What to do and pray during the Muktad – part 2

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Several readers of Frashogard have written asking for details of prayers to be recited during the Muktad days. Since the Muktad days are of special spiritual significance, it is obvious that there would be some specific prayers for these days. Our Master, Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff revealed some very potent and special prayers which, if recited during these days, not only help the person in this life, but more importantly, also after death. We shall first explain some of these special prayers and then give a detailed worksheet which can be printed and used by readers of Frashogard.

There are some very simple  but extremely potent prayers which can be recited during these days. Of these, perhaps the most interesting, and the least well known, is the Lakh prayer. The Lakh prayer (which has nothing to do with 100,000) is the name given to the recitation of a total of 5700 Yatha Ahu Vairyo, 2100 Yenghe Hatam and 1200 Ashem Vohu prayers, spread over the ten days of the Muktad from Roj Ashtad to Gatha Vahishtoisht.

Readers of Frashogard are aware that the Yatha, the Ashem and the Yenghe Hatam are the three most important prayers of our religion. Our Master, Ustad Saheb revealed that reciting these three powerful prayers in a particular sequence and number, gives rise to a most beautiful effect in nature, which not only aids our own spiritual progress (or the progress of an Anusheh Ruvan, if the prayer is being recited for them), but also is of great help in the immediate period after death. The addition of 5700, 2100 and 1200 gives rise to the potent number of 9000, or 9 followed by three zeroes.

To pray the Lakh, the following routine is to be followed. After reciting the normal Farajyat prayers of the Gah, the Baj of Ardafravash is taken (details of all these prayers are given in the attached PDF files in English). Thereafter, the devotee should recite 570 Yatha, 210 Yenghe Hatam and 120 Ashem Vohu, serially, one after the other. That is, first recite 570 Yatha, then recite 210 Yenghe Hatam and then recite 120 Ashem Vohu.  After this recitation, the closing part of the Baj should be recited (available in the PDF file).

1. The Lakh sequence should be done every day from Roj Ashtad to Gatha Vahishtoisht. Thus, over the period of ten days, the required number of 5700 Yatha, 2100 Yenghe Hatam and 1200 Ashem will be completed.

2. During the first five days, from Roj Ashtad to Roj Aneran the 20th Ha of the Yazashne, called the Framraot Ha should be recited 7 times. The actual prayer and its Baj is given in the attached PDF file.

3. During the five Gatha days, the specific Gatha should be recited on each day. An English version of the Gathas has been attached as a PDF file to download and pray during these days.

4. Another totally forgotten prayer, which was re-introduced by our Master, Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff is the Ashaunam ni Tasbih. All our Khordeh Avesta books have the ‘Muktad no Namaskar’ prayer. However, Ustad Saheb revealed that instead of recited the sentence ‘Ashaunam vanguhish surao spentao Fravashayo yazamaide’ 3 times, as given in the book, the whole sentence should be recited 101 times. After the 101 recitation, one Ashem Vohu and the closing part of the Namaskar should be recited. It is to be remembered that the Ashaunam Tasbih should be recited standing in front of the Muktad tables. If possible, the Tasbih should be recited in every Gah for the ten days from Roj Ashtad to Gatha Vahishtoisht. The Tasbih should not be recited from Roj Hormuz.

5. A very important prayer to be recited only on the Vahishtoisht Gatha (Pateti day) is the Patet Pashemani. This should preferably be done in the Ushahin Gah. Those Behdins who are having Muktad prayers said at an Agiary would be required to attend the farewell prayers in the Ushahin Gah of the Vahishtoisht Gatha. This would be an apt moment to recite the Patet Pashemani prayer. This is the time when we all have to stand in front of the Padshah Saheb and recount the various sins we may have committed during the past year. At this very end of the year, we must make a pledge to the Padshah Saheb that we will turn into better Zoroastrians in the coming year. For more details on what Pateti means please read the post ‘Can we wish Pateti Mubarak’.

6. For the Haft Ameshaspand days, Ustad Saheb revealed that a special prayer called the Sarosh ni Tasbih should be recited. This involves the recitation of the Sarosh Baj, with the sentence ‘Sraoshim ashim huraodem vaerethrajanem fradat gaethem ashavanem ashahe ratum yazamaide’ being repeated 121  times. Guidelines for this prayer, have been given in its specific PDF file.

