Meena v, Registered Member on
This information comes from my own knowledge.
Object of Puja Ritual
Puja ritual or worship of idols or images of God has become in recent times a great and potent tenet of faith and belief in out Hindu Religion or Sanatana Dharma.
Puja is not only performed in temples but also in most of our homes. So too, we worship God in our Satsangh meetings before we start our days' programme of kirtans and /or study of scriptures.
The object of the puja ritual is to create and setup thoughts of spiritual forces in and around us. This is best achieved by singing or chanting of some mantra, performing certain actions and making offerings in three defined stages. Each mantra is a magazine of vast spiritual forces. First Stage
The first stage of worship consists of purification by driving out the devils or bad tendencies and invoking devas or good tendencies. This is done by ringing a bell and chanting "HariH OM" and 'aagamanaartham ...". All must join in the singing of this mantra.
After this is over, the leader says "Om bhur bhuvah svah". This is called "digbandhana" and consists of chanting the sacred OM and the above three words called "vyaahrites". By chanting this, we make a protective shell around us. All the portals of the heart are closed against the ingress of the raakshasaas or evil tendencies. At the end of the puja we break the shell by chanting the three vyahrities first and OM last.
thus the shell is formed. Second Stage
Now commences the 2nd stage of puja ritual.
Our attempts here would be to tune our minds to meditate upon God with a form by chanting prayers and then contemplate upon the eternal purusha by chanting the purusha suukta. The Lord of the universe is very magnificently described and praised in this vedic hymn.
These prayers are called the dhyaanam or "mantras of invocation". Third Stage
Then we come to the third stage of our puujaa ritual. The maNDala brahmana upanishhad explains the spiritual significance of the sixteen phased offerings to the God invoked and installed in the idol or image or photo during the puujaa.
The sixteen offerings are made in five steps.
the 1st 3 phases are called the dhyaana seat. "tasya niShTha dhyaanaH". When we are merged in it without any other thought or feeling it is called meditation or dhyaana. We chant 1. dhyaayaami God or Goddess to reside in the idol or image or photo for the time being, so that the spiritual force may flow through the medium of the idol etc. towards you/all the people assembled. 2. aavaahayaami 3. aasanam samarpayaami 2nd Step
Then follow the three phases of "water ceremony". They are the offering of paadyam, arghyam and snaanam. Water is offered for washing the feet, the hands and for oblation. These phases are possible only in case of idols in houses. As our idol or image or photo would be decorated before or at the commencement of the satsangh, the water is sprinkled by means of the middle finger of the right hand first at the feet for paadyam, then at the hands for arghyam and lastly at the chest and then from head to feet for snaanam (bath or oblation). 4. paadyam samarpayaami 5. aachamaniiyam samarpayaami 6. arghyam samarpayaami 7. snaanamsamarpayaami
Then we have the 3 phased offering of gandha or sandal paste, raw rice mixed with kumkum called akshataa and flowers. 8. gandham samarpayaami 9. akshataan samarpayaami 10. puShpaaNi puujayaami
Do the Puja anyway you can, with devotion and love for Lord in your heart.
God out of His mercy will overlook all the shortcomings of men if they pursue the path of devotion with fervour. At the end of worship, daily or occasional, a prayer is offered to God not to mind the defects while chanting the mantras or adopting the procedures or for forgetting to do some duties out of ignorance. The Almighty is compassionate enough to ignore such errors. Thus, mercy being His chief trait, a devotee need not be concerned with minor defects if his endeavour is absolutely sincere but the enjoined duties should not be abandoned.
This shloka will take care of any shortcomings in the puja procedure. Refer to www.archana.com… for details as they differ slightly depending on the deity.
Try to sit on a mat when you do pooja. Dont leave the room when you start it, be inside imaginary square or rectangle, try to not attend phones,etc. until you have finished, have all items ready at hand. Wear clean clothes, wash your hand and feet thoroughly before you start.
If you can't do shodashara upachara, do a short Ganesha Sloka,and then do the chanting for devata/devi (astotara,sahasranamavali,etc) for your preferred deity(Ganesha, Shiva, Muruga, Vishnu,Saraswati, Lakshmi,Durga,Lalitha) with doopam, deepam and naiyvaidyam. If you can't cook something fresh (annam), then offer fresh fruits (at least 2 even in number preferably)Offer flowers/akshatam for mantra pushpam. Do pradakshina 3 times and offer namaskarams with forigvance.
If you are eligible to do, this pooja is not in lieu of Sandhya vandanam/madhyanam, it is in addition to...In our scriptures this is considered the most important.Hope this helps.
