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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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?
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Does chanting Holy Names while doing worldly duties generate any punya karma?

Does chanting of holy names while doing worldly duties (like travelling, working at home, etc.) generate any good (punya) karma? In this case sometimes one may or may not pay attention to what is ...
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Why one should not consecrate water to Lord Hanuman?

I went to a temple about a few weeks ago. On the wall of this temple, it was written that it is prohibited to consecrate water to Lord Hanuman according to scriptures. At that time, I could not ask ...
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Worship of one god and worship of Shri Ram

In Bhagvad Gita , Lord Vishnu says, Worship me alone :- http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-09-23.html Even those who, being devoted to other gods and endowed with faith, worship (them), ...
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What is the importance of Tilak and Chandlo in Swaminarayan Religion?

I just want to know what is the importance of Tilak and Chandlo in Swaminarayan Religion?
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What is relation between Star and God?

AFAIK, Rig veda says, every star is related to a God and hence everyday is special day(festival) to worship a specific god, what are those stars and to which god does they relate to?
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Why most Gods are symbolised based on living things.?

Why most Gods are symbolised based on living things.? we see shiva vishnu all in human form.
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Can a non-Hindu worship a Hindu deity?

Can non-Hindus worship Lord Shiva? Specifically: Can they chant his name? Can they listen to the chanting once in a while? I thought it's okay for anyone to listen to and pray even though they are ...
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What is the significance of nãrikel (coconut) in pooja?

In almost all Poojas (worship) nãrikel (coconut) is used. Image source: picdif.com What is the significance of using nãrikel in pooja?
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Do the Vedas prohibit idol worship?

It is a very controversial thing about this verses along the religious websites, especially non-Hindu websites, they are claiming that idol worship is prohibited in Hinduism. They are arguing with ...
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What is the reason behind lokas in Hinduism?

In the Puranas, and already in the Atharvaveda, there are fourteen worlds, seven higher ones (vyahrtis) and seven lower ones (patalas), viz. bhu, bhuvas, svar, mahas, janas, tapas, and satya above and ...
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Why doesn't God not give us anything without doing something?

In Hinduism there are cases where astrologers or pandits ask devotees to chant certain mantras or do fasting on specific days. Why doesn't God give what we want directly (without doing anything) as we ...
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What is the meaning of Nirgun Paduka?

Everyone knows One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya at Shri Kshetra Gangapur in Karnataka. Where devotees ...
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How long did Adi Shankaracharya live?

I have read that Adi Shankaracharya's parents were childless for many years and they worshipped Lord Shiva, so that they will be blessed with a son. Then the Lord appeared in their dream and asked ...
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After how many years of gap did the Dwadash Madhav yearly Parikrama restart?

After how many years did the oldest parikrama on Earth, bhagwan shri dwadash madhav parikrama, tirthraj Prayag of Bhagwan Shri Vishnu restart?
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What is the difference between saint,yogi and sidhas?

I wish to know but the persons who dedicate their life in search of God or peace or getting to know the meaning of Life.People often call them as saints, Sidhas, Yogis and so. My question: What is ...
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In which of the 4 Vedas procedures of ritualistic worship are mentioned?

Details of worship procedures are laid down in which Veda? Like details of how to do a Puja or Homa?
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Why do Hindus have no restrictions on going to churches or any other religious places?

Hinduism is known for its wide acceptance of other cultures. Most religions, like Christianity, Islam, etc. have very strict rules regarding this. They are not allowed to worship or visit any other ...
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Why is it best if we light ghee lamp in the house while praying?

Before starting any prayer it is required that we light a lamp which is made up of oil and cotton wick. But it is considered uttam (best) if ghee (Clarified butter) is used instead of oil. Why is ghee ...
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Alternative for flowers in daily pooja

Can one use ghee coated Akshadhai (Akshat raw rice) for daily pooja in place of flowers? What is the best material to be used in absence of flowers to perform pooja?
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Why all religions worship Sun? [closed]

I don't know that why every religions worship the Sun? Is there any big reason?
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What is the reason for whispering a wish in God's ear?

We often see people whispering in a deity's ear like in the image below: Normally, when we visit the temple we simply close our eyes and pray or tell our wish to God. But some people do the above ...
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Are there any enlightened people currently at the level of Ramana Maharishi or Paramhansa Ramakrishna?

Ramana Maharishi and Sri Ramakrishna are acknowledged as fully enlightened people. Their words are given the highest importance by many Hindus. Are there any sadhus at that level currently anywhere in ...
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Why is Kartikeya not worshiped much compared to lord Shiva, lord Ganesha and goddess Parvati?

