Questions tagged [puja]

Pooja or Puja is a prayer ritual performed by Hindus to host, honor and worship one or more deities, or to spiritually celebrate an event.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
1answer
173 views

Who gets the remnants of homa/sacrifice/puja?

When pujas performed, normally, the officiating priest takes the items (like rice, wheat, grains,...) remaining after the puja or used during the puja. I have seen priests take the grains, some also ...
2
votes
0answers
44 views

Can I do arpana of a chola (cloth) to shri hanuman ji in the morning?

Because people say that we should only do it in evening. Then what should be done?
1
vote
0answers
59 views

Wife's seating position during rituals

I heard from someone that during religious rituals (puja, homa, etc.) wife should sit on left side of husband. But my understanding was wife sits on the right side of husband. Any views in our ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

What is the unique call to prayer in Sanaatana Dharma?

Sanaatana Dharma says God (Ishwara) is only one. So what is the unique call to prayer in Sanaatana Dharma to praise Ishwara? Just Like Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer Barechu, the Jewish call to ...
2
votes
0answers
42 views

How does one become a pujari?

How exactly does one become a pujari? As in,I’d like to know what is the eligibility criteria, details of training undergone(like how interested Christians go to a seminary and become priests after ...
11
votes
1answer
121 views

Should fire generated by match-sticks or petroleum-based products be used in homa?

In the Bṛhat Tantrasāra, it is stated that fire used for Tāntrika homa should belong to any one of the following categories : It should be generated by araṇi wood. It should be generated by stone (i....
5
votes
1answer
67 views

What puja or god to worship be done to lessen insults and loss of image in community per Hindu scriptures, to improve rAjapUjya and sat-keetri?

What stotras or pujas or yangya worship should be done to improve rAjapUjya and sat-keetri (honored and respected by others)? This is asked by someone who keeps getting blamed for doing things which ...
4
votes
1answer
176 views

My home temple's bell broke. Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again?

My home temple's bell broke by falling on the ground while cleaning it. Does it mean any inauspicious thing is going to happen ? Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again ?
6
votes
1answer
94 views

Where's this verse come from?

आवाहनं न जानामि न जानामि तवार्चनम्। पूजां श्चैव न जानामि क्षम्यतां परमेश्वर॥ Whenever a pooja is completed in my home, my mother says this, I wanna know where this verse came from is.
2
votes
0answers
48 views

What are the Stotras to worship Indra, Agni, Vayu, Soma, and Yama?

What are the Mantras in Epics, Puranas and Agamas and also, other Stotras to worship Indra, Agni, Vayu, Soma, and Yama?
2
votes
0answers
43 views

What are the rules for blowing conch before and after Pūjā - Upāsanā?

When should the conch (शंख) be blown? At the start of the Pūjā - Upāsanā or at the end? Sometimes, I have seen people blowing it twice, both at the start and then in the end too. Others, blow it ...
3
votes
0answers
43 views

Touching water after daily puja - sãdhanã bad?

I have heard that one must not touch water after having finished their daily pújã/upãsanã - पूजा/उपासना. This is because, that due to mantra-uccharaña - मंत्रोच्चारण while doing sãdhanã - साधना, a ...
2
votes
0answers
68 views

Keeping two conch shells ( shankha) at home not allowed?

I have heard people saying that the shankh - conch, which is used for blowing shouldn't be used for worshipping any deities via Abhishekam (especially God Vishnu) or, in any other way, and vice-versa. ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Puja timings and links with gods, rishis, humans, and demons?

Several times, elders in my community admonish or pinpoint children or others, on their timings of performing their daily, morning puja and upãsanã. For example, I have heard from them, that best ...
8
votes
0answers
65 views

Where can i find scriptural references for vaahan puja?

It is a custom to take the newly purchased car to a nearby temple, where the pujari consecrates it. It typically involves tying a lemon somewhere on the hood, breaking a coconut in front of car etc. ...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

I live in central India and I haven't met many people who only worship one particular deity or God. They may be partial to one over others, but they worship all dieties. Most temples also contain ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Can one do deeparadhana and pooja after 12pm? If not, why?

