Essential Pooja Samagri

What is puja?

Puja is idolization. Puja is the practice of honouring the creator, a spirit, or any other aspect of the divine through chanting, singing, meditating, and other forms of ritual behaviour. Making a spiritual connection with the almighty is an essential component of puja for the Hindu devotee.

According to Hindu tradition, puja is believed to be a technique or discipline for cultivating the spiritual evolution of a devotee by facilitating karma (action), bhakti (devotion), jnāna (knowledge), and focus and dhyāna (introspection), all of which are offered with humble and loving submission to the Divine.

In any puja, the devotee welcomes their favourite god as a guest into their home and heart, serves them with devotion, and then sends them back to their residence while seeking their blessings all along the way.

 

16 Traditional Steps of Puja

The traditional step puja by Vedic Ritual is called the Shodashopachara Puja. Shodasha is the Sanskrit word for 16, and upachra is the word for a gift made in devotion. Entities and actions presented in puja to the Divine act as a vessel of the devotee's faith and spiritual energy, which makes connection and communication with the Divine.

The Traditional Steps of Puja by Vedic Ritual are Dipajvalana (lighting lamp), Guruvandana (gratitude to guru), Ganesha Vandana (Praying to Lord Ganapathy to remove the barriers), Sankalpa (affirming intention or purpose of puja), Atma Puja (Adoration of the Divinity in the self), Mantapadhyana (Meditation on the shrine's miniature), Ghanatanada (Ringing Bell), Asanamantra (Mantra for Deity's seat purification), Mantra Parayana (Chanting Ishta Deva's Mantras), Pranayama (A short breathing practice to focus on puja), JalaSudhi (Formal purification of the water in the kalasa to use in Puja), VasthuSudhi (inviting the gods who represent 5 elements, sprinkling that Kalasa water over all the puja articles to sanctify them), Purusasukta (to invoke the existence of the deity into the image or idol), Madhuparkam Offering (As an expression of love and devotion for the creator, there are numerous things to be offered and chores to be completed before the Lord. These include a seat for the deity, water, betel leaf, flower, honey, cloth, incense, fruits, camphor, etc) Naivedyam (Fresh food is offered by the devotee to the Divine form), Karpoora Niranjanam (Mangal arati for the Divine)

 

Essentials for traditional Puja, Why?

Kamakshi Lamp

Kamakshi Lamp is dedicated to devi Kamakshi, the goddess of wisdom and prosperity. The sacred Kamakshi Lamp is a magnificent brass lamp with an engraving of the Goddess or Devi Kamakshi that represents wisdom and the ability to overcome challenges, troubles, sadness, and misunderstandings in our lives. Before lighting the Kamakshi Lamp, flowers and other sacred items are traditionally placed around it. Kamakshi Lamp is an essential addition to the prayer room in most Indian households.

 

Kumkum

In any puja, kumkum has special significance. The red hue of kumkum stands for auspiciousness, zeal, joy, and bravery. Kumkum has long been revered as a sacred substance that can produce an infinite stream, thereby fulfilling all of the wishes of women, and as a sign of good fortune. Meenakshi Thazhampoo Kumkum is very famous because of the aura of spiritual bliss and the intoxicating scent it brings. if you're looking for pure, delicately fragrant kumkum, your search stops with Thazhampoo Kumkum. Apply Meenakshi kumkum on the forehead and surround yourself with an aura of spiritual bliss.

 

Sandhanam Powder

Sandhanam Powder is used in worshiping deities especially for applying tilak on the forehead of sacred idols. Indian sandalwood is believed to possess potent spiritual qualities. Said that Sandalwood Scented Powder to draw individuals closer to the divine, promoting serenity and cleansing the mind, it is the most commonly used incense for meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices across many religions. Get the best scented powder giri to complete the puja with peace and calmness.

Rose water

Roses and Rosewater (Paneer) have significant social and religious importance and have been used in religious rites for ages.

Rosewater is an essential element of Abishekam. Rosewater Abishekam is done on the deity by gently pouring rosewater over the idol. This hydration puja can aid to evoke the blessings of the divine for prosperity and over all well-being.

When rosewater is applied on the deity's idol while chanting mantras, the energy is also carried by the rosewater and is transferred to devotees who is witnessing the services.

 

Incense sticks

Since ancient times, burning incense sticks have been a significant rite. It was believed that burning incense sticks, done in conjunction with worship and prayer, could ward off evil spirits and purify the surroundings. When the dhoop sticks are burned and placed in Incense Holder, they release a lovely smell that brings about calm. The incense stick burner holder has varies designs nowadays, that can be a decor in your puja room and when the spiritual sticks are placed in it, that definitely gives a divine feeling.

 

Rudraksha Mala/ Tulasi Mala

In order to attract good energy into the home, a Rudraksha Mala and Tulasi Mala is kept in the Puja room and prayed over.

Due to its heavenly healing properties, Rudraksha has been regarded as one of the most valuable beads since the dawn of time. Rudraksha serves as the body's shield of defence. Rudra means shiva, and Aksha means eyes, which is Shiva's eyes. It is said that only those who are blessed by Lord Shiva are privileged to wear it.

Tulsi is best known for worshipping Lord Vishnu, Krishna, and Balram. Ayurveda claims that it can also guarantee the prevention of throat illnesses. The Tulsi Mala ensures the preservation of spiritual purity while warding off evil spirits, granting the wearer calm and good health.

The scientific reason behind wearing these mala are It keeps the blood pressure under control as well as strengthens the digestive system. Tulsi Mala and Rudraksha Mala keeps the person's mind calm and stable, it also purifies the person's body externally as well as internally. Get your Rudraksha Mala/ Tulasi Mala now on Giri for your puja needs as well as for your healthy well-being.

 

Puja Hand Bell

It's said that by ringing the bell, the devotee informs the deity of his/her arrival. The sound of the puja Hand bell is considered auspicious which welcomes divinity and dispels evil.

The use of Hand Bells brings good energy, repels negative aura, and cleanses the Mind & Body. A must-puja fundamental. Usually, the bell is made out of brass and produces long strains of clear sound, when rung.

 

Aarti Plate

Having aarthi plate during any puja is very essential. Aarti involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' around the deity, The aarti plate is usually made of metal bronze, silver, or copper. Aarti symbolises the five elements the Fire (Flame's heat), Water (Neer), Earth (Flower), Wind (movement), Space (Samaram). Thus, via the aarti, the complete self and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the Lord.

 

Pooja Thamboolam Plate

It is a tradition that almost throughout India to offer Thamboolam to the guests before they depart to their homes. It is assumed that all the 3 goddesses Parvathi, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi live in betel leaf. The goddess would bless the person who gives and receives the Thamboolam plate.

Pooja Thamboolam Plate specifically contains Betel leaf and nut, Turmeric and kumkum, Bangles, Yellow thread, Coconut, Banana fruit, Flowers, Ravikkai cloth or Sari.

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