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Garuda is the carrier and a great follower of Lord Vishnu. Known as Periya Thiruvadi or Vedatma, Garuda’s independent position as a deity is well-known. He is seen circling the sky above whenever consecrations or divine ceremonies take place in temples. Garuda rescued Rama’s army from a poisonous Naga weapon used by Indrajit, son of Ravana. The powerful bird is the embodiment of the Vedas, and is prominently eulogized in the Puranas for immense knowledge, power and strength.
Invoking Garuda removes all types of suffering and evil that are harmful, removes fear of snakes and other venomous creatures. According to Garuda Purana, when one is embarking on a journey, Garuda will serve the devotee as a travel guardian and safeguard the person till the end.
Garuda Mrtyu Raksa mantra is a powerful one that can neutralize poisonous bites of insects and reptiles, suppresses viral fever and infections. All Naga dosha effects are nullified and wishes fulfilled. Worshipping Garuda blesses you with a healthy life free from anxiety. It also bestows one with Vahana Prapthi. (Acquiring vehicles). The Garuda Purana describes Garuda Mrtyu Raksa Mantra which, as the name suggests, is a powerful mantra to save a person from the clutches of death. The mantra can be used to remove every poison in the system and restore health.
Om Amṛteśvara Om Bhairavāya Namaḥ
Evaṁ Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Sūryāya Namaḥ
Om Amṛteśvara Om Bhairavāya Namaḥ
Evaṁ Śivāya Kṛṣṇāya Brahmaṇe Ca Gaṇāya Ca
Caṇḍikāyai Sarasvatyai Mahālakṣmādi Pūjayet
This is how the mantra works:
In the first step, the lagna is strengthened with the mantra. This is done to establish the omkara on the ascendant in the horoscope. This helps to keep all evil energies or forces under check and now the second mantra is chanted to protect the soul. The mantra is altered according to a person’s chara atmakaraka. For e.g., if sun is the atmakaraka, the mantra reads as ‘Om Ju Hamsah Suryaya Namah’.
Apart from the sun, seven other deities have been mentioned in the Garuda Purana that can be invoked for the purpose of overcoming death. These deities who rule a particular planet are Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh, Brahma, Chandika, Saraswati and Lakshmi.
It is very important to note that correct mantra should be chosen for the planet which is chara atmakaraka.
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Sūryāya Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Śivāya Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Kṛṣṇāya Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Brahmaṇe Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Gaṇāya Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Caṇḍikāyai Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Sarasvatyai Namaḥ|
Om Juṁ Haṁsaḥ Mahālakṣmyai Namah|
Garuda Mrtyu Raksa Homam will be performed on the most propitious day, Vaikunta Ekadasi. The significance of this day can be traced to the Padma Purana which says that Lord Vishnu took the form of Ekadasi, a female energy, to kill Muran, a demon, in the month of Margazhi, (December-January). Impressed by the act of the goddess, Lord Vishnu declares that whoever worships him on this day will reach Vaikunta or heaven. The day provides an opportunity for purifying one’s soul by removing all the bad Karma and starting a new life full of promises, peace and prosperity.
The Garuda Mrtyu Raksa Homam is dedicated to Lord Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. This homam is a very unique ritual that not only attracts the blessings of the king of birds, but also other gods such as Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh, Brahma, Chandika, Saraswati and Lakshmi.
Garuda Mrtyu Raksa Homam defeats death and allays all fears and dangers that threaten the life of a devotee. It controls the enemies from all sides. It ensures that a person is not harmed in any manner because the mantras of the homam have dominance over air, water and fire. It cures life threatening diseases like cancer, physical and mental diseases. Garuda protects from accidents, diseases, and theft. It removes doshas, sins and negativity from the environment. It blesses with Brahma Vidya, gives immense knowledge, oratory skills and excellent memory. Also, performing the ritual grants magnetic powers and power to influence others. The ritual boosts immunity, bestows longevity, harmony and peace of mind. Garuda Mrtyu Raksa Homam also provides professional and personal stability in life. Since the powerful Garuda Mrtyu Raksa mantra invokes eight powerful deities, a person can attain the blessings of these gods also.
Vaikunta Perumal Temple is located at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. One of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the main deity is worshipped as Vaikuntanathan or Lord Paramapadanathan and his consort Lakshmi as Vaikuntavalli Thayar. The temple of Vaikunta Perumal has spectacular architecture and is under the care of Archeological Survey of India. The inscriptions of the temple speak of King Prantaka Chola who acceded to the demands of the villagers and instituted the kudavolai (ballot) system of electing village representatives.
The temple has three tiers, the second tier is open only twice in a month during Ekadasi Tithi and the third is open only on the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi. The first tier which is open on all days has a shrine for lord Vishnu in a standing form. The second tier houses Lord Vishnu in a seated posture and the third tier showcases the lord in a reclining posture. People throng the temple in large numbers to worship the lord to solve all problems, mitigate sins and curses, remove planetary afflictions, for marriage and child boons, and blessings of wealth and prosperity. The lord also relieves a person from the constant cycle of birth and death by giving moksha to the soul.
Energized Shaligram stone is a sacred one as it is said that Lord Vishnu resides inside the Shaligram. A person who owns this sacred stone must worship it every day. Lord Krishna specifies the qualities of the stone to Yudhishtra in the Mahabharata. Shaligram can be used in households, temples and other shrines as a natural emblem of lord Vishnu. The water in which the Shaligram is placed is very holy as it can expiate sins very effectively. Even watching the divine stone for a few moments can remove the negative energies of the devotee. The energies of the Shaligram cures various diseases and enhances life. It removes ignorance, fear and hurdles. Worship the stone everyday with care and faith to get rewards of material comforts, longevity, good health, wealth, prosperity, good spouse and children, and peace of mind.