Monday, October 29, 2012

Kubera Kolam




I recently read about “Kuber kolam”, which is a kind of floor painting or rangoli done to please Lord Kuber.

Kuber is regarded as the god of wealth in Hindu mythology. Lord Kubera is also known as the God of yakshas (savage beings). Kubera is always remembered with the goddess of 
fortune, Lakshmi. Lakshmi Kuber pooja is done on Diwali for prosperity.

It is believed that Chanting the Kuber Mantra blesses the worshipper with money and prosperity by drawing new avenues and sources of income and wealth. Mantra of Kubera helps to increase the flow of funds and the ability to accumulate wealth. It is said that One who worships lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi, can never fall short of money and material comforts. Auspicious dates to worship Lord Kubera is between Oct 15th to Nov 15th each year. Tuesdays and Fridays are the most auspicious days to draw the Kuber Kolam and worship Lord Kuber.
I managed to get myself an idol of him from e bay some days after I drew the Kolam. He looks quite like your friendly Laughing Buddha with his pot belly. His face has quite a stern look though, as I would imagine anyone guarding massive wealth would have on their face. (I hope I’m not offending him! God knows I cant afford to!)

Kuber Kolam

Kuber Yantra




 I read several articles and decided I should try drawing the Kolam myself. So on a Friday alongwith my regular little prayer ritual I drew the Kolam with rice flour. I wrote the numbers as required and placed a coin in each square. The value of the coin  should face the number in the square. I applied kumkum on each coin and placed some flower petals on each coin. Ideally red flowers should be used but I didn’t have any on hand. Then after lighting the lamp and burning incense, I prayed that I may be forgiven if I have not done everything as it should be done. I expressed gratitude for everything, all the goodness my life already offers and then chanted the a Mantra 11 times.
Om Shreem Om Hreem Shreem Hreem Kleem Shreem Kleem Vitteswaraay Namah"
Meanings: Shreem for Lakshmi (love, beauty, health, prosperity), Hreem for Great Goddess/Sun (illumination/dispel illusion), kleem for Kama/Krishna (love and fulfiller of desires from material to moksha, where your intention is) and Vitteswaraay (Kubera) Lord Kuber, the lord of riches and wealth.

Once the this is done, the coins can be kept safe for the next time it is to be used.
For the longest time I had stopped lighting the lamp and spending some time in prayer. I grew up watching my mother remembering God in her casual conversations but never lighting the lamp at the altar at home so I guess I followed the same. Its only recently in a desperate attempt to be free of the worries that were getting to me, that I cleaned the dusty little temple and all the idols in it. I lit the lamp, prayed for a while and felt a sense of peace descend upon me.
To each his own, I say. Sometimes instead of questioning why as a Hindu I have a multitude of Gods I can pray to, I just like to surrender thoughtlessly. I find peace in some rituals.


No matter which religion you follow, what rituals you do, FAITH is all that matters.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

r u seeing any benefits. please let me know.

Sangeeta said...

Hi..Sorry for the late reply, I was quite busy with a few things. I definitely see an improvement. I received an amount as a Diwali gift from my sister unexpectedly. Soon after that I got a statement of some units I hold in UTI Mutual fund. That was completely unexpected too, because I thought I had sold them all off 3 years ago. Its worth around 8k. Wealth isnt only in the form of money. I have experienced much grace since I started this simple ritual.

Amit said...

Hi Sangeeta, are you still seeing any more improvements in your financial conditions?

Sangeeta said...

Hi Amit. For a few weeks I have not been drawing the kolam but I have continued to chant the Kuber mantra while doing my chores, its become a habit now. My mindset is to 'expect good things' (I believe in the Law of Attraction - see the post). So although I havent won the lottery, - mainly because I dont purchase a ticket :-P - my financial condition is better than it was say 3 months ago. Just 2 days ago I started working as a writer (http://infotechlead.com/2013/01/28/challenges-faced-by-indian-bpos/). I would attribute it to chanting the mantra with the expectation that good things will happen.

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Wow nice post sangeeta. I will start from tomorrow. Thanks

Sangeeta Sudhakaran said...

Your welcome! All the best! I will be writing about 'tithing' soon, thats another practice that has given me results twice now!

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Hari Om said...

Please advise on the way to follow before chanting the Kuber Mantra?
I practiced Kuber mantra on the eve of Deepawali this year in Simha Lagna.
But, I am afraid of continuing this mantra as I am not aware of how to follow and what other I have to consider before chanting this mantra.

Sangeeta Sudhakaran said...

Hari Om, there are no special rules or considerations for chanting this mantra although as with most mantras it is advisable to chant after bathing. Fridays are considered most auspicious for any wealth related rituals. I found it most effective when chanted after drawing the kuber kolam.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Sangeeta. Million thanks for sharing this. Btw , we need to draw this kolam on the altar room, on the floor? Or any specific base we need to place?

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