Hindu Puja

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  • Puja
    • In the home
    • In the mandir
  • Murtis
    • Likely larger at the temple
      • Seeks to pay tribute to the glory or honour of the deity
    • Could be more personally significant
    • Perhaps more ornate or intricate
      • Seeks to pay tribute to the glory or honour of the deity
    • Personal knowledge of a familiar murti can help with puja
    • Devotinal images or statues of deities
  • Darshan
    • Spirit of the deity inhabits the murti
    • Eye contact with the divine
  • Prasad
    • Food offerings to the  deities, placed in front of the murtis
    • Smaller offerings of food made
    • Food fed to devotees at the end of the day, good karma, people receive blessed food, and no wastage
  • Samskara
    • The mental or psychological impression that thoughts leave behind in the mind
  • Mantra
    • One of the easiest acts of puja to perform at home
    • Large groups all reciting mantras together can encite mystical religious experiences or encounters with the divine
  • Arti
    • Offerings of light, through diva lamps or candles
    • Mandir can include elaborate displays of small lamps and candles
    • Many lights all together can inspire awe and wonder in the devotees
    • Small displays can be meaningful in their simplicity
  • Havan
    • Fire rituals performed during puja ceremonies
    • Can be done small-scale at home
    • Large havan rituals need to be performed outside
    • Havan ceremonies tend to be conducted by priests
  • Ishta devata
    • Nearest manidr may not have your specific chosen deity
    • You are likely to worship a deity popular in your area or community
    • Most likely to have the local mandir's main deity as your ishta devata too
    • Chosen deity, refers to the main (or only) deity a Hindu chooses to worship
  • Guidance
    • Gurus or priests at the temple
    • Likely to receive help and guidance with puja and questions of faith
  • Community
    • Family connection to the home shrine
    • Going to mandir builds relationships
    • Strong sense of community is important for many Hindus
    • Can organise festivals and celebrations in honour of deities or religious events
  • Devotion
    • Constant presence of the shrine
    • Effort of making the trip to the mandir
  • Senses
    • Incorporation of the five senses can happen easily at home
    • All senses are sometimes incorporated into puja to make worship a whole-body experience
    • At the mandir you can be completely immersed


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