Puja is a Sanskrit word which means to adore or worship. Puja helps an individual to connect and communicate with God and calm the mind. Performing Pujas attracts positive energies and makes the soul pure and satisfied. Hindu devotees perform Puja either in a temple or at home.
Daily Puja or Nitya Puja is a prayer ritual that is performed every day in the morning by Hindu devotees at home. Beginning each day by performing a Puja, spiritually prepares a person’s mind for the daily tasks ahead.
Puja is best performed early in the morning as that time of the day as per scriptures is considered most auspicious. As the mind is peaceful after a good night’s rest, a peaceful mind in the morning instills thoughts of the divine which are pure.
Hence, Puja in the morning with a pure and calm mind inspired by God is better able to walk through the days’ problems both at home and work.
The family of a Hindu devotee is considered incomplete without a temple. No matter how big or small the size of the house, a temple or a Puja room is an integral part of the household. By having a temple at home people can experience the presence of God and His divinity.
The size of the temple is not of importance; it can be a room or a shelf on the wall, it is a place of holiness and sanctity.
Due to busy schedules and hectic lives, going to a temple every day to perform a Puja would require a lot of planning. Therefore, having a temple at home makes it easier to acknowledge God and perform religious rituals.
For devotees, Puja is the first thing they do in the morning. Hinduism gives its devotees to perform Puja the way the devotee wants – it can be a simple way or an elaborate procedure.
Before starting a Puja, one must clean and purify themselves by bathing and wearing clean clothes.
The place of worship should be a peaceful environment and also needs to be cleaned and purified. Sprinkle Gangajal or water around the place of worship and on the deity.
Apply vermillion, bhasma, sandalwood paste or kumkum to the deity.
Light two lamps, one facing east towards the sun and one facing North for God and pray to the deity you are worshipping.
Chant mantras or Shlokas related to the deity. Touch the feet of the idol and take the blessings.
Offer incense and flowers. Offer fruits or sweets to the deity.
Meditate at the place of worship for some time. End the Puja by performing an Aarti.
Take the offered fruits or sweets and share with family.
Chanting mantras is part of performing daily Puja. Here are a few mantras that you can chant daily in the morning.
|Day of the Week||God||Mantra|
|Monday||Lord Shiva|||| Om Namaha Shivaya |||
|Tuesday||Lord Hanuman|||| Om Sri Hanumate Namaha |||
|Wednesday||Lord Ganesha|||| Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha |||
|Thursday||Lord Vishnu|||| Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya |||
|Friday||Goddess Durga|||| Om Sri Durgaya Namaha |||
|Saturday||Lord Shani|||| Om Sham Shaneicharaya Namaha |||
|Sunday||Lord Surya|||| Om shree Suryaya Namaha |||
|| Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-Kotti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa ||
|| वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्य कोटी समप्रभा
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्व-कार्येशु सर्वदा ||
|| Karpoor Gauram Karunnaavataram
Sansaar Saaram Bhujgendra Haaram.
Sadaa Vasantam Hridyaarvrinde
Bhavam Bhavaani Sahitam Namaami ||
|| कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारम् संसारसारं भुजगेन्द्रहारम् |
सदा वसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ||
|| ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात ||
|| Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat ||
|| Pavan Tanay Sankat Harana
Mangala Murati Roop
Ram Lakhana Sita Sahita
Hriday Basahu Soor Bhoop ||
|| पवन तनय संकट हरण, मंगल मूर्ति रूप।
राम लखन सीता सहित हृदय बसहु सुर भूप ||
|| Om Bhur Bhuwah Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat ||
|| ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
भर्गो देवस्यः धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ||