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SALUTATION TO THE THREE MAIN OBJECTS OF VENERATION

 

Cetiya Vandana

Salutation to the Three main objects of Veneration

To make great souls Participate in Merits

Transference of Merits to the Departed 

In many a Monastery / Viharas  throughout the world, a pagoda or 'chetiya' is regarded as a sacred object deserving veneration and homage. This beautiful piece of Buddhist architecture is not meant merely for a decorative purpose but to enshrine the relics, images and other valuable sacred remains of the Buddha and His holy disciples. In different countries, pagodas take on various shapes depending on the national charac­teristics of their architecture.

 These religious symbols for veneration are very important for Buddhists to cultivate devotion towards their religion. Visible religious objects give inspiration to devotees, create a religious atmosphere at that place, and sanctify the place for the performance of religious activities as well as the observance of discipline.

 The following verse is recited in paying homage to the three main objects of veneration namely, the pagoda, the great bodhi tree and the image of the Buddha

 

Salutation to the Three main objects of Veneration

Pali

English Translation

Vandami cetiyam sabbam

Sabba thanesu patitthitam         

Saririka dhatu Maha-Bodhim

Buddha-rupam sakalam sada

I salute every chetiya (Shrine)

That may stand in any place,

The bodily relics, the Great Bodhi

And all images of the Buddha

 

To make great souls Participate in Merits

Pali

English Translation

Akasattha ca bhummattha

Deva naga mahiddhika

Punnam tam anumoditva

Ciram rakkhantu loka-sasanam

May all beings inhabiting space and earth,

Devas and Nagas of mighty power,

share this merit and may they long

protect the Dispensation.

Ettavata ca amhehi

Sambhatam punna sampadam

Sabbe Deva anumodantu

Sabba sampatti siddhiya

May all beings share this merit,

which we have thus acquired.

May it contribute greatly to their happiness.

 

Transference of Merits to the Departed

Pali

English Translation

ldam me natinam hotu

Sukhita hontu natayo

Let this (merit) accrue to our relatives,

and may they be happy!

Idam me natinam hotu

Sukhita hontu natayo    

Let this (merit) accrue to our relatives,

and may they be happy!

Idam me natinam hotu

Sukhita hontu natayo

Let this (merit) accrue to our relatives,

and may they be happy!

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