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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Recommend some books or online sites for self- learning Prana Pratishta techniques

What are some good books (in Bengali, English, Hindi or Sanskrit) for self-learning the method of Prana Pratishta (invoking life-force of Deites) on Yantras, idols etc? I am looking for books or even ...
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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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How to determine whether a Banalinga is genuine or not?

Getting a Banalinga (also known as Narmada Shiva Linga or Narmadeswar Shiva linga) is quite easy these days. You will get them in shops selling religious items. And, they are also sold on websites ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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General rules of worshipping Lord Hanuman

What are the General rules of worshipping Lord Hanuman?
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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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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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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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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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What is Gorochana or Goulochan?

I have Gorochana or Goulochan, given by a friend. I want to know it's vedic application. I have two types of Goulochan one is from cows head and other one cow gallstone Bezoar. I did not find ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?