Ritualistic Worship – Dev Puja
Puja of Deities is an easy way of abiding by achars (Conducts) set by Dharma to facilitate regular sadhana (Spiritual practice) of a worshiper. The basis of sagun (Materialised) upasana (Spiritual practice done with the mind) as per Hindu Dharma is the puja (Ritualistic worship) of Deities.
Today, what we see around is that in the name of puja, people just pour water quickly over an Idol, apply tilak of gandha (Sandalwood paste), offer some flowers and wave an incense-stick. However, can this hurried act be ever called puja of God, the one who takes complete care of our sustenance ? Why should God shower His grace upon us ? If we honour God by performing His puja in an appropriate manner, just as the respectful way in which we treat a guest, then God will be pleased with us and shower His abundant grace upon us.