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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problems arising out of different[two] Hindu birth dates from official date of birth [closed]

I am an unmarried HINDU AS WELL AS INDIAN. MALE PERSON. my original date of birth is 05011955 is in effect. But somehow my date of birth is changed to 13011955. My question is that if I take a try to ...
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Do you need diksha to offer to kali?

I heard you do and that you must only offer purified food?
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Navagraha & incense

Which incense should be offered to the navagraha individually for graha shanti? I think Surya likes the smell of lotus flowers, but I have no idea what smells the other grahas like. Does someone know?
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What is ashtagandha, where is it mentioned in the scriptures?

What is ashtagandha and what is it made of? Where is it mentioned in the scriptures? Ashtagandha is a mixture of eight ingredients available in granules or powder and is used in deity worshipping ...
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Do photographs or paintings of Gods undergo prana pratishthana?

As I understand from this question , through prana pratishthana ritual God comes and resides in the murti. And if not mistaken, the idols have to be sculpted in line with what is mentioned in Agamas ...
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Which deity should be worshipped to have marriage or son early in life?

What should one do to have marriage or son early in life? Which deity should be worshipped for this purpose?
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Every hindu is associated to Kuldevi and Kuldev. What is the purpose of it?

Every person in Hindu community is linked to Kuldevi and Kuldev. Everyone in Hinduism have Kuldevi and Kuldev. What is the purpose of it? What are the rituals for Kuldevi and Kuldev? If I don't know ...
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Does the Yoga Vasishta prohibit idol worship?

Does the Yoga Vasistha, written by Sage Valmiki, strongly discourage or even prohibit idol worship? How can idol worship be then reconciled with the Yoga Vasistha? Men in vain rely on mantras and ...
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Visarjana Mantra or Stotram for Shivapuja

I would very much appreciate the Sanskritam (Devanagari), transliterated, and English for a visarjana mantra or stotram for Shivapuja.
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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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Maa Tara Tarapith prayers and chants in Sanskrit

i would like to ask if someone knows some chants or prayers to worship Tarapith Maa Tara , if possible transliterated into english (not translated). Thank you in advance
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What is the difference between Yuga Dharma and Santana Dharma? What is the Yuga Dharma for each Yuga?

I'm really confused about the Yuga Dharma of each Yuga. Some say Daan is the Yuga Dharma of Kaliyuga while some say chanting the name of God. Someone please explain this concept in detail.
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What are the kalaas of arka (sun), soma (moon), bahni (fire)?

In Puja mantra, we get... Am Arkamandalaaya dvadasa-kalaatmane namah ( meaning I worship Arka with twelve kalaas), Um somamandalaaya shodashakalatmane namah (I worship soma with sixteen kalaas), ...
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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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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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What are the murthis allowed in one's puja mandir?

It is said that the size of an idol should not be more than a thumb size of the family's head. If there is not a special puja/worship, nivedya/food offerings should be offered to the murthi/idol daily,...
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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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Eating Prasada during fasting

Is it ok to eat Prasada (naivedhya offered to God) during fasting day? Normally it is said that prasada must not be declined. Eating will break fasting vow?
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Why householders are advised not to worship fierce forms of Kali?

Why are householders advised not to venerate fierce forms of Kali? I was told by those who follow the shakti tradition that householders should not honor the angry forms of Kali. Why is this?
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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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How is the main deity at an ISKCON temple chosen?

For example, at the ISKCON London temple, the principal dieties are Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa according to their website. About the Deities On the right-hand side of the shrine, you will see Radha-...
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Jīvamukti in the ribhu Gita

In a YouTube video, I heard that a jivamukti is only going to be endowed with knowledge if he worships the lord in accordance with the scriptures. Can anyone verify this is what the work says? I tried ...
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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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Is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?

This book at page 212 says: the lord in yoga nidra pose is offering bilva leaves to Lord Siva So, is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?
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Is sarpa worship and Naga worship different? What are the fruits of Snake worship?

Is sarpa worship and Naga worship different? What are the fruits of Snake worship? In Hindu culture it is believed that snake is Pitru. So we should worship it.
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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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What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?

