Showing posts with label upacharas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upacharas. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Visarjana?

 

Visarjana means "dismissing" in Sanskrit.

The sixteenth and last upacharas ("offerings") offered to a god as part of devotion, based on the principle of treating the deity as a valued guest.

As the last act of devotion, the devotee (bhakta) grants the god permission to depart.

Although the phrase dismissal seems arrogant in any conversation with a god, it really relates to the parting remarks that one would give to a leaving guest.

The fundamental aim here, as with other upacharas, is to demonstrate one's devotion for the god by ministering to the deity's needs.


Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is A Hindu Vastra Offering?

 



What Is Vastra?

Vastra means “clothing” in Sanskrit

The seventh of sixteen customary upacharas("offerings") made to a god as part of devotion, based on the principle of honoring the deity as a distinguished guest.



The god is clothed with this offering, either by symbolic presentation or literally dressing the picture.

The fundamental aim, like with other upacharas, is to demonstrate one's affection for the god and to minister to the deity's necessities.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is Pushpa? How Are Pushpas A Part Of Hindu Ritual And Worship?

 

"Pushpa" means "flower" in Sanskrit.

The tenth of sixteen traditional upacharas ("offerings") made as part of devotion to a god.

The god is given flowers in this offering (based on the principle of treating the deity as an honored guest), which are treasured both for their color and aroma.

The actual act of giving may be done in a variety of ways, depending on the preferences of the worshiper.

Flowers will be put on the god's image or a garland hung around its neck in certain situations, with the understanding that the deity has taken them; in other cases, flowers will be placed on the deity's image or a garland draped around its neck.

The underlying aim in both cases is to demonstrate love and respect for the god and to cater to its needs as if it were a live person.

This specific gesture of respect and affection may be extended to other people; for example, showering a person with flowers is a statement of great regard or congrats.


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