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Which scripture contains the famous Ganesha Sloka "Vakratunda Mahakaya..."?

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 ...
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Which flowers & leaves ought to be offered to Lord Shiva?

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 ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

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 (...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

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. ...
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What do Scriptures say about doing Puja/Archanas in "Mleccha Deshas"?

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 ...
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What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?

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 ...
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What is the difference between Suktam, Strotam, Gayatri and Ashtakam?

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 ...
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Bipodtarini puja rituals

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 ...
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What is Lord Vishnu's favourite food?

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 ...
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

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 ...
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Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings while praying?

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 ...
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What's the significance of worshiping Shiva in the month of Shravan?

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 ...
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Can one do deeparadhana and pooja after 12pm? If not, why?

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 ...
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What is offered during Arati and what they represent?

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, ...
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What is the story behind Lord Bhairava who is worshiped on theipirai ashtami?

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 ...
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What is Lord Vishnu's favourite food?

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 ...
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What is the relation of Vasant Panchami with Goddess Saraswati?

Vasant Panchami is the day Magha Shukla Panchami. From Wikipedia: Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning: Vasant means "spring" and Panchami means "the fifth day." Vasant Panchami falls on ...
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What type of conch is this?

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 ...
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Why is Shikha Bandhan needed at the time of pooja?

Shikha bandhan is carried out during Puja it is also called Shikha Vandanam. From Akhandjyoti: शिखा-बंधन ॐ चिद्रूपिणि महामाये दिव्यतेजः समन्विते। तिष्ठ देवि शिखा मध्ये तेजोवृद्धि कुरुष्व मे॥ From ...
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Alternative for flowers in daily pooja

Krishna Says in the Gita 9.26: patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah patram—a leaf; puṣpam—a flower; phalam—a fruit; toyam—water; ...
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Method of performing Panchopachār Pūjā

The Pancha Upacharas are Gandha,Dhoopa,Deepa,Pushpa & Naivedya. Gandham-Sandal paste,Haridra Kumkumam,other scented objects come under this category. Dhoopam-Lighted Incense Sticks. Deepam-...
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Influence of the classical Upanishads on the belief of the maiority of contemporary Hindus

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 ...
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Influence of the classical Upanishads on the belief of the maiority of contemporary Hindus

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....
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What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?

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 ...
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Results of doing pooja with vs without mana (interest/Mind)

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 ...
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Can Sri Vidya Upasana be performed with multiple Gods/Godesses?

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 ...
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Is there any alternative to using honey in making Panchamrita?

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 ...
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What is ashtopachara and shodashopachara puja? And how to do it?

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 ...
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If durva is not available then what can be offered to Ganesh ji as a substitute?

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 ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

The answer to this question becomes more of an open-ended opinion-based discussion rather than one with a definitive & authoritative answer . So brace up for a long answer.:)) As it is with the ...
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