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How to Have a Puja at Home. Hindus offer a puja, or worship, ceremony every day in the
home, typically early in the morning. There’s no set program to follow, and rites can be
as simple or elaborate as you’d like. You will need Home shrine with murti, or images
and icons of a deity or deities Small brass and/or silver pots A large metal tray Ghee,
or clarified butter, for lighting the lamps A standing oil lamp Small lamps with cotton
wicks A deep tray Incense sticks Incense burner or matchstick Scripture Sacraments and offerings
from your tradition A hymn, recorded or live and bells. Step 1. Avoid consuming food for
at least an hour before the puja. Step 2. Prepare items for the puja, which can vary
depending on the deities worshipped and individual choice. These can include sacred water or
milk; uncooked rice mixed with turmeric; fresh stem-less blooms or loose flower petals; and
sacraments of one’s tradition such as red powder, sandalwood paste, or holy ash. Step
3. Place the items you are using in the small bronze or silver pots, and then place the
pots on the large metal tray. Step 4. Bathe and put on clean clothes before entering the
shrine to maintain the space’s sanctity. During their menstrual cycles, women customarily
don’t partake in a puja. Step 5. Enter the shrine with your family. The holiest time
for puja is considered to be just before sunrise. Step 6. Use ghee to light the standing and
smaller lamps. The standing one usually stays on all day. Step 7. Light incense with a burner
or matchstick. Step 8. Express your devotion to the murti of your selected deity or deities.
The images allow direct communication between participants and the deities. Hindus do not
worship the murti themselves; they worship God, who is present in the images. Step 9.
Place the murti in a deep tray and bathe them with sacred water or milk. Sacred water and
milk can be found in stores specializing in Hindu worship items. Step 10. Remove the tray
used to catch the sacred water or milk. Step 11. Dry the murti and dress them in colorful
clothing. Step 12. Recite prayers and passages from scriptures such as the Vedas. Step 13.
If you are using them, smear powder, paste, or ash on the murti. The puja leader can also
smear these on devotees’ foreheads as blessings. Step 14. Make other offerings, such as rice,
fruit, or flowers. Distribute food and flowers to devotees. Step 15. Play a song for the
deities. This could be a popular recording of a hymn, known as bhajan, or a family member
can sing. It all depends on the type of puja. Step 16. End the puja with aarti. Wave the
lamps or a tray of lamps in front of the murti in a circular, clockwise motion to represent
the cyclical nature of creation. Aarti is often accompanied by the ringing of bells.
Did you know During a “car puja,” new wheels are blessed.
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How to Have a Puja at Home

1871 Folder Collection
Andy published on July 4, 2015
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