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Balidana

Jay Mata di!
Dear Friends, could you tell me what the difference between balidana and upachara? I mean thatBali which sacrificed at the end of the puja.
Usually upacharas after the puja, we take to ourselves back, and what to do with balidana?
Thank you
sincerely
Yogi
AUM.Ravi AUM.Ravi
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Dear Sir,

Upacharas: In fact whatever puja we do generally to a deity is known as upachara. For example, ganesh sodasopachara puja, srimata chatustati upachara puja, etc.

Apart from above, we do upacharas like, chamaram veejayami, nrutyam darshayami, geetam sravayami etc after completion of puja and before udvasana.

Upacharas will be offered to main deity.

Balidana: Balidana means offerings to bhutas (i.e.demi gods(?)) etc as naivedya. This ensures kshetra and saadhakas to have some protection from bhutas. This balidana will be offered at nirurity (nairuthi) side.
RAVI RAVI
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Lalitā Sahasranāma 235 explains about upacāra-s.  This is how this nāma is interpreted.

Chatuḥ-ṣaṣṭyupacārāḍhyā चतुः-षष्ट्युपचाराढ्या (235)

She is worshipped with sixty four (chatuḥ-ṣaṣṭi) types of metaphorical expressions, which are called upacāra-s.  For example offering Her scents, flowers, bangles, fanning Her, etc.  Sixty four such offerings have been prescribed for Her.  This nāma talks about the pūja ritual.

Bali has been already explained by Aum Ravi. The important difference between naivedya and bali is that naivedya is consumed by the one who worships and bali is not consumed as they are offered to those who cause disruption to worship.

Naivedya is explained in Bhagavad Gita. You can use this link.

Naivedya
In a way bali is offering our inherent spiritual ignorance, which will be taken away by obstructive forces. Once bali is offered to them, they are appealed to leave by using bhāṇa mudra. This will be dealt with elaborately in the current series on Śri Cakra navāvaraṇa pūjā.

RAVI
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Pranam dear AUM Ravi ji!

However, I saw there balidana to Vatuk, Ganesh, Kshetrapala and Yoginis or DurgA, are they demigods? And if I understand correctly, they not only in Nairitya-kona. For all of them it is necessary to bring in Bali in Nairitya-kona?
Sorry for my meticulous questions, you say is very valuable details, but I would like to know all the details.
And another thing, after offering bali, what to do? Take it to the river?

Thank you very much

Yogi
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Guruji Ravi!
I understand correctly function of Bali is close to that of the Yajna, known as kravyaAagni?
sincerely

yogi
RAVI RAVI
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You can understand like this. Naivedya is meant for the presiding deity and Bali is meant for other deities not involved in the pūjā. This is the basic principle.
RAVI
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Thank you Guruji Ravi!
I also often see references in books about some Kula-dipa, which should be in the bali. What is the kula-dip?
And yet it is not clear about what kind of dravya should be in Bali-dana?
Sorry for many questions.
My pranams

yogi
RAVI RAVI
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In general there are two types of bali-s. In general, cooked rice is offered as bali. In certain other cases, as in kṣetrapāla bali, urad dhal and rice are cooked together, and offered as bali along with curd rice. In certain other cases, after offering naivedya to the presiding deity, a portion is taken out after naivedya and is offered as bali. In normal conditions, it would be ideal to make bali after offering first to the presiding deity as naivedya.

As I said, there could be multiple opinions on this.
RAVI
Shaktinya Shaktinya
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Dear Raviji,

I have so many questions that I was looking for answers since a long time.

- I have heard that the bali is offered in Nairuthi kona why is it that bali is offered only in that direction?
- You said that these are for the bhutas to stop obstructing us...what exactly are these bhutas?
- what relation do they have with goddess kali as samhara shakti?

Thank you so much in advance for answering all the questions.

yogi yogi
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Dear Shaktinya ji. I've heard that Naiariya-kona related with Asuras, and when, after the main puja, these asuras, bhutas, pretas and so on coaxing by offerings, they obey by us, and do not disturb us. Each of the sides(disha) have its power. for example one mantra gives different results if its practice on different sides with your face. But maybe Guruji Shri Ravi will tell you more subtleties about it.
Shaktinya Shaktinya
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Thank you yogi ji. Could you provide with more information regarding the importance of directions.

Also, does bali means offering our materialistic desires in us? or is there any other meaning to that...