The steps of performing pooja at home: 1. Athmasuddhi: Persons performing the pooja should cleanse themselves for manthra. 2. Manthrasuddhi: They should cleanse their mind to recite the manthra. 3. Dhiraviyasuddhi: They should clean all articles used in the pooja. 4. Lingasuddhi: They should clean the Image or picture used in the pooja. 5. Andharyaagam: To pray through our thoughts.[concentration] --------------------------------------- For the Divine who is in our thoughts all the time, 6. Pahiryagam: To pray and invite the Divine in our heart to come out to reside in the Image being worshipped. Then, light a lamp, offer argyam, paathyam, achamaneeyam and do an abhishekam. Then decorate the image with cloth and flowers. Then pray with offering of flowers. then we can light a lamp, agarbhatti or burning incense or camphor to perform the pooja. Japa Samarpanam: Through the Manthras of the Deity, recite the prayers manthras 108 or 54 or 27 times in the mind and offer flowers. Prarthana: Recite Devotional prayer songs in any languge of choice, like Thevaram, Thiruvachagam or any other devotional songs. Yathasthanam, Padhyam, Achamaniyam, and Argyam are offered to the Image and praying with thanks to the Divine force whch came from our heart to get in back there. Dhvanichandar Pooja: Performing pooja to Dvanichandar offering the flowers and Prasadam that was offered to the Divine and praying to bless us with the effects of the service to us and taking the prasadma ourselves
Dr. Sindu., Council Member on
This information comes from my own knowledge.
Puja is a sacred practice of reverence, honor, adoration or worship from the devotee towards the Almighty. Puja could mean different things to different people. For Puja, all you need to have is a devoted heart full of love for the divine. The merciful God overlooks the shortcomings of men if they follow the path of spirituality with devotion. So, minor faults don't really matter, if the devotion is sincere. God is kind and grants blessings to the devotees with sincere heart.
Pooja can be performed in a simple short way. First, one should understand the proper rules and methods to perform the pooja.If the picture or figurine is kept facing East, the person should sit on the right side facing North. If it faces North, they should sit facing East. They should not sit in front of the image facing it directly. If these two directions are not possible, then we can set the image facing West and sit in front of the Image facing East and perform pooja. One should not sit on the right side facing South to perform pooja. One should not sit on the left side of the Image. The Image should not be set facing South. The person should not sit facing South.It is not proper according to sasthra to eat food prior to performing the pooja. When it is possible, one should always learn from a Guru about the proper sasthras and rules and receive deeksha before performing pooja at home.
The steps of performing pooja at home: pooja offered to a Moorthy in the form of a figurine or a picture.To perform this, one does not need the special deeksha.
1.Athmasuddhi: Persons performing the pooja should cleanse themselves for manthra. 2. Manthrasuddhi: They should cleanse their mind to recite the manthra. 3. Dhiraviyasuddhi: They should clean all articles used in the pooja. 4. Lingasuddhi: They should clean the Image or picture used in the pooja. 5. Andharyaagam: For the Divine who is in our thoughts all the time, to pray through our thoughts. [concentration] 6. Pahiryagam: To pray and invite the Divine in our heart to come out to reside in the Image being worshipped. Then, light a lamp, offer argyam, paathyam, achamaneeyam and do an abhishekam. Then decorate the image with cloth and flowers. Then pray with offering of flowers. then we can light a lamp, agarbhatti or burning incense or camphor to perform the pooja. 1. Japa Samarpanam: Through the Manthras of the Deity, recite the prayers manthras 108 or 54 or 27 times in the mind and offer flowers.
2. Prarthana: Recite Devotional prayer songs in any languge of choice, like Thevaram, Thiruvachagam or any other devotional songs.
3. Yathasthanam, Padhyam, Achamaniyam, and Argyam are offered to the Image and praying with thanks to the Divine force whch came from our heart to get in back there.
4. Dhvanichandar Pooja: Performing pooja to Dvanichandar offering the flowers and Prasadam that was offered to the Divine and praying to bless us with the effects of the service to us and taking the prasadma ourselves
The above are the rules for athmartha pooja according to Agamas and Sasthras. Next let us see the steps for a simple and short Pooja Details of one of the Simple and short method to perform Pooja.
