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The way a pooja is performed varies depending on ones family, regional and traditional back ground. There is nothing like correct or wrong method. Do a pooja as per ones capability and convenience (Yatha shakti). Doing it with faith is what really matters.

Prayer or Sloka List

Hinduism based upon Eternal Principles, is God centred unlike some religions, which are prophet centred.
Brahman is: formless; infinite; neither male nor female; and eternal. God is beyond space and time, and it is the source of consciousness. The goal of Hinduism is to wake up and realize our connection with the absolute reality Brahman.
Despite having the abstract concept of Brahman, Hindus worship the God in personal forms (deities) every day. Each deity is a manifestation of Brahman and symbolizes one particular aspect of Brahman. Plurality is encouraged.
One can have kuladeivam (family deity), local deity, state deity, and Ishta devada (personal deity).
We understand the Supreme Being through Devas (natural forces and objects like mountains and rivers and super beings); Rishis (teachers, heroes, great personalities and prophets); and pithrus (ancestors).

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    I am a practical philosopher and so donot argue about the existence of God and try to prove/disprove related theories. The concept of Universal law/Creator/Supreme reality are to answer basic questions, why and how we are here. Hinduism started when people started questioning the world and the universe around them.
    There is Great Super power with in us. (நம்மையும் மீறிய சக்தி ஒன்று உண்டு. அதுவும் நமக்குள்ளேயே இருக்கின்றது)
    Prayer is a way to communicate with Super power or Supreme reality with in us.


    Prayer is like talking to god or creator. There may be more than few billion (100 crores) slokas/prayers as a part of hindu scriptures. Only few are popular. Bulk have been lost. Few types used in this site are:
    (1) Mantra is a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed to have powers
    (2) Namah or names, ( or attributes of deity) - Ashtottara (108 Names) sahasranama (1008 Names); Namaḥ means 'I salute, adoration, pay respects'
    (3) Pasurams(Songs) a devotional or mystic poem, particularly applied to the Vaisnava Divyaprabandham sung by Alvars (between the 7th and 10th centuries CE). Vaishnavities called the Nalayira Divya Prabandham as Dravida Veda.
    (4) Shloka or sloka, meaning "song", a couplet. of two eight syllables
    (5) Stotra or Stotram a hymn addressed to Divinity, a request, a description, or a conversation. They are popular devotional literature and are not bound by the strict rules
    (6) A Suktam is a part or portion of Vedic verses in praise of a deity or group of deities to please accordingly, and to request benefits.
    (7) Śaiva hymns - 12 volumes as Tamil Marai (Veda) which includes devaram. Pathikam (பதிகம்) are believed to be in sets of ten.
    (8) 40 verse Chalisa (devotional song) for many deities developed during mughal era in Hindustani. For example Ganesha Chalisa adopted from Awadhi language.
    Also many types of poems originating in many languages are included.
    The way a pooja is performed also varies depending on ones regional and traditional back ground. Various pooja books and websites prescribe long preparations and rituals for poojas. Our scriptures allow one to do a pooja “Yatha shakti” or as per ones capability and convenience. Doing it with faith is what really matters. The minimum is: Take bath, wear clean clothes, light a lamp and an incense stick and offer some prasad – whatever you have. If you prefer, keep an idol, picture or some symbol or a lamp.
    Deities are treated like fellow guests with following formalities: (1) Avahana (invoking) (2) Pratishthapan (installing Lord into the statue) (3) Aasan Samarpan (offering seat) – to Lord Ganesha (4) Ardhya Samarpan (offering scented water, sandal paste) (5) Aachaman and Snan (bath) (6) Vastra (clothes) & Yagyopavit (poonal) Samarpan (7) Gandha (8) Akshata (rice for Puja) (9) Pushpa Mala (flowers) (10) Naivedhya Nivedan (offering food) (11) Tambula Arpana (Paan made of betal nut and leaves) (12) Dhoop & Neeranajan (Aarti – (Deepam) lamp or camphor)

    Why Prayer

    Many times Prayer/Sloka solves one’s problems or shows the way to come out of that problem. It has offered many, the courage to withstand that problem. God knows what, when and how to do. One may not get what asked, but certainly will get what needed. Objective is not to lead a problem free life, but stress free life. A prayer full of belief is an antidote to a pain full of sorrow. Happiness and unhappiness; pleasure and pain; well health and ill health; prosperity and poverty; successes and failures; rising and falling; birth and death; and union and separation are all different shades of our life which every life form should accept. Believe - Trust - Have complete faith in God, then all your wounds will heal and pains shall go. But not in time framed by you but in time decided by God.

    Items for puja

    1. Deity (picture/statue) or Rudraksha or Saaligraamam or VishNupaada
    2. Lamps (with wicks, oil/ghee), Matchbox, Agarbatti, Karpoor
    3. Gandha Powder, Kumkum, gopichandan, haldi, kaajal, Akshata (in a container), coconut, Rice
    4. Vessel for Tirtha, Puujaa Conch, Bell
    5. Dry Fruits, bananas, coconut - all for neivedya
    6. Flowers
    7. Optional: Tulasiimaalaa, tulsi leaves, Beetlenuts, Bananas, Banana Leaves, Mango Leaves,
    8. Optional: Panchamrita Abhisheka - Milk, Curd, Honey, Ghee, Sugar , Tender Coconut Water
    9. Optional: Special prasad like pongal, shira, kozhukattai .....

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