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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 हि...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 Subramanya is the youngest son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi. He is considered as god of love but at the same time a fierce to enemies. He never fails to instill fear in the heart of negative people and harmful entities.
Lord Subramanya of Vedic times
According to Rig Veda Lord Subramanya is ...
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 ...
Remember One thing that every worship or prayer needs your faith and The Holy Spirit
and it is the core component of a successful worship
Worship must be conducted with a calm frame of mind. One should be calm and the mind should be quiet while doing this worship and afterwards too.
This is not easy, but one must try patiently and assiduously for this ...
Flowers are intrinsic part of hindu worship and rituals. the fragrance of the flower pleases the deity. they create a pleasant and aesthetic value to the pooja ritual. they are symbol of happiness, prosperity and completion of purpose of life.
Normally we have a concept that a deity is to be offered only that
flower which he/she likes. But is it really ...
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
wow, that's very nice of you to say that. I never thought it that way.
Now PanchAmrit is a syrup made of 5 different things. These five different things are honey, sugar, milk , curd and ghee.
Panch in the word PanchAmrit means five and Amrita means nectar that will make you immortal. So, these five components will help you be immortal.
Now, Does ...
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 ...
Shodashopachar (षोडशोपचार) is described in BrahmaVaivarta Purana (ब्रह्मवैवर्त पुराण) 4.8.10. i.e
Khanda - 4 (Sri Krishna Janma Khanda)
Adhyaya - 8 (Sri Janmastami-vrata-pujopavasa-nirupana Vows Worship and Fasting on Sri Janmastami)
Sloka 10 onwards.
You can go through Sanskrit text with appropriate translation.
For Sanskrit-English, You can read on ...
Found the answer (did not want to delete the query), but this led to a larger question.
First 2 lines (literally) translate to;
For welcoming the gods and for driving away evil spirits, sound
the bell there, (which is) a token of invoking / inviting gods.
Please note that the above verse is a Mantra and has to be read in the Anustup chanda style of ...
Yes , there is a prayer of Lord Vishnu /Krishna in Srimad Bhagavata Purana-Skanda 11- Chapter -27 -Verse 46. This chapter is about Kriya-Yoga i.e. related to worship of Vishnu/Krishna and mentions the procedure of deity worship. This is general prayer for protection /rescue from any problematic situation as well as saving ourselves from this ocean of ...
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 is Puja
Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a ...
Generally, physical purity (suchi) is a common requirement for doing pujas which is done by bathing as water acts as a purifier. But apart from bathing pranayama is also an purifier. A simple method for puja is said in Bhagavatam as thus:
After cleansing oneself, purifying the body by prāṇāyāma, bhūta-śuddhi and other processes, and marking the body with ...