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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 the earliest source available to the worship of Prana?

What is the earliest reference available for the fundamental belief in worshiping Prana? Where is it documented the belief that Prana created the world?
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Should we pray to Kubera a Yaksha?

What exactly are yakshas? Is it good or bad to worship them? Will they get angry if you stop praying to them? My point is that should we worship Kubera even if he is a yaksha or is he evil being ...
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Which deities should be honored for their protection of waters?

Rivers seem to have their own, like Ganga. But what about wells, springs, streams and lakes in general? Who are their protectors? How would one go about showing gratitude for the existence of - for ...
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What is Lord Vishnu's favourite food?

I am gonna install Lord Vishnu's deity. So I would like to know what is Lord Vishnu's favourite food.
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Did Lord Vishnu pray to Lord Ganesha? If yes, in which scripture is it written?

Certain websites claim that Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Ganesha. Now if this story is true, in which scripture is this story written? The following is the story as presented by these websites: One ...
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Which Vedic verses declare Lord Brahma as supreme?

Lord Brahmaa is a very important figure in Vedic tradition. He is referred to as PrajApatI and hiranyagarbha in the Vedas. As per Puranic tradition he is the part of trimurti's or trinity. However, ...
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Is there any alternative to using honey in making Panchamrita?

Panchamrita is a mixture of five foods used in puja which are usually honey, jaggery, milk , yogurt and ghee. However, is there any alternative for honey when making Panchamrita? The reason I am ...
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Does prayer remove bad deeds of past lives?

If this birth is based on the deeds of our previous life, then our destiny is pre-determined. So, there is no need for god unless prayer offered to him will erase the bad deeds.
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Why is Sita worshiped well but not Draupadi?

Let us consider the following excerpt from Mahabharata "He also beheld the princess of Pancala, decked in garlands of lotuses. Having attained to Heaven, she was sitting there, endued with a form ...
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Temple rules and regulations [duplicate]

This is my common observation. In all the temples one finds a notice Photography inside temple is not allowed. In other words, photography of the temple or deity is prohibited. I fail to ...
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What is the difference between worshiping an idol or image and worshiping God?

Idol:- An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. God:- The creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being. My question was, What is ...
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What is the reason behind ShaligrAma worship?

One of the important worship forms of the Vaishnava are ShaligrAmas. But I am asking this question because they are not normal stones which are used for idols. Actually, these are the fossilized ...
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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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Can anyone suggest mantras for worshiping Mata Sita and Sri Radha Rani?

I am looking for some mantras for chanting mantras specific to Sita and radha rani.
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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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What is offered during Arati and what they represent?

From this link we get the below explanation about arati. it is not very clear what is what, where can we get a more detailed description on what is what in the aratik? these are the elements I can ...
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Were there any temples in Satya yuga?

Is there any reference of temple of lord in the time of Satya Yuga? Around that time people used to worship which God/Goddess?
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What is the scriptural definition of “Nitya Karma” for a non-initiate?

Nitya karma refers to the daily obligatory duties performed by the Hindus. Naimittika karmas on the other hand are the occasional rites that are performed with a reason (nimitta). Similarly, we have ...
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Believing our family ancestors

In our family,they tell us to worship our ancestors from where family have been started Is it right that we should worship them rather than worshipping God?? Please tell me in detail
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What do the Snake Idols in Binded form Indicate?

In many Hindu Temples we can see Snake Idol which has two Snakes, bound to each other like a DNA. QUESTION : What does this form of two snakes indicate and why do we worship it ? Below is a picture ...
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Is it necessary to worship of idols (ie. Lord Shiva's or Hanuman"s Idol) ? Can one worship of The God without idols?

Can one worship of The God without idols? already written in vedas as na tasya pratimā asti yasya nāma mahadyaśaḥ ।
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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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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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Why is money offered to God as ₹101, 1001 etc. and not ₹ 100, 1000 etc? [duplicate]

I have noticed that after performing rituals, Hindus give dakshina (or fees) to the pandit (priest) in the form of ₹ 101, 151, 501 or ₹ 1001 and not ₹ 100, 150, 500 or simply any round figure. Even ...
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Worshipping lord Shani even when I have good Effects of Lord shani in my life

Lord Shani is favourable in my birth chart and does me good, but I still worship lord shani. I place a diya with musturd oil and black til at a peepal tree at saturday nights and I offer him water ...
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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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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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How to worship a Bilva tree

Bilva tree is situated in a Devi temple complex. How to worship the Bilva tree.
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Worship of combined deities of “Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra” as in Jagannath Puri?

Where else other than Jagannath Puri, is the worship of combined deities of "Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra" done? i.e., any other temples such as the Puri Jagannath temple? From the official ...
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

What is achamana? From wiki: Achamanam (achamana, achmana) is one of the most important rituals in the Hindu tradition. It is a male purification ritual that is believed to cure all physical ...
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How should contrition (repentance for sins) be performed?

If I worship or chant a mantra, is it considered contrition i.e., repentance for my sins or is contrition done differently? What do scriptures say about contrition? The right way to do it? I heard ...
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Why Lord Muruga is not worshiped in north india as much as he is in south india? [duplicate]

Why North Indians don't worship Lord Murugan(Karthikeya) as much as they worship Lord Ganesha? But this doesn't happen in South India.
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Should parents be worshipped before the gods?

I do know that parents are like gods to their children. I have seen families where some worship God first then parents but also vice versa. Which one is the correct way?
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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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How did the Navagrahas come into existence?

I know very little about the navagrahas we see in our temples. To my understanding sukra is sukracharya and guru is Brahaspathi. Does other grahas have respective gods or rishis associated with them ...
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Lighting of earthen lamps in evenings in Karthika month and in mornings in Margasisha month

This month being Karthika 2 earthen lamps will be lit and kept in the Pirai Maadam [in old types houses there will be a construction like this for keeping lit earthern lamps] during sunset. Nowadays ...
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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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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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Vidhi and Vidhan in Worship

Worship of God has a great significance in Hindu religion. From a simple practice of expressing gratitude to God to a worship done for Atma Shuddhi{ or purification of the being}, there are many ...
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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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Can I apply tilak to coconut with first finger is that badluck?

Which finger to use, when applying tilak to coconut at an engagement ceremony?
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What are the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to Pushkar Tirtha?

The Pushkar Tirtha{pilgrimage place}, is a very holy place in India{located in the state of Rajasthan}. It is believed that taking a bath at Pushkar Tirtha,destroys the sins of the devotees{...
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What are the benefits of reciting Durga Saptashati Devi Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram?

Navarathri is a very important festival of the Hindus. This is a festival during which Devi ie Goddess Durga, is worshipped for nine nights. Goddess Durga is worshipped in various forms on each ...
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Worship of different gods by Hindus

Do worshippers of Lord Vishnu also worship Lord Ganesh? I am learning about the Hindu religion is very interested in becoming a follower of the Hindu religion I am also looking for reading materials ...
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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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Why Matsya and Kurma Avatars are not worshiped like other avatars?

Why Matsya and Kurma avatars are not worshiped like other avatars? Vamana as trivikrama, varaha has temples in south. Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Narasimha avatars are worshiped and many temples are ...
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Why it is important to squat while performing achamana?

An Achamana is a purificatory ritual that consists of sipping small amount of water from right palm after sanctifying it(the water) with mantras. An Achamana precedes all Vedic ritual. There are ...
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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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Arjuna seeks blessings of Goddess Durga

The 10th day of the Mahabharata war, was very crucial for the Pandavas. The war strategy made on completion of the 9th day of the war, was aimed at attacking Grandsire Bhishma, paving the way, for ...