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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

 

PREFACE

 
Worshipping ought to be a personal experience. At the philosophical level, the object of worship is worship itself. Nothing is sought as the end result. However, in order to reach that advanced level, we need to begin and practice praying systematically so that our faith in the Supreme Being is gradually strengthened. 

To start with, the object of our prayer may be that the Almighty grant us the wisdom to enhance our faith in Him so that we may make a deeper commitment as bhaktas (devotees). Faith is the critical element without which any ritual or religious practice is meaningless. 

To those who engage in worship of an ishtadevata (Godhead of one’s choice), Krishna has an unambiguous warning that is essential for us to note. The message is found in verse 28 of Chapter 17 (Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga) in the Gita.

Ashraddhayaa hutam dattam thapastaptham kritamcha yath    asad ithyuchyathe Paarttha na cha thath pretya no iha

Whatever is sacrificed, offered or performed and whatever austerity is practiced without faith,it is falsehood, O Arjuna. And, further, it is of no value either here or hereafter.

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