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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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Nag Panchami and its importance?

There are a few questions in my mind regarding Nag Panchami: What is the history and importance of Nag Panchami? Why do we worship Nagas or Snakes in Nag Panchami though we're afraid of them? Why do ...
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What is the difference between prayer and worship?

Since my sanskrit knowledge is very limited, I generally read the english translations. Here I often find words like 'prayer', and 'worship'. Is there any difference in their meaning?
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What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?

I found the following date calendar for Masik Shivratri, till date I was only aware of Shivratri and Maha Shivratri but Masik Shivratri is totally new for me. So wanted to understand the importance ...
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In spite of his promiscuity why is Indra worshipped? [duplicate]

Indra was considered as king of Gods. But if we see his personal life, we learn that he has kidnapped many females few of whom were married and few were unmarried. Some of these were daughters/wives ...
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Why Indra is not worshiped in general regular worship?

We have story where Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva and Sage Bhrigu as discussed here. And due to this reason(s), Lord Brahma is not worshiped in general regular worship. Is there any similar ...
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Cloth, flower along with Kalash falling from the altar during Ganesha Puja - is this a good or bad omen? [closed]

When I was worshiping Lord Ganesha I offered him cloth that is dhoti and flowers ..after I finished my aarti the cloths and flower just fell off which eventually led the Kalash to fall ..is this a bad ...
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Why is lord Ganesha worshipped first before any puja?

I've seen that Hindus worship lord Ganesha before starting any puja (act of worship) or important task. I've also seen people worshipping lord Ganesha before they start off with marriage proceedings, ...
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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

If this birth is based on the deeds of our previous life, then our destiny is pre-determined. So, there is no need for god unless prayer offered to him will erase the bad deeds.
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Does gold plating of Idols affect their energy?

We have Idols of Vishnu, Sridevi and Bhudevi of metal, dating back to many generations. We would like to gold plate the Idols. After they are gold plated what are we supposed to do so that the Idols ...
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What is the proper method of disposing deity idols which are broken?

Jaya Radhe! Can someone explain me about broken idols of deities? There was a broken Buddha in the apartment building I live. I read they had to be thrown into the river or lake but what karma has a ...
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Meaning of mantra chanted before tantrik puja

For Kerala style puja done by priest, the following mantra is chanted before undertaking the puja which is a mix of Vaidik and tantrik style. susharmasi supratishthano brihadukshe namah: Esha ...
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Which deity should be worshipped to have marriage or son early in life?

What should one do to have marriage or son early in life? Which deity should be worshipped for this purpose?
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Flowers offered to God

In our house, they say Marigold flower should not be offered to God, Is there any such belief?? What is the significance of particular flower being offered to God?
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

As I saw from my childhood while doing prayer we use banana/coconut as one of the puja ingredients. Why do we use these particular fruits rather than others? Why do we give special importance to them?...
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

It is heard that during the exile period of the Pandavas, prince Yudhishthira did meditation and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga appeared infront of prince Yudhishthira and gave ...
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Why do Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva always meditate on each other?

I watched a TV serial named "Devo ke Dev Mahadev" on channel "Life Ok". In that, they mentioned several stories of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu always meditating upon each other and connected to each ...
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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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What were the ascetic austerities undertaken by Princess Amba to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva?

Princess Amba was abducted by Bhishma from her Swayamvara(self marriage ceremony) at the kingdom of Kashi, and that eventually resulted in Salva(king of Saubala) refusing to accept her as his bride. ...
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How to pray to Lord Narayana?

I had a few questions about this: Can we pray to Lord Narayana from any location, or does it have to be in a temple or in front of an idol or picture? Can we pray in simple English or any other ...
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Dana(Donation) to beggars at temples

I heard that giving Dana after darshan will make the recipient(beggar) beneficial of getting punya of darshan but not the giver(devotee). Is there any purana which has guidelines on Dana. Is it ok to ...
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Is the ultimate purpose of life only to serve God?

I wonder at this question, because as with most major religions, it seems all you are mostly meant to do is to serve/devote yourself to God. It also seems that even in Hinduism this is the only way to ...
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Madhurya bhava towards goddesses such as Radha, Parvati, etc.,

I've seen that many people do devotion in madhurya bhava (the emotion of lover-beloved) to male Gods e.g., Krishna, Shiva, Rama etc. In a similar way, can a devotee have madhurya bhava towards ...
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Why and when is Lord Ganesha worshiped with his wives?

Why would people possibly worship Ganesha with his wives:- Siddhi, Buddhi and Riddhi?
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Is the occurence of a fire accident during the performance of a havan considered a bad omen? [closed]

While doing the Gajalaxmi havan a coconut burst open during the pūrṇāhuti and I burnt a few body parts. Is this a good or bad omen according to Hindu scripture?
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What are the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to Pushkar Tirtha?

The Pushkar Tirtha{pilgrimage place}, is a very holy place in India{located in the state of Rajasthan}. It is believed that taking a bath at Pushkar Tirtha,destroys the sins of the devotees{...
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What is the significance of Murthi pooja (idol worship)?