7. On Khordad Sal, which is the birthday of Prophet Zarathushtra, Ustad Saheb revealed that a special Tasbih should be recited in His honour. After reciting 2 Yatha and 1 Ashem the phrase: ‘Ushta no Zaato Athrava yo Spitamo Zarathushtro!’ should be recited 101 times, and closed with 1 Yatha and 2 Ashem.

8. During all the 7 days of the Haft Ameshaspand, the Haftan Yasht is specially recommended.

We give below a chart which will summarize the above prayers in a clear form. Readers of Frashogard are requested to download the chart and the attached prayer files and keep them in a pure and sacred environment.

Day Roj Normal Farajyat Special prayer 1 Special prayer 2
1. Ashishvangh Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Stum no Kardo
 
2. Ashtad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Framraot Ha, Ashaunam Tasbih Lakh prayer
 
3. Asman Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Framraot Ha, Ashaunam Tasbih Lakh prayer
 
4. Jamyad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Framraot Ha, Ashaunam Tasbih Lakh prayer
 
5. Mahrespand Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Framraot Ha, Ashaunam Tasbih Lakh prayer
 
6. Aneran Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Framraot Ha, Ashaunam Tasbih Lakh prayer
 
7. Ahunavad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Ashaunam Tasbih, Gatha Ahunavad Lakh prayer
 
8. Ushtavad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Ashaunam Tasbih, Gatha Ushtavad Lakh prayer
 

 

 

 

9. Spentomad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Ashaunam Tasbih, Gatha Spentomad Lakh prayer
 

 

 

 

10. Vohuxathra Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Ashaunam Tasbih, Gatha Vohuxathra Lakh prayer
 

 

 

 

11. Vahishtoisht Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh Ashaunam Tasbih, Gatha Vahishtoisht Lakh prayer, Patet Pashemani
 

 

 

 

12. Hormuz Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 

 

 

 

13. Bahman Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
14. Ardibehesht Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
15. Sherevar Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
16. Spendarmad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
17. Khordad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih, Zarathushtra Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
18. Amardad Kusti, Sarosh Baj, Gah, Khorshed-Meher Nyaesh

Sarosh ni Tasbih

Haftan Yasht

 
 

Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

WWW.FRASHOGARD.COM

Downloadable PDF files have been made for the Lakh prayer, the Ashaunam Tasbih, the Framraot Ha, the Gathas (in English), and a total Muktad Prayer Control Sheet.

pdf-icon-smallMuktad Prayer Control Sheet Download

 

pdf-icon-smallThe Ashaunam Tasbih Download

 

pdf-icon-smallThe Lakh Prayer Download

 

pdf-icon-smallThe Framraot Ha Download

 

pdf-icon-smallThe Gathas in English Download

 

pdf-icon-smallSarosh ni Tasbih Download

 

It is my hope that readers of Frashogard will make full use of these helpful files and implement the prayer schedules during the holy days.

 

Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

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Comments

  1. Mohnaz  August 5, 2013

    Thanks you very much for all the pains taken for setting out the wonderful format / sheet & for all the scanning of the useful prayers, will surely try & fill up the sheet with the prayers as informed by you.

  2. Nazneen  August 5, 2013

    Million thanks for this great important yet rare knowledge ,,
    Thanks for enlightening us so much !!

  3. Hutoxi  August 6, 2013

    Thank you so much for your apt guidance and for your valuable time. Will surely follow the routine.

  4. rita  August 6, 2013

    Thank u Ervad saheb. A clarification re Framraot prayer. Is the entire prayer to be recited 7 times or just the portion highlighted within the prayer 7 times, i.e. from Framraot up to Ashem Vohu.
    Please advise. Regards.

  5. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 6, 2013

    @Rita,
    Just the highlighted part to be recited 7 times.

  6. Silloo  August 6, 2013

    Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram August 7, 2013.
    SILLOO.
    Thanks a million Ervad Saheb, for your apt guidance & also for your
    valuable time. (GOD BLESS U ALWAYS).

  7. adi dubbash  August 8, 2013

    Dear Ervad Saheb,

    Kshnaothrao Ahurahe Mazdao!

    Thank you very much for your post ‘what to do and pray in Muktad’

    Just a few clarifications…

    In Chapter 32 of the Ahunavad Gatha I noticed that after stanza 16 it is stanza 23…what about stanzas 17 to 22?

    In Chapter 33 between stanza 10 & 11

    (To recite in Baz) shekasteh ghan amenyo, bar ahereman leanat sad hazar bar.

