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Puja

Puja is a sacred practice that Hindu people perform on different occasions to worship, pray or show respect to their deities. Puja is considered as an act of showing reverence to the almighty through invocations, prayers (mantra, slokas), songs (bhajans), and rituals. According to Hinduism, Pooja makes a spiritual connection between the deity and the devotee.

Usually Hindus pray once or twice in a day. There are many different types of pujas for inaugurations, marriages, birthdays etc. in the Hindu religion. Puja is generally observed after a shower. And it is recommended that rituals should be performed before eating to make sure sattvic (holy) qualities and concentration (dhyana) of the devotee.

The Idol Worship – Murti Puja
The image, icon or any other symbol of the god during puja becomes the means of gaining access to the almighty. Although, the idol is not the god itself but it is considered to be filled with the god’s celestial powers. The idols are created as containers for spiritual power that make the devotee to experience the direct communication with the god.

The idol acts as a medium to respect and honour, the god. Idol Worship doesn’t stand for blind faith but it shows the feelings of a devotee towards the god. The beautiful images of the divine which are always observed show that people consider God in the ultimate manner. The images serve as visual metaphors to express the invisible divine reality. This section covers the following puja:

Budha Puja
Budha Puja or Mercury Puja is dedicated to planet Mercury. Budha Puja on Wednesdays brings in manifold benefits like eliminating difficulties, healthy progeny, possession of fertile lands etc. Following things are associated with Buddha- the Mercury:

Chandra Puja
Chandra Puja is dedicated to Lord Chandra, the Moon God. Grah Shanti Chandra Puja (Moon Worship) is recommended to those, having malefic Chandra or wrongly placed moon as per the horoscope. The following list includes couple of things associated with Chandra.

Guru Puja
Guru or Brihaspati Puja is dedicated to planet Jupiter. Grah Shanti Guru Pooja (Worship of Jupiter) is recommended to those, having malefic guru or wrongly placed Jupiter as per the horoscope. Here is list comprising a couple of things associated with Guru / Brihaspati.

Hanuman Puja
Hanuman Pooja is really beneficial for all those who want to attain strength, wisdom and knowledge. The worship of Shri Hanuman ji, the monkey God cures all illness and gives courage to fight the illness. Hanuman Puja provides peace of mind as well. Following things are required for Hanuman Puja.

How to do Puja
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.

Kali Puja
Kali Puja is a passionate prayer to the fearsome, ferocious goddess. The aim of Kali Puja is to seek the help of Maa Kali in destroying evil, both in the outside world and within us. It is believed that Kali Puja is performed to diminish ego and all negative tendencies that hamper spiritual growth.

Ketu Puja
Ketu (Dragon’s Tail) Puja is dedicated to planet Ketu. Grah Shanti Ketu Pooja (Worship of Dragon’s Tail) is recommended for those, having malefic Ketu or wrongly placed Ketu as per the horoscope. Following things are associated with Ketu (dragon’s tail):

Mangal Puja
Mangal Puja or Mars Worship is dedicated to planet Mars. Grah Shanti Mangal Pooja liberates one from debts, poverty and skin problems. Here is a list of things associated with Mangal (Mars).

Rahu Puja
Rahu Puja or the Dragon’s Head Worship is dedicated to planet Rahu. Grah Shanti Rahu Pooja is recommended for those, having malefic Rahu or wrongly placed Rahu as per the horoscope.

Satyanarayan Puja
Satyanarayan Puja can be performed on any day. However, Purnima (Full Moon Night) and Sakranti are considered as the most auspicious days for Satyanarayan Pooja. The appropriate time of Puja is regarded in the evening but prayers in the morning will also work.

Shani Puja
Shani Puja is done to appease planet Saturn. Grah Shanti Shani Pooja (Worship of Saturn) is sought for mental peace and to get rid of various diseases. Following things are associated with Shani (Saturn).

Shukra Puja
Shukra (Venus) Puja is done to appease planet Venus. Grah Shanti Shukra Pooja is recommended to those, having malefic shukra or wrongly placed Venus as per the horoscope.

Surya Puja
Surya Puja or Sun Worship is dedicated to Lord Surya. Grah Shanti Surya Puja or Sun worship is recommended to those, having malefic surya or wrongly placed sun as per the horoscope.

Tulsi Puja
Tulsi is a sacred plant which can be found in almost every Hindu’s home. Tulsi Pooja (Worship of Tulsi) is observed almost every day. Following things are required for Tulsi Puja.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the consort of the god Vishnu. She is one of the most popular goddesses of Hindu mythology and is known as the goddess of wealth and purity.

What does Lakshmi look like?

Lakshmi is commonly portrayed as a beautiful woman with four arms, standing on a lotus flower. There is usually one, or sometimes two elephants behind her, anointing her with water. She is often depicted sitting beneath Vishnu, massaging his feet.

