Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect
of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs and rituals.
Puja (alternative transliteration pooja, Sanskrit: reverence
or worship, loosely) is a religious ritual that Hindus perform for
a variety of occasions.
Hinduism, the term puja refers to the worship of
deities. Such worship can take one of three forms in Hinduism: temple
worship, domestic worship and communal worship. Temple
worship occurs in a temple, a mandira, where the deities are served
by priests (pujari). Domestic worship happens at home, where most
people have set aside some small area reserved for ritual purity
and where prayers can be said. Communal worship often occurs in
the singing of hymns or the recitation of religious texts.
practicing Hindus perform Puja daily and say one should perform
Puja twice a day. Puja should only be done after a shower or bath
and it is recomended that it is done before breakfast to ensure
sattvic qualities and full concentration dhyan. Puja is performed
on a variety of occasions aside of the daily ritual. These include
Durga Puja, Pongal and Lakshmi Puja to name a few.