    (To recite loudly)???????? (is it the YAV 2?)

    Please intimate.

    Thanking you,

    Adi Dubbash

  8. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 9, 2013

    @Adi Dubash,
    Sorry this file was available on the Net and I have used it. I am unable to respond right now due to Muktad pressure. Request you sit with a printed Avesta and cross check.

  9. adi dubbash  August 9, 2013

    Dear Ervad Saheb,

    Please do not apologise…I understand. All your posts are very illuminating and educative. I wish when I was in my twenties or even thirties, I had known, even 10% of what I know today through your posts…life would have been very different and would have easily avoided the BLUNDERS that I committed.

    Thank you

    Adi Dubbash

  10. Porus Jemi Dumasia  August 13, 2013

    Can the special muktad prayer for ten days along with lakh prayer be prayed in aivishruthrem gah after normal farajyat of aivishruthrem gah.
    Why in this prayers there is no mention of the name of ruvan in whose memory we want to pray.

  11. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 13, 2013

    @porus
    The special prayers along with the Lakh can be prayed in ANY Gah, including Aiwisruthrem. To recite the name of the deceased, please use the paragraph given at the end of the Khorshed Nyaesh in the Khordeh Avesta printed by the Parsi Vegetarian & Temperance Society.

    Pressed for time due to Muktad. Will include this prayer and its English rendition in a later blog post.

  12. Shahnaz Irani  August 19, 2013

    Respected Ervad Marzbanji,
    This is the first time I have wanted to pray the complete Muktad prayers,but was unable to obtain them in english until I visited the site of Frashogarh.Its unbelievable for me to have them at the correct time.A BIG TKS to you ,as you have so beautifully prepared all the prayers and the chart .I want to pray more and more under your guidance.Thank You once again.

  13. Hutoxi  September 20, 2013

    Ervad Marzbanji,

    I want to pray Patet Ravaanni for my Dad, but need some guidance on it as do not want to do anything wrong. I did not know it was my duty to pray this everyday for him. He left us 7 years back but I would like to start now. I was going through the prayers today and saw that there are some places where I need to take his name. (falaan) (Khud falaan) (falaan khud falaan). My question is do I take only his name (not with his Dad’s) where it says falaan? His name is Sohrab, so should I say (Sohrabji) (Khud Sohrabji) (Sohrabji khud Sohrabji) ?
    Is the whole Patet Ravaan-ni to be prayed in Bista ? If there is anything else I should know, please tell me, as I look forward to your guidance in doing the right thing.
    Thank you very much for all your effort in teaching me so many things.

  14. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  September 20, 2013

    @Hutoxi
    This is an important question which is often asked. As per Ustad Saheb, the following rules should be applied:

    1. In all Anusheh Ruvan prayers, the name of the deceased must always be taken either with the father’s name or the husband’s name. The name can not be taken singly.

    2. If therefore, the deceased is Behdin Homa and his father’s name was Behdin Jamshed, then the Patet should be recited in the following manner:

    3. Where ‘Falan’ is written you should recite “Behdin Homa Behdin Jamshed”

    4. Where ‘Khud Falan’ is written, you should recite “Khud Behdin Homa Behdin Jamshed”

    5. Where ‘Falan Khud Falan’ is written, you should recite “Behdin Homa Behdin Jamshed Khud Behdin Homa Beh Jamshed”

    6. Where ‘Khud Falan Khud Falan’ is written, you should recite Khud Behdin Homa Behdin Jamshed Khud BEhdin Homa Behdin Jamshed”.

    Since Patet is generally recited last, it can be prayed Kushade too.

  15. Hutoxi Irani  September 21, 2013

    Er. Marazbanji,
    Thank you very much for the clarification. Just another small request, could you tell me where could I buy the Shudh Ucchar-ni Khordeh Avasta? I am in California, but surely when I visit India next time I would like to buy for myself.

  16. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  September 21, 2013

    @Hutoxi
    The KA is available at the office of the Zoroastrian Radih Society. Vatsa House (old Noble Chambers) 4th floor, Janmabhoomi Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400001. Tel 2287 0795.

  17. Hutoxi Irani  September 21, 2013

    Thanks a million.

  18. horrmuz minoo. bulsara  November 13, 2013

    dear ervad m.hathiram, could you let me know the works of ustad saheb behramshah nowroji shroff,where could i get from frm horrmuz.m.bulsara. e.mail/ [email protected]

  19. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  November 15, 2013

    Please click on the ‘Ilm-e-Khshnoom Skydrive’ link on the very top of the Frashogard page. There all the writings of Ustad Saheb can be downloaded for free in pdf form.