Kartikeya is elder son of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, but he is not worshiped much compared to his dad, mother and brother. If you visit temples in our country, rarely any temple will have an ...
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What made Indra the king of Svargalok?

Svargalok is considered as a place where good people reside. From the wiki - Svarga is seen as a transitory place for righteous souls who have performed good deeds in their lives. However, many ...
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Why do we worship ‘Tulsi’ plant and Peepal Tree? [duplicate]

Why do we worship ‘Tulsi’ plant at homes and Peepal Tree at Temple
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Why Hindus worship Peepal Trees? (Ficus religiosa)

I've often seen people, women especially, worship Peepal Trees (Ficus religiosa) Why they do so? Is there any reason from Hindu scriptures behind doing that? As far as I know, people say that our ...
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Which is oldest known sacred place of Hindus?

Which is oldest known sacred place of Hindus? I have found several temples & sacred places of the Hindu religion to be told as many thousand years old. Which of them is oldest known such temple ...
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Why is it not recommended to turn back immediately after praying in a temple?

I heard this long time back that one should not immediately turn back after praying, instead take at least 2 or 3 steps back and then turn around. The reason is one should not make their back face the ...
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How does Hinduism encourages individualism?

I have read in an article that Hinduism promotes individualism. According to wiki, Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the moral ...
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Can I put my own name and symbol for the Supreme Being?

God is one, the Supreme being (Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama and so on). All are the names of the supreme being who is not a human, but energy. Now, can I put my own name for that ...
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How old is Hindu religion? [duplicate]

I want to know how old Hinduism is. Please provide proper details, references for your answers. Any substantial details with supporting fact or reference is welcome.
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Why should we pray/worship God? [duplicate]

My question might seemed like I am atheist but no I am a believer in God. But this is a question kids nowadays use to ask. Here is what a kid told me: "If God does good things for us, fine that our ...
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Is Goddess Lakshmi goddess of happiness or wealth?

What does goddess Lakshmi symbolize. Does she represent happiness or wealth. Most of the people say that she is wealth but I refute it because, Lord Vishnu, the ruler of the life, her husband is the ...
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Why do people praise/worship only the tails of cows?

In many temples, I have seen people praise the tail of a cow instead of its head or legs (which are common). Praising the head of a cow is said to be counted as a sin. What is the reason behind this? ...
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What is the significance of “Akhanda Deepak” while doing puja?

It is considered very good to have the lamp that we light be lit through out the prayer. During Navratra, the lamp if lit till the end of the 9th day is considered to bring lot of luck, happiness, ...
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What is significance of Agni karyam?

What is Agni karyam(worshiping fire)? Are there any classifications among? Whats the eligibility to do Agni karyam? How one gets benefited by such act? What is Nityagnihotra? Are there any ...
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What is the difference between Bhakta and Para Bhakta?

I would like to know the difference between Bhakta and Para bhakta? Is there any difference in how they worship? Is there any difference in their character? Do they do more Poojas than bhaktas?
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What are the murthis allowed in one's puja mandir?

It is said that size of an idol should not be more than thumb size of family's head, if not special puja/worship, nivedya/food offerings should be offered to the murthi/idol daily, is it true? Why ...
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Why do we have kuladevatha, grama devatha, when ista devatha does the same job ?

AFAIK, based on one's own understanding and spiritual level, one may find love on one avatar who may be called ista devatha. Why do we have kula devatha/family god and grama devatha/village god ...
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Power of the religion,Existence of God-Evil,its structure defined in holy books,Hinduism to define [closed]

I am hindu,a believer in hinduism,but respect each and every religion equally....somedays ago I was having discussion about The Gods Goddessess with my friend after which i was left with no answer........
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What does Hinduism say about harming the body?

Sanathana Dharma followers does rigorous practice of worship by various ways to lessen the love on one's own body like taking cold water bath even in winter, walking on burning coal, fasting, ...
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Importance of Priests in temples

Most of the Hindu temples are maintained by Priests. What are the qualifications that one need to become a priest? What are the duties of the priests towards the temple and god (if any)?
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“If you talk of righteousness, spiritualism, then India comes first”. Why? [closed]

I've transcribed words pronounced by Ramanand Puri during the Kumbh Mela 2001: (Source: see this video from 1:50 to 2:25) "Every place, every society, every country is famous for its specialization....
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Do Hindus believe that Idols make a person spiritually closer to God? [duplicate]

Is the idol target of worship or is God the target? Is the idol used only to get nearer to God? If yes how can an idol bring us nearer to God?
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Correct way of Surya namaskar?

It is stated in Hindu scriptures that every Hindu must do Surya Namaskar. But I am not sure how to do it? I always do Namaskar by facing towards east. As far as I know, there are 12 steps for Surya ...