Dr (Pundit) Roshan Singh
What is a car puja? Simply put, it’s a ceremony to consecrate or bless a new car and keep it safe from bad influences. This is carried out by Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Buddhists in different ways in most traditions.
This service is offered by us and carried out with a great deal of spirituality.
Hindus bless all items and implements that are used in daily life—homes, cars, motorized vehicles of all types, home appliances, such as mixers, grinders, stoves, TVs, stereos, etc. A puja is done at the inception of your connection to the implement: just before using it or as soon as possible after purchase. When you buy a new car or a home, you do the puja before driving the car or moving into the new house.
Hindus believe in seeking blessings for all the newly bought items ranging from home appliances to a new house. One such product is the vehicle they buy. Car puja is carried out by families to seek the blessings of the God and to protect the new vehicle from misfortune. Car puja is performed soon after the purchase of the car. Lord Ganesh Puja is observed whenever a new vehicle is bought.
The new car is washed and wiped clean before performing the car puja. The person who bought the car takes part in the puja with the priest, and the presence of other members of the family is also required. The possessor of the car takes the kalash of the sacred water from the Pundit into his/her right hand and washes his/her hands for the puja. This process is repeated three times. In Indian temples, it is an old ritual to acknowledge things into the right hand with the left hand placed under the right hand.
This is followed by a pooja and offerings to Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and the Divine Mother seeking their blessings and protective energy.
For three reiterations, he/she acknowledges rice from the priest to sprinkle onto the front of the new car. The priest draws a swastika with the third finger of right hand, preferably on the hood of the car. The swastika is made with turmeric powder blended with water or sandalwood paste. The swastika -conceived in India over 5,000 years ago-is an image that means good fortune. After the swastika is drawn, the possessor of the vehicle is again given rice which he sprinkles on the swastika. For every sprinkle, the owner needs to chant a few mantras.
Meditating on Lord Ganesha and reciting holy mantras is a common practice. One set of mantras incorporates discussing 11 of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha. The Pundit lights the incense sticks and loops them around the swastika symbol three times in a clockwise course. Usually, most pujaris install a small Lord Ganesha idol near the steering wheel. Sacred water is sprinkled on it before installing it inside the car.
The individual who claims the vehicle will break the coconut or pumpkin close to the right front tire and sprinkle coconut water on the tire. The coconut is kept as prasadam and consumed later. Squeezing lime by keeping them under the wheels of the vehicle is a symbol to get rid of bad influence. The car is moved towards the right to complete the vehicle puja.
Requirements for the blessing of the car :
1 Coconut or Pumpkin
Red Sindhur / Hardi
Flowers and a flower garland
Fruit / Milk / sweetmeats
Your ever well wisher
Dr (Pundit) Roshan Singh