Lord Shiva can be worshiped with almost all flowers except Champaka and Ketaka flowers as mentioned in Shiva Maha Purana, Section 2.1 - Rudra-saṃhitā (1): Sṛśṭi-khaṇḍa, Chapter-14.
Excepting the Campaka and the Ketaka there is no flower which does not appeal to Śiva. All other flowers can be used for worshipping Him.
Also, in the same chapter, when asked ...
I found the Vakratunda incarnation in Mudgal Brahmana but not the mantra. The closest I could come to this mantra is the following line from the Mahaganapati Shastranam Stotra from the Rudrayamala Tantra that contains the first sentence:
vakratuṇḍo mahākāyaḥ koṭisūryasamaprabhaḥ ।
ekadaṃṣṭraḥ kṛṣṇapiṅgo vikaṭo dhūmravarṇakaḥ ॥ 99॥
Here's the link to ...
As per the advice that most Gurus give, it's not beneficial to worship multiple deities for any particular individual. One must only worship his/her Ishta Devata and stick with it's worship only (without of course having any ill feelings towards other deities). Temples have multiple deities for other reasons but even then the presiding deity (or the Pradhana ...
Giving water to Sun (Surya) after bathing is known as Arghya and this ritual is known as Sandhyâ Upâsânâ. Devi Bhagavatam, Eleventh Book, Chapter XVI gives the reason for Sandhyopasana as:
Thirty Koti Râksasas known as the Mandehas, always roam on the path of the Sun (the mental Sun also). They are great heroes, treacherous and ferocious. They always try ...
In my opinion, I don't think scriptures talks about the exact location of Mleccha Desha. Different people talks about it differently. Like in Kishkindha Kanda, Ramayana:
तत्र म्लेच्छान् पुलिन्दान् च शूरसेनान् तथैव च |
प्रस्थालान् भरतान् चैव कुरूम् च सह मद्रकैः || || ४-४३-११
कांबोज यवनान् चैव शकान् पत्तनानि च |
अन्वीक्ष्य दरदान् चैव हिमवन्तम् विचिन्वथ || ४-...
The purpose of worshiping multiple Gods is because of multiple desires fulfillment. For example worship of Indra is done in order to please him for rain. Worship of Kuber is done for the wealth etc. But one must stick to Supreme God or Parmatma in order to God realization.
Swami Muktananda commentary on Bhagwat Gita Chapter 9 verse 25 clarifies this doubt:
There is no purpose behind these classifications it is just a way of dividing stanzas and collection of verses in Sanskrit language.
Suktam/Sukta refers to a vedic hynm of unmanned composition, since vedas are apaurusheya they are of divine origins (It is best way to worship a deity but for word of caution it is only meant for dwijas If you don't have had ...
There is nothing like not favourite item to the Lord. Every item is a favourite to Him. The most important thing the Lord sees in us is devotion while accepting an offering. In Bhagavad Gita, He says this explicitly.
पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति |
तद्-अहं भक्त्य्-उपहृतम्-अश्नामि प्रयतात्मनः || ९.२६ ||
patraṃ puṣpaṃ phalaṃ toyaṃ ...
I think it is not important which fruits you uses by the pooja. But it is important that all fruits are fresh, clean and satvic from the art.
The bananas and the coconuts are cheap in India and because of this they are most used for the pooja.
Besides of this fresh green coconuts are very satvic because the water inside them is very clean.
The coconuts ...
Because the scriptures recommend these fruits to be offered to deities.
From the chapter of the Devi Bhagvatam (DB) that describes how to perform the Navaratri festival we get the recommended list of food offerings to Devi as follows:
28-31. First of all, one should worship duly the Goddess Jagaddhâtri,
presenting Her Chandan (sandal paste), Aguru (a ...
Actually a great question to answer and think about... Not much facts are known about this. But still the month is holy according to puranas and fortunately even I was born in this month only.:)
Few facts (or stories) that I know:
During the Shravan/Sawan month, it is believed that worshiping Lord Shiva is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during ...
Bhairava or Kal Bhairava is the fierce destructive form of Lord Shiva and is especially associated with the city of Kashi and Tantra vidya. The Kurma Puran mentions the story of the creation of Kal Bhairava:
Many years ago, Brahma lost his head slightly. He began to imagine that he was superior to Shiva and Vishnu. He told all the sages, “I am the supreme ...
It seems you are asking about the things or upacharas that are offered to a deity in worship. Then it is not necessary that they are all offered together during arati. They are all offered one by one, in a definite order.
The number of upacharas can vary from 5 (as in panchopachara puja) to 10 (as in dasopachara puja) to the most common 16 ( as in ...
I have compiled this answer after consulting two books that i have namely BenimAdhava's Bengali Panchanga' and a prayoga book called Brihat Visuddha Nitya Karma Puja Paddhati (this book has all the details of how to do the Vrata Puja & from the panchanga book's description of Vratas chapter i took the Vrata katha and other information).
