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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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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? [duplicate]

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 ...
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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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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 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 ulu dhvani(sound) is given?

Namaskar, We see Ulu dhvani(sound) during puja. This is also called ululation in english. Why do we need to do that? I don't have any religious book where I can know this. So it will be great if I ...
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Why is a specific flower offered to a deity?

What is the Importance of flowers in puja ritual and why is a specific flower offered to a deity?
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Why are puja articles arranged in specific five layers? [closed]

puja articles arranged in specific five layers. But why are puja articles arranged in specific five layers?
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Why are mango leaves kept in the kalash during puja ritual?

I have seen that mango leaves kept in the kalash during puja ritual. Why are mango leaves kept in the kalash during puja ritual?
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How to arrange the components of the ritualistic platter?

What is the right way to arrange the components of the ritualistic platter?
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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How to keep conch (shanka) after pooja (puja)?

How to keep the conch (Shanka) after pooja (puja)? Should it be filled with water and kept next to idol? Should it be kept upside down with no water in it?
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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?
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What is the procedure for performing Vishnu panchayatanam?

For shiva panchayatanam, usually Rudra namaka Chamaka and purushasukta will be recited and abhishekam is performed during shiva panchayatana puja. Similarly for Vishnu panchayatana puja, what is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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.