Hindu Worship-In Hinduism, it is done on a variety of occasions and settings, from daily puja done in the home, to temple ceremonies and large festivals, or to begin a new venture.
The two main areas where puja is performed is in the home and at public temples.
Hindu worship, or puja, involves images (murtis), prayers (mantras) and diagrams of the universe (yantras). Central to Hindu worship is the image, or icon, which can be worshipped either at home or in the temple.
The innermost calling of the soul the arti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God's divine form. It symbolises the five elements that are: 1) space (akash), 2) wind (vayu), 3) light (tej), 4) water (jal), and 5) earth (pruthvi). Communal arti is performed in the mandir; however devotees also perform it in their homes as well.
Offering of vegetarian food to the murtis on a regular basis throughout the day. In essence, reciprocating our love for God by offering food in a spirit of supreme reverence and dedication. Thal is offered with accompanying prayers imploring the deities to partake of and sanctify the food.
This can be translated as sanctified food or any offering made to God according to one's capacity. As God is all-merciful, it is not necessary that offerings need to be lavish for it is stated in the scriptures "Patram, pushpam, phalam, toyam ... "- One may offer a leaf, flower, fruit or even water with devotion. It is the sentiment behind the offering that is of great importance rather than the actual offering.
Individual rather than communal
Hindu worship is primarily an individual act rather than a communal one, as it involves making personal offerings to the deity. Worshippers repeat the names of their favourite gods and goddesses, and repeat mantras. Water, fruit, flowers and incense are offered to god.
Worship at home
The majority of Hindu homes have a shrine where offerings are made and prayers are said. A shrine can be anything: a room, a small altar or simply pictures or statues of the deity. Family members often worship together. Rituals should strictly speaking be performed three times a day. Some Hindus, but not all, worship wearing the sacred thread (over the left shoulder and hanging to the right hip). This is cotton for the Brahmin (priest), hemp for the Kshatriya (ruler) and wool for the vaishya (merchants).
At a Hindu temple, different parts of the building have a different spiritual or symbolic meaning. The central shrine is the heart of the worshipper. The tower represents the flight of the spirit to heaven. A priest may read, or more usually recite, the Vedas to the assembled worshippers, but any "twice-born" Hindu can perform the reading of prayers and mantras. Top
Our Mission:To follow Hinduism & let the people of our communinty to follow it with the help of Hindu Charity & Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Phase-1:You will be glad to know the total cost of the construction of Phase 1 of your Temple comprising of Ground Floor Hall, Kitchen ground services, boundary wall, parking
area, associated fees, and all professional services, comes to 675,667.
The Laxmi Narayan Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that the second phase of construction is underway.The building work has been progressing effectively whilst every effort has been made to resume temple services for the devotees.
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