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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the significance of breaking a coconut in Hindu rituals?

I have observed and even practiced the act of breaking a coconut before any Hindu ritual or before starting any auspicious deed. It is also offered before God after breaking it. What does this ...
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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 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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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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“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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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 do Hindus worship different Gods if they believe in only one God which is parabrahma?

Why do Hindus worship different avatars of Gods and aspects of nature like Sun, Snake, Cow etc if they believe in only God which is Parabrahma?
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Do methods of worship change according to yugas?

Are there different methods of worshiping God in different yugas? For example, in the Sathya Yuga, the major method of worship is meditation or yagas. In Kaliyuga - chanting of God's name. I have ...
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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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How is animal or human sacrifice justified?

Killing of animals or humans as a sacrifice is generally banished in Hinduism although some clans are still allowed to do so. How is this Hindu practice of sacrificing animal or human life to make ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the significance of Sashtang Namaskar?

In Hinduism, we do Namaskar to the God statues in the temples as a symbol of belief, respect, and worship. In addition, we also do Sashtang Namaskar. What exactly is Sashtang Namaskar, and why must ...
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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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Why are the black colored clothes avoided when visiting temple?

Why is that black color clothes are avoided or not allowed to wear in some temples? They are also avoided when Hindus celebrate festivals like Diwali, Navratri etc, generally on auspicious days I ...
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What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita?

What is Dharma according to the Bhagavad Gita? Are hymns and worship of God compulsory in the Bhagavad Gita ?
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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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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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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 ...