I found the following date calendar for Masik Shivratri, till date I was only aware of Shivratri and Maha Shivratri but Masik Shivratri is totally new for me. So wanted to understand the importance ...
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Are there any flowers that are not supposed to be offered to Lord Vishnu?

There are certain flowers that should not be offered to a specific deity. For example, Tulasi is not offered to Ganesha and Ketaki or Champa is not offered to Lord Shiva. Are there any flowers, ...
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If durva is not available then what can be offered to Ganesh ji as a substitute?

Its difficult to get durva by me so what else can be offered to Ganesh ji, instead of durva.
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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 Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Who was Srividya upasaka Sri Bhuvanananda Natha?

One of the well-known name in the South Indian Sri Vidya tradition is Sri Bhuvanananda Natha. Is there any brief info about his life events and upasana?
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Why do we need to do Three time praying(trikal sandhya)

As per Hindu culture, we believe in God and worship to them. We should need to remember on time(Like during Morning when we wake up, Then when we eating and last when we sleep) in a day. So what is ...
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What is the best shloka for worship of Surya Deva?

I look for a shloka that I can chant throughout the day, for worship of Surya Deva (Aditya Hridayam is too long). Can someone recommend any?
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Is yoga the only way to experience the divine? [closed]

We see there are many different paths of worship, people worship kuldevi, kuldevta, brahma , vishnu, mahesh, durga etc. and there are different vrat and prayers, mantras associated with each of them, ...
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Why always two cotton wick used in deepa(Lamp)?

In my region(south canara) we always use 2 cotton wick for lighting lamp. How many cotton wick should be used in lamp ? Is it always two or can we use any number of cotton wicks?
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Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Champaka flower

Shiva Manasa Puja of Sri Adi Shankaracharya has the verse below: रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम् । जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च ...
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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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Was Bramhadev worshipped in treta and dwapara yuga?

We know Bramhadev isn't worshipped in Kaliyuga. Are there any evidence on Bramhadev being worshipped in Tretayuga and Dwaparayuga except Mahamuni Vyasa meditating on Bramhadev before writing ...
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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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Is there any temple where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a pillar without pedestal?

As mentioned in What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? post, The pedestal shaped as the vagina and the phallus fixed therein are symbolical of the eternal creative forces personified as ...
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Why does lord shiva like abhishekam?

At many places I have heard that lord shiva likes abhishekam so much and also he blesses the devotees with their desires. Why does shiva like abhishekam so much?
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What is Ganesh Chaturthi/ Ganesh Utsav idol worship size according to shastra and Dharma

In my Marathi state we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi as a Ganesh utsav for ten days and bring clay idol from market on the first day and make visarjan on 10th day. My question is, what is the right size ...
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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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Are rituals for worshipping shivlinga necessary to please Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva is known as Ashutosh ,meaning easily pleased but there are many rituals for worshipping a shivlinga like use milk to bathe the lingam, not to consume the fruits offered to him as Prasad, ...
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Are the rituals, puja methods, dieties artis mentioned anywhere in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Do these things exist anywhere in Hindu scriptures (Vedas, upnishads, Geeta etc.)? Or are they later created by Brahmins?
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What were the ascetic austerities undertaken by Princess Amba to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva?

Princess Amba was abducted by Bhishma from her Swayamvara(self marriage ceremony at the kingdom of Kashi).Salva(king of Saubala) who was earlier in love with her, subsequently refused to accept her as ...
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Bhagwan Shiva worship

I have one doubt. If person has not accumulated any good sanchit karmas. Will he still get blessings simply by worshipping mahadev with water and milk?
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Attitude towards other devatas

A sadhaka is focused on his or her Ishta devata. What should be his/her attitude towards other devatas? What do our scriptures say in this regard?
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What is the scenario when Shiva consumed halahal (poison) as per Shiva purana

Please describe briefly about the incident, when Shiva had consumed poison in the request of gods & to keep low the body temperature of Lord Shiva, moon was placed on his head & how gods have ...

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