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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.

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Jai Sri Ram 🙏 Balaji

From the last year started Hanumanji puja daily on my own. Every Tuesday after doing my nittya puja I went to mandir to offer puja to Bhagwan by the priests. But today I went to the Mandir but can't ...
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What is the scriptural reference of Svarnamukhi, Sonebhadra and Sphatik shilas?

We all have seen references to Banalinga and Shaligram in the Puranas but there are 3 more swayambhu shilas Svarnamukhi(for Shakti), Sonebhadra(for Ganapati) and Sphatik(for Suryanarayan) used in ...
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Procedure of panchayatana puja

Ik of the stones used and the placement according to ur ishta and that dwijas can use vedic suktas but what is the procedure for non dwijas? Should they use stotras/other mantras? And what is the ...
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Can we chant the Hanuman Chalisa outside of the temple?

I have taken up chanting Hanuman Chalisa during my daily puja and have been doing it for some time now. But recently I came across an article that says, to never chant Hanuman Chalisa anywhere else ...
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What is the origin of kosa-kusi?

I have seen in the eastern side of India, that often kosa-kusi is used in puja for achaman and samanya arghya sthapan. I would to know what is the origin of this kosa-kusi, is there any scripture that ...
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What are the components of Dashang dhoop nivedan?

Can anyone please provide components of dashang dhoop , along with proper shastriya reference ?
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Which metals utensils are used for Naivedya for which deities?

I have where heard that different deities like different metals for the offerings of Naivedya, but not sure of any scriptural reference. According to what I have heard is Deities like Sri Hari, and ...
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Daily Pooja Mantra chanting

Namaskar. I read an article that says we should never chant any mantra unless we receive Guru initiation, including Hanuman Chalisa. In case of mispronounciation, there might be deva dosha and the ...
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Vishnu Prayer while invocation of other Deities

Is there any way I can invoke and praise (Budh, Brihaspati, Mangala) and various other devatas and rishis before I start my prayer solely dedicated to the lotus feet of Vishnu?
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Are women allowed to blow conch shell (Shankha) in Hinduism?

I've heard that it is mentioned that Lakshmi doesn't reside in homes/leaves that home were women or shudra blows conch, it is mentioned in Brahm-vaivarta puran, prakriti khand, adhyaya 20, shloka 21 ...
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Best Channel for Mantra

I am looking for a respectable source for correct pronunciation of chants to the devatas, as many have said online that you must be careful with YouTube videos mispronouncing Mantras. Does anyone have ...
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Ritual that can be done by the uninitiated to do for any god(s) at any time

What rituals can be done by the uninitiated for any god(s)? What prayers must be sung? What preparations must be made before? What can be offered? Scriptual reference?
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Can I use dry mango leaves for puja?

I don't have any local supermarket or market by me that sells fresh mango leaves for puja, can I order it online? it will be dry as that is all they offer online.
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About worshipping Gods with mentally concieved offerings

The Laliopakhyaana contains the following statement - 84-87a. If one cannot afford, one should always worship Ambikā with articles mentally conceived and imagined. - Lalitopakhyana Chapter 43 So my ...
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Mantra/Sloka to chant before we lit a lamp

For water we usually chant gange cha sloka, which provides all auspiciousness of these holy rivers: ganga. yamuna. godhavari. saraswati. narmada. sindhu. kaveri. Question: Is there anything similar ...
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Abandoned vigrahas

Namaskaram to all ! I am planning to set up a temple inside my house. I wish to do prana-pratishta of the vigraha, offer naivedya twice everyday, recite sahasranam etc. The deity is Venkateswara. But ...
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Extremely large vigrahas at home [>7 feet]

I would like to know if it is permissible to keep a large vigraha of a deity at home, specially when it exceeds 7 feet. Is it allowed to keep such a large vigraha at home, in a special room like ...
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Consequences of creating obstacles during sacred rituals

It is common in many cases people chit-chat while the rituals are taking place. Also, some wicked minded create obstacles to sacred acts. What are the consequences of creating obstacles or disturbing ...
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Devata puja/homas during Pitru Paksha

During Pitru Paksha new ceremonies, like gruha pravesha, Upanayana, wedding, etc. are not allowed. But is it ok for one to perform special (something more than daily puja) devata pujas/homas (for ...
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How many counts of mantra is permissable after 108 chants?

Usually 108 chants is done if we don’t have time to do 1008 how much is permissible in 200’s - 900’s.
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Can Gangajal purify the puja room and puja samagri?

How to purify Puja samagris/ ritual objects when touched by someone not ritually pure, like who touched meat, washed his hands with normal water and touched the ritual objects?
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About the rules of changing yagyopaveetam

Can we change our poonal or janeu(sacred thread) on bhadra kaal which is on 30th august 2023. if yes, then the right timing for changing?!
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Is puja only for going close to God and finally attaining moksha or it can be there for solving real world problem?

I am quite confused because I am seeing different people say different things. Some say Puja isn't for any materialistic gain or solving any life problem. Infact, thistype of puja and bhakts aren't ...
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Worship of multiple Devis/avatars?

Please understand from the outset that I am a Westerner who is very new to the idea of bringing Hindu precepts into my life formally, so anything foolish or ignorant I say should be taken with that in ...
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How does a person know that a deity chose him to be his devotee?

