Worship

Central to Hindu worship is the image, or icon, which can be worshipped either at home or in the temple.

Topics I shall cover include the following:

  • Worshipping at Home
    • Components of Hindu Worship
    • The prayers
    • The arrangement of an altar
    • The rituals
    • Pray, Eat, and Pray! Mealtime Worship
    • Following mealtime procedures
    • A night to fast: Ekadashi
    • Praying Morning, Noon, and Night
    • A simple morning prayer
    • Sandhya vandanam: Worship for orthodox Hindus
    • Ready to call it a day? Bedtime prayers
    • Formally Worshipping a Deity
    • Prayers to Ganapati, guru, and the family godhead
    • Shuddhi (cleansing)
    • Prayer of invocation to Goddess Lakshmi
    • The 16 upacharas
  • Worshipping at Temples
    • Temple Architecture
    • The overall structure
    • Key areas and structures
    • Principal differences in northern and southern traditions
    • The rituals from groundbreaking to sanctification
    • Temple Ceremonies
    • Hindu temple protocol
    • Daily worship
    • Chanting the names of God
    • Special days for individual deitieswork in progress banner notice