Prayer or Pooja: Clickable List

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.

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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)

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 .....