One will perform: Dhyanam, Avahanam, Archana, Doopam, Deepam and Prarthana. To Perform the simple Pooja for Sri Ganesha [Sri Vinayaka] we need: Picture of the Deity Sri Ganesha. Flowers or Akshada [dry rice with turmeric] Prasadams like fruits, Sweets or Milk, Camphor, Agarbathi, Panchapathram [cup], Uttharani [spoon], Argyapathram [a small vessel or plate 1. - Dhyanam: [Meditation] -- to pray that the deity who resides in our heart is invited to come into the picture that we are going to do the Pooja. 2. - Avaahanam: -- to pray that the Divine powers should remain in that site until we complete our Pooja. 3. - Archana: - to recite the great names of the Deity several times and offer flowers or akshada as we perform the Pooja. 4. - Doopam: - To pray through the perfumed incense smoke and light. 5. - Deepam: - To use a Ghee lamp light and pray to God in the form of the Flame. 6. - Nivedhanam: [Prasadam] - to offer food items like fruits,or sweet or milk. 7. - Uttharaneerañjanam: - Deepa offerings with lighted Camphor. 8. - Prarthana: - to sing or say the praise of thr Lord anf pray. 9. - Then we pray thanking the Lord and receive Him back into our heart. This is a short form to perform daily Pooja at home.
Maybe there are some people who are more comfortable with strict rules and guidelines-- it sounds like you are one of them. Even so it is important to remember with our daily worship that "right" and "wrong" are OUR human categories. Anyone can follow rote behavior guidelines, whether an unbeliever or a small kid (as we've all seen!) or even a morally corrupt person. Our intention is more important than mimicking specific guidelines; so please do not forget that you are perfect just the way you are and that a perfect expression of your faith is what is most genuine and truthful to YOU!
However for those who are less free and more comfortable with rules and guidelines, hindunet has a good assortment of short and longer daily pujas.
Daily Pooja is a personal appointment that you have with the Lord each morning and evening. During this time, you should ask for forgiveness for any sins that were knowingly or unknowingly committed during the previous day. At morning we lit agarbathi and Diya (deep)and praying and chanting. This is the time to ask for spiritual strength, wisdom and guidance from the Lord for the new day. Offer your worship with love and devotion to the merciful Lord. you want the Lord to accept your worship, you must first become pure, both physically and mentally. Therefore, you must clean your teeth, bathe and wear fresh, clean clothing before performing Pooja. Whilst performing this daily routine, you must chant the divine name of the Lord and sing kirtans. In the evening its a must to lit diya (Nila Vilakku) and agarbathi, offering flowers to Idor/Photo of Gods in your Puja room/corner. But before these two daily puja time you have to be clean your body by taking bath and wearing washed clothes.Whilst performing this daily routine, you must chant the divine name of the Lord and sing kirtans. Chandanam, offering sandalwood paste; Pushpam, offering flowers; Dhupam, burning incense; Dipam, waving lighted camphor; Naivedyam, offering food; A–jali, praying with folded hands; Pradakshina, circumambulation; Udvasanam, farewell.
Depends on the deity to whom you want to perform Pooja.
As a general practice.
1. Must be clean and have had a bath. Fresh and washed clothes to be worn while performing the pooja. 2. Light the perfume sticks and atleast 2 wicks in an oil Lamp (Kuthu Vilakku which has 5 wicks light) 3. Have 2 bananas, Beetle leaves (Odd Number), bettle nuts, turmeric sticks ready in a plate. 4. Loose flowers (4 to 5 handfulls) 5. Start reciting the ganesha slokhas (Ganesh namavali available as books). 6. As you recite each nama of ganesha a flower is to be dropped at the feet of the ganesh Idol / Photo. 7. After completion, do the naivadhan of the banana and other accompanients kept with Camphor and the ringing of a hand bell. The Naivadhan could also be fresh cooked rice (Not consumed by any one before), or any home made seet dish along with other fruits. This is a sipmple pooja.
More specific poojas can be searched for in the google.
Hindus have many Gods and puja is different for different Gods. Your question relates to daily puja performed at home. So, I assume that there is no particular God for which you want to do puja.Such puja is a simple routine depending on person to person. Normally people light a diya or agarbatti and with it they perform puja by chanting mantras or arti addressed to different Gods.
Dear Mr. Venkateshwararao, daily pujas depends upon either the family pujas and also the pujas for your favourite deities. If you get the book Viratha Pooja Vithanam then you could get puja methods for all the deities.
You could either do the abishekam, archanai etc for the small idols that you have inherited or just chant the slokas for the various deities with whole heart.
Get the latest queries and responses via Important Disclaimer: This question and answer system is open to the public. The opinions expressed are those
of their individual authors, as attributed beside each item of advice. Neither the authors nor the information they
provide are endorsed by this website. We recommend using common sense, making your own inquiries, and, if necessary,
seeking professional advice before relying on material generated on this site.