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Worship is the act of praising and seeking the blessings of God. It is widely referred to as Pooja in Hinduism.

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Is worshipping of devas solely for our own benefit?

It is obvious that devas do not rely on humans, and that worship of devas is solely for human benefit, and not to devas' benefit. We know this, because the devas have enough power to create this world....
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Yama's worship mantra

As per Skanda Purana, Yama was cursed by a Brahmana known as Upādhyāya after his son's death that he'll not be worshipped. Later this curse was reduced that he'll be worshipped with non-vedic mantra. ...
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When we worship a deva, what are we worshipping?

When we perform a ritual invoking the name of a deva, are we worshipping the person holding the office of the deva, or the office itself? For example, when we invoke Chandra in a ritual, are we ...
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When is it okay to prostrate?

Which times is it okay to prostrate (lie down on the floor to bow)? Is prostration reserved alone for prayer, or are there other circumstances when it is done?
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Which devas are still worshipped?

How many of the 33 devas are still honored? How many of the 33 devas still have rituals performed invoking their name? How many of the 33 devas have temples built to them? Are all of the 33 devas ...
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Worshipping other Gods other than IsthaDeva

Is it okay to pray other Gods other than Istha Deva? My Grandmother used to say that we should pray only one God. What does that purans and scriptures say? Wouldn't the IsthaDeva get angry on ...
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Correct way to Apply Tripundra

I apply Tripundra on daily basis. Till now I use to make use of my Index Finger, Middle Fingure and Ring Fingure. Today suddenly one of my friend asked: Why we use the upper three finger only? Why not ...
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Correct direction of coconut tail

I belong to south part of Bharat where the coconut tail is kept in reverse direction of God (or towards us) and then it is burst/chip. In Maharashtra in one of the temple when I tried to do the same ...
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What are the scriptural sources for the worship of Shiva in Murti form?

Worship of Shiva in Linga form is widely practiced. But in some places Murti Pooja is done in temples too. Is it a valid practice? What are the scriptural sources from Vedas/Puranas/Shaivaagamas about ...
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What to do with lemon given at Durga temples?

Few temples in south India offer lemons to the Village goddess (a form of Durga/kaali) while worshipping. When I went to a temple yesterday, they are giving lemons each to all the devotees. What is ...
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BamaKhepa/Tarapith & Different Types of Bhakti

Reading about different Shakta saints/mystics,  Trailanga Svami, NigamAnand ParamHans & Bamakhepa at Tarapith, trained by Swami Kailashpati, and I came across these descriptions below. In addition ...
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Kubera references for worship

Where are references of sUtras, dhyAna or mantras (or related) for worshiping Kubera in the right way to incorporate him in the daily pUja?
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Scriptural basis for the Shodashopchar Puja?

What is the earliest reference to Shodashopchar Puja in scriptures? Which scriptures gives the exact details of its procedure?
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Worship God via Image – is one passage sufficient?

It is said that the below quote confirms that one has to worship the image – also see a link to the question Is there anywhere in the scriptures where it say we should worship God through an Idol? ...
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Why does Krishna say worshipers of other deities do not reach him, although they are also only worshiping him indirectly?

https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/9/verse/23 येऽप्यन्यदेवता भक्ता यजन्ते श्रद्धयान्विता: | तेऽपि मामेव कौन्तेय यजन्त्यविधिपूर्वकम् || 23|| BG 9.23: O son of Kunti, even those devotees who ...
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Is Hanumana worshipped anywhere in his infant or child form?

Sri Rama and Sri Krishna are both worshipped in their infant or childhood form. viz. Sri Ramalala (श्री राम-लला), and Sri Laddu Gopala (श्री लड्डू-गोपाल). Are there any temples where god Hanumana is ...
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Is having more than one Ishta-devta, a defined concept in the scriptures?

Sometimes back, I was having a discussion with my friends on the concept of 'Ishta' (one's personal favorite tutelary deity). In the course of the discussion, one of my friend told me that since their ...
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Is being 'Sect-less' frowned upon?

There are umpteen sects (Sampradāyas) in Hinduism. Does any text enjoin to have a sectarian identity in all the believers of Hinduism? Is it frowned upon if the person doesn’t identify with any ...
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What is relationship between Krishna and Shiva so they worship each other? [duplicate]

How Krishna and Shiva are related to each other so they worship each other? Are they same?
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Puja/Prayer starting?

Can someone please clarify, what is the initial jaap to say before any recital basically for dhayaanam before reciting any chalisa or suktam . There are so many of them such as "shanti" ...
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In the time of the Mahabharata, how would royal priest worship a great rishi?

The image, above, is an excerpt from Kisari Mohan Ganguli's translation of The Complete Mahabharata. It describes the scene when Satyavati calls Vyasa (by thinking of him) to ask him to father ...
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Recitation of rudra sukta and sri rudram at home

What is rudra sukta ? Can rudra sukta or srirudram be recited daily at home while performing routine pooja of shiva linga at home ?
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Why do Gods worship each other?

