Puja or Worship in Hindu Religious Practices

How to perform Daily Puja or routine worship at your Home
I will explain how to perform puja at home as per Hindu traditions in simple manner according to your available time and facilities. But you should keep it a daily practice to make it bestow peace and happiness in your life and family. You may do it shortly for 15 minutes or long and detailed puja for more than one hour according to your facility.

  • Before starting worship, you will light the oil lamp or deepam according to the Hindu customs. The lamps are generally made up of brass or pancha loha metal. Keep the lamps simple and small so that smoke will not occur.
  • Change the cotton vattulu (or wicks) daily morning and fill the lamp holder with oil upto 75% or like that so as to prevent from overflowing of oil. Then light it with match stick.
  • You may place two lamps on both sides of God. While placing so,one deepam will be placed towards east (towards Sun) and the other one towards North (for God).
  • Wicks are generally lighted by combining two wicks into one which represents the the family or man- woman bondage. This brings harmony and happiness in family.
  • After lighting lamps, you will chant the hymns or sloka of “Suklambara dharam” and then make the guru stuthi or paying respect to the tree of your gurus (teachers of family tree). It starts from the guru of your old ancestors till your present guru.
  • Then, you will say all your hymns and slokas in praise of your Gods known as stothram. You can read or recite as many as you can according to your time or family traditions. Puja books are available at any shop of puja material.
  • If you can afford, you may worship with flowers also.
  • After worship and prayers are over, you will light the incense sticks and show round your Gods.
  • After incense, show the light of the lamp towards God with your right hand.
  • Now, offerings of food and fruits are made to God by showing the food and fruit with your right hand towards Gods’ mouth as if feeding Him.
  • Last thing is lighting camphor and reciting arati lines or songs.
  • Now, your puja is over and you can take the prasadam and offer to your family members also.
  • Those doing Gayatri mantra daily will first perform the Gayatri puja by standing before Sun and then start the daily puja.