(Last Updated on : 23/01/2014)
in Agni Purana
has explained the mode of worship of Goddess Twarita. It has been said that the worship of Goddess Twarita who grants to her votary, the enjoyment of earthly comforts and salvation after death. As a part of worship to Goddess Twarita the votary should contemplate the component letters of the Mantra, as located in the regions of his head, eyebrows, neck, heart, navel, arms, thighs, knee-joints, and legs by an act of Nyasa
The goddess should be contemplated as possessed of a golden complexion, and dressed as a huntress of the mountainous regions. She should be contemplated as clad in a garment of leaves tied round her waist, with a crown of peacock's feathers set on her graceful head. She should be further contemplated as seated on a throne, shaded over by an umbrella of peacock's plumes, and wearing a garland of wild flowers. The bracelets and anklets of the goddess should be imagined as made of snakes. Having thus contemplated the presence of the goddess, the votary should repeat, a million times, the Mantra which is held sacred to her. The god Isha had become a hunter in ancient time, and so the goddess used to dress herself in the guise of a huntress. The man who worships, or meditates upon the divine huntress, or repeats the Mantra specifically held sacred to her, is sure to be successful in all his undertakings. Such worship is calculated as an active counteracting agent in all cases of poisoning or snakebite, etc.
In the worship of Twarita a lotus shaped diagram, containing eight petals, should be inscribed in a square delineated on the ground, each side of which would contain a door or an aperture. The Vija, Hrung, should be written on each of the eight petals, while the Vija, Hring, should be written on the centre.
Then the rite of Sadanga worship should be performed on the petals, commencing from the one at the east, and by repeating the Mantras, such as obeisance to the Gayatri and the heart, and so on. The goddess Fatkari, wielding a bow and an arrow in her hands, should be worshipped outside the gate of the Yantra, the goddesses Jaya and Vijaya should be worshipped at the gates, while the Kinkaras, each wielding a club, etc., should be worshipped outside the border line of the mystic diagram.
Libations should be poured on the fire kindled in a fire-pit. Oblations of Arjuna twigs, should be cast into the fire, where the rite would be undertaken for the gain of gold, while the rite of Homa
should be performed with oblations of wheat, or rice, where a general bettering of one's health and complexion, would be desired. Oblations composed of barley, rice and sesamum is poured on the fire, should be deemed as the grantors of all success. Oblations consisting of Aksha seeds, or libations of blue vitriol, would bring about the destruction of one's enemy. Similarly the twigs of a Shalmali tree, used as oblations in a Horna would cut the thread of life of one's adversary. Oblations of Jamvu fruits would be crowned by the attainment of wealth and rice, while oblations of blue, lotus flowers would establish a perpetual peace in one's household. Oblations of red lotus flowers would be rewarded with a general amelioration of one's health and fortune. Oblations of Kunda flowers would be rewarded with the elevation of one's status in life.
Agni Purana states that similarly, oblations of Jessamine flowers should be deemed as powerful agents in creating unrest and discord in a household, while oblations of Kumuda flowers, would win for one the affections of his community. Oblations of Ashoka flowers would be rewarded with the, birth of a son, while oblations of Patala flowers, would win for the votary the hands of a fair maiden. Oblations of mango fruits would increase the duration of the life of the votary. Oblations of sesamum seeds, would give a better turn to one's fortune, while oblations of Bael and Champaka, would be followed by a blessing of increased wealth and beauty. Oblations of Madhuka flowers would be rewarded with the realisation of one's desires, while by oblations of Bael fruits the votary would become an omniscient being. By repeating three hundred thousand times the above said Mantra, or by pouring three hundred thousand libations on the fire with same Mantra, or by simply meditating on its symbolised principle, a man may attain to all his objects. The worship should be conducted on the Mandala, and twenty-five libations should be poured on the fire, by repeating the Gayatri, by way of completing the ceremony. Three hundred libations of clarified butter should be poured on the fire, by repeating the principal Mantra. The rite of initiation should be conducted with the Pallava Mantras. The votary should take Panchagavya before the worship, and live on the sacrificial porridge during the day of ceremony.