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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How did the ritual of offering water and belpatra to lord Shiva start?

Does Shiv purana mention about shravan month and worshipping lord Shiva with water and belpatra during that month?
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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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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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What do the Snake Idols in Binded form Indicate?

In many Hindu Temples we can see Snake Idol which has two Snakes, bound to each other like a DNA. QUESTION : What does this form of two snakes indicate and why do we worship it ? Below is a picture ...
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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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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Should we pray to Kubera a Yaksha?

What exactly are yakshas? Is it good or bad to worship them? Will they get angry if you stop praying to them? My point is that should we worship Kubera even if he is a yaksha or is he evil being ...
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How Skanda in North India to Kandha (Lord muruga) in South India?

While reading an article I got this line, The references to Murugan can be traced back to the first millennium BCE. There are references to Murugan in Kautilya's Arthashastra, in the works ...
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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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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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Worshipping Lord Sharabha in Tantra

According to Shiva Puran, Lord Shiva had to take avatar of Sharabha to stop Lord Narasimha from destroying whole universe out of anger after killing Hiranyakshipu. His power is intolerable for a ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda worship a personal deity?

I have read that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa would often teach devotion to less advanced disciples but would only teach Advaita to Vivekananda. Did Vivekananda worship any personal deity?
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Why is Sri Krishna not worshipped as father?

Lord Krishna is generally not worshipped as 'father'.He is worshippd as 'friend', 'master', 'lover', 'child' etc. Lord Shiva on the other hand, is worshipped mainly as father. Sri Krishna told in ...
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Correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya according to our scriptures?

What is the correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya/Sun God according to our scriptures? Arghya is a form of worship where water sometimes with different ingredients are offered to the Sun. I ...
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Is work worship?

There is a quote "Work is worship" Working for our goals or just working is it worship to god? What does this quote actually mean. Can loving our work lead to god? I really LOVE my work.
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Should we worship God according to our ability?

I've seen videos on the internet where people are worshiping god, almost all the time... They suggest to do so too... It really makes me uncomfortable, as I am not much spiritual. Is it necessary to ...
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Some daily-life hacks to always keep remembrance of God / Isht Devta or Devi

Life has lots of challenges, ups and downs. It is very easy to forget your Isht Devi/Devta (God), while enganged in worldly activities. What are some life hacks to stay connected to God, while ...
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Whom do I worship? [duplicate]

I am really confused now, which god one should worship. Is that one should worship all the gods? or according to ones needs, or ones material nature?
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Can I worship Krishna to fullfill my material desires?

I wanted to know that can I worship the supreme lord (Krishna) to fulfill my material desire? I know that those who want moksha worship him, but is worshiping him for material desires also possible? ...
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Difference between Archna and pooja

There are two "distinct" words used for worship, in Sanskrit, namely अर्चना and पूजा. What is the basic difference between the two and their implementation, by a साधक (devotee) ? Also, please tell ...
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Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu

Is it bad if a devotee of Lord Shiva would like to worship Lord Vishnu at the same time?
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What are ashtapathi, panchapathi and tarangi in bhajans?

What are ashtapathi, panchapathi and tarangi in bhajans? Whose compositions are comprised in them and how many bhajan songs are compiled in them ?
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Should parents be worshipped before the gods?

I do know that parents are like gods to their children. I have seen families where some worship God first then parents but also vice versa. Which one is the correct way?
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Surya Arghya ingredients mentioned in Ramayan and other scriptures?

Does anyone know what eight ingredients are mentioned in the Ramayana for Surya Arghya? I am also curious what other scriptures say about ingredients in Surya Arghya so mentioning those are welcome as ...
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What is ashtagandha, where is it mentioned in the scriptures?

What is ashtagandha and what is it made of? Where is it mentioned in the scriptures? Ashtagandha is a mixture of eight ingredients available in granules or powder and is used in deity worshipping ...
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Which deity is to be invoked (or appeased) first in a Vedic ritual?

In today's time most of the worship/rituals that are done are done based on the injunctions of the Tantras. Sometimes the Puranic methods are also followed ( for e.g. Durga Puja in Bengal). Sometimes ...
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Idol worship in Hinduism

What is the earliest reference for idol worship in Hinduism? It seems like, there is no direct indication or advice of idol worship in any of the religious texts. If there are no references how did it ...
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Do the idols of gods and goddesses need to be made of same colour?