The rebirth of Lakshmi

One of the most compelling stories in Hindu mythology is that of the Churning of the Milky Ocean. It is the story of the gods versus the demons and their fight to gain immortality. It also tells of the rebirth of Lakshmi.

Indra, the warrior god, was given the responsibility of protecting the world against the demons. He had protected it successfully for many years, and the goddess Lakshmi’s presence had made him sure of success.

One day, a wise sage offered Indra a garland of sacred flowers. In his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers to the floor. According to Hindu belief, this disply of arrogance upset Lakshmi, who left the world of the gods and entered into the Milky Ocean.

Without her, the gods were no longer blessed with success or fortune.

The world became darker, people became greedy, and no offerings were made to the gods. The gods began to lose their power and the asuras (demons) took control.

Indra asked Vishnu what should be done. He told Indra that the gods would need to churn the Milky Ocean to regain Lakshmi and her blessings. He then told them the Ocean held other treasures which would also help them. This included the elixir of life, a potion bestowing immortality, which would enable them to defeat the demons.

The story of the Churning of the Ocean tells of how the gods worked together to churn the ocean. They churned for many years, but it was 1,000 years before anything rose to the surface.

Finally, the treasures began to rise to the surface. Among them, a beautiful woman standing on a lotus flower. This was Lakshmi, who had returned to the world. With her presence, the gods eventually defeated the demons and chased them out of the world.
The sacred lotus flower representing Lakshmi ©

This story highlights the good fortune and success that Lakshmi bestows upon those who work hard and seek help sincerely. It also demonstrates that during times of success, one must never become complacent or arrogant, as success has a way of getting away from people.

Worshipping Lakshmi

Hindus believe that anybody who worships Lakshmi sincerely, and not in greed, will be blessed with fortune and success. It is said that Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more.

Lakshmi is particularly worshipped during the festival of Diwali. This festival commemorates the epic story, Ramayana. Ramayana is the legend of Lord Rama’s battle with the demon Ravana, in which Lakshmi features.

In the story of Ramayana, Sita is married to Lord Rama. Hindus believe Sita is an incarnation of Lakshmi. The story tells us that Rama had been cast out of his rightful kingdom, and had gone to live in a forest with his wife and brother.

The battle between Rama and the demon Ravana begins when Ravana abducts Sita from the forest. The epic follows the story of Rama defeating the demon, and his eventual return to his kingdom.

As the three heroes, Rama, his brother Lakshman and Sita, returned home, people lit candles to guide their way in the dark. In honour of this, on the second day of Diwali people light candles in their homes to guide Lakshmi, in the hope that she will bestow good fortune on their home for the coming year.

After worshipping Lakshmi on Diwali, many Hindus gamble and spend profusely, believing that Lakshmi has bestowed good fortune upon them.

In addition to this, two days before Diwali, a festival called Dhantares is celebrated to seek more blessings from her. During this time Hindus buy gold and silver and start new business ventures.

Hindus worship Lakshmi at home as well as in the temple. Friday is believed to be the most auspicious day for her worship.

Goddess Radha

Goddess Radha is a well-known deity in Hindu Mythology. She is
also known as Radharani in the northern part of India. For her deep devotion
towards Krishna, Radha is usually depicted with Krishna. Radha is sometimes
considered as the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord
Vishnu.

Radha- the Embodiment of Love
The love story of
Radha-Krishna has become a legend in the Hindu mythology. The story is believed
to have taken place in the Dwapar Yuga, when both of them took birth in this
world. Radha was a cowherdess, who through her beauty and charm captivated the
heart of Lord Krishna and became his beloved goddess. Lord Krishna is considered
to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, whose birth was predestined.

Krishna took avatar in order to slay the demon king Kansa and to spread
happiness. During his life, Krishna met Radha and they fell in love with each
other. Krishna had a motive behind his life i.e. to kill Kansa and to fulfill
this mission; he had to face many problems. But, Radha with her intense
affection and steady devotion helped Krishna to overcome the problems.

Radha – Devotee of Krishna
Radha represents the true devotee,
both in the form of male and female. And Lord Krishna represents the divine.
Intense love of Radha for Krishna symbolizes each devotee’s passionate longing
for ultimate unification with God. With her utmost devotion towards her lord,
she became the supreme devotee of Lord Krishna. Today people remember
Radha-Krishna in a single term. However, Radha was not the consort of Lord
Krishna, but their love had united them for ever. Radha is an inescapable part
of Krishna. Without Radha, Krishna doesn’t mean anything and without Krishna,
Radha is nothing.

Radha – The Goddess
Radha has attained the
status of goddess in the Hindu Religion. Radha’s immense love and dedication
towards lord Krishna got her this position, which she truly deserves. Radha is
the heavenly queen of Krishna’s celestial world. Today, Radha is worshipped like
any other goddesses in temples.