  20. Porus Jemi Dumasia  August 5, 2014

    Prayers of Baj yatha ahuvairyo 1200 and baj ashem vohu 2100 are recommended in our Khordeh avesta to be prayed in muktad and gatha days. What is the difference between these muktad prayers and the lakh prayer. Please give guidance since I am hesitant to pray lakh prayer because it is not in our Khordeh avesta.

  21. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 5, 2014

    @Dumasia
    The Lakh prayer is given in the Khordeh Avesta of Ustad Saheb, the Khordeh Avesta ba Khshnoom of Dr. Saheb Framroze Chiniwalla and the Shudhh Ucchar Khordeh Avesta published by the Parsi Vegetarian and Temperance Society. I do not have any knowledge about the Baj prayers you have mentioned except that I have seen them in normal Khordeh Avesta books without any explanation. If you do not believe in the revelation of Ustad Saheb then maybe you should look elsewhere for your information. Frashogard will always advise based on the teachings of Ustad Saheb Behramshah.

  22. Hutoxi Irani  August 5, 2014

    Er. Marazbanji
    Could you please guide me, as of all the muktad prayers that I want to pray as per your chart, which ones can I pray in Ushain Geh and which ones in Haavan Geh? Would like to complete all my prayers before heading for work. Thanks.

  23. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 6, 2014

    @Hutoxi
    All the prayers for the Muktad can be done in any Gah, after doing the normal Farajyat of that Gah.

  24. sarosh  September 1, 2014

    May i know where i can find the khordeh avesta by Our beloved ustad saheb. in one of ur post i read Ustad Saheb’s personally written Khordeh Avesta, over 1000 pages long. Along with the daily prayers (which we have not included in the scanned version),.WISH U COULD SCAN THE WHOLE BOOK AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC . awaiting for such a complete khordeh avesta book.

  25. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  September 2, 2014

    @Sarosh
    I wish you would at least access the Sky Drive and see that the book is already available.

    Also the Trustees of the Zoroastrian Radih Society have reprinted the book and it is available free of cost at their office in Fort.

  26. Hutoxi Irani  May 20, 2015

    Er. Marazbanji,

    I would like to recite the name of my dear mother, who just passed away, when I pray my farajyat prayers every morning. Could you please enlighten me regarding the paragraph and how to pray in Khorshed Nyaesh. I have Khordeh Avesta printed by the Parsi Vegetarian & Temperance Society and I have been trying, but it is confusing me. I have a feeling I am not praying right. Some guidance from you when you have time, will be appreciated. Thank you.

  27. Rashna Pardiwala  August 1, 2015

    Thank you for this information sir. It is indeed very useful.

  28. [email protected]  August 3, 2015

    Dear Ervard Marzbanji,
    Thank you very much for enlightening us on the lakh prayer. In Guideline no. 8, you mention that during the Gatha days, the Gatha Khshnuman may be recited.

    Could we please have the text of the Gatha Khshnuman like the Ardafravash Khshnuman that you gave us?

    Thanks very much.
    Firdosh

  29. Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram  August 3, 2015

    @Firdosh
    Small Khshnuman: ‘Ahurahe Mazdao raevato khvarenanghuhato Ameshanam Spentanam, Gathabyo Spentabyo rathukhshatrabyo Ashaonibyo, Ahunavaitiyao Gathayao, Ushtavaitiyao Gathayao, Spenta Mainyeush Gathayao, Vohukhshathrayao Gathayao, Vahishtoishtoish Gathayao, Ashaunam Fravashinam ugranam aiwithuranam Poiryo Tkaeshanam Fravashinam, Nabanazdishtanam Fravashinam, khshnaothra yasnaicha….’

    Big Khshnuman: ‘Gathao spentao rathukhshatrao Ashaonish yazamaide. Ahunavaitim Gatham Ashaonim Ashahe Ratum yazamaide, Ushtavaitim Gatham Ashaonim Ashahe Ratum yazamaide, Spenta Mainyum Gatham Ashaonim Ashahe Ratum yazamaide, Vohu Khshathram Gatham Ashaonim Ashahe Ratum yazamaide, Vahishtoishtim Gatham Ashaonim Ashahe Ratum yazamaide.’

    Thanks for your query.

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