Do the idols of gods and goddesses worshipped in temples be of same colour as depicted in scriptures?
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Why one should worship God?

I am looking for exact purpose/reason on why one should worship God? Is it because we are in god's depth as he offered us a life or is it just because god is supreme, creator of world around us? Is ...
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Is Shalagram worship forbidden to non-Brahmins?

According to my parents, Shalagrama worship is forbidden to non-Brahmins. Is this true? There is also a possibility that people who are not initiated with the Yajnopavita are forbidden to worship ...
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What scripture does the sloka 'deho devAlayaH proktaH..' come from?

देहो देवालयः प्रोक्तः जीवो देवस्सनातनः । त्यजेदज्ञाननिर्माल्यं सोऽहं भावेन पूजयेत् ॥ deho devAlayaH proktaH jIvo devassanAtanaH | tyajedaj~nAnanirmAlyaM so.ahaM bhAvena pUjayet || Which ...
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Is phalashruti applicable to people who read translated versions?

Many Hindu texts have phalashruti for even reading the texts or even for reading a single shloka of such texts. In this context I got the doubt: Is phalashruti (for reading) applicable to those who ...
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How to worship in temples? Please explain in context of human body as temple

We know temples are a representation of human body. Please explain how one must approach each part of temple and worship it for ones progress. For eg one prostrates at the flagpost of temple because ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret this verse from Padma Purana which seems to supports system of worship of five deities?

I found the following verse in Padma Purana, Uttara-Khanda in Karttika Mahatmya wherein Lord Krishna speaks to Satyabhama: saivah sauras ca ganesa vaishnavah sakti-pujakah | mam eva ...
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Did Shankaracharya establish the “shanmatha” and the “panchayatana puja” systems?

There is a general opinion that Sripad Adi Sankaracharya established the shanmatha system and also insituted the worship form of panchayatana. Yet there seems to be lot of disagreements even among the ...
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Why people worship Goddess Ganga during Makar Sankranti?

Is there any reason or story behind people worshipping Goddess during Makar Sankranti?
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As per Hindu scriptures does lord Śiva explicitly claim himself to be a deity that has to be worshiped?

Note: I have limited knowledge in these matters. But I am a curious person and go with reasoning. I want to know that in which all Hindu's divine/sacred scriptures lord Śiva has claimed or explicitly ...
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What is the source that describes the devatas for each Navagraha and Nakshatra?

During the rituals for a Navagraha puja, I saw that the avahana was done for the stars (nakshatra) of the yajamaana and his family. I didn't pay much attention until I heard that the devatha for the ...
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What do we gain from chanting the names of Lord Shiva?

There are various scriptures enumerate the results one can obtain by chanting the name of Lord Shiva and it is believed that Lord Shiva is pleased very easily as compared to Lord Vishnu and Lord ...
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Why can Tulsi leaves only be picked on certain days?

I've heard that it is not allowed to pick the leaves of a Tulsi plant on certain days such as Dwadasi among others. This is why Acharyas advise against using store-bought Tulsi in offerings. Which ...
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Gunas and Gods worshipped by persons of the Guna

Sattviks worship Devatas and divine forms, people of Rajasik nature worship Yakshas/ Rakhsas and the Thamasik natured worship devilish evil spirits. BG. Chapter 17, Shloka 4 So it would appear that ...
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Performing Pooja, japa etc during wife's monthly period

My question is should the men in the household perform sandhyavandanam,, Pooja and japa when the woman in the family is during her monthly menstrual cycle. We do not have provision to spare the only ...
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What is the result of worshipping Lord Sri Nityananda Rama Chandra Prabhu only/exclusively?

Srila Prabhupada says here https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/8/31 that - A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa ...
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Who was Chhati Maiya?

There is a festival in Bihar named Chhat Puja in which people go to rivers, take bath and worship Lord Surya. They also worship a goddess called Chhati Maiya and that is why this festival name is ...
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What is the Lalitha Sahasranaamam?

What is Lalitha Sahasranaamam? Why is it important? During what times of day can one recite it? What are the important verses in it? What is the history of it?
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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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Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
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Chanting Devi Mahathyam (Durga Saptashati)

I would like to chant the Devi Mahathyam but may not be able to do the full text together in a single sitting or in a day. So if I am to split the chapters across days, are there any prescribed format ...
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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?