Puja (Hinduism)

prayer ritual performed by Hindus of devotional worship
(Redirected from Durga Puja)

Pūjā (Devanagari: पूजा) is a prayer service ritual done by Hindus. The word puja comes from Sanskrit, and means reverence, honor and worship. A puja honours one or more deities. It also spiritually celebrates an event.[1] It is sometimes spelled phonetically as pooja or poojah. A Puja is the most common form of worship in the Hindu religion.[2] It may honour or celebrate the presence of special guests or they're memories after they die. Puja rituals are also held by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.[3]

Individual puja


  1. James Lochtefeld, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume 2 (New York, N.Y.: Rosen Pub. Group, 2002), pp. 529–530, ISBN 0-8239-2287-1
  2. Axel Michaels, Hinduism: Past and Present (Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2004), p. 241
  3. "Puja, 14 Definition(s)". They also live this. wisdomlib.org. Retrieved 2 July 2015.