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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Is there a time, place or method for chanting the holy name?

Is it necessary that I should chant the holy name for example shrirama at a holy place and with specific methodology (sit on asana, etc) only? Will it not show its effects if I chant it while walking ...
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What are the cultural and religious differences between Hindus in India and Bali?

Indonesia is the country with largest Muslim population but majority of people in Bali islands are Hindus. I want to know whether there are any cultural and religious differences or similarities ...
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What is the meaning of worshiping a demigod? And is it bad to worship a demigod? [BG 4.12] [duplicate]

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 12 it is stated that: Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from ...
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Any mantras that are not of Sanskrit origin?

Are there any spells (mantras) in Hinduism which are not in Sanskrit, but in other languages. I came across a mantra in Awadhi dialect of Hindi, it's something about blessings for studying and was ...
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What is the scriptural definition of “Nitya Karma” for a non-initiate?

Nitya karma refers to the daily obligatory duties performed by the Hindus. Naimittika karmas on the other hand are the occasional rites that are performed with a reason (nimitta). Similarly, we have ...
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Believing our family ancestors

In our family,they tell us to worship our ancestors from where family have been started Is it right that we should worship them rather than worshipping God?? Please tell me in detail
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Different ways to ring a bell in Aaradhanam

When performing Aradhanam, a daily Pooja performed by Sri Vaishnavites, there are certain moments when one is supposed to ring a Ghantam, or bell. The bell produces an auspicious sound synonymous with ...
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Is it necessary to worship of idols (ie. Lord Shiva's or Hanuman"s Idol) ? Can one worship of The God without idols?

Can one worship of The God without idols? already written in vedas as na tasya pratimā asti yasya nāma mahadyaśaḥ ।
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Why are educational objects classified as being holy?

Whenever I have accidentally stepped on a book of any sort, or even a school bag; my parents have always said that I must ask forgiveness from god by placing my hand on the object first, then my ...
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nyAsa on murti during prANa pratishthA

This wikipedia article says that during prANa pratishthA, nyAsa is done ON THE MURTI where various deities are installed in various parts of murti. The ritual typically involves a Puja, chanting ...
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Why it is important to squat while performing achamana?

An Achamana is a purificatory ritual that consists of sipping small amount of water from right palm after sanctifying it(the water) with mantras. An Achamana precedes all Vedic ritual. There are ...
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Why is money offered to God as ₹101, 1001 etc. and not ₹ 100, 1000 etc? [duplicate]

I have noticed that after performing rituals, Hindus give dakshina (or fees) to the pandit (priest) in the form of ₹ 101, 151, 501 or ₹ 1001 and not ₹ 100, 150, 500 or simply any round figure. Even ...
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How did the Navagrahas come into existence?

I know very little about the navagrahas we see in our temples. To my understanding sukra is sukracharya and guru is Brahaspathi. Does other grahas have respective gods or rishis associated with them ...
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What are the benefits of Parad Shiva Linga?

Is it written in any Purana about the benefits of worshiping Lord Shiva in the Parad (mercury) Shiva linga form? If so, can someone pass on the excerpts from the purana. And also, can someone ...
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Worshipping lord Shani even when I have good Effects of Lord shani in my life

Lord Shani is favourable in my birth chart and does me good, but I still worship lord shani. I place a diya with musturd oil and black til at a peepal tree at saturday nights and I offer him water ...
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What is significance of Thaipusam Festival?

Thaipusam is an important festival celebrated by Tamil speaking Hindus all over the world. What is its significance and legends? What is Kevatti Ceremony?
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Superiority of Japa Yoga

Is japa (sincere and unselfish prayer) superior to all other spiritual activities? Does it hold good for all Yugas or just in Kali Yuga ? Is there any Vedic injunction regarding the superiority of ...
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Worshiping planets a vedic tradition or Puranic tradition?

Is Nava Graha worship a Vedic tradition or a puranic tradition? Are there any references to Nava Graha worship in Vedas?
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Why is Lord Shiva always worshiped alongwith Shakti and never alone?

Lord Shiva is distinct from other Gods primarily because he is always worshiped not as an idol but in an abstract form of a Lingam . Secondarily, He is always worshiped along with Goddess Shakti (...
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Why is Lord Shiva's daughter Ashokasundari not worshipped?

The sons of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and Muruga (Kartikeya) are very famous and worshipped by many, but not his only daughter, Ashokasundari. What is the reason behind it?
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What do Hindu scriptures or Gurus say on How to Introduce Hinduism to Children?

I am aware that this question is more a parenting question. The reason I ask the question is, to me and many young children around me, it was just told that idol worship in a temple is holy and wish-...
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Religious organizations in India that teach Vedas or scriptures with a day job [closed]

For a person wanting to give up material needs, devote to God and study ancient Indian scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads etc.), are there any religious community organizations in India where he could also ...
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How should contrition (repentance for sins) be performed?

If I worship or chant a mantra, is it considered contrition i.e., repentance for my sins or is contrition done differently? What do scriptures say about contrition? The right way to do it? I heard ...
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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

I have seen a lot of times in temples that priests offer milk to snake idols. What is the reason behind it? Do snakes really drink milk?
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

What is achamana? From wiki: Achamanam (achamana, achmana) is one of the most important rituals in the Hindu tradition. It is a male purification ritual that is believed to cure all physical ...
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Why Matsya and Kurma Avatars are not worshiped like other avatars?

