Chitragupt Ji Maharaj
believes that the entire world, that
was created by Lord Bramha
, the Creator. Lord Bramha first
created 16 Sons from various parts of his own body. Shree
, his 17th creation, is believed to be the creation
from Lord Bramha's belly
. Thus, Shree Chitraguptjee is the
divine incarnation in human form. Called Kayastha
since he is
the only one created in entirety [Kaya] from the Lord Bramha's body.
The Duty Of Chitragupt Ji Maharaj
Hindu Dharam is based on a multiple phase life cycle involving
re-birth. It is believed that those who do not attain a balance between
their good-deeds and misdoing, have to attain re-birth in any living
form , to complete the life cycle.
The primary duty awarded to Shree Chitraguptjee is to create log of the
lives of all living beings, judge their lives based on good-deeds and
misdoing, and decide, upon ones death, whether they will attain Nirvana,
ie, the completion of their life cycle & redemption from all worldly
troubles or, receive punishment for their misdoing in another life form.
Twelve Sons of Chitragupta Ji Maharaj
Shrivastava, Mathur, Gaur, Nigam, Ashthana, Kulshrestha, Suryadwaja, Bhatnagar, Ambastha, Saxena, Karana and Vaalmik.
Sandalwood Paste, Til, Camphour/Kapoor, Paan, Sugar, Paper, Pen, Ink,
Ganga Water, Unbroken Rice, Cotton, Honey, Yellow Mustard, Plate Made Of
Leaves, Puja Platform, Dhoop, Youghart, Sweets, Puja Cloths, Milk,
Seasonal friuts, Panchpatra, Gulal (Color powder), Brass Katora, Tulsi
leaves, Roli, keasar, Betul nut, Match box, Frankincense and Deep.
First clean the Puja room and then Bath Chitragupt Ji's idol or photo
first with water, then with panchamitra/or rose water, followed by water
once more. Now put Deepak (Lamp) of ghee in front of the Chitragupt Ji.
Make a Panchamitra with 5 ingredients of milk, curd, ghee (clarified
butter), sugar & Honey. Place Few mithais, snacks & fruits as a
prashad. Make Guraadi
(Gur + Adi = Molasses + Ginger). Make
offerings of flowers, Abir (red colour), Sindoor (vermillion) and Haldi
(turmeric). Light the Agarbatti (incense sticks) and lamps filled with
Ghee. Read the holy book of Chitragupta puja. After the completion of
Katha, perform aarti. Now take plain new paper & make swastik with
roli-ghee, then write the name of five god & goddess with a new pen.
Then write a "MANTRA (Given Below)"
& write your
Name, Address (permanent & present), Date (hindi date) your income &
expenditure. Then fold the the paper & put before Chitragupt Ji.
Chitragupt Puja and Dawat Puja
Chitragupt Puja is performed by Kayastha Parivar that believes in world
peace, justice, knowledge and literacy, the four primary virtues
depicted by the form of Shree Chitraguptjee. The puja is also known as
Dawat (Inkpot) Puja, in which the books and pen are worshipped,
symbolizing the importance of study in the life of a Kayastha. During
the Chitragupt Puja, earning members of the also give account of their
earning, writing to Chitragupt Maharaj the additional amount of money
that is required to run the household, next year.