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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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Can I use unorthodox methods to worship Devi Maa?

Recently I experienced a very intense devotion towards Devi Maa, I surrendered myself to her completely. I'm consumed by a deep longing for her, I don't know what they call this but I feel like I want ...
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Can you pray to Vedic gods without doing yajña

Can you pray to gods like Indra, Agni, Varuna without doing a yajña? Just praying to them in mind, chanting mantras in mind or saying prayers in mind in languages other than sanskrit. Is it possible?
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Why is Shiva bhakti termed as the religion of Monsters in the Vamana purana?

Vaman Purāna 11.15-16,26 says this Does this mean if I devote myself to Shiva with the exclusion of all other devatas, It would make me a demon?
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Why is worshipping multiple idols/symbols of certain deities forbidden in the Narada Purana?

The Narada Purana (I.67.120) says- शंखचक्रशिलालिंगविघ्नसूर्यद्वयं तथा ।। ६७-१२० ।। शक्तित्रयं न चैकत्र पूजयेद्दुःखकारणम् ।। One must not perform simultaneous worship of Two Sankha Chakras or (...
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Is Ganesha ever worshiped by Madhura bhava?

I've come across information on madhura bhava for both Vishnu (in the form of Krishna) and Shiva (in the form of Bhikshatana). But I was curious if Ganesha is ever worshiped this way? I know there is ...
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Can Chanting the Lalita saharanama actually grant any benefits when it's interpolated?

I have seen several 'anecdotal' sources on the internet that claim that the The Lalita sahasranama popularly attrituted to the Lalitamahatmya of the Brahmanda purana grants material and spiritual ...
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Combinations and maintainance of Rudraksha?

I wanted to know , if the scriptures and purana allow a person to wear any number of Rudraksha in any , odd or even parity , for combined effect without creating any bad consequence . Also , what are ...
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Is it possible to worship God in forms that aren't sanctioned by any scripture?

As per what I have heard in Hindu belief, God manifests in front of a devotee in any form that the devotee wants him to. However, from a personal viewpoint, my mind does not find any connection or ...
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How to worship a shiva linga?

How does one practice to worship shiva linga in house? What are the specific days and events which are essential to be performed, and do we have to put milk,curd,honey and ghee each week to maintain ...
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Can I pray to Navagrahas at night like 7:00-9;00?

Can I pray to Navagrahas after dark or is it inauspicious? Please give scriptural references.
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Can One Worship God as a Wife?

Mirabai Worshipped God as a Husband. Saints of the Radhavallabha sect Worship God as sakhi or swamini. There are some devotees who Worship God as their mother, and even others who worship God in the ...
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Does Shri Yantra really increases wealth? If so, how to use it and what are the vidhi-nishedhas?

What are the methods of using Shri Yantra? Can I, a Kshatriya by nature, worship it? What are the thing to avoid? Also can you mention where can I find elaborate information regarding these?
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As per Hinduism, What happens to those who worship Imaginary Gods?

As per texts like Bhagavad Gita, Worshippers of Pitrs go to Pitrs and Worshippers of Devas go to Devas in the afterlife. What happens to those who worship Imaginary characters who don't even exist as ...
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visiting other temples after going to Shaneeshwar Temple

I heard that one should return home after going to Shani Temple. Tomorrow I planning to go to Thirunallar Shani temple after that Vaitheeshwaran temple and few others. Is it ok to go to Shani Temple ...
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Who is dhumavati? How can one worship her in common household?

What are the benefits of worshipping dhumavati mahavidya? Can it be done in any common household? Also is there any Bhakti ways of doing it? She appears to be sort of similar to alakshmi so why should ...
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Why is Kuber worshipped with Vishnu at the Badrinath temple?

What is story of lord kubera that is being worshipped along with Vishnu in Badrinath temple?
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Can we worship Vastu Purusha normally?

