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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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Some daily-life hacks to always keep remembrance of God / Isht Devta or Devi

Life has lots of challenges, ups and downs. It is very easy to forget your Isht Devi/Devta (God), while enganged in worldly activities. What are some life hacks to stay connected to God, while ...
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As per which scriptures worshiping two Shiva Lingas in one house is not considered good?

The book Nitya Karma Puja Prakasha (Gita Press) says: In a house, if two Shiva Lingas (linga dvayam), three Ganeshas, two conch shells (Shankha), two Suryas, three Durga Murtis (or three Shakti ...
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General rules of worshipping Lord Hanuman

What are the General rules of worshipping Lord Hanuman?
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Correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya according to our scriptures?

What is the correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya/Sun God according to our scriptures? Arghya is a form of worship where water sometimes with different ingredients are offered to the Sun. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is Sri Krishna not worshipped as father?

Lord Krishna is generally not worshipped as 'father'.He is worshippd as 'friend', 'master', 'lover', 'child' etc. Lord Shiva on the other hand, is worshipped mainly as father. Sri Krishna told in ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret this verse from Padma Purana which seems to supports system of worship of five deities?

I found the following verse in Padma Purana, Uttara-Khanda in Karttika Mahatmya wherein Lord Krishna speaks to Satyabhama: saivah sauras ca ganesa vaishnavah sakti-pujakah | mam eva ...
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Chanting Devi Mahathyam (Durga Saptashati)

I would like to chant the Devi Mahathyam but may not be able to do the full text together in a single sitting or in a day. So if I am to split the chapters across days, are there any prescribed format ...
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Is it true that Navagrahas should be worshiped after offering prayers to other Gods at temples?

At Hindu Temples, we see many dieties like Ganesha, Kartikeya (Muruga), Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Navagrahas. I heard that Navagrahas should be the worshiped only after offering prayers to other Gods ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What are ashtapathi, panchapathi and tarangi in bhajans?

What are ashtapathi, panchapathi and tarangi in bhajans? Whose compositions are comprised in them and how many bhajan songs are compiled in them ?
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Is phalashruti applicable to people who read translated versions?

Many Hindu texts have phalashruti for even reading the texts or even for reading a single shloka of such texts. In this context I got the doubt: Is phalashruti (for reading) applicable to those who ...
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Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
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Which deities should not be worshiped in the house and why?

Are there any gods or goddess who should not be worshiped in the house? And for what reason they should not be worshiped?
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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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What does the Snake Idols in Binded form Indicate?

In many hindu Temples we can see Snake Idol which has Two Snakes in Binded form Like a DNA. QUESTION : What does the Two snakes in Binded Form Indicate and why do we worship it ?
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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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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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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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Should we worship God according to our ability?

I've seen videos on the internet where people are worshiping god, almost all the time... They suggest to do so too... It really makes me uncomfortable, as I am not much spiritual. Is it necessary to ...
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Gunas and Gods worshipped by persons of the Guna

Sattviks worship Devatas and divine forms, people of Rajasik nature worship Yakshas/ Rakhsas and the Thamasik natured worship devilish evil spirits. BG. Chapter 17, Shloka 4 So it would appear that ...
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What is the result of worshipping Lord Sri Nityananda Rama Chandra Prabhu only/exclusively?

Srila Prabhupada says here https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/8/31 that - A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa ...
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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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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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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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Finding a local temple in USA

I live in the NE USA. There are many temples and shrines near where I live. The problem is that all of them were founded by immigrants from India. Therefore, they exist to serve their communities. ...
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Can Sri Vidya Upasana be performed with multiple Gods/Godesses?

Is there any special deity dedicated for sri vidya upasana? I heard that it can also be done along with worship of Lord Narasimha, Lord Ganapathy etc. Is it true?
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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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Difference between Archna and pooja

There are two "distinct" words used for worship, in Sanskrit, namely अर्चना and पूजा. What is the basic difference between the two and their implementation, by a साधक (devotee) ? Also, please tell ...
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How to worship in temples? Please explain in context of human body as temple

We know temples are a representation of human body. Please explain how one must approach each part of temple and worship it for ones progress. For eg one prostrates at the flagpost of temple because ...
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Which gods are Vaishnavas allowed to pray to or worship?

Vaishnavas believe that Lord Vishnu is supreme hence they are discouraged from worshipping other gods like Lord Shiva, Ganesha, etc. But what about the associates of Vishnu like Sudarshana chakra, ...
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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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My daughter wants to know what's with 12, 21, 48, 108 numbers

Since as per Hinduism, the above are auspicious numbers. After I told my daughter to do namaskara 12 times, and I told her I am reciting a certain small prayer 108 times each day for 1 mandala (48) ...
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Can imported flowers be used to decorate God?

I live in Australia. The management committee of Lord Siva Temple here imports flower garland from India. After the arrival The Australian quarantine department spray chemicals on garland to stop any ...
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Performing pooja to God and Goddess on the same day

While performing poojas to gods and goddesses on the same day for example - Satyanarayana Pooja and Vaibhava Lakshmi Pooja - which one is to be performed first?
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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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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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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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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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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?