following three are the style of Pooja performed in a Temple.
Upachara Pooja -- [has 16 upacharas];
Dasopachara Pooja -- [ has 10 upachara];
Panchopachara Pooja -- [has 5 upachara].
is a pooja performed after receiving the religious deeksha and
special deeksha from a Guru. Persons who receives this deeksha
should perform the pooja every day without fail. It does not mean
that God will punish the one who fails to perform properly. The
Guru who offered the deeksha tells the disciple that the pooja
should be performed without fail and from that day, the disciple
also can teach and offer this any one asking for it. Since the
disciple accepts this as promise it should be performed to pass
on this tradition.
is the pooja offered to a Moorthy in the form of a figurine or
To perform this, one does not need the special deeksha. This can
be performed in a simple short way. First, one should understand
the proper rules and methods to perform the pooja. Let us first
see which way we should keep the figurine or the picture and which
way the person should sit to perform the pooja.
the picture of figurine is kept facing East, the person should
sit on the right side facing North. If it faces North, they should
sit facing East. They should not sit in front of the image facing
it directly. If these two directions are not possible, then we
can set the image facing West and sit in front of the Image facing
East and perform pooja. One should not sit on the right side facing
South to perform pooja. One should not sit on the left side of
the Image. The Image should not be set facing South. The person
should not sit facing South.It is not proper according to sasthra
to eat food prior to performing the pooja. When it is possible,
one should always learn from a Guru about the proper sasthras
and rules and receive deeksha before performing pooja at home.
steps of performing pooja at home:
Athmasuddhi: Persons performing the pooja should cleanse
themselves for manthra.
2. Manthrasuddhi: They should cleanse their mind to
recite the manthra.
3. Dhiraviyasuddhi: They should clean all articles
used in the pooja.
4. Lingasuddhi: They should clean the Image or picture
used in the pooja.
5. Andharyaagam: For the Divine who is in our thoughts
all the time, to pray through our thoughts. [concentration]
6. Pahiryagam: To pray and invite the Divine in our
heart to come out to reside in the Image being worshipped.
light a lamp, offer argyam, paathyam, achamaneeyam and do an abhishekam.
Then decorate the image with cloth and flowers. Then pray with
offering of flowers.
Then we can light a lamp, agarbhatti or burning incense or camphor
to perform the pooja.