Questions tagged [worship]

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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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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Visarjana Mantra or Stotram for Shivapuja

I would very much appreciate the Sanskritam (Devanagari), transliterated, and English for a visarjana mantra or stotram for Shivapuja.
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Is yoga the only way to experience the divine? [closed]

We see there are many different paths of worship, people worship kuldevi, kuldevta, brahma , vishnu, mahesh, durga etc. and there are different vrat and prayers, mantras associated with each of them, ...
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Why always two cotton wick used in deepa(Lamp)?

In my region(south canara) we always use 2 cotton wick for lighting lamp. How many cotton wick should be used in lamp ? Is it always two or can we use any number of cotton wicks?
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Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Champaka flower

Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya has the verse below: रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम् । जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च ...
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What is the best shloka for worship of Surya Deva?

I look for a shloka that I can chant throughout the day, for worship of Surya Deva (Aditya Hridayam is too long). Can someone recommend any?
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Are there any flowers that are not supposed to be offered to Lord Vishnu?

There are certain flowers that should not be offered to a specific deity. For example, Tulasi is not offered to Ganesha and Ketaki or Champa is not offered to Lord Shiva. Are there any flowers, ...
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Was Bramhadev worshipped in treta and dwapara yuga?

We know Bramhadev isn't worshipped in Kaliyuga. Are there any evidence on Bramhadev being worshipped in Tretayuga and Dwaparayuga except Mahamuni Vyasa meditating on Bramhadev before writing ...
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Why does lord shiva like abhishekam?

At many places I have heard that lord shiva likes abhishekam so much and also he blesses the devotees with their desires. Why does shiva like abhishekam so much?
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What is Ganesh Chaturthi/ Ganesh Utsav idol worship size according to shastra and Dharma

In my Marathi state we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi as a Ganesh utsav for ten days and bring clay idol from market on the first day and make visarjan on 10th day. My question is, what is the right size ...
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Is there any temple where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a pillar without pedestal?

As mentioned in What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? post, The pedestal shaped as the vagina and the phallus fixed therein are symbolical of the eternal creative forces personified as ...
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Are the rituals, puja methods, dieties artis mentioned anywhere in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Do these things exist anywhere in Hindu scriptures (Vedas, upnishads, Geeta etc.)? Or are they later created by Brahmins?
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Bhagwan Shiva worship

I have one doubt. If person has not accumulated any good sanchit karmas. Will he still get blessings simply by worshipping mahadev with water and milk?
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Attitude towards other devatas

A sadhaka is focused on his or her Ishta devata. What should be his/her attitude towards other devatas? What do our scriptures say in this regard?
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Reconsecration of deities

If the consecrated murti in a temple gets damaged or destroyed, what is the scripture-prescribed way to reconsecrate and reinstate the deity? Until such reconsecration is done, how should the temple ...
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Naivedyam / offering of food

Namaste, When making food for naivedyam, is it ok to save half of it, especially the stuffing (poornam) and use it next time to make fresh food (example: poli, kozhukkattai, etc) and offer it to god? ...
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What is the scenario when Shiva consumed halahal (poison) as per Shiva purana

Please describe briefly about the incident, when Shiva had consumed poison in the request of gods & to keep low the body temperature of Lord Shiva, moon was placed on his head & how gods have ...
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Maa Tara Tarapith prayers and chants in Sanskrit

i would like to ask if someone knows some chants or prayers to worship Tarapith Maa Tara , if possible transliterated into english (not translated). Thank you in advance
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Who is Goddess Tvarita?

Recently I have heard about goddess named "Tvarita" and I want to know this form of goddess. So my questions are: Who is goddess Tvarita and why she is called so? How she is depicted in the ...
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Why do we worship Lord Hanuman on these weekdays?

We generally associate a day for the worship of different gods, like Monday for Lord Shiva, Tuesday for Lord Hanuman. What is the reason that we worship Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays and Saturdays? What is ...
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Does anyone have access to bheedaa panchanga from 'Dashavidyaa Rahasya' of Rudrayaamala Tantra [closed]

Three panchaangas of the 'Dasha vidyaa' part form of the parishishtha of Devi Rahasya by Ramchandra Kak and Harbhatta Shastrii. Those are 1) Jvaalaamukhi 2) Shaarikaa 3) Mahaarajni In other material ...

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