According to scriptures Lord Shiva worships Krishna, Krishna Worships Lord Shiva and Parvati, Goddess Parvati Worships Krishna, Vishnu Ji worships Shiv ji, Shiv ji worships Vishnu Ji . Why are they ...
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Why we don't do any puja when someone dies? [duplicate]

I have heard that whenever someone dies, their relatives dont do any puja till 11th or 13th day, not sure about time. Is it mentioned in shastras?
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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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Is there anywhere in the scriptures where it say we should worship God through an Idol?

On another question it has been stated that Idols are not worshipped but God is worshipped via Idol. Which scriptures say worship God via Idol It has been pointed out that Veda says not allowed to ...
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According to Vedas, how to cook & eat sacrificed animal's meat?

I know Tantric and Puranic traditions may be different, but how to cook & eat animals as per Vedas? Rig Veda 10.28.3: अद्रिणा ते मन्दिन इन्द्र तूयान सुन्वन्ति सोमान पिबसि तवमेशाम |पचन्ति ते वर्षभा...
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Direction of facing while doing Sashtang Namaskar?

Which direction should a prostrated body face while doing sashtanga pranam to a diety/guru? My understanding was that the deity is in front of a devotee and while doing sashtanga pranam, the ...
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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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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Can someone please provide the method of worship for Manasa Devi?

I have read that Manasa Devi is worshipped using a cactus, tree branch or snake idol. Is this correct? Can someone please provide more information regarding the correct procedure to worship Manasa ...
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How was indra worshiped during vedic age?

How was indra worshiped during vedic age, was he worshiped through yagnas mostly?
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How to worship Indra?

How to worship Indra and what is the proper way to worship him, can he only be worshipped through yagna or shamanic ways are allowed ?
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Why is the Madhurya Bhakti Bhāva (Kaanta Bhakti) considered the topmost or the best bhāva (sentiment), that a devotee can practice?

As per this QnA , the different kinds of Bhakti-Bhāva / Rasa (i.e., Mode/Types of Devotion), which includes: Mādhurya, Vātsalya, Sākhya, Santa, Dāsya., aren't to be found in any of the ...
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Which scriptures gives details about the Ashta-Lakshmi?

There are said to be eight forms of Devi Lakshmi, called as Ashta Lakshmi ( अष्ट - लक्ष्मी ) . Which all scriptures give details about them? I'd like to further know, if they are to be considered as a ...
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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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Can I create my own God?

I would like to know if it is possible to create my own God, and if so, will worshiping that god have the same value as worshiping others?
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Why worship women? [closed]

See my question is why God allows us to worship women. "worship women" means you are worshiping materialistic thing.
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What is Chardham Yatra in Hinduism?

Can someone tell what do Chardham Yatra means in Hindu religion. Many people every year undertake this yatra. It is said that the yatra holds religious importance in Hindus. So please explain about ...
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Were ancient Hindu polytheists?

Only looking for Ancient Shastras and Agamic or Tantra or Rig Vedaic based on answers. Pre-Vedic based question. For Ancient History of Sanatana Dharma Students and Scholars. 1.Where Hindu and can ...
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Is the worship of white Shivalinga forbidden at home?

I recently got myself a Shwet (white) Shivalinga. But I read somewhere on the Internet that worshipping of shwet shivalinga is only permissible at shamsaan and not at home. Is it true? If false is ...
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

I heard you do and that you must only offer purified food?
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Do photographs or paintings of Gods undergo prana pratishthana?

As I understand from this question , through prana pratishthana ritual God comes and resides in the murti. And if not mistaken, the idols have to be sculpted in line with what is mentioned in Agamas ...
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Does the Yoga Vasishta prohibit idol worship?

Does the Yoga Vasistha, written by Sage Valmiki, strongly discourage or even prohibit idol worship? How can idol worship be then reconciled with the Yoga Vasistha? Men in vain rely on mantras and ...
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What is the difference between Yuga Dharma and Santana Dharma? What is the Yuga Dharma for each Yuga?

I'm really confused about the Yuga Dharma of each Yuga. Some say Daan is the Yuga Dharma of Kaliyuga while some say chanting the name of God. Someone please explain this concept in detail.
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Eating Prasada during fasting

Is it ok to eat Prasada (naivedhya offered to God) during fasting day? Normally it is said that prasada must not be declined. Eating will break fasting vow?
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How is the main deity at an ISKCON temple chosen?

For example, at the ISKCON London temple, the principal dieties are Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa according to their website. About the Deities On the right-hand side of the shrine, you will see Radha-...
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Jīvamukti in the ribhu Gita

In a YouTube video, I heard that a jivamukti is only going to be endowed with knowledge if he worships the lord in accordance with the scriptures. Can anyone verify this is what the work says? I tried ...
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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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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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