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Importance of doing Puja

Puja is a ritual suggestive of symbolic offering of ourselves, our thoughts, desires, actions and things we own to God, as a mark of devotion and surrender, enjoying whatever that comes to us as a gift from Him.It is the most popular form of divine worship. It is performed either by individuals or by groups and either directly by a worshipper or indirectly by a priest on behalf of the worshipper.
The meaning of puja consists of two letters, Pa and Ja . Pa means parayana {continuous repetition of the names of God} and Ja means japa {continuous mental recitation of the names of God}. So puja is essentially a kind of worship in which both parayanam and japam are practised by the devotees.During puja ceremony water and flowers are offered to God along with recitation of His names.In a puja ceremony we use certain objects, mantras and methods of worship. On a superficial level we assume that they are liked by the deity who is being worshipped and therefore by using them in our worship we gain the grace and goodwill of the deity.It helps us to focus our minds upon God and remain in a heightened state of devotion.

Puja has been done in formal manner by following a definite procedure. The various objects used in the puja ceremony are meant to establish a direct relationship with God on personal level and seek His help. Some of objectg used during puja :
1.Purna kumbha or Purna kalasa (the sacred vessel): It is generally placed as the chief deity or by the side of the chief deity before starting the puja. Symbolically it stands for goddess Lakshmi in particular. It consists of an earthen or a metal pot with either water, with leaves (of generally five specific species) in its mouth and this pot kept with a bowl of rice. The pot represents mother earth, the flowers represent the ornamentation, the rice in the bowl represents the material wealth.

2.Naivedyam ;It is our ignorance (avidya) which we offer to the deity. The food symbolically stands for the earth element. So it also means the body and the mind (which stand for the ignorant consciousness in us) which we place in front of the deity for transformation. When it is blessed by the deity it becomes the bestower of knowledge.

3.Pushpam: It stands for the good in us. We offer the deity the good that has blossomed in us.

4.Phalam: It is the fruit of our action which we are supposed to offer to God as a symbol of our detachment, self-sacrifice and surrender.

5.Gandham : It stands collectively for the desires (vasanas) and the desires we have for various things in life, which we are supposed to offer to the deity in order to become free from the cycle of births and deaths.

6.Dhupam: It is the smoke or the clouded consciousness (the very mind with all its thoughts and ignorance) that exists in us which is also an obstacle on our path to self realization ,it stands for the element of air or the breath body in us. It stands for prana which we offer to the deity with a sense of sacrifice.

7.Deepam: It is the light in us, the very soul that exists in us which we offer to the deity as acknowledgement of our surrender and devotion.

8.Kumkum : The red powder stands for our emotions or for our inner wisdom.

9.Prasad: offering our ignorance to God He suffuses it with knowledge and light.

Importance of Doing Puja at Various Temple In Nepal
In Nepal there are Various God and Goddess Temple establised more than 12 thousands years before . Due to historic importance and since ancient times on these temple millions people have done their puja & offerings . There is saying thats those who offered puja on these temples they got their desire fulfillment . SO there is trust amoung the public that these temples have positive energies and they are live. Following are the important Temple In Nepal
1.Shree Pashupatinath Temple :- Lord Shiva Temple
2.Shree Budhanilkanth Temple :-Lord Vishnu Temple
3.Shree Swyambhunath Temple :-Lord Buddha Temple
4.Shree Dhakshinkali Temple :- Goddess Durga/Kali Temple
5. Shree Surya Binayak Temple :- Lord Ganesh Temple
6. Shree Manakamana Temple :- Goddess Manakamana Mata
7..Shree Kal bhairav Temple :- Lord Kalbhirav
 
Puja at Pashupatinath temple:
Every morning the west door of the sanctum is opened by the Bhandaris (store-keepers) at 4 AM, from when worship begins. At half past nine in the morning the other three doors are also opened. After bathing the lingum with holy waters, sacred worship by Panchamrit Abhishek (consecration by ghee, milk, honey, sugar and curd) is done by the priests. During the time the lingum is elegantly dressed up in gorgeous costume, made of brocade and set with tripunda (sandal paste mark) Chattras (umbrellas) are also placed on the four heads. On the top head, the graphic Shri Yantra is drawn with sandal paste.Arti is performed then. Later Bhog is offered. After this Individual puja has been done for the public who would like to do special Puja at temple.
Drashan can be done any time from 4 A.M to 12 noon. From 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM, temple closes. At 6 pm Rudravishekam is done as mention above and from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M, client special puja is performed. In the evening Arti is performed exactly as morning methods.
Special worships are done on festivals i.e. full moon day (Purnima) the Ekadasi (The eleventh day of the new and full moon fortnights), every Monday and other auspicious days of the year like mahashivaratri, Teej, etc. Mahashivaratri, Hindu devotees on this night throng Shiva shrines everywhere, but the grandest of all activities revolve around Pashupatinath temple located on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River about three kilometers east of downtown Kathmandu. This all-night vigil and the exciting crowded festival days before and after attract thousands of people from India and Nepal. On this day women do fasting for prosperity, happy life, etc.
 
Puja at Budhanilkantha temple:

Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple .Budhanilkantha literally means “Old Blue Throat”. It is only nine kilometer away from the main city. It is a deity of Lord Vishnu; Lord Vishnu is also known as Narayan.It is called Vishnu (Narayan) Jalasayan lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The deity is about thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meter (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty three fits) long tank, as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head.His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as conch shell, Chakra as disc,Gadha as club and Padma as lotus flower. It is believe that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period. Hindus can walk down the steps and touch his feet, but foreigners cannot walk and touch. It is with the sacredness of this particular god that a deep seated belief was created by King Pratap Malla through a prophetic dream. It was his strong belief and fear that should the King of Nepal visit the Budhanilkantha temple, death would be threatening immediately to fall upon his departure. The two other images of the deity which were carved during the same time lie at two particular destinationa, the Balaju Garden were public viewing can take place and the beautiful Royal Palace in Kathmandu.It is here at Budhanilkantha temple, however that public is not permitted.

The basic festival of the year is when Lord Vishnu who sleeps on the cosmic ocean during Chaturmasya periods wakes up on the Haribodhini Ekadashi day in late October or early November period. Many thousand of Hindu people come their day to celebrate their festival.

The deity of Budhanilkantha was last for a while and was later rediscovered by a farmer. It is believe that the farmer struck the buried deity with his plough and that blood come out from ground.The morning puja between Nine and ten am is interesting and enjoyable .The last deity of Budhanilkantha was recovered and place in its rightful position. It is common practice for the Hindus to walk down to Vishnu’s feet to touch them but it is forbidden for foreign visitors to do the same. It is one of the wonderful deity of Hindus but there is some improve of environment of place rest things are beautiful place once you visit never forget lifetime.

Puja at swayambhunath temple:
Swayambhunath Temple is an ancient religious area on the top of a hill in the Kathmandu valley, located west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as Monkey temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the North West place. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles from all sides of valley. According to historical records founds on stone inscription give evidence that the temple was already important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the fifth century AD. “ Swayambhunath occupies a central position and most probably the sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. A collection of legends about the sites, the fifteen century Swayambhu purana, tells of a miraculous lotus, planted by a past Budha,which blossomed from the lake that once covered Kathmandu valley .The lotus mysteriously radiated a brilliant light and the name of the place come to be Swayambhu, known as “ Self Created “ as “ Self Existent “.Saint sages and divinities traveled to the lake to venerated this miraculous light for its power in granting enlightenment. During this time, the Bodhisattva Manjushree was meditating at the sacred mountain of Wu Tai Shan and had a vision of the dazing Swayambhu light.Manjushree flew across the mountain of china and Tibet upon his blue lion to worship the lotus.Seeply impressed by the power of the radiant light, Manjushree felt that if the water is drained out of the lake Swyambhu would became more easily accessible to human pilgrim. With a great sword Manjushree cut a gorge in the mountain surrounding the lake. The water. draining away, left the valley of present day of Kathmandu.The otus was then transformed into a hill and light became the Swayambhunath’s worshipper include Hindus,Vajrayana Buddhist of north of Nepal and Tibet and Newari Buddhist of central and south of Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundred of pilgrims will ascend the three hundred sixty five steps that lead up the hill, file past the gilded Vajra known as Tibetan Darje.The area surrounding is filled with chaityas,other temples, painted image of deities and numerous other objects. There are many other small shrines with statues of Tantric and shamanistic deities, prayers wheel for the Tibetan Buddhist, Shiva lingam and popular Hindus temples dedicated to Harati Mata Devi the Goddess of small pox and other prevalent among community at special time. The presence of the Harati Devi symbolizes the intermingling of the pantheons of Hinduism and Buddhism in the development of the religious trends of Nepal. As Buddhist had no deity in their own pantheon to protect against the dreaded smallpox, the adopted the Hindu deity for assistance.
Puja at Dhakshinkali temple:
Dakshinkali Temple is one of the most famous and popular Hindu shrines dedicated to Goddess Kali. Kali is believed to be extremely powerful and accomplished. In Hindus holy Vedas and Purans, it is written that she has a blue body with three eyes, each eye is made up of the Sun, the Moon and fire respectively.Legend has it that Daksinkali came into existence after goddess Kali herself appeared in the dream of a Malla king, the ruler of 14th century Nepal. Goddess Kali then commanded the king to build a temple dedicated to her in a very unknown and strange place. As the command was about to be followed, a person said that he already had a stone image of the goddess kali in the same place where the goddess commanded the king to build the temple. The idol was then left open to the elements as she had commanded and over her head a gilded canopy was erected with four golden serpents. Also images of lord Ganesh, seven Asthamatrikas and a stone Bhairav were erected near her image.
Dakshinkali temple is of great importance among those who need her blessing and also among the blessed ones. There is a strong belief in the ability of the goddess to make wishes come true.
Puja at Surya Binayak temple:
Ganesha, also known as Vinayaka (the prominent leader), is the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, literature and worldly success. Ganesha is one of the most popularly worshiped forms of divinity - as a remover of obstacles and the embodiment of good luck, in the Hindu system of beliefs and practices.Located just south of Bhaktapur, Suriya Vinayek is one of the four most important Ganesh shrines in the Valley.The Suriya Vinayek temple is often the location for parents to take their children to pray to Ganesh when their children are suffering from ailments.
Puja at Manakamana temple:
Manakamana is temple of Durga Bhawani (Hindu Goddess), situated in Gorkha District of Nepal. Manakamana means the “wishes”. It is believed that Goddess Manakaman fulfills the wishes of ones who worship her with pure heart. It is very true when someone wish something from the heart; it is fulfilled by the God.Manakamana temple is situated at about 1300 meters at a top of a hill surround by a small village community.
Puja at Kalbhairav temple:
Lord kala Bhairava is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Kala Bhairava is the God of Time – Kal means 'time' and 'Bhairava' the manifestation of Shiva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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