Is daily worship and deeparadhan after 12pm okay? Please give appropriate reasoning
3
votes
0answers
24 views

Good and reliable books editions about pujas and Vastu?

Where to find complete Shastras or others like Agamas scriptures in order to know Why and How certain foods or flowers or scents are more appreaciated by a Deva if compared to something other to offer ...
5
votes
1answer
82 views

What's the ritual of performing morning pooja at home

I'm trying to get into the habit of doing pooja at home. Can someone give me the essential things that need to be done?
2
votes
0answers
37 views

Does any scripture recommend Tulasi leaves in Ganesha Puja on Ganesha Chaturthi?

As per this post, Tulasi is included in leaves to be offered to Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi. But, Tulasi is prohibited in Ganesha puja on normal days. Is there any scriptural basis which allows ...
4
votes
0answers
59 views

What is the Vedic ritual for Bhumi Puja of Mandir?

Recently the historic Bhumi Puja for Ram Mandir was conducted at Ayodhya, after at least 1000 years. Which scripture details the exact method for doing Bhumi Puja, especially for that of a Mandir? Is ...
5
votes
2answers
147 views

Does mAnasika puja or mAnasika anushtanam or mAnasika UpAsana have any basis in ItihAsAs or Smritis or Upanishads or Vedas?

mAnasika pUja is lauded & bheema is given as an example. If so, what stops one who is lying down in sleep at 4am everyday, instead of getting up, just continue lying down and then do in his mind ...
3
votes
1answer
142 views

Fear and negative thoughts [closed]

I do everything: pooja and Pranayam, but still I always get negative thoughts. It always seems that only bad things will happen with me. I do read sunder kand daily. Please advise. why it is like ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

Shanka Abhisheka

I heard Shanka Abhishekam should not be performed to Lakshmi. I am looking for more details on why, and also for any other god/goddess, we should not do Shanka Abhishekam. Any scriptural references, ...
2
votes
0answers
39 views

What does a home mandir sit on?

Please allow me to preface the question because, as a foreigner who did not grow up with Sanatana Dharma, my practice probably differs from yours. All of my life when traveling statues, stones, a ...
2
votes
0answers
47 views

Saligraama puja at home

Our parents are doing puja to saligrama since last 25 years. It is a family tradition. My brother is getting married in few months. I want to know if we can we do saligrama puja at home during wive's ...
1
vote
2answers
63 views

does the word "Puja" to denote a religious observance occur in scripture?

Suniti Kumar Chatterji, the eminent linguist, has said that the concept of Puja is a distinctive contribution of the Dravidians. It occurs in the Bhagavad Gita in a general sense Bhagavad Gita ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

Women's hair tying during puja [duplicate]

I heard someone say that women should not have hair open during shubha karyas, and have open (untied) hair during pitru karyas. In South India we are thus normally following but in North women ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

Akshata colour and significance [duplicate]

Are there any differences between yellow and red coloured akshatas? Is any colour preferred over another in the context of a specific type of puja or vratha? Any benefits of using one colour over ...
3
votes
1answer
209 views

If durva is not available then what can be offered to Ganesh ji as a substitute?

Its difficult to get durva by me so what else can be offered to Ganesh ji, instead of durva.
1
vote
1answer
346 views

What type of conch is this?

It is bit heavy and it is almost 8 inches tall. What type of conch is this? Can we use it to blow or do we keep it in the puja?
1
vote
0answers
67 views

Vastu Shanti and Satyanarayana Puja

We have been told by Pandit that according to the book Vastu Puja and Satyanarayana Puja are not to be done on a single day. Can perform Vastu Puja and Satyanarayana Puja in same day?
1
vote
1answer
160 views

Wood Carving of Garuda and Hanuman

Can wooden carving of shankha,chakra and thirunamam flanked by Garuda and Hanuman, as shown in the image below, be placed on the entrance of pooja room at home? Will it cause any adverse effects?
0
votes
0answers
679 views

How did Hindu scholars determine that North America is Kraunchadvipa?

