A puja is a fire ceremony with the focus on a specific intention, in this case the celebration of the Rising Lotus CommUnity. The fire is prepared with specific items to support the intention, participants will be guided by pujari, Yogi Ashokananda through the vedic rituals, including mantra chanting and offerings engaging each of the senses and elements. Participants are invited to receive a blessing, represented by a specially prepared powder as a symbol of loyalty, devotion and commitment. Yogi will invoke the blessing with mark on the forehead (at the ajna chakra), to recognise your own intellect. Respecting of your intellect ensures that thoughts, speech, actions, habits and ultimately your character becomes pure. The ajna chakra involves balancing the higher and lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Its inner aspect relates to visual consciousness and clarity on an intuitive level. The mark placed at this position is said to retain and enhance this energy, strengthening your concentration.