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A puja as performed in Ujjain during the Monsoon on the banks of the overflowing river Shipra.
A puja as performed in Ujjain during the Monsoon on the banks of the overflowing river Shipra.

This article is about Hinduism. Puja may also refer to certain devotional practices performed by Buddhists and Jains. Image File history File linksMetadata Flood_puja. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Flood_puja. ... , Ujjain   (Hindi:उज्जैन) (also known as Ujain, Ujjayini, Avanti, Avantikapuri) is an ancient city of central India, in the Malwa region of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River. ... Bold text[[ // [[Image:Media:Example. ... Shipra River is a river in Madhya Pradesh. ... Hinduism (known as in modern Indian languages[1]) is a religious tradition[2] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... In Buddhism, offerings (Pali: pÅ«jā) are expressions of honour, worship, devotional attention. ... A silhouette of a Buddha statue at Ayutthaya, Thailand. ... Jain and Jaina redirect here. ...

Pūjā (Devanagari: पूजा) (alternative transliteration Pooja, Sanskrit: reverence, honour, adoration, or worship) is a religious ritual that Hindus perform on a variety of occasions to pray or show respect to their chosen Gods or Goddesses. Most practicing Hindus perform puja once or twice a day. Pujas are reserved for special occasions like house warming [citation needed]. Puja should be done after a shower or bath and it is recommended that rites be performed before food intake to ensure sattvic qualities and full concentration (dhyana). Puja is also performed on special occasions in addition to the daily ritual. These include Durga Puja, Pongal and Lakshmi Puja and other religious occasions. Rigveda manuscript in Devanagari (early 19th century) DevanāgarÄ« (देवनागरी — in English pronounced ) (ISCII – IS13194:1991) [1] is an abugida alphabet used to write several Indian languages, including Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Bihari, Bhili, Konkani, Bhojpuri and Nepali from Nepal. ... Transliteration is the practice of transcribing a word or text written in one writing system into another writing system. ... Pooja can mean: In Hinduism, a pooja or puja is a form of worship. ... Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... The Oxford English Dictionary defines reverence as deep respect and veneration for some thing, place, or person regarded as having a sacred or exalted character. ... For other uses, see Honour (disambiguation). ... Adoration (Latin) is to give homage or worship. ... Taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony on the eve of Diwali. ... Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islamic, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jain, (fourth row) Ayyavazhi, Triple Goddess, Maltese cross, pre-Christian Slavonic Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals that generally involve a faith in a spiritual... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... Gods can refer to: Plurality of Gods (see polytheism); Postulated preternatural beings (see deity); The upper levels of a theatre (see the gods); A 1991 video game (see Gods (video game)); A sixties rock band (see The Gods (band)). An internet term, common among usenet veterans, for those who engage... A goddess, a female deity, contrasts with male deities, known as gods. A great many cultures have their own goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both of the conventional genders and in some cases even hermaphroditic deities. ... A housewarming party is party held on the occasion of moving into a newly purchased house or moving into any new residence. ... Satvic or Sattvic or satva is to be pronounced as Saa-thvik or as Saa-thvaa respectively. ... Dhyāna is a term in Sanskrit which refers to a type or aspect of meditation. ... In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: , Bengali: ) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. ... This article is about the Pongal festival. ... Lakshmi or Mahalaxmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी ) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, love and beauty, the lotus flower and fertility. ...

Puja or Pooja is also a very popular Hindu female first name. For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ...


Puja rituals

Puja consists of meditation (dhyana), austerity (tapa), chanting (mantra), scripture reading (svadhyaya), offering food (thaal) and prostrations (panchanga or ashtanga pranama, dandavat). The individual also applies a tilaka mark on the forehead with sandalwood paste, and then a vermillion (kumkum) dot (chandlo) in its centre. This signifies submission to the Almighty and also His Omnipresence. Puja is usually concluded with aarti to the Lord. In Hinduism, the tilaka (pronounced tilak) is a mark worn on the forehead and other parts of the body. ... The branches of a young sandalwood tree found in Hawaii Sandalwood is the fragrant wood of trees in the genus Santalum. ... Priest performing navami arati in front of a golden statue of Durga slaying Mahisasur. ...

Puja may be performed by an individual worshipper or in gatherings. The ritual may be observed in silence or accompanied by prayers. Sometimes a puja is done for the benefit of certain people, for whom priests or relatives ask blessings. A Hindu priest (called a Pundit) will chant prayers in Sanskrit or some other language while performing puja. Silence is a relative or total lack of sound. ... Mary Magdalene in prayer. ... This article is about religious workers. ...

