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Contents

  • 3.

    Murti Pujã (Image worship) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

    • Murti Pujã . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    • Evidence of the Divine’s manifestation in murtis . . . 23

    • Bhagwan’s murti pujã . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

  • 4.

    Pujã (Worship ritual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    • Pujã ............................................................................ 27

    • Bhagwan’s pujã ......................................................... 27

    • Why is there a need for a murti? ............................... 28

    • Guru’s murti pujã ....................................................... 28

    • Need for a guru .......................................................... 28

    • Pujã ritual ................................................................... 29

    • Shodshopchãr pujã ..................................................... 30

    • Why are incense sticks burnt during pujã rituals? .... 31

    • Pujã dravyas ............................................................... 32

    • Types of offerings (naivedya) .................................... 34

    • Pujã on other occasions ............................................. 34

  • 5.

    Mahãpuja (Grand worship ritual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    • History of Mahãpuja .................................................. 37

    • Glory of Mahãpuja ..................................................... 39

    • Legacy ........................................................................ 40

    • Mahãpuja rituals . ....................................................... 40

  • 6.

    Ãrti (Waving lighted wicks) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    • Ãrti – ritual & sentiments........................................... 43

    • Bell, drum and conch shell sounded during ãrti ........ 44

    • Water from a conch-shell sprinkled around the ãrti .. 45

    • Money in the ãrti when ‘taking’ ãskã ........................ 45

    • The prescribed manner for performing ãrti ............... 46

    • Ãrti in the Swaminarayan sampradãy ....................... 46

  • 7.

    Prasãdam (Sanctified offerings) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    • Factors influencing the types of prasãdam ................. 50

    • Types of prasãdam in Hindu tirths ............................. 50

    • Shaiva shrines ............................................................ 50

    • Vaishnav shrines ........................................................ 51

    • Prasãdam in the Swaminarayan sampradãy ............... 53

    • Traditional prasãdam during utsavs in BAPS Swaminarayan mandirs .............................................. 54

    • Prasãdam in the major shrines of India (in pictures).. 54

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