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Hinduism is an age old religion formed by diverse traditions that encompassed folk beliefs, Vedic traditions and bhakti or devotion to form a multifaceted order which is considered to be ‘The way of life’. The Sanskrit term Sanātan Dharma (meaning "the eternal law") is what Hindus follow. Yogic traditions and the notion of karma along with societal norms form the basis of Hinduism.

Hinduism is believed to be the "oldest living religion". No one person can be credited as the founder of Hinduism, as it has been created from varied traditions. Hinduism is the world's third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. Around 905 million of its one billion adherents live in India with the rest spread around Nepal, Bangladesh and Bali and Asia Pacific region.

Hindu religious texts, the Vedas and Upanishads are some of the oldest written texts in the world. These are considered to be the principal authority on the subject of Hinduism. Their value also stems from their antiquity. Other major Hindu scriptures include the Purān’s and the epics Mahābhārat and Rāmāyan. The Bhagavad Gītā, a discourse from Mahābhārat, by Lord Krishna to Arjun in the battlefield is sometimes considered a synopsis of the wisdom of the Vedas.

Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include (but are not restricted to), Dharm (ethics/duties), Sansār (cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (deliverance from samsar), and the various Yog’s (paths or practices).

God in Hinduism

God in Hinduism has three aspects forming the Trimurti. These three aspects of God are Brahma (The Creator) who is responsible for the birth, Vishnu (The Preserver) who rules our lives and Shiv (The Destroyer), who is responsible for the afterlife.

The Trimurti’s are male and have female consorts which are manifestations of the Supreme Goddess Shakti (energy). Brahma’s consort is Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom). Vishnu is accompanied by Lakshmi (Goddess of beauty and wealth) and invincible Parvati is the consort of Shiva.

Hindus are nature worshippers, hence the millions of Gods in our religion represent a certain element in nature eg Agni dev (fire) Vayu Dev (wind) Surya dev (sun) Varun dev(rain) etc.

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What Online Puja means in Hinduism ?

Online Puja or simple Puja (reverence, honour, devotion or worship) is a religious ceremony of gratitude performed as an offering to God. The word Puja is in the Sanskrit language and can be broken down to interpret the meanings of the word, which also brings out the importance and purpose of the ritual.

  • Interpretation 1 – 'p' stands for 'paap' or sins. 'j' is for 'janm' or birth. Puja removes all previous sins, and fulfils the life or births purpose.
  • Interpretation 2 ‘Pa’ means ‘parayan’ or continuous repetition of the names of God and ‘ja’ means ‘jap’ or continuous mental recitation of the names of God. As per this version Puja is a ritual that involves the continual repetition of the names of God mentally and verbally by devotees.
  • Interpretation 3 ‘Pu’ stands for ‘pushp’ or flowers and ‘ja’ is for ‘jal’ meaning water and ‘Jap’ meaning repetition of Gods name. During puja a constant recitation of God’s name is done while offering water and flowers.

Puja can be carried out by individuals and groups directly or via a priest who prays on behalf of the worshipper. Online Puja is modelled on the tradition of making an offering to a person of importance and receiving blessings in return. This can be done on various occasions from the daily puja done in the home, to larger ceremonies at temples and during religious festivals. People like to have a puja on special family occasions like birth, marriage, and death or when they begin a new venture.

Benefits of a Puja & Online Puja

As per Hindu’s sacred texts, Puja trains the mind, animate the belief and the believer, and offers mental solace in times of need. It also empowers a person to experience harmony with god as we unconsciously offer ourselves via our convictions. In times of happiness Puja enables us to experience gratitude by making offerings to the Supreme Being. It also serves the manifold purpose of keeping us humble and ensuring that we take our social responsibilities seriously by enforcing the custom of anna daan (donating food). Puja is the means of connecting the worshipper and the deity.

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Prasad items for various Pujas

Vaishno Devi

  • Original dry Prasad
  • Mata ki Chunri
  • Mata ka Postcard/Picture
  • CD of Mata ki Aarti/Bhajans
  • Mata Ka Coin (Sikka)

Siddhi Vinayak

  • Original dry Prasad
  • Tirupati’s picture
  • Vibhuti (Ash) or Sindur
  • CD of Aarti or Bhajans

Tirupati

  • Original dry Prasad
  • Tirupati’s picture
  • Vibhuti (Ash) or Sindur
  • CD of Aarti or Bhajans

Pujas with specific purpose will have following (As applicable)

  • Original dry Prasad
  • Sindur Tilak/Kumkum
  • Bhasm/Vibhuthi
  • Dry Flowers or Thulasi leaves from Puja
  • CD with Bhajans

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Puja methods and their Significance

Hinduism tells us that God is not accessible to us via our normal senses. We cannot see, touch, hear taste or smell Him, as ordinary senses of simple people tend to wander. Divine worship (Puja) helps to bring God within our acceptable realm by making him more accessible to us. We can see the idol or image used for worship, touch it while praying (applying kumkum or during abhishek) taste the Prasad from the puja, smell the agarbatti and dhoop used in puja. By bringing together these elements in a puja, a focus is formed, which is held together by belief and practice. The rituals serve the simple objective of bringing spiritual thoughts in our mind creating positive energies that keep us going, even when times were tough. A puja may also be conducted on behalf of a worshipper by a priest.