Radha Gayatri Mantra
Aum Vrashbhanujaye Vidmahe

Krishnapriyaye Dheemahi
Tanno Radha Prachodayat

Legends
The legends of
Radha-Krishna have become immortal. There are numerous legends and stories of
Radha and Krishna depicting their true love. Radha’s devotion and dedication
towards Sri Krishna is the most sincere one. Here are some legends of
Radha-Krishna portraying their love for each other.

Radha
Ashtami

Birthday of Radha is celebrated as Radhaashtami throughout the
country and especially in the north, with full devotion and joy. Radha Ashtami
is observed after 15 days of Janmashtami, which is celebrated as the birthday of
Lord Krishna. Radharani’s birthday is the sacred eighth day of the month of
Bhadrapada (August-September).

Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season. The
festival of spring is celebrated with full vivacity and joy amongst the Hindu
people. In Hindi language, the word ” basant / vasant” means ”spring” and
”panchami” means the fifth day. In short, Basant Panchami is celebrated as the
fifth day of Spring Season. Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of the Indian
month, Maagh (January-February). This festival is also known as Saraswati
Puja.

Vasant Panchami and its Significance
The festival of
Basant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. According to
the Hindu mythology, the goddess symbolizes constant flow of knowledge and
wisdom. Vasant Panchami is also believed as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati.
The spring festival of Basant Panchami is especially celebrated in the
institutions of learning. As Saraswati is the goddess of learning, Students
observe the blessings from Maa Saraswati. Spring is the season when crops are
fully bloomed, so people also celebrate this occasion by flying kites.

Basant Panchami – Celebration
Yellow color is given special
attention and dominates everywhere on this particular day. Yellow color is
associated with Goddess Saraswati as well as the mustard crop. People wear
yellow clothes, make yellow color sweets on the day of Saraswati Puja. The
Goddess of art, learning, knowledge and wisdom, Maa Saraswati is worshipped with
full dedication. On this day, People also feed Brahmans with the feeling that
their ancestors are accepting the food. Kite-flying has become the part of this
festival and people really enjoy this event.

Basant Panchami is a
festival full of religious, seasonal and social significance. It is celebrated
by Hindus all over the world with enthusiasm and new sense of optimism.

Saraswati

 

Characteristics : Knowledge
Other Names : Vaagdevi, Sharda
Consort : Lord Brahma
Vehicle (Vahana) : Swan
Mula Mantra : Om Aim Saraswatyai Namah
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra: Aum Saraswatye Cha Vidmahe
Brahmaputriye Cha
Dheemahi Tanno
Saraswati Prachodayat

 

Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of arts, music, knowledge, and
wisdom. Saraswati is considered as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the
Creator of the universe. Goddess Saraswati is said to possess the powers of
speech, wisdom and learning. Saraswati is regarded as the dispeller of chaos and
confusion.

Saraswati – the Consort of Brahma
Lord Brahma is
known for creating the universe. Since knowledge is required for creation, Maa
Saraswati signifies the creative power of Brahma. An apt creation requires sound
knowledge. The creation of Lord Brahma became fruitful with the knowledge
provided by Goddess Saraswati.

Maa Saraswati – The
Image

Goddess Saraswati is usually depicted as a beautiful woman with
yellow skin dressed in a pure white saree. Saraswati is portrayed sitting on a
white lotus with veena (a musical instrument) in her hands. The book in her hand
signifies the eternal and universal knowledge as well her perfection of the
scriptures. Lotus symbolizes the supreme reality and it suggests that the
goddess herself is rooted in the supreme reality.

The color white
represents purity and her rejection of everything that is base and
materialistic. The Swan represents the discrimination between the evil and the
good, the eternal and the transitory. The four arms of the goddess suggest the
four aspects of human personality i.e. mind, intellect, vigilance, and ego. The
pearl string represents the power of spirituality. The peacock standing near Maa
Saraswati represents arrogance and pride over its beauty. The Goddess teaches
that physical appearance could be deceptive, by not taking peacock as the
vehicle. Goddess Saraswati suggests that one should be wise regarding the
eternal truth.

Saraswati – Bestower of Knowledge
Musical
instruments, books, speech, knowledge, intellect are regarded as symbols of
Saraswati. Saraswati is believed to be the provider of knowledge that dispels
ignorance and unhappiness. Saraswati is worshipped by seekers of knowledge
especially students, scholars and scientists.

Basant
Panchami

Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season. The
festival of spring is celebrated with full vivacity and joy amongst the Hindu
people. In Hindi language, the word ” basant / vasant” means ”spring” and
”panchami” means the fifth day. In short, Basant Panchami is celebrated as the
fifth day of Spring Season.

 



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  • Narasimhaye: I meant do Puja , not pika sorry.