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 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 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 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 →