Hindus believe in Murthi pooja or idol worship. What is the reason behind this? Since my childhood, I believed that God does exist in an idol but I don't have the exact clarification or history ...
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What is the consequence of performing deity worship using stale flowers?

In a deity worship, flower (or Pushpa) is an important Upachara. It is thus included among both Pancha Upacharas and the Shodasha Upacharas. Now, I know that the act is very much proscribed in ...
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Why do we need to do Three time praying(trikal sandhya)

As per Hindu culture, we believe in God and worship to them. We should need to remember on time(Like during Morning when we wake up, Then when we eating and last when we sleep) in a day. So what is ...
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What is Mindedness(chitt ekaagrata) based on Hinduism?

There are many ways to find yourself, As per Hinduism Mindedness(chitt ekaagrata) is one way to find yourself. I've also read that using of Mindedness with proper practice and Idol Worship, Which ...
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What is the meaning of “Aum”? [duplicate]

I have heard that many saints saying aum when they are in meditation. Not only saints, but many mantras like: aum namah shivaya; aum sreekrishnaya namah have "aum" present in it. Questions: ...
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Why should god bless us & fulfil our wishes?

Whenever we wish for something to God, why should god provide us with what we ask? What does god get by giving, whatever we wish for? Does god fulfilling our wishes is also part of the plan of God?
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What is the main reason behind praying to animals like mice, monkeys and cows?

I'm a little confused as to why Hindus worship animals like mice, monkeys and cows. I have searched on the internet but I didn't find any answer.
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Is any weapon worshiped besides Sudarsana Chakra?

I know that Sri Vaishnavas worship Sudarshana Chakra, giving it the status of an azhwar. Does any other sect do so ?
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Why do Hindus remove their footwear before entering temples?

Why is it that people don't wear shoes and sandals when they visit a temple? Sometimes they remove them outside of temple premises and sometimes outside of the temple steps... It's a common practice ...
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How does the Karnataka's Lingayat community worship differently compared to other Shiva Linga devotees? [duplicate]

The community name is derived from the "Linga", & hence it should be part of Hinduism. However, recently Karnataka government proposed special religious status to the Lingayat community. Is the ...
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What is the basis for worshipping Sai Baba? Are there are references to him in the Vedas or other Vedic literature?

Recently, Dwarka Shankaracharya, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati stirred controversy by claiming that since Shirdi Sai was a human and that there are no mention of him any Hindu scripture, he shouldn't ...
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Is Tulasi offered to Shiva?

Often some people say Tulasi is not offered to Shiva. But is there Scriptural reference to it? I remember reading in Shiva Purana that "Tulasi is used in worship of all Gods except Ganesha". ...
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Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? [duplicate]

Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? Does Hinduism allow saint or sages to be worshipped too? If yes then why other Hindu saints are not worshipped? I have seen people performing ...
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Is it necessary for devotees to have idols at home?

Do the scriptures mandate that devotees need to have idols and portraits of gods in their houses?
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While praying, who are allowed to touch/caress “Shiva Linga”, the sacred phallus?

As per this thread, there are various opinions of whether the idol at the temple should be touched or not: Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple? Now there is a special case of Shiva, ...
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Why are women not allowed in the Kartikeya Temple at Pushkar?

Recently I went to Pushkar. I visited a temple of Lord Kartikeya where women aren't allowed. What is the reason behind this?
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example of bhakt relation/love to God/Goddess,where God/Goddess is the feminine beloved/premika

1) humans(not avatara) like Meera, Andal etc viewed God as husband/male beloved(premi) and worshipped/loved Him as such. 2) as per this link https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/krishna-is-husband-of-...
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Who was Srividya upasaka Sri Bhuvanananda Natha?

One of the well-known name in the South Indian Sri Vidya tradition is Sri Bhuvanananda Natha. Is there any brief info about his life events and upasana?
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Do the scriptures mandate that the devotee regularly visit a temple?

Is there any mention in the scriptures to regularly visit temples?
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Were there any temples in Satya yuga?

Is there any reference of temple of lord in the time of Satya Yuga? Around that time people used to worship which God/Goddess?
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Is the Gayatri mantra used to worship the sun or Goddess Gayatri?

I've heard that the Gayatri mantra is actually used to worship the sun, and that the mantra was titled "Gayatri mantra" because the mantra is formed using Gayatri meter (a Vedic meter). Is that true?
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does any scripture say worship must be in Sanskrit?

The most prominent non-Sanskrit scripture is the Tamil Divya prabandham of Southern Vaishnavites. Non-brahmin Tamils don't have a great love of Sanskrit and one can increasingly see them conduct Puja ...
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Worship of combined deities of “Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra” as in Jagannath Puri?

Where else other than Jagannath Puri, is the worship of combined deities of "Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra" done? i.e., any other temples such as the Puri Jagannath temple? From the official ...
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What is the significance of Bel leaves in Shiva worship?

Aegle Marmelos or Bel Leaves are used in the rituals related to Lord Shiva. What is the significance of these leaves in Hinduism?
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Are rituals for worshipping shivlinga necessary to please Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva is known as Ashutosh ,meaning easily pleased but there are many rituals for worshipping a shivlinga like use milk to bathe the lingam, not to consume the fruits offered to him as Prasad, ...