Why Matsya and Kurma avatars are not worshiped like other avatars? Vamana as trivikrama, varaha has temples in south. Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Narasimha avatars are worshiped and many temples are ...
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Why are non-Hindus not allowed inside temples?

Many Hindu temples have a board which says 'only Hindus allowed beyond this point.' What is the reason for this? Was there a historical event which led to this kind of rule in Hindu temples? ...
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Why Lord Muruga is not worshiped in north india as much as he is in south india? [duplicate]

Why North Indians don't worship Lord Murugan(Karthikeya) as much as they worship Lord Ganesha? But this doesn't happen in South India.
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Worship of Shree Ramanuja while he was in his body?

Shree Ramanuja authorised worships of his forms in three murthies. When he leaves Melakotai in Karnataka,a vighra is made and Ramanujar embraces it and gives it back. This is called "Thamar Ukantha ...
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Should I plant Bilva in my home?

I have planted a Bilva (Bel) plant in my lawn whose leaves I use for Shiva pooja. Some of the priests said that Bel plant should not be planted in the house. Instead, it should be migrated to a temple....
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Benefits of lighting a lamp using different oils

Deeparadhana (worshiping God by lighting a lamp) is an ancient practice in our country. We start any pooja by lighting a lamp. It is said that a lamp lit using cow ghee is the best. Sesam oil is used ...
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Why is shiva called khandakarnan?

Some temples shiva is worshipped in the form of "khandakarnam".Even shivaling is worshipped in the same temple.
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Vidhi and Vidhan in Worship

Worship of God has a great significance in Hindu religion. From a simple practice of expressing gratitude to God to a worship done for Atma Shuddhi{ or purification of the being}, there are many ...
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Is Sufism a fusion of Hinduism and Islam?

Many Sufi kawwalis are devoted to a hindu saint Jhulelal. Also Sufism beleives in union of man and God which is somehow nearer to Adwait Siddhanta of Hinduism.
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Can I apply tilak to coconut with first finger is that badluck?

Which finger to use, when applying tilak to coconut at an engagement ceremony?
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Can we worship the Brahman as "Tadvana?

From this link,Taddha tadvanam nama tadvanam iti upasitavyam (Kena Upanishad) Meaning-"That is Adorable(Tadvanam); one should meditate on It as 'Adorable'." This is one Upanishadic meditation, ...
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Arjuna seeks blessings of Goddess Durga

The 10th day of the Mahabharata war, was very crucial for the Pandavas. The war strategy made on completion of the 9th day of the war, was aimed at attacking Grandsire Bhishma, paving the way, for ...
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From where do priests get invocation(Avahana) and other Mantras related to Shirdi Sai Baba?

From where ( which Hindu Scripture) do Hindu priests get Mantras related to Sai Baba's worship? Like invocation(Avahana) & other Mantras? This question is relevant because Sai Baba is ...
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Why is it necessary to burn incense stick while praying?

If you do not light a lamp while doing a prayer and reciting any mantras. But it is necessary to burn an incense stick. This is practised by Buddhist too. Why do we need to do so?
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Why each day of the week is dedicated to a particular god?

As the title explains, why do we have specific days to worship specific gods? For example Sunday - Lord Surya Monday - Lord Shiva Tuesday - Lord Ganesha Wednesday - Lord Vithal Thursday - Sai Baba, ...
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Correct way of receiving Aarti

Aarti(आरती) is one of the popular Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aarti also refer to the ...
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Why is worship only possible in a sitting posture?

Is it true that worship is only possible in a sitting posture? why we can't worship in sleeping posture?
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What is the best way to solve Pollution problem on the name of God? [closed]

In Hindu religion most of the time after worship of God and Goddess we throw the waste material, pictures in river and these things become a cause of pollution some time that like we are insulting God ...
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God is created all the life of world [closed]

Body can move automatically ? Or there is somebody or now days or may be confidential God is moving ? If all this questions answered is yes GOD is created and moving. Then one last question what we ...
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What exactly is the issue between Shankaracharya of Dwarka peeth and the Sai Trust? [closed]

I just need one simple answer, "Is Sai Baba of Shirdi really a God? [closed]" and, if he is, then why is Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati (Shankaracharya of Dwarka peeth) having an issue with worshiping ...
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Why is Moon on Lord Shiva's head only shown as crescent?

The story that of, how the Moon god ended up in Lord Shiva's hair, goes like this: Moon god had to get relief from the disease that he got by his own fault. He came to know that the only remedy for ...
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Selfishness in Bhakthi

Nowadays people evolved more and more. These people when they perform punya karya like dhaana they gain punya,but people who don't have bhakthi on god ,too perform punya karya for gaining punya for ...
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Controversial topics over veg vs non veg and ceremonial sacrifices of animals [duplicate]

Does it state outright & clearly anywhere in Hindu scriptures & holy books to NOT eat non veg food? Also, is it true that old rishi munis made sacrificial ceremonies of goat, cows and buffalo ...
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Can we use one god's mantra to worship others?

If I know there is only one God and all are his forms, Can I worship(at temples) one avatar of His' with mantras of His another avatar/form (among Shiva, Shakti, Ganapathi, Skanda, Surya, Vishnu and ...
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Where does Adi Shankara use the allegory of water worshipping to the sea?

A very famous allegory used by Adi Shankaracharya is that he says my worship is like water worshipping to the ocean. Where is it found?