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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.

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Which scripture contains the famous Ganesha Sloka “Vakratunda Mahakaya…”?

The following Sloka(in bold ) is probably the most popular among all Ganapaty Slokas "Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Surya Koti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva sarva Karyesu Sarvada". Meaning:O ...
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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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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 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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What is the importance of Ekadashi?

In Hindu mythology it is said Ekadashi is said to be most auspicious day among the fifteen days of of krishna paksha or shukla paksha and it is very good to perform any fasting or any ritual or pooja ...
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What is the proper way to do Shiva Pooja?

I am doing Shivan pooja the following way: Flowers/prasadam for guru, followed by small shlokam for guru Flowers/prasadam for Ganesh, followed by chanting Om gum ganapathaye namaha 108 times Chanting ...
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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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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in “Mleccha Deshas”?

First of all, i need to know which countries are referred to as "Mleccha Deshas" in Hindu Shastras. The Vishnu Purana supposedly prohibits performance of Pitru Shraddhas in "mleccha deshas". Na ...
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Why is Shikha Bandhan needed at the time of pooja?

Why Shikha Bandhan is needed at the time of pooja? Is it related to God or due to any other reason and what would happen if we do not do shikha bandhan? What is the benefit? What to be done for those ...
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Results of doing pooja with vs without mana (interest/Mind)

Is there any thing said in our(Hindu) scriptures (vedas or upanishads or any other puranas etc.,) which says about results (Or pala) of doing pooja/Yajna (etc.) with out keeping mind on them (I mean ...
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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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Method of performing Panchopachār Pūjā

Panchopachār pūjā is performed by using 5 different substances. What is the Method of performing Panchopachār Pūjā?
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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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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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What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?

What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?
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Alternative for flowers in daily pooja

Can one use ghee coated Akshadhai (Akshat raw rice) for daily pooja in place of flowers? What is the best material to be used in absence of flowers to perform pooja?
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Prayers to Lord Shiva for daily meditation

I have a lady friend whom I have advised to meditate to Lord Shiva for 15-30 minutes daily. She is not practicing any formal sadhana and have some worldly desires that she tries to achieve by turning ...
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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 Durva grass is dear to Lord Ganesha

Why is Durva grass offered to Lord Ganesha ? What is the significance of praying Ganesha with durva grass ?Can any other flower or leaves used as a substitute for this.
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What is the difference between puja and aarti rituals?

It is often confusing as to what is the difference between puja and aarti. Is aarti a part of puja? Can any one enlighten the differences between these two ?
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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 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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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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Who is Shivananda Swami?

There are popular aartis, that are sung in North, which have initials of Swami Shivananda in their end. For example So, my question is, who is "Swami Shivananda", composer of such Aartis?
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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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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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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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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 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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Correct way of receiving Aarti

Aarti(आरती) is one of the popular Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aarti also refer to the ...
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Why is a red piece of cloth tied to the vehicle?

When worshiping a vehicle I have seen many times that a red piece of cloth is tied to it. What is the actual reason behind tying a red colored cloth and some bangles with it? Please share answers ...
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What are the murthis allowed in one's puja mandir?

It is said that size of an idol should not be more than thumb size of family's head, if not special puja/worship, nivedya/food offerings should be offered to the murthi/idol daily, is it true? Why ...
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Influence of the classical Upanishads on the belief of the maiority of contemporary Hindus

Nearly every book about the classical Upanishads emphasizes their importance for every Hindu. The Upanishads are considered part of Shruti. My question asks for the relevance of the Upanishads for ...
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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'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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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 Manasa Puja?

My Questions are: What is the meaning of Manasa Puja? How to perfom Manasa Puja of a deity ? What is right time to do this?
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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's the difference between puja (पूजा), vandana (वंदना) and stuti (स्तुति)

There are some synonyms for puja (पूजा) like vandana (वंदना), archana (अर्चना) and stuti (स्तुति). Is there any difference among them?
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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 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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Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
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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 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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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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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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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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Why Tulsi not offered to lord Ganesha [duplicate]

Why Tulsi is not offered while performing puja to lord Ganesha? Also, I want to know the reason behind that why we don't offer tulsi to Ganesha except for Ganesha Chaturthi day during patri puja?