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Daily Routine Of A Devout Hindu

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Hindu Books > Introduction And References > Hindu Dharma > Daily Routine Of A Devout Hindu

Pancha Maha Yagnas (Five Daily Duties)

In addition to the normal activities associated with one's profession (varna dharma) and stage in life (ashrama dharma), the daily routine of a devout Hindu is to perform pancha maha yagnas (five daily duties) and pancha nitya karmas (five constant duties). These are the minimal practices which guide a person in everyday life and ensure peace, material and spiritual prosperity.

Pancha Maha Yagnas (Five Daily Duties)

  1. Worship God (Deva Yagna) in the form of a family deity (Ishta Devata) in the home shrine through prayers and meditations. This practice helps one to become God-conscious in all daily activities. Additionally, this practice arouses a sense of togetherness in the family, since the family members worship together and participate in the rituals, chants, singing, and study of scriptures. Tradition says that "a family that prays together stays together."

  2. Study Vedas and other scriptures (Brahma Yagna). This practice refreshes one's mind with sacred knowledge and also helps to preserve and enrich such knowledge.

  3. Contemplate on the teachings of the sages, saints, holy men and women, and one's forefathers (Pitri Yagna). This practice is intended to serve as a reminder to preserve, enrich and continue one's cultural heritage and family values.

  4. Provide food for those who are in need (Bhuta Yagna). This practice is intended to create the spirit of sharing with others.

  5. Serve guests with love, respect, and reverence (Nara Yagna). This practice is the basis for the traditional hospitality of Hindu households.

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