Vastu Shanti Puja is a ritual for Vastu Purusha and also please him. But, Can we worship him normally, like other deities? Is Vastu worship can be suitable in temple?
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About worshipping Gods with mentally concieved offerings

The Laliopakhyaana contains the following statement - 84-87a. If one cannot afford, one should always worship Ambikā with articles mentally conceived and imagined. - Lalitopakhyana Chapter 43 So my ...
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Extremely large vigrahas at home [>7 feet]

I would like to know if it is permissible to keep a large vigraha of a deity at home, specially when it exceeds 7 feet. Is it allowed to keep such a large vigraha at home, in a special room like ...
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Does god really accept our prayers despite our wandering mind, our desires, pleasure seeking intentions and praying just for the wish to be fulfilled?

I actually am perplexed by consuming information from various sources and would like to put it out in words now. I fall in an endless mind chatter when thinking about my prayers and god fulfilling ...
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Can we worship Alakshmi?

I have heard that Alakshmi was worshipped at once. That's actually interesting and my doubt was arised from that. So, my question is, can we worship Alakshmi? If yes, Which scripture say that/there ...
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Wearing Turbun/cloth on head

In this answer it is mentioned that head covering allowed only certain instances but not during worship. But we do see priests wearing turban when carrying utsava murthy for proceedings, like in the ...
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What are 108 names of Kaal Bhairava? Can we chant them on synthetic tulsi mala?

Can you share how to worship Kaal Bhairava at home?
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Tulu temple priests in kerala

Though Kerala was sankaracharyas bhoomi, many priests in temples earlier we're selected from madhwa tulu lands. These were directly done by rajas of cochin and travancore including many temples in ...
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Worship of Sri Kala Bhairava

Which day of the week is dedicated to Kalabhairava? How to observe Kalaashtami, how to do fasting on that day? What are the things that are offered to Kalabhairava, things that are dear to him? ...
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Do scriptures support the offering of Turmeric to Shivling?

Many people oppose the offering of Turmeric (Haldi) on Shivling by claiming that Haldi is of feminin nature while Shivling is of masculine. By that logic, Kumkum should also be prohibited for ...
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What is told about the Mahāmrityuñjaya mantra in the Purānas?

Which Purānas mention the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra? And what is told about it?
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Can Gangajal purify the puja room and puja samagri?

How to purify Puja samagris/ ritual objects when touched by someone not ritually pure, like who touched meat, washed his hands with normal water and touched the ritual objects?
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Is there merit in continuing with a practice if you have faltered?

Sometimes when trying to follow practices like partial fasts on Ekadashi or meditating every day during certain periods, something happens that disrupts the practice, and I would like to know the best ...
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Is puja only for going close to God and finally attaining moksha or it can be there for solving real world problem?

I am quite confused because I am seeing different people say different things. Some say Puja isn't for any materialistic gain or solving any life problem. Infact, thistype of puja and bhakts aren't ...
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Should we pray/worship to God only in Sanskrit language?

Should we pray to gods only in the Sanskrit language and using proper mantras only? Should using other languages be avoided?
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Position of Devatas in Panchayatana Pooja

The Narada Purana III.65.44-50 states:- "44-50.When he worships Visnu in the middle, he shall worship Vinayaka,Ravi(Sun) Siva and Sivaa outside them. When he worships Sankara in the middle, he ...
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Why god do not change human's brain to worship god and do good work?

I heard that without the permission of god a leaf can't move. So, my question is Why god do not change human's brain to worship god and do good work. Please give me answer to this question by giving ...
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Are there devotional objects for worship of Lord Vishnu (comparable to the shivling used for worshipping Lord Shiva)?

For Lord Shiva, there are shivlings/lingam that people use for devotional worship. Are there any comparable devotional objects that many people use to worship Lord Vishnu, or objects that represent ...
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Can I worship Chinnamasta?

I am very fascinated towards Maa chinnamasta! But after searching about her,I found out that she is the most terrible deity to invoke without a Guru I came across a mantra on youtube 'Chinnamasta ...
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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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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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