About Poojas

Pooja is a ceremony of gratitude or a religious ritual performed as an offering to various deities. 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.

Here are some pooja generally performed by many hindus
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01. Punniyavachanam
02. RigVedha Punniyavachanam
03. Vinayaka Sathurthi Pooja
04. Annaprasanam
05. Aksharabyasam
06. Saraswathi Pooja
07. Varalakshmi Pooja
08. Gokulashtami Pooja
09. Sathyanarayana Pooja
10. Mahara Sankarandhi Pooja
11. Venkatajalapathi Pooja
12. Lakshmi Kubera Poojai
13. Subramaniya Swami Pooja
14. Navarathri Pooja
15. Maha Sivarathri Poojai

These are the steps commonly performed during poojas:

01. Avahana (“invocation”). The deity is invited to the ceremony.
02. Asana. The deity is offered a seat.
03. Svagata (“greeting”). The deity is asked if the journey has gone well.
04. Padya. The deity’s feet are symbolically washed.
05. Arghya. Water is offered so the deity may wash face and teeth.
06. Acamanıya. Water is offered for sipping.
07. Madhuparka. The deity is offered a water-and-honey drink.
08. Snana or abhisekha. Water is offered for symbolic bathing.
09. Vastra (“clothing”). Here a cloth may be wrapped around the image and ornaments affixed to it.
10. Anulepana or gandha. Perfumes and ointments are applied to the image.
11. Puspa. Flowers are offered before the image, or garlands draped around its neck.
12. Dhupa. Incense is burned before the image.
13. Dıpa or arati. A burning lamp is waved in front of the image.
14. Naivedya or prasada. Foods such as cooked rice, fruit, clarified butter, sugar, and betel leaf are offered.
15. Namaskara or pranama. The worshiper and family bow or prostrate themselves before the image to offer homage.
16. Visarjana or udvasana. The deity is dismissed.