I get up early in the morning (my wake-up alarm is set at 6:15 am) on all days. But, it becomes 10:30 by the time I have my breakfast.
It goes like this. I get up, offer thanks and salutations to God for another day. Then head to the toilet to fresh-up and after drinking water, go to the front hall. Open the balcony doors and the front door of the hall. Pick up the paper lying there and place it on the diwan (it’s the wooden bed found in our Indian homes) to be read later after lunch.
Next, I enter the kitchen, open the other door towards the small and long room-like wash place that is intended for the use of the maid (that comes at 12 noon) for washing the kitchenware. I prepare my tea for two people (my self and my unmarried son). Thereafter, having brushed my teeth, I take the tea in two cups and enter my son’s bedroom. Sit there and have our tea.
Thereafter, I clean my kitchen and make it ready for the day. First, wash and clean the stove and burners (it’s the LPG 2-burner stove). Then clean the kitchen platform and sink. It takes more than 30 minutes. And, one small cooker that is for cooking the puja offerings only is cleaned. The clock strikes 8am by now.
I will sweep the puja room and thereafter enter the bathroom. I emerge out by 8:45 or so. And, change into my puja dress (the silk dhoti and towel). Change the cotton wicks and the oil before lighting the oil lamps. If any flowers were offered the previous day, I will remove them too before lighting the diya. After lighting, I play the prayer cassettes (but I recite my own prayer slokas or hymns while they play their own set routine-verses). Now, I enter the kitchen and wash the copper hollow-deep plate and the two small copper-mugs. Fill water into the plate, go to my balcony and facing my self towards the east, offer the water to the Sun God with my cupped hands chanting the Gayatri Mantra 10 times. The water gets poured into the tulasi plant there from my hands.
Thereafter, I return to the kitchen and washing some rice put into the cooker and place it on flame for cooking. Taking water into the two mugs and the empty plate, I return to my puja room and start worship. First, sprinkle water around the Gods and then offer 3 times with the spoon in the mug as Parisheshan. The water, after shown to God each time, will be dropped into the plate. The water in the other mug is for washing God’s mouth or hands after the naivedyam is offered to him (it is also poured into the plate). Thereafter, recite all the stotras and slokas. In between, when the rice gets cooked, I will put off the flame and return again for puja. It takes around one-hour time.
Then, offer agarbatti incense, deepam darshan, and the naivedyam to Gods. You can view the whole procedure of doing my daily puja at this link: How to Do Puja or Worship at Home
Now, changing the clothes, I prepare breakfast and eat along with my son.
That’s how my day starts daily.