Puja, or ritual worship of one`s deity is a common practice in all religious beliefs.
The following ritualsl are based on a recognition of the Lord Shiva. A
similar puja can be practiced to honour any recognition of God. The important
thing about any ritual is that it must be meaningful, and practiced with awareness.
You may: start the day positively with acknowledgement of your guru.
While still in bed, blow into the right hand
Open the eys and look into the palm
your guru - recite the mantram `Om guru namah` taking the hand over the face and head, symbolising the help of the guru in
keeping the senses under control.
Shiva - repeat the mantram `Om Shivaya namah`, and the hand over the face and head movement.
Ganesh - `Om Ganesh namah` and the face/head movement.
And / or
Before your morning puja, shower or at least wash your hands and face.
At the place where you collect water for your shrine, outside if possible,
Recite 3 times `Om Ganesh namaha` with thumb to little finger, 4th finger, middle finger.
`Om Surya namaha` with hands in anjali mudra` 3 times, facing east. You
may wish to touch the heart centre, third eye and head crown.
`Om Ganga namaha` pouring water from the hands or loti onto the ground.
Morning Shrine Puja
Go to your shrine or shrine room, on entering ring the bell to tell your god you have come and to invite
him/her to join you.
Prostrate yourself on the ground towards an image of your guru, saying `Om Guru Namaha` x3
Om Lord Shiva, with Parvati your consort, and Ganesh your son, I/we invite you to join me/us.
Light the candle and incense.
The gifts of Prasadam:
Offer a symbolic meal, or sacrifice, of food and drink. This might be
fruit, biscuit, or seed for the birds to be sprinkled outside later, or the next morning.
To ask for a benefit for someone from this puja, take a few drops of water and place them in the palm
of the right hand and pour onto a plate, making your request.
Chanting or silently:
Rerpeat Om 3 times, and then in 1 circle of the mala (or three) repeat your guru mantra, a personal mantra,
or gayatri mantra.
Read a passage from a spiritual book such as The Bhagavad Gita.
Repeat the mantra Om 3 times.
Say or chant the Gayatri Mantra (or the Shiva Mantra for Saivites)
If Time Permits:
Practice alternate nostril breathing until the mind is calm and,
Meditate for as long as is available.
Take a few drops of water on the hand again, and as it is poured onto the plate offer all the benefits
of this puja for the prayed for.
Honour your God for being with you, and ask for his presence throughout the day. Bow before your shrine with the hands in anjali mudra.
Make sure the shrine is clean and tidy, and leave with reverence.
Late Evening Puja
At the end of your working day, or just before going to bed again visit your shrine.
Ring the bell, and chant Om 3 times.
Quietly meditate on your feeling of God, and of all that has happened during the day.
With a spoon sprinkle a few drops of water from the loti
pot onto the palm of your right hand and,
Pour the water onto the plate with the prayer,
my guru, Shiva I offer this gift to you, and all that I have
experienced today, good and bad`
Repeat the Gayatri or Shiva mantra.
Repeat the mantram `Om shanti` 3 times and make your leave.
These rituals, open to much adaptation according to your own needs and facilities, are based on the recognition
of Shiva as my ishta devata (the god who has chosen me) Substitute your own vision
of god if necessary. The Lord`s Prayer may be used at any time.