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Puja Slokas

General steps of Puja with Slokas

Sri Ganesha Deepam (Lamp) Kalasha (Pot) Shankha (Conch) Ghanta (Bell) Puja Thali (Puja Plate)
  1. Achamanam (आचमनम्) - Sipping Water for Self Purification
  2. Pranayama (प्राणायाम) - Purification of the Life Force
  3. Asana Puja (आसन पूजा) - Worship of the Seat of the Worshipper
  4. Deepa Puja (दीप पूजा) - Worship of the Lamp
  5. Ghanta Puja (घण्टा पूजा) - Worship of the Bell
  6. Shankha Puja (शङ्ख पूजा) - Worship of the Conch
  7. Kalasha Puja (कलश पूजा) - Invocation of the Holy Waters in the Kalasha
  8. Sankalpa (सङ्कल्प) - Resolving to perform the Puja
  9. Vigneshwara Puja (विघ्नेश्वर पूजा) - Worship of Lord Ganesha
  10. Atma Puja (आत्म पूजा) - Meditating on oneself as Atma
  11. Peetha Puja (पीठ पूजा) - Worship of the Seat of the Deity
  12. Guru Dhyanam (गुरू ध्यानम्) - Meditating on one's Guru
  13. Dhyanam (ध्यानम्) - Meditating on the Deity
  14. Avahanam (आवाहनम्) - Invoking the Deity
  15. Pranapratishtha (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा) - Infusing Prana in the Deity
  16. Samasta Upachara Puja (समस्त उपचार पूजा)
    • Asanam (आसनम्) - Offering Seat to the Deity
    • Padyam (पाद्यम्) - Offering Water to the Deity for Washing Feet
    • Arghyam (अर्घ्यम्) - Offering Water to the Deity for Washing Hands
    • Achamaniyam (आचमनीयम्) - Offering Water to the Deity for Sipping
    • Madhuparkam (मधुपर्कम्) - Offering a mixture of Honey, Curd and Ghee to the Deity
    • Snaniyam (स्नानीयम्) - Offering Water to the Deity for Bathing
      • Payah Snaanam (पयःस्नानम्) - Bathing by Milk
      • Dadhi Snaanam (दधिस्नानम्) - Bathing by Curd
      • Ghrta Snaanam (घृतस्नानम्) - Bathing by Ghee
      • Madhu Snaanam (मधुस्नानम्) - Bathing by Honey
      • Sharkara Snaanam (शर्करास्नानम्) - Bathing by Sugarcane Juice
      • Panchamrita Snaanam (पञ्चामृतस्नानम्) - Bathing by Panchamrita (above five ingredients)
      • Shuddhodaka Snaanam (शुद्धोदकस्नानम्) - Bathing by Holy Waters of Rivers
    • Vastram (वस्त्रम्) - Offering Garments to the Deity
    • Upaveetam (उपावीतम्) - Offering Sacred Thread to the Deity
    • Abharanam (आभरणम्) - Decorating the Deity with Ornaments
    • Gandham (गन्धम्) - Offering Fragrant Substances to the Deity
      • Chandanam (चन्दनम्) - Sandalwood paste
    • Pushpam (पुष्पम्) - Offering Flowers to the Deity
    • Dhoopam (धूपम्) - Lighting Incense Sticks before the Deity
    • Deepam (दीपम्) - Lighting Oil Lamp before the Deity
    • Naivedyam (नैवेद्यम्) - Offering Food to the Deity
    • Tambulam (ताम्बूलम्) - Offering Betel Leaves and Nuts to the Deity
    • Rajopacharam (राजोपचारम्) - Offering Royal Treatment the Deity
      • Padukam (पादुकाम्) - Footwear
      • Chhatram (छत्त्रम्) - Umbrella
      • Camaram (चामरम्) - Hand Fan
      • Darpanam (दर्पनम्) - Mirror
      • Nrityam (नृत्यम्) - Dance
      • Geetam (गीतम्) - Song
      • Vadyam (वाद्यम्) - Music
      • Andolakam (आन्दोलकम्) - Swing
  17. Neerajanam (नीराजनम्) - Waving Camphor Light before the Deity
  18. Pushpanjali (पुष्पाञ्जलि) - Offering Flowers to the Deity
  19. Pradakshina (प्रदक्षिण) - Circumambulating the Deity
  20. Pranama (प्रणाम) - Offering Salutations to the Deity
  21. Stuti (स्तुति) - Praising the Deity with Hymns
  22. Kshamaprarthana (क्षमाप्रार्थना) - Asking for Forgiveness for any lapse in the Puja
Note: The exact steps vary according to the type of Puja, the tradition and other factors



Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
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