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Do the Puja anyway you can,
with devotion and love for Lord in your heart.

God out of His mercy will overlook all the shortcomings of men if they pursue the path of devotion with fervour. At the end of worship, daily or occasional, a prayer is offered to God not to mind the defects while chanting the mantras or adopting the procedures or for forgetting to do some duties out of ignorance. The Almighty is compassionate enough to ignore such errors. Thus, mercy being His chief trait, a devotee need not be concerned with minor defects if his endeavour is absolutely sincere but the enjoined duties should not be abandoned.

yasya smR^ityaa cha naamnoktyaa tapaH puujaa kriyaadishu |
nyuunaM sampuurNataaM yaati sadyo vandey tam.h achyutam.h ||

This shloka will take care of any shortcomings in the puja procedure.

All pujaas are like our birthday parties :-)

bulletdhaayna: we first comtemplate whom to invite
bulletaahvaahana: we telephone and invite
bulletaasana:  when they arrive give them place to sit down
bulletarghyaM:  offer water to wash hands
bulletpaadyam: offer water to wash feet
bulletaachamanam: offer some water(or paanakam) to drink
bulletgudopahaara: some thing to eat - light snacks
bulletsnaanam: take him to bath (you chant shlokas telling the mahimaa of the god/goddess - suuktaas
bulletpanchamrita: 5 nectars are selected to give bath; as well as waters of various tiirthas and fruit water (phalodaka), water of gold or jewels (hiraNyodaka, ratnodaka)
bulletgandha: sandle paste for the body
bulletvastrayugmam: two pieces of clothe to wear
bulletyajnopaveeta: sacred thread
bulletakshata: unbroken decorated rice offered.
bulletparimala dravya: scents
bulletaabharaNa: ornaments
bulletpushpani: flowers
bulletmaala: garland
bulletpratiShThaapana: make him/her sit on the aasana;

now attend to him further

bulletanga puujaa: each organ is being thought of and flowers offered to them
bulletpushpa puujaa: on each of his/her various names, a veriety of flowers are offered
bulletpatra puujaa: likewise with leaves of different plants.
bulletaShTottara puujaa: 108 names which are very special to the deity are uttered
bulletIf possible, sahasranaama puuja: 1008 names of the deity

All these offer you the increased concentration and deeper going into the ONE deity you are worshipping NOW

bulletdhuupa: agarbatti
bulletdiipa: light
bulletnaivedya: offer 5 to 21 variety of preparations
bullethastaprakshalana: wash hands
bulletkarodvarthana: apply water and gandha to hands
bulletpaniiya: drinking water
bulletphalam or mahaaphalam: fruits (which symbolize all fruits of our actions
bullettaambuula: paan for digestion
bulletmangala aarati: wishing well and show aarati- asking for light of knowledge
bulletpradakshiNaa: for removal of all sins of aeons
bulletnamaskaaram: total surrender
bulletpraarthana: prayers (here you say why you called and why you did the puuja)
bulletkshamaapana: apoalogies for mistakes
bulletbraahmaNa suvaasini: represent living deities
bulletvisarjana puuja: leaving them
bulletarghya pradaanam: offering arghya by those who fasted and those who came late or those like ladies of the house who could not participate in the puujas because of other works can now get full merit by offering arghya which is equivalent to whole puuja.
bulletKrishnarpanam: Offer all the pujas and their fruits back to the Lord.

All shlokas basically say what the subtitle means and with lot of various stuti or praise.

The shlokas also treat the deity as all powerful, and often narrate some portion of his/or her story or describe physical or other attributes.


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Last Updated on 07/05/03