and the wife will seat on the right
side of the husband. The Chaurang should be in the center for both to perform Pooja comfortably.
• Keep one mattress on the left side of the Chaurang for Panditji who will be facing the couple performing the
Pooja. If the host is facing East Panditji should be facing West and if host is facing West Panditji should be
• Keep all other Pooja material on the right side of the Chaurang duly arranged in different plates as per the
samagri list without fail (Please do not keep the Pooja samagri in the plastic carry bags). Double check all
the material as per the list is available. (Do not misplace Pooja Samagri and very important; do not fight
with each other over keeping Samagri.)
All the above preparation should be done before arrival of Panditji so that Pooja can be finished in time.
|| Pratham Janma Din (1st Birthday) Poojan Samagri (Material) List ||
Description of material Quantity
(1) Material For Pratham Janma Din Poojan
1. Red Yellow, Green, Rangoli Colors. Decorate the
entrance of your house with an attractive Rangoli Design.
You can also use colored chalks or crayons.
1 Small Bowl each
2. Rangoli (fine powder of white stone, used to create decorative designs in
front of the door of the house)
1 Small Bowl
3. Rice Grains 1 Big Bowl
4. Door Hanging 1
5. New clothes, jewelry (chain, ring etc…) for the Baby Optional
(2) Material for Pratham Janma Din Poojan Dais (Stage/Platform) Quantity
6. Chaurang - Four legged wooden square stool (Approx
(Small rectangular folding coffee tray, or even a square or
rectangular corrugated box will serve the purpose)
7. Shankha - Conch 1
8. Ghanta – Bell (Silver/Stainless Steel) 1
9. Ganesh Murti (Silver/Brass/Copper/Stainless Steel) 1
10. Kul-Devata (Family Deity), Lakshmi Murti (Silver/Brass/Copper/Stainless
Steel), photos or coins.
11. Decorative cloth on the Chaurang (Dais) table cloth, shawl etc… 1
12. Cloth for Kalash (a blouse piece, napkin, Handkerchief etc…) 1
13. Samai (Brass/Stainless Steel/silver Lamp with 5 or 7 wicks)
used with oil. Only one wick to be lighted.
1 or 2
14. Seating Mattresses (1 for Panditji, 2 for host couple) 3
15. Match Box or Gas Lighter 1
16. Cello Tape 1
17. Scissor/knife for cutting thread etc... 1
18. Paper Napkins 1 Roll
(3) Material for Host for performing Gruha Pravesh/Kalash Poojan Quantity
19. Kalash/Loti (Silver/Copper/Stainless Steel). Traditional
Indian pot used for keeping drinking water during lunch or
dinner, can also be used if Pooja Kalash is not available.
20. Tamhan/Purnapatra (7-8" diameter Silver / Copper /
Stainless Steel Plate.)
2Description of material Quantity
21. Panchpatra/Bhande & Pali (Silver/Copper/Stainless Steel) 1 set
22. Niranjan (Silver/Brass/Stainless Steel Lamp with one wick
used with ghee)
23. Water Jar/Jug/Bottle (½ Gallon) (Stainless Steel/Plastic) 1
24. Utensil/Bowl (½ Gallon) (Stainless Steel/Plastic) for
keeping used water
25. 5 types of Fruits (Mango, Banana, Apple, Orange, Pear, Peach etc…) 5 each
26. 1 Dollar Bills 10
27. Quarter Coins 10
28. Cotton Balls (Approximately 1-2" diameter cotton balls) 3-4
29. Janve (Janeu) (Holy Thread) 2 pairs
30. Red thread (Moli) for preparing Rakhi & for Kalash 1 Reel
(4) Tray/Plate #1 - Gandhakshata Quantity
31. Akshata (Rice Grains mixed with Kumkum) 1 Small Bowl
32. Haldi (Turmeric Powder) 1/2 Small Bowl
33. Kumkum (Red Powder) 1/2 Small Bowl
34. Sandalwood Powder or tablets. 1 small packet
35. Ashtagandha (Scented Orange Powder) 1/4 Small Bowl
(5) Tray/Plate #2 - Dhoop Aarti (Prayer) Quantity
36. Agarbatti (Thin Incense Sticks) with stand; ensure the stand is stable.
Keep it in a Stainless Steel plate to avoid ash falling on the floor/carpet.
37. Dhoop (Thick Incense Sticks/Cones/crystals etc...) 1 box
38. Kapur (Camphor) 1 Box
(6) Tray/Plate #3 - Naivedya (Offering) Quantity
39. Beatle leaves with stem 15
40. Beatle Nuts 30
41. Pancha khadya - (5 types of dry fruits) e.g. Kharik (Dry Dates), Kaju
(Cashews), Badam (Almonds) Manuka (Resins), Pista (Pistachio)
8-10 pieces of each
Description of material Quantity
42. Dry Coconut small triangular pieces 7-8
43. Gud (Jagary) small pieces 7-8
44. Khadisakhar (Sugar Crystals) 1 Small Bowl
45. Naral/Nariyal - (Coconuts with water) 5
(7) Tray/Plate 4 - Naivedya (Offering) Quantity
46. Panchamrut (Mixture of Milk, Curd, Ghee, Honey, Sugar) 1 bowl
47. A sweet of your choice e.g. Pedhe / Barphi / Ladu / khir etc… As needed
(8) Tray/Plate 5 - Pushpam - Flowers Quantity
48. Flowers Assorted (Rose, Marigold etc...) 5-6
(9) Tray/Plate 6 - Miscellaneous Quantity
49. Ghee for Niranjan & Oil for Samai 1 small bowl each
50. Attar - (Scent) small bottle 1
51. Disposable Plates / Trays for keeping Pooja Material 6-8
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