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The Singhanada Puja 狮吼观音法会


The Singhanada Puja
The Bodhisattva Singhanada, also known as the Lion’s Roar Avalokiteshvara is the activity manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. By practising or propitiating to Singahanada in Puja can cure naga diseases and purify negative emotions as a result of non virtuous karmic activities and deeds.
It is especially effective in curing Naga diseases and diseases caused by Earth Deities. During the Puja usually a large sea palace will be constructed and on the final day of the propitiation will be offered to the Naga King.
Singhanada Puja is a much superior Puja than the Naga Puja. Being a Bodhisattva deity of Compassion there will not be ill effect of not being please if not properly propitiated as that of Naga Puja. It is a kriya tantra practice and good to be vegetarian before and during Puja
The effectiveness in this Puja in curing naga disease was shown during the historical period of the great Mongol Empire. The emperor Goden Khan had a skin disease, and Sakya Pandita performed the ritual of the Bodhisattva Singhananda, which completely cured his skin disease. Through this, the emperor became extremely devoted to Sakya Pandita and Buddhism.
An historical background of the Singhanada Puja
-this version is abridged for easy understanding
When the emperor of Mongolia, Goden Khan was inflicted with Naga illness, Sakya Pandita, performed many Manjushri’s Water Offering for the sake of Emperor.
During this period of Offerings, on the dawn of the 11th day of the third month of the Sheep Year, Sakya Pandita had a dream. In his dream he saw a disabled man who was inflicted with naga disease, and whose body was covered with wounds and blisters, approached him. The man said he was sent by the Naga King as the King is too ill to come himself to seek advices of his (the King) illness. Sapan agreed to perform some benefit to the King’s illness but first needed to know the cause of the illness and what method was beneficial in curing the disease.
The lame man then related the story of the antagonism between the Naga King and Godan Khan in previous lives.
Godan Khan had accumulated enormous merit in his previous life as a King in the time of the Buddha Shakayamuni. After he passed away he was reborn as the King of Minyak. Before he built his palace on the place where the Naga King’s palace was, he called upon the local monks to do some rituals and offerings. As the offerings and rituals was not properly done by the monks, the Naga King did not offer him the land. However the Minyak King went ahead to built a palace over the place of the Naga King and thus pressed all the King’s subjects like a huge mountain had befallen on them. As the Naga are unable to challenge the human’s merit, they left the place to live in the north (Mongolia) and settle there.
There too, the Minyak King came and made fire on them, dug the earth and did many harmful actions. The subjects felt insecure living there and this time the Naga king got angry and gathered the gods and evil spirits of the place and told them to help in retaliation of the Minyak king for his two actions. The gatherings of gods and evil spirits replied that they couldn’t harm the king’s might as he had accrued merit during the Buddha Shakyamuni’s time. They suggested him to leave the place and live in the ponds or in the swamps rather than living in a dried place.
While dwelling in the place, the king checked the previous offering items of the monks made by the former king. He decreased the offering items and dug the feet of the golden staute of Buddha Shakyamuni to examine whether it was made of gold, wood or stone.
Then, with the gathering of the gods and evil spirits, they said that now the portion of the king’s merit has decreased and it is time to harm him. However, none could harm the meritorious king directly. They laid slander between the King and the internal Minister, in which the Minister killed the king. When the king was about to die, he made a prayer that “may I be reborn as a prince who could harm you and put all of you into my servitude”. As a result of this prayer he was reborn as a nephew of the Emperor Genghis Khan. The prince came to the place where they resided, run the horses, killed them and scattered the blood over the Nagas; and as a result, some fell ill, and some die. The Naga King fall ill too
Those monks before Sakya Pandita did prayers for Goden Khan but it never benefited the Nagas. However, Sakya Pandita were able to provided them with Medicine and Food. Due to this benefit accrued to them, the disabled man was able to visit Sakya Pandita. The disabled Man said his King presently was near death, and if he happened to die, the Emperor Goden would die too. If he was cured, Goden would be cured also. Small Pujas could not cure the disease or give benefit. Sakya Pandita had been making great effort to cure both the Naga King and the Emperor of the disease, and if this was successful, they would be great benefit to Sakya Pandita.
Then Sakya Pandita, thought and sought out which method that would be most beneficial. However, as some obstacles had arisen, the dream ended at this point.
Sakya Pandita performed the Singhanada Puja for the Emperor which caused Goden to be free from the disease, and so Goden became a great help to Sakya Pandita , and at the same time Goden received Mahayana Bodhicitta and many profound and extensive Teaching. Although there are many spiritual teachers, but Sakya Pandita was accorded with the highest respect. People from different language speaking tribes, who have no faith in the Dharma, were render faithful by Sakya Pandita; and those with faith were turned towards the Mahayana.
Translated from Lam Dre text Vol ka (by Khenpo Jamyang Kunga)

Singhanada Puja has proven in History to be very effective against the Naga Diseases and diseases caused by Earth deities. Sakya Pandita in the period of the Mongol ruler Goden Khan, had cured the emperor of his naga disease. It needs two days preparation.
Effectiveness of Singhanada Puja – A Brief Historical Background

It was recorded in the Lam Dre Vol KA (below is an abridged version)

During the time of the great Mongol Empire, the Emperor Goden fell ill from Naga disease. Sakya Pandita, one of the founding Master of the Sakya, who was the spiritual adviser, performed numerous Manjushri water offerings for the Emperor.
At that time Sakya Pandita had an unusual dream about a lame man sent by the sick Naga King (as he was unable to attend personally) to Sapan for instructions. Sapan agreed to perform some benefit for the Naga King
When asked further, the lame man related the cause of his King illness which showed a Karmic link between the King and Goden. This link made Goden’s illness fatal if the sick Naga King were to die from his sickness.
Sakya Pandita then performed the
Singhanada Puja with great effect curing the Emperor.
From that time onwards, Sakya Pandita was well respected by all. Many non- believers became Buddhists and those with faith became Mahayana followers, and the Emperor received many high empowerments and Teachings.