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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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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?
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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 (...
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What is the main reason behind pleasing lord Hanuman on tuesday? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of doing puja of lord hanuman on tuesday?
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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.
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What is Tri-Pushkara dosha and what are its remedies?

What is 'Tri-pushkara dosha'? What are the remedies of this dosha according to our scriptures?
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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, ...
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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'...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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.
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A Question Regarding the Rishyadinyasa of the Sri Sri Ramakrishna- Puja-Paddhati

In page 28 of the book "Worship of Sri Ramakrisha"( Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, 3rd revised ed.1882),the Rishyadi-nyasa of Sri Ramakrishna-Puja-paddhati is described as: ॐ ऐं सर्वदेवदेवीस्वरूपाय ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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?
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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 ...
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Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
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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 ...
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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 "...
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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?...
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Rituals at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi

What rituals to be done at Rameswaram before going to Varanasi ? And What rituals to be done at Rameswaram after returning from Varanasi ?
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Why kANsya(Brass/Bronze) is prohibited in ghanta(bell) pooja?

I read this question Ghanta Puja and the translation provided for the following sloka in question says that ringing kaNsya(Brass/Bronze) bell make the place residence of Rakshasa and Pisacha. But ...
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What is the purpose of paada pooja and paada saranam of the elders and what are its advantages?

Some times or on some occasions we are giving/doing (respects) paada pooja or "worship of elders feet" for senior citizens and this is only in Hinduism. Why we do this and what are its advantages? Of ...
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What's the correct translation for this sloka which is used for Ghanta Puja

While reading through the purvanga kramas of Sri Vishnu Pooja vidhi laid down by Sri Jayatirtha in the padhyamala, i have come across the below verse. Āgamārthaṃ tu devānāṃ gamanārthaṃ tu rakṣasām ।...
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Gayatri mantras of Sri Vishnu's weapons

The commonly known weapons of Sri Vishnu are five in number - Panchajanya, Sudarshana, Sharanga, Nandaki and Koumodaki. Among the above 5, the Gayatri mantra of the first 2 are used in Pooja vidhana. ...
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Does anybody have the complete Sanskrit version of Jayatirtha's Padyamala?

I have come across the abridged English version of Sri Jayatirtha's Padyamala. It is a Sanskrit Nitya pooja text that is based on Madhwacharya's tantrasara sangrama. I am looking for its Sanskrit ...
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What are the Scriptural Recitals During Shukravara Chandramaulishwara Puja?

What are Parayanams(Scriptural Recitals) of Chandramaulishwara Puja held every Friday at Shringeri Sharada Peetham? Apart from Rudra Prashna and Durga Suktam?
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Can anyone please provide me the procedure for Narasimha Puja, in English? (Not Lakshmi Narasimha)

Can anyone tell me Narasimha Puja Vidhi for Narasimha Jayanti?
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What is “kaal sarpa dosha/yoga”? What are the solutions?

This is a very famous dosha/yoga in certain Kundali-s. There is a Hindi wikipedia article about it. It is said to be formed when all the planets come between Rahu & Ketu during the birth time. ...
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What is the significance of Trinath Mela, where the three supreme gods are worshipped?

Villagers in Odisha many times perform Trinath Mela at their own house, where all the three supreme gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara altogether are worshipped at the same time. This Pooja is said as ...
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Is it true that, as per Vastu ShAstra, the pujA room should only be placed on the ground floor and not on the upper floors?

The Puja Room should be in the Ground Floor and not in the Basement. The Puja Room should not be on the upper floors: This is what claims this article. Now, i am not interested in the so-called ...
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Is burning bamboo sticks really prohibited in Hinduism?

There is a popular Zee News video circulated around claiming that burning bamboo sticks are prohibited in Hindu religion. That video also shows how harmful it can be for the environment inside the ...
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Nitya Karma and Pooja Book

Namaste! Is there a book (pdf file) in English available for Nitya Karma and Pooja? The one I obtained is in Hindi. http://webstock.in/001-Epics-PDF/Nitya-Karm-Pooja-Prakash/Nitya-Karm-Pooja-...
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SaptRishi mantras used in rishi homam

Can anybody post the gayatri of all seven rishis, used in rishi homam. Looking for it since so long
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Murti Sthapana - why, what and when to do

I have seen murti sthapana puja for common festivals like Ganapati. Do we need to do Murti Sthapana for all the Gods we have in our home-temple? Is it like we don't need to do Sthapana for photo-frame ...
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What's the significance of worshiping Shiva in the month of Shravan?

We all know about worshipping Shiva in the month of Shravana (श्रावण), especially on every Monday of that month i.e Shravana Somavara. What's the significance of worshipping Shiva in Shravana? In ...
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What is ashtopachara and shodashopachara puja? And how to do it?

I know the panchopchar(पञ्चोपचार​) puja which is offering gandh, pushp, dhoop, deep and naivadya(गंध, पुष्प, धूप, दीप, नैवेद्य​) to God. I have heard many times about ashtopachar(अष्टोपचार) and ...
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What is Lord Vishnu's favourite food?

I am gonna install Lord Vishnu's deity. So I would like to know what is Lord Vishnu's favourite food.
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Is there any alternative to using honey in making Panchamrita?

Panchamrita is a mixture of five foods used in puja which are usually honey, jaggery, milk , yogurt and ghee. However, is there any alternative for honey when making Panchamrita? The reason I am ...
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Bipodtarini puja rituals

I don't know whether Bipodtarini puja observed outside Bengal or not. Some Hindu Bengalis also not follow this. I have a question on this. Question: In this puja who observe fast are have to eat 13 ...
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What color clothes to use on altar for placing idol in Satyanarayana puja at home?

Whenever I do puja at home I place a small table on which idol is placed. And before placing idol I cover the table with a Red cloth. But recently I came across a Satyanarayana puja and saw that the ...
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Can Sri Vidya Upasana be performed with multiple Gods/Godesses?

Is there any special deity dedicated for sri vidya upasana? I heard that it can also be done along with worship of Lord Narasimha, Lord Ganapathy etc. Is it true?
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What is offered during Arati and what they represent?

From this link we get the below explanation about arati. it is not very clear what is what, where can we get a more detailed description on what is what in the aratik? these are the elements I can ...
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What is thirumuruga thirumangalya yagam?

What is a pooja conducted at pradaosham called thirumuruga thirumangalya yagam? Pradosham conducted in temple. Below are the pics
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Is there specific timing or general rules to follow while lighting diyas?

I would like to know, whether any scriptures mentions about rules of diya lighting. Like When and in which direction to light a lamp (Kuthu vilakku or Panch mukha lamp) - any specification like it ...
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Why should not we pluck fragrant flowers for puja in the evening? [duplicate]

Can we pluck flowers in the evening (before sunset and/or after sunset)? To be more specific, can we pluck fragrant flowers in the evening and decorate our puja room in our house. Because I have heard ...
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Why is Durva grass offered to Lord Ganesha? [duplicate]

Why is the Durva (or scutch grass) offered to Lord Ganesha? What is the reason behind it? Does this grass have any ayurvedic properties? Why is it considered sacred?
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Who are allowed to put Akshathi on couple performing puja?

In a Tamil thread ceremony function, who all can put akshathai. Can this be put only by senior members who are elder to the one performing the pujai (Dampathis)? Can this be put by a non Hindu person (...
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Question Regarding Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

I have a shiv-Linga at home, which I think is made of ceramic material. I perform the puja by pouring simple tap water, then sandalwood tilak, then flowers and then dhoop/incense sticks. I don't know ...