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Daily Puja and Mantra Japa at Home

Puja means worship or reverence of the Divine. Most of the Vedic scriptures and epics including the Vedas, Upanishad, Ramayana, Mahabharata and more emphasize the significance of performing daily puja at home. There are various types of the Pujas ranging from simple ones to really elaborate and complex ones. Pujas such as Rudra Abhishek, Satyanarayan Puja, Diwali Puja, Vastu Puja and other are performed on specific days and events only few times every year. Many devotees often perform a small daily Puja before leaving home for daily blessings of the Divine, Sattvik living and positivity. Devotees mostly offer Deity Pujas either to their favorite Deity or Ishta Devta or to a specific Deity for a specific purpose.

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Daily Puja Procedure

As per the shastras or scriptures, early morning is the best time to perform daily Puja. The time after the sunrise in the morning is considered as most Sattvik as Sato Guna (mode of goodness) is highly active during this time. As a result, the mind is calm and highly focused. There are many rituals and steps involved in conducting the daily Puja such as Mantra Japa, Shlokas Chanting and even fire rituals. These steps together create the required vibration and energies to ensure blessings and positivity. Pujas are offered to various Gods and Goddesses depending upon particular day which is dedicated to a particular Deity. It is mentioned in scriptures that offering Puja to any Deity is equivalent to offering Puja to the Supreme Consciousness (Brahman).

Devotees may use the below mentioned steps to perform the daily Pujas:

Simple steps to be done during Daily puja Vidhi

1. Take bath and put on clean clothes and sit peacefully in front of Deity idol or image
2. Concentrate and offer prayers while meditating upon on the Deity
3. Invite the Deity into the altar and chant mantra while offering flowers
4. Take a sip of water through the right palm and take vow for the rituals
5. Bathe the symbolic form of Deity with water and auspicious items like milk, honey, curd, sandal or other items while chanting mantras
6. Dress or offer sacred clothes to Deity. Offer tilak and flowers and decorate the Deity while chanting Deity’s name and mantra
7. Light an incense or dhoop stick and worship the Deity with it and spread its smoke throughout the altar
8. Wave a lamp in clockwise pattern as mantra is being chanted
9. Offer food to Deity followed by betal leaves, betal nuts and money
10. After completion of basic puja, chant mantras, slokhas or stutis of Deity
11. You may also read story or legend of the Deity
12. Circumambulate the altar, seek forgiveness for any mistake and bid farewell to Deity while mantra is being chanted
13. Distribute and consume the food offered to Deity as Prasad

Detailed steps to be done during Daily puja Vidhi

SR NO Steps to be done during Daily puja Vidhi SR NO Steps to be done during Daily puja Vidhi SR NO Steps to be done during Daily puja Vidhi
1 Deepa Puja - Worship of the Lamp 16  Achamaniyam - Offering Water to the Deity for Sipping 31 Pushpam - Offering Flowers to the Deity
2 Ghanta Puja - Worship of the Bell 17 Madhuparkam - Offering a mixture of Honey, Curd and Ghee to the Deity 32 Dhoopam - Lighting Incense Sticks before the Deity
3 Shankha Puja - Worship of the Conch 18 Snaniyam - Offering Water to the Deity for Bathing 33 Deepam - Lighting Oil Lamp before the Deity
4 Kalasha Puja - Invocation of the Holy Waters in the Kalasha 19  Payah Snaanam - Bathing by Milk 34 Naivedyam - Offering Food to the Deity
5 Sankalpa - Resolving to perform the Puja 20 Dadhi Snaanam - Bathing by Curd 35 Tambulam - Offering Betel Leaves and Nuts to the Deity
6 Vigneshwara Puja - Worship of Lord Ganesha 21 Ghrta Snaanam - Bathing by Ghee 36 Neerajanam - Waving Camphor Light before the Deity
7 Atma Puja - Meditating on oneself as Atma 22 Madhu Snaanam - Bathing by Honey 37 Pushpanjali - Offering Flowers to the Deity
8 Peetha Puja - Worship of the Seat of the Deity 23 Sharkara Snaanam - Bathing by Sugarcane Juice 38 Pradakshina - Circumambulating the Deity
9 Guru Dhyanam - Meditating on one's Guru 24 Panchamrita Snaanam - Bathing by Panchamrita (above five ingredients) 39 Pranama - Offering Salutations to the Deity
10 Dhyanam - Meditating on the Deity 25 Shuddhodaka Snaanam - Bathing by Holy Waters of Rivers 40 Stuti - Praising the Deity with Hymns
11 Avahanam - Invoking the Deity 26  Vastram - Offering Garments to the Deity 41 Kshamaprarthana - Asking for Forgiveness for any lapse in the Puja 
12 Pranapratishtha - Infusing Prana in the Deity 27  Upaveetam - Offering Sacred Thread to the Deity    
13 Asanam - Offering Seat to the Deity 28 Abharanam - Decorating the Deity with Ornaments    
14 Padyam - Offering Water to the Deity for Washing Feet 29 Gandham - Offering Fragrant Substances to the Deity    
15 Arghyam - Offering Water to the Deity for Washing Hands 30 Chandanam - Sandalwood paste    

Mantra Japa can be done

Most Popular Daily Mantras for Mantra Japa

Day of the Week  Deity Popular Mantra
Monday Lord Shiva || Om Namah Shivaya ||
Tuesday Lord Hanuman || Shree Hanumante Namah || 
Wednesday Lord Ganesha || Om Gan Ganapataye Namaha ||
Thursday  Lord Vishnu  || Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaay ||
Friday Goddess Durga  || Om Sri Durgaya Namah || 
Saturday  Lord Shani  || Om Shan Shanicharaya Namah || 
Sunday Lord Surya Dev || Om Shree Suryaya Namaha ||

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Daily Mantra Japa Vidhi

Mantra Japa is the practice of repeating mantra while focusing on the meaning of the mantra. Mantra Japa is best done using a strand of beaded mala known as Japa mala made of Rudraksha, red sandal, Tulsi or sphatik beads. Chanting of mantra helps anchor the fickle mind, improve focus and concentration and helps attain peace of mind.

You can follow below mentioned steps to repeat mantra using a Japa Mala:

  • Sit on an Asana (rug) in a steady and comfortable pose in Sukhasana or Padmasana.
  • You many resolve to repeat certain amount of mantras
  • Use a rosary or japa mala with tassel or Sumeru and begin the Japa on a bead next to Sumeru or tassel or Guru bead by gently rolling it between thumb and ring or middle finger until you reach Guru bead
  • Do not cross the Guru bead instead reverse the bead string and start with second round and repeat the procedure mentioned above
  • Ensure the level of mala is not below the navel and do not use the index finger for rolling the mala
  • Rhythm the mantra with the breath and think of the meaning of mantra
  • Repeat the mantra slowly with a feeling that the mantra is purifying your thoughts and heart
  • After completion of mantra Japa, sit in silence for some time to imbibe the spiritual vibrations of the mantra Japa

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