Why Incense is important in Hindu worship? Incensematerial is burnt in front of deities as per the Hindu rituals. When burnt, it spreads fragrance creatinga holy atmosphere. The incense material, known as Dhupa, purifies the ambience for the deities. The ritual is included in the sixteen steps of worship. BurningRead More →

Introduction Pradakshina is going around or circumambulating the deity with devotion. It is one of the aspects of Shodashopachara. Shodashopachara is the worship of deity done in sixteen segments. What is Pradakshina The definition of Pradakshina is given as, pragatamdakshinamatih This simply means taking a round from the right sideRead More →

Introduction Most religious Indians on special occasions undertake fasting on regular basis as per traditions. During fasting they usually undergo rigorous diet and show their reverence to the Almighty. What is fast Fasting in Sanskrit is called उपवास. उप in Sanskrit means ‘near’ and वास means ‘to say’. The literalRead More →

Introduction Almost every Indian household has a prayer or alter room where the Almighty is worshiped each day. What is it called Prayer room is called Devalaya in Sanskrit. It can be explained as devasya devaanaaM vaa Aalaya: which means the home or abode of deity or deities. Agni PuranaRead More →

Introduction In almost every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the altar of the Lord. In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day – at dawn and dusk and in a few it is maintained continuously. All auspicious functions and moments like dailyRead More →

Introduction Coconut has great significance in India. It has religious and social connotations. One of the most common offerings in a temple is a coconut. Various names of coconut Coconut is known as Narikela in Sanskrit. It is known as Shrifala, auspicious fruit. It is also known Mahafala, great fruitRead More →

What is Naivedya? Naivedya is included in the Shodashopachara worship. The holy ritual involves two steps. The first step involves offering food to God before anyone else has eaten or tasted it. In the second step, a portion of the offering is returned to the person offering it for eatingRead More →

How to perform Aarti? Aarti belongs to one of the sixteen steps (shodash upachaar) of the Hindu puja ritual. It is referred to as an auspicious light, illumining pure spiritual effulgence (mangal niraajanam). Holding the lighted lamp in the right hand, we wave the flame in a clockwise circling movementRead More →

Introduction It is an Indian tradition to greet each other with Namaskara. Namaskara or Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship with devotional and respectful mind. What is Namaskara? Namaskara is bowing down with clasped palms in front of aRead More →