According to the Hindu scriptures, there are 7 continents or dvipas named: Jambu ("Indian Blackberry tree") Plaksha ("Ficus religiosa (Peepal) tree") Shalmali ("Bombax tree") Kusha ("grass") Kraunca (...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

Which flowers & leaves ought to be offered to Lord Shiva?

I know of Bilva leaves and Datura flowers. Are there any other leaves & flowers which are dear to Lord Shiva? Scriptural references and/or pointers would be highly appreciated.
3
votes
2answers
325 views

Why are Yama or Agni or Matarishvan not worshipped even though they are Forms of the Supreme God?

The Rigveda 10.164.46 states: ekam sad viprA bahudhA vadanti agnim yamam mAtrishvAnam Ahuh || The sages describe the one existence (ekam sat) in many ways. It is called as Agini, Yama, MatrishvAn. ...
2
votes
0answers
61 views

What are the 132 types of upachaara?

एकोद्वात्रिंशोपचार they are called. There are many types of upachaara pujas. Minimum is panchopchaar 5 upchaar one.. & maximum I got to know is 132. Raajopchaar is 64 upchaar & only till there'...
2
votes
0answers
109 views

What is the source of this symbol?

What is the significance and source of the upper symbol? It is used on ghata at the time of worship and is also drawn on walls in Bengal. I do not know whether it is used in other parts of India.
2
votes
0answers
82 views

A question on Kali-Puja

According to Tantra-Vachana, Kali-Puja should never be done by the priests. If someone gets it done by a priest, the Mother becomes angry and ruins that person: purohitam samAniya yadi pujAdi ...
2
votes
0answers
82 views

What is the significance of the ghata-sthapana in the puja?

What is the significance of the ghata-sthapana in the worship of the hindu Gods? I have never seen ghatas in temples of Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. It is seen primarily in the worship of the Goddess ...
4
votes
0answers
154 views

What is Sarvato-Bhadra-Mandala?

Sarvato-Bhadra-Mandala is drawn and used in worship of many deities in hinduism. What is it actually and how is it drawn and worshipped?
9
votes
1answer
208 views

What is the relation of Vasant Panchami with Goddess Saraswati?

Tomorrow is Vasant Panchami and my Bengali friends shall be celebrating Saraswati Puja. I wanted to know if the worship of Saraswati is mentioned in any scripture on this particular day.
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Why only water is used to give Arghya to Sun (Surya)? [duplicate]

I know that offering arghya to Sun (Surya) is a way of saying thank you to Sun (Surya) for provide such enormous amount of light & energy. My question is why only water is selected to offer ...
2
votes
0answers
2k views

Can I pour water on the shivling for abhishek as many times as I want?

I go to a temple where there is a shivling set on some soil at the base of a tree. So all the water poured goes in the root, and I feel good about giving the tree so much Shiva Nirmalaya to drink. ...
2
votes
0answers
187 views

Is cooked or uncooked rice offered in rudrabhishek? If so, which one?

Is cooked or uncooked rice offered in rudrabhishek? If so, which one? Or is it both?
0
votes
0answers
155 views

Can we touch the shivling to spread the contents of the offering like curd or ghee around it while doing Abhishek?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja that - Fingers should not be put in water, milk and ghee etc., because the touching of nails makes these things inauspicious. But when I offer ...
3
votes
0answers
1k views

Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
1
vote
0answers
88 views

Are all poojas performed for god or can they be done for good/bad spirits also? [closed]

Are all the poojas done to god? Are there any poojas done seeking the help of evil spirits for any favour? I have heard of 'sathru samhara pooja.' Is doing 'koodothram'(black magic) against hindu ...
0
votes
1answer
350 views

Are there any references to simple prayers to Lord Vishnu in the scriptures? [closed]

I don't mean recitation of vedas, mantras, japas or even stotrams, or even any rituals. I mean simple prayers in your own words in any language such as english, such as "Please help me with xyz." or "...
8
votes
2answers
6k views

Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

As I saw from my childhood while doing prayer we use banana/coconut as one of the puja ingredients. Why do we use these particular fruits rather than others? Why do we give special importance to them?...