Recently I read somewhere that a person was talking about being chosen by Lord Krishna to be his deity. How do they know? Does it mean? They are gradually drawn towards that particular God. ...
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How long after daily puja do you put off the diya?

Cannot keep the ghee lamp burning all day/night. So how long do you typically wait after putting off your diya after puja is over? Does the scriptures say anything on this topic?
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How to use Durva grass in Shree Ganesha's puja?

I am preparing for Chaturthi this year, I would like to improve the puja to Shree Ganesha, I came to know that Ganesha likes Druva grass, but I didn't know how to use it. I thought you were supposed ...
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How to increase my concentration for Japa?

Recently, I'm not getting interest to do japa. While I somehow doing the japa internally (Rama nama), I used to get Maa Kalika sometimes in meditation too. Now, I'm not getting interest to do any japa ...
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Can you perform Salagram puja in Sutaka/thudaku

I had a question. I am initiated and perform Sri Salagrama Nitya Puja daily. I am under the instruction to do it daily. What do I do when there is a time of uncleanliness in the family. Do I need to ...
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What is the symbolic significance of Maa Lakshmi offering bel fruit (Shree Phal) during her Shiv Puja.?

Disclaimer.: My intetion is not to hurt the sentiments of any sampradaya or infact anyone. As every Pouranik story has an inner symbolic meaning behind it. Hope u will understand. Note.: I am ...
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Can you recommend an evening purification puja?

I am a most recent devotee living in america. I know little of Hindu faith, religion beliefs or practices other than what has come to me from sources I do not yet understand. I began my practice of ...
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What are the most appropriate times of day to perform puja to lord Vishnu?

I read that the most appropriate time for puja for Lord Shiva is Arunodaya muhurta, that Nishita muhurta is the time to perform puja for the goddess Lakshmi, and that the best time to perform puja for ...
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Are there devotional objects for worship of Lord Vishnu (comparable to the shivling used for worshipping Lord Shiva)?

For Lord Shiva, there are shivlings/lingam that people use for devotional worship. Are there any comparable devotional objects that many people use to worship Lord Vishnu, or objects that represent ...
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Is isht devta determined by birth kundali or a person can choose it?

Is Insht devta predecided by janm kundali or we have freedome to choose the diety as our isht devi or devta?
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Favorite Fruit, Flower, Leaf For Durga Maa & Kali Maa

Googled this several times in the past and again recently. Is it always red hibiscus for flower in puja ? Could someone tell me which is best fruit to offer for Devi Maa Thx
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Should we Recite pratah smaran slokas before or after bathing?

There are many pratah smaran stotram and slokas of various gods (Shiva , devi , Ganesh etc) aswell as of holy being (panch devi sapt cheeranjivi etc). We also have slokas such "karagre vaste ...
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What offerings are best for rahu and ketu?

I am currently doing a 21 day fast for Rahu and Ketu to remove bad energy from me, what are the best offerings?
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Significance of Shree Satyanarayan Puja

Shree Satyanarayan Pooja What is the significance of Shree Satyanarayan Puja? What are the different rituals in the Puja?
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Why do people do tap the sides of their head when chanting suklambaradharam vishnum?

At the start of most poojas, I've seen the sloka "śuklāmbaradharam viṣnum..." being chanted with the hands tapping the sides of the head. Some books specify that the sides of the head to be ...
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Correct way to Apply Tripundra

I apply Tripundra on daily basis. Till now I use to make use of my Index Finger, Middle Fingure and Ring Fingure. Today suddenly one of my friend asked: Why we use the upper three finger only? Why not ...
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Correct direction of coconut tail

I belong to south part of Bharat where the coconut tail is kept in reverse direction of God (or towards us) and then it is burst/chip. In Maharashtra in one of the temple when I tried to do the same ...
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What to do with lemon given at Durga temples?

Few temples in south India offer lemons to the Village goddess (a form of Durga/kaali) while worshipping. When I went to a temple yesterday, they are giving lemons each to all the devotees. What is ...
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Is there a Saura-Sampradaya today separate from Smarta-Sampradaya?

Does an independent Saura-Sampradaya exist today? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saura_(Hinduism) Or is the cult and philosophy of Surya, like Ishvara, preserved only inside the Panchayatana Puja? ...
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References for Shravan Maas Puja (श्रावण मास पूजा)

The time for Shravan maas is nearby. And the eagerness in the masses will spark to worship Shiva. Is Shravan archana for Shiva mentioned in any Shastra like Purana, Itihasa or any Shaiva agamas? Or is ...
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I got pooped on by a bird (maybe a pigeon) during puja in the temple. Is it good or bad?

I got pooped on by a bird (maybe a pigeon) during puja in the temple. Is it a good omen or a bad omen, as per the scriptures?
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Kubera references for worship

Where are references of sUtras, dhyAna or mantras (or related) for worshiping Kubera in the right way to incorporate him in the daily pUja?
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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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Puja/Prayer starting?

Can someone please clarify, what is the initial jaap to say before any recital basically for dhayaanam before reciting any chalisa or suktam . There are so many of them such as "shanti" ...
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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 ...
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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?
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