Who is Goddess ...
Lord Vishnu loves food items that are yellow in colour.
Yellow lentils,jaggery, yellow ladoo are considered the favourite foods of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu likes amla gooseberries too.
Devotees offer him yellow lentils mixed with jaggery in order to please him. Even yellow laddoos are commonly offered to Vishnu.
As per the shared picture, It is right handed conch. It is also known as Sri Lakshmi conch and used for worship.
Quoting from the article "The role of Conch in Hindu Gods"
There are two types of Shankh – left handed conch shell and right handed conch shell. Valampiri Shankh or Lakshmi Shankh is the right handed conch shell and is considered ...
Shikha bandhan is carried out during Puja it is also called Shikha Vandanam.
ॐ चिद्रूपिणि महामाये दिव्यतेजः समन्विते। तिष्ठ देवि शिखा मध्ये तेजोवृद्धि कुरुष्व मे॥
From Gayatri Parivar:
Note: Translated into English
It is believed to be symbol of Gayatri. Head is center of good thoughts into which only divine enter. ...
"It is mentioned in the Shastras that one should always wear a sacred/fresh (clean, washed and pure white) cloth while doing Puja everyday and 'Dhoti' is the purest forms of cloth. It is made to and can be be washed and easily dried up to wear every next day. Also the word itself means 'Dho' + 'Ti' a cloth that one can 'Dho'(a hindi/sanskrit word ...
In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana it is said that one who observes fasting on Ekadasi day is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life.
Origin of Ekadasi
In the fourteenth chapter of Padma Purana, in the section named Kriya-sagara-sara, Srila Vyasadeva explains the origin of Ekadasi to Sage Jaimini as follows:
At the ...
Shiva deity of Moskha(Liberation) and Death - Ultimate(Main) GOD(Ishwara/Allah)
There is no other way to fulfil worldly desires unless she visits Shiva Lingam everyday.
There is one Shiva Lingam in Gujarat, which is known as "Kuber Bhandari", This shiva lingam is known for fulfilling money or financial issues of people. Devotees visit this Great ...
Another answer based on another Shastra.(Harita Smriti,Chapter 6,named Garhastya,The Domestic Mode of Life)
The significance of offering water to Sun is as follows:
Having rinsed, the mouth, as laid down in the Mantram, one should
again rinse it. Then sprinkling one's own self with water, as
described in the Mantram, one should throw palmfuls of ...
It is a western academic view that the classical Upanishads do not support Bhakti marga and thus these Upanishads do not play any role in the life of most Hindus who live according to the Puranas. The Vedanta tradition does not accept this view.
Mental activities relating to the Saguna Brahman - such as are
described in the Shandilya Vidya are upasanas ...
Swami Vivekananda writes (Complete Works, Vol 4, pp 334-6 and available here under the heading Writings: Prose, sub-heading Reply to the Madras Address - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_4/vol_4_frame.htm):
If one be asked to point out the system of thought towards which as a centre all the ancient and modern Indian thoughts have converged, if one wants ...
In general,the Scriptures say that Puja/worship/Japa done without mindfulness are not at all fruitful.
For example,the Kularnava Tantra says:
Success in japa lies in his hands who is decked with fragrant flowers,
ornaments and clothes. Devoted to the Mantra, with life dedicated to
it, with mind centred upon it, wholly given to it, following its
Sri Vidya is essentially about worshipping the Supreme Goddess or Sri Lalita Mahatripura Sundari. But, several other deities are also worshipped in the traditions as limbs of the main worship. There is something called Krama or succession of worship.
One of the important scripture about Sri Vidya is Parasurama Kalpa Sutra. The book Nityotsava elucidates it, ...
The definition of PanchAmritam from Scriptures (took this sloka from Nitya Karma PujA Paddhati book) is:
Dadhi Dugdham Ghritainchava Sarkara Samyuktam Madhu |
PanchAmritamidam Proktam Vidhayam Sarva Karmesu ||
Curd ( made out of Cow's milk), Cow's milk, Ghee, Sugar (sarkarA) and
honey all mixed together is what constitutes the ...
Vasant Panchami is the day Magha Shukla Panchami.
Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means "spring" and
Panchami means "the fifth day." Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day
Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Magha, ...
What we offer to the deities is called UpachAra. When a particular UpachAra can not be arranged for, then a substitute (anukalpa) is always prescribed.
Quoting from Anhika Kritya (by ShyAmA Charan Kavi-Ratna VAridhi), first BhAga, 1st Khanda (p 30):
Substitute for honey (madhu) is jaggery; for ghee it is sesame oil;
for all things it is jaba (barley); ...
Purvanha or forenoon is the best time for doing rites related to Devas (deities). Where as afternoon (Aparanha) is best suited for performing rites related to deceased ancestors.
The following verses from Manu Smriti have the words Purvanha (translated as morning) and Aparanha (translated as afternoon) in them.
3.255. The afternoon, Kusa grass, the due ...