Large pujas request the presence of fellow believers and pray to the god or goddesses in question. This usually involves a full day ritual where people are present for the actual puja ceremony and have puja prasad, followed by bhajans (religious prayer songs) and an all-vegetarian dinner. Prasāda (Sanskrit: प्रसाद), prasād/prashad (Hindi), Prasāda in (Kannada) or prasādam (Tamil) Prasadam (Telugu) is both a mental condition of generosity, as well as a material substance that is first offered to a deity (in Hinduism) and then consumed (Hinduism and Sikhism). ... A bhajan or kirtan is a Hindu devotional song, often of ancient origin. ...

Steps of a puja

Most sects, families or even individuals have their own way of conducting puja. A typical puja might involve the following 27 steps:

  1. Dhyaanam Samarpayami (Think or meditate on the Lord)
  2. Aawaahanam Samarpayami (Invite the Lord into your home/heart)
  3. Aasanam Samarpayami (Offer a seat)
  4. Paadyam Samarpayami (Offer water to wash the feet)
  5. Arghyam Samarpayami (Offer water to wash the hands)
  6. Aachamaneeyam Samarpayami (Offer water to drink)
  7. Snaanam Samarpayami (Give bath)
  8. Maha Abhishekam Samarpayami (Main head bath)
  9. Pratishtaapayaami (Make Him seated)
  10. Vasthram Samarpayami (Offer clothes)
  11. Yajnopaveetham Samarpayami (Offer the Holy Thread)
  12. Gandham Samarpayami (Offer sandlewood paste/powder)
  13. Akshatham Samarpayami (Offer Akshatha (rice))
  14. Pushpam Samarpayami (Offer flowers)
  15. Ashthothtra Poojam Samarpayami (Say the holy names of the Lord)
  16. Dhoopam Aaghraapayaami (Offer fragrance)
  17. Deepam Darshayaami (Offer light)
  18. Neivedyam Samarpayami (Offer food)
  19. Phalam Samarpayami (Offer fruit(s))
  20. Taamboolam Samarpayami (Offer betel nut and leaves)
  21. Dakshinam Samarpayami (Offer wealth)
  22. Maha Nirajanam Samarpayami (Perform aarti)
  23. Pradakshinam Samarpayami (Continue aarti)
  24. Namaskaram Samarpayami (Prostrate before Him)
  25. Mantra Pushpam Samarpayami (Offer incantations and flowers)
  26. Praarthanaam Samarpayami (Offer prayers, request your desires)
  27. Kshamaapanam Samarpayami (Admit wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness)

List of Puja in Bangladesh

In Hinduism, Durga (Sanskrit: , Bengali: ) is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For the Vedic river, see Saraswati River. ... Lakshmi or Mahalaxmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी ) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, love and beauty, the lotus flower and fertility. ... Narayana (नारायण; ) or Narayan is an important Sanskrit name for Vishnu and is in many contemporary vernaculars, a common Indian name. ... For other uses, see Siva (disambiguation). ... Popular image of Ganesh In Hinduism, Ganesha (Gaṇeśa, lord of the hosts, also spelled Ganesa and sometimes referred to as Ganesh in Hindi, Bengali and other Indian vernaculars) is the god of wisdom, intelligence, education and prudence. ...

See also

Satyanarayana Puja is a ritual performed by some Hindus on every full moon. ... Homam may also refer to star Zeta Pegasi Homam is a specific type of puja in Hinduism. ... Narikela, a coconut, is an essential element of several rituals associated with Hindus and the tradition of Hinduism. ... For other uses, see Coconut (disambiguation). ... Yagna is an ancient vedic ritual, where sacrifices are made to a particular divinity, using fire (Agni) as a medium. ... Panchalinga Darshana is a holy festival held once every twelve years in the ancient temple town of Talakad on the banks of the Kaveri river in Karnataka, India. ... Abhisheka (also abhiseka, abhishek ~ amongst other such transliterations) is a Sanskrit term comparable to puja, yagya and arati that denotes: a devotional, magical activity; an enacted prayer [1], rite of passage and/or religious rite or ritual. ... Satyanarayana Puja is a ritual performed by some Hindus on every full moon. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
Puja | What is puja? (0 words)
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.
During puja an image or other symbol of the god serves as a means of gaining access to the divine.
What is Puja? (539 words)
Puja is believed to be derived from the Dravidian (see Dasas) word 'pu-chey', (flower action) or worship with the offering of flowers.
The term puja is now used to include all forms of ceremonial worship, ranging from the simple daily offerings of flowers, fruit, leaves, rice, sweetmeats and water to the deities in homes or temples, to the sacrifices of goats and chickens in temples dedicated to Kali, Durga and other female deities.
Puja originated as a substitute to homa and other Vedic sacrifices which could not be performed by women and Shudras and which required animal sacrifices.
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