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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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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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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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Is it a bad omen if harathi slip from hand and fall on prasad offered to god

While completing the Pooja and giving the harathi it slipped from hand and it fell on prasad kept right front of God... The prasad caught little fire but it didn't burn. Is it bad.. Nd y it happened
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Sankalpa outside India

In Sankalpa we say Bharatha Khande, Dakshine Dveepe,...etc. During Sankalpa outside India I noticed some using local town and river names in Sankalpa. Is this right thing to do? If we're are to use ...
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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.
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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 blow or do we keep it in puja?
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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?
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Can I perform Puja in home during menstruation of anyone in my home? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I can perform Puja to Lord Shiva during menstruation period of my sister in my home? I think, she cannot perform Puja but what about myself being a male member in her ...
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What is the Significance of Abhishekam?

Why do the use the items they do such as Arshina, sandalwood, milk, yogurt, Honey, bananas etc?
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How to do Lakshmi Puja in Diwali?

What is the best way to do Lakshmi Puja in Diwali? So how should one go with the following before starting with the puja? What are the things that we need to use? What is the actual process?
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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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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 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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Why is camphor shown to deities after archana?

What is the purpose of showing camphor to deities after Archana and Naivedya? Nowadays many big or small temples stopped camphor showing instead they are showing the small lamps fixed in the plate ...
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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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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

What is the purpose behind each of these variations while worshiping a particular deity? Which one should be used to worship or pray to a deity? For example, for Goddess Laxmi, there are Sri Suktam, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What is the story behind Lord Bhairava who is worshiped on theipirai ashtami?

Theipirai ashtami is a special day for Lord Bhairava. What's the story behind Lord Bhairava.
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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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Who propounded the method of doing Puja using akshatas?

Nowadays everyone does a Puja with an overwhelming use of akshatas.Akshatas are the substitute for everything starting from the dhyana/avahana mantras to tamboolam(betel leaves) in case you don't have ...
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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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Is the occurence of a fire accident during the performance of a havan considered a bad omen? [closed]

While doing the Gajalaxmi havan a coconut burst open during the pūrṇāhuti and I burnt a few body parts. Is this a good or bad omen according to Hindu scripture?
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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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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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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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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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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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Chanting Mantra for variety of Pooja's on different gods

While doing the Festival Pooja in home, I am always Chanting the mantra Vishnu Sahasranamam while doing Arathi for all festivals. Hence Could someone please help me to learn mantras for different ...
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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. ...