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Deity Worship

Deity Worship At Temple
Rising early
Srila Prabhupada says, “in the early morning hours (known as brahma-muhurta) one should get up” The brahma-muhurta is generally accepted as the most auspicious time of the day to perform spiritual p… Read More »
Arghya
Establish samanya-arghya (general arghya water) before starting the worship. You will use it for purification by proksana and for offering various upacaras by substitution in the worship of personali… Read More »
Acamana - Sipping Water for Purification
Always perform acamana before entering the deity room to worship the Lord. Sit on a proper sitting place (asana). (If there is no asana, kneel with your right knee touching the floor and your left f… Read More »
Dressing as a Vaisnava
A devotee should not wear dirty or unclean cloth. Used cloth that has not been washed and dried again is considered unclean. Cloth worn while sleeping, passing urine or stool, or having sex is unclea… Read More »
Bathing and Dressing
The Main Worship With Sixteen Items Preparation for Worship (purvanga-karma) Required Paraphernalia To avoid interrupting the worship, make sure the following items are present before beginning:… Read More »
Early-Morning Services (jagarana-seva) Required Paraphernalia Make sure the following items are present: a small bell on a plate a panca-patra containing samanya-arghya water a waterpot with a spout… Read More »
Clothes and ornaments for deity worship
Towels for Drying The towels for drying the Lord should be pure, soft cotton. Cotton is better than silk because it is absorbent and can be washed repeatedly. Do not use synthetic clothes. Cotton fla… Read More »
Offering Arati
Arati Ceremony Every scheduled bhoga offering is followed by an arati. Except for kirtana, offering arati is the only regular daily function of Deity worship performed publicly. Required Paraph… Read More »
Putting the Lord to Rest (sayana-seva) Required Paraphernalia The following items are required to put the Lord to rest: a small bell on a plate a panca-patra containing samanya-arghya water a pad… Read More »


Deity Worship At Home
Srila Prabhupada says, “in the early morning hours (known as brahma-muhurta) one should get up” The brahma-muhurta is generally accepted as the most auspicious time of the day to perform spiritual p… Read More »
Dressing as a Vaisnava
A devotee should not wear dirty or unclean cloth. Used cloth that has not been washed and dried again is considered unclean. Cloth worn while sleeping, passing urine or stool, or having sex is unclea… Read More »
Ingredients for deity worship At Home
Oils: In some temples the pujaris offer different oils according to the season & local avaiblity. For example, in Vrndavana pujaris commonly offer ruh khus during summer, kadamba and rose during t… Read More »
Paraphrenelia for deity worship At Home
Conch: The conch (sankha) is a constant companion of the Lord & hence its worshipable. It embodies the qualities of power, purity, and beauty, and it also represents moksa. All tirthas in the worl… Read More »
Bhoga and Kitchen standards At home
Offering Food Srila Prabhupada writes, "As far as the eatables are concerned, all items should be first-class preparations. There should be first-class rice, dal, fruit, sweet rice, vegetables, and a… Read More »
The following procedure assumes the deities are in beds. If they are not sleeping in beds then skip the part of the procedure that asks you to take the Lord out of bed and while touching the deity’s… Read More »
Bathing deities At Home
It's easier to bathe metal deities then stone deities. Generally, bathe and dress deities daily. If not possible then on weekends, or every ekdashi. Metal deities ideally should be polished daily &am… Read More »
Offering Food At Home
On a plate reserved for the Lord’s use, nicely arrange the preparations to be offered. Perform acamana and offer obeisances to your spiritual master requesting his blessings to assist him in the wors… Read More »
Arati At Home
Every scheduled food offering is followed by an arati. Except for kirtana, offering arati is the only regular daily function of deity worship performed publicly. There two basic types of arati offer… Read More »
As far as placing the deity in the bed is concerned, if the deity is large and heavy, it is not possible to move Him daily. In such case there can be a smaller deity utsav murti, which is also worshi… Read More »

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