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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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....
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ?
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Where's this verse 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 is from and good English ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Can one do deeparadhana and pooja after 12pm? If not, why?

Is daily worship and deeparadhan after 12pm okay? Please give appropriate reasoning
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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 ...
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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?
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What is the significance of wearing dhoti during puja and other rituals?

What is the significance of wearing dhoti during puja and other rituals ?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 to blow or do we keep it in the puja?
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What are the murthis allowed in one's puja mandir?

It is said that the size of an idol should not be more than a thumb size of the family's head. If there is not a special puja/worship, nivedya/food offerings should be offered to the murthi/idol daily,...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, MatrishvAn. ...
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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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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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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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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. ...