The worshipers have a firm belief that these Super Powers would remove all obstacles in their lives and bring happiness, wealth, and prosperity in their life and, above all, help them attain Moksha after their death.
Certain set rituals and customs have been laid down in Hinduism to make the prayers more positive, effective, and productive. 15 such golden rules to be followed while worshipping the Hindu Gods are given here below :
- Worshipping the Gods of your choice should be done daily, without any break to the continuity. Also, the puja should be done twice a day, preferably, i.e., once in the morning and once in the evening.
- The Puja place at your home should have a Hindu gods statue of more than 15 inches. We should not have deities bigger than this. Standing idols of Ganeshji, Saraswati, and Lakshmi deities should not be placed at the Puja Sthal.
- Do not place three idols of any same God or any Goddess in your puja sthal. Similarly, placing two shivling, two shaligram, two idols of Surya devta, and two Gomti chakras at one pujasthal are prohibited.
- The temple at home should not have any gifted, wooden, or fiber idols. Only the Hindu gods idol, which is being worshipped by you daily, should be placed. Any broken idol should be immediately removed from the temple place and be swept respectfully in running water (river/lake).
- Placing God’s clothes, accessories, books & other puja items on top of your mandir is not considered good. The Puja temple at home should have a curtain/screen/door in front. Do not keep photos of your parents in the puja room.
- Hindu saints have mentioned that puja is complete when you offer your daily prayers to at least five Hindu Gods, also termed as Panchdev, of which one should be your Ishta Devta. The five essential Gods to be prayed are Lord Surya, Ganesha, Durga, Shiva, and Vishnu.
- Puja should always be performed facing towards East or North. In no circumstances, the pooja of Hindu Gods is to be done facing the South. Also, one should not sit facing your back towards the Hindu gods murti.
- While performing puja in the morning, a lamp with ghee should be lighted, while a lamp with oil should be lighted in the evening. You should never light up a diya with the help of another diya. It attracts illness in the house.
- The prayers should never be done while sitting on the floor. A mat, preferably woolen, should be idle for sitting.
- Gangajal, to be used in puja, should not be kept in any plastic, aluminum, or iron vessels. A copper vessel for the same is considered good. Similarly, Chandan, used for tilak (vermillion), should not be stored in copper utensils.
- While worshipping any God, you should always donate (Dakshina). If you wish to be fulfilled while donating, take a resolution to stop any of your bad habits. The faster you eradicate your negativity, the sooner your wish gets fulfilled.
- After the puja is offered to the deity, one should make three parikramas standing at the same place.
- At the end of the arti, with folded hands, the Gods/Goddess may be requested to accept their prayers, and any mistakes committed during the pooja may be pardoned. It is called ‘Shama Yachana.’
- For the pooja, it must be ensured that :
Durya grass is not offered to Goddess Durga. It is only for Lord Ganesha. It should also not be offered to Lord Ganesha on Sunday.
Water should not be poured from the divine conch(shankh) while offering to Surya Devta.
The divine conch shall only be blown during puja time.
One should not pluck Tulsi leaves without taking a bath.
Lotus flower is offered to Goddess Lakshmi.
Peepal trees should not be watered on Wednesday & Sunday.
Kettaki flowers should not be offered to Lord Shiva.
- The flowers to be offered to the Gods should be offered while placing them on a copper plate rather than placing them in their hands and then offering it to God.
Follow the above-mentioned rules & experience a change in the way your worship & feel closer to the Almighty.