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How To Conduct Puja To Shiva

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Preparation
Altar Setup
Prayer to Mahaganapati, Guru and Family Godhead

Shuddhi

Prayer

Upachaaraas

Pradakshina
Conclusion
List Of Materials
Other Booklets in the Series

Talks And Published papers by the Author

The Author
Acknowledgement
Major Sections
How To Conduct Puja
Mahaganapati

Krishna

Sri Ramachandra

shiva

Soorya

 

ALTAR SET - UP

 

A small bench or a wooden table or a cardboard box covering an area no larger than 36" x 24" and about 15" to 24" tall is adequate. The size can vary if you wish to arrange more or fewer pictures and/or statues on the surface. Remember that you should be able to see the items on the altar and have easy access to make offerings during the worship.

Place the table (or box) against a wall, cover it with a clean cloth, preferably white, and secure the same by tucking it under so that it won't slip off easily. Tape it if necessary such that the tape is not visible. Now arrange a picture of the God/Goddess to be worshipped, preferably at least an 8.5"x 11" size such that it makes about 10 to 15 degrees to the vertical and leans against the wall.

Similarly pictures/statues of the family Godhead and Guru must also be arranged on the altar. Prepare one or two lamps with cotton wicks soaking in oil. Place the lamp/s about 6" in front of the picture if it is one lamp, or about 10" apart if two lamps.

Do not light these until you are ready to begin the Puja. Prepare a worship plate (stainless steel, silver or any other metal, 12" to 24" diameter) by placing on it small vessels (cup-like, preferably metallic) of kumkum, turmeric, one packet of camphor, sandal paste, a dozen agarbatti sticks (incense sticks), and a match box.

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