Questions tagged [pancayatana]

Pañcāyatana (पञ्चायतन) or Pañcāyatanapūjā refers to the “worship of five forms”, which was popularized by Śaṅkarācārya, invokes the five deities Gaṇapati, Viṣṇu, Śiva, Devī, and Sūrya.

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Is there a Saura-Sampradaya today separate from Smarta-Sampradaya?

Does an independent Saura-Sampradaya exist today? Or is the cult and philosophy of Surya, like Ishvara, preserved only inside the Panchayatana Puja? ...
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Does the Gāṇapatyas (गाणपत्य) and the Sauras (सौर) have any dedicated sectarian Tilaka?

Each sect/subsect within Hinduism has its own dedicated 'sectarian holy markings" known as Tilaka (तिलक). For Instance: The Śaivaites (शैव) - the worshippers of god Śiva as the Supreme, wears ...
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Which scripture contains the details about the aniconic idols of the three pañcāyatana deities - Sūrya, Gaṇeśa, and Devī?

It is well known that besides being worshipped in their 'saguṇa' mūrti forms, both Śiva and Viṣṇu are also worshipped by their 'self-manifested' aniconic idols viz - the Śivaliṅga [Bāṇaliṅga ( बाणलि...
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Did Shankaracharya establish the "shanmatha" and the "panchayatana puja" systems?

There is a general opinion that Sripad Adi Sankaracharya established the shanmatha system and also insituted the worship form of panchayatana. Yet there seems to be lot of disagreements even among the ...
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