Puja can be performed by an individual or in larger groups. Pujas are routinely done on the behalf of family members and loved ones in temples, wherein the priest does the puja for the person even if he/she is not present. As puja usually follows a certain sequence of predestined steps people prefer letting a priest perform the puja on their behalf, as a priest is well versed in the process and is a well known authority on the subject. Puja done correctly on someone’s behalf will get just as much benefits to a worshipper as a puja done by the worshipper in person.

The way a puja is performed varies from home to home and place to place. But the general sequence of event followed is similar. It is believed that to grant wishes God enters the home as a guest and bestows blessings. Thus, the first step of the puja is to invite God to visit the place of prayer. We have idols and images which are used to simulate the presence of God and it is believed that God enters the idol making it come alive. Directions time and place are indicated in the first few prayers to invite God. Once the God is believed to have come, water is the first offering made to wash away travel weariness. This is done ceremoniously using an auspicious mango leaf or a flower.

Chanting accompany the ceremonial bathing and scented pastes used to perfume the Lord. New clothes are offered ranging from a simple cotton thread home ceremonies to real clothes in more elaborate ones. The idol can be simply adorned with tilak and flower mala to much more elaborately with diamond and gold jewellery.

Once properly attired offerings of pushp (flowers), phal (fruit), sugandh (sandal paste), dhup (incense), deep (light), naivedyam/Prasad (food), jal (water) and mantra (recitation of sacred verses) are offered. Offerings can be as elaborate or as simple as the devotee is able to provide. It is believed that although gifts please everyone including God, he sees the intent of the worshipper rather than the monetary value of the offerings.

When it is considered the the God/Goddess is comfortable, contented and in the right disposition, hymns and prayers of praise and gratitude are offered. In Hinduism, songs and music are an integral part of religion and since time immemorial bhajans and bhakti sangeet are sung in the praise of the Lord. The puja ceremony ends with an Aarti which consists of purifying fire, which is a symbol of purity. Prasad is then distributed amongst all the worshippers present.

Prasad literally means the bestower of eternal life. Hindus believe that offerings to God are blessed and are infused with divine energy, which when partaken brings vitality and blessings to the worshipper.

With today’s fast-paced life simplified versions of worship are followed and the ritualistic and methodical approach is limited to special occasions. Here is where we can offer you our services. By opting for a puja that is offered on your behalf by our representatives/panditji, you can opt for a ritualistic puja with all the benefits attached without having to make the special trip to the place of worship. The spirit, the seriousness and gravity of doing puja are ritualistically followed by us, offering you the benefits of the puja without having to make the special effort. You will even be able to view your puja via the internet as you can also be sent the video link (This costs extra for additional work involved) and Date + Time of the Puja.

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Symbolism of various objects used in Puja

Kumbh or Kalash (The sacred vessel) – Placed beside the Deity or in place of the deity the Kalash stands for Mother Goddess and Lakshmi. An earthen or metal pot with a narrow base wide center and narrow neck is used. This pot is then filled with water or rice and five leaves are placed with a coconut placed on top. It is ornamented with flowers and kumkum. The pot signifies mother earth, the flowers are for beauty, rice the rice implies material wealth and power and the coconut represents the divine awareness.

Naivedyam (Food offerings) – It is our ignorance (avidya), which we offer to the deity. The food symbolically stands for the earth element and in human beings for the gross body. So it can also means that the body and the mind (which stand for the ignorant consciousness in us) is placed in front of the deity for transformation. When it is blessed by the deity it is bestowed with knowledge.

Pushp (Flowers) – They stand for the good in us. We offer God the good that is budding within us. Flowers also signify beauty and are an indication of the beauty that fills our lives due to Puja and Bhakti. They also represent the element of water

Phal (Fruits) – Fruit offerings symbolise our action or Karma, which we offer to God. It is also a symbol of our detachment, self-sacrifice and submission to the divine power.

Sugandh (Fragrance) – Collectively all sweet smelling offerings stand for our desires for the good things in life. By offering these to God we surrender our want for materialistic things to become free from the cycle of birth and deaths.

Dhup (Incense sticks) – The fog that clouds our mind with ignorance is represented by lighting dhup and agarbatti. Self realization and illumination cannot occur till we give up our ignorance and illusions. We symbolically offer our illusions and our fickle mindedness to God to be able to attain clarity. It stands for the element of air.

Deep (Lamp) – The light within us, our soul (atma) is what is symbolised by a burning lamp. We surrender our very self and devote ourselves to God by lighting the eternal light.

Kumkum and Turmeric Powder – The Tilak (red powder) signify emotions and inner wisdom. Turmeric powder (Haldi) stands for inner purity and giving up of selfpride and egoism.

Prasad – Prasad is the offering of our ignorance, which in the process of the Puja God infuses with knowledge and light. We gain the truths of life when we partake the Prasad at the end of the puja. By sharing it with others we symbolically share the knowledge we gain by worship.

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Other Benefits – In the Hindu theory of Karma, Good deeds, actions and thoughts results in the accumulation of merit or Punya. And Punya is carried on over to later in life and to the after life, making our futures better. Without Karma, Bhakti is futile as God wills us to do good, so we can receive good in return.

At Iswarbhakti we take our social responsibility seriously, adding to your goodwill benefits (Punya). 10% of the proceeds of Ishwar Bhakti will go to Charitable organization ‘Asha’ focused on education of underprivileged children in India. Hence every time you request puja with us, you are also providing educational support to a child in India.

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