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Types of Worship

Within Hinduism, worship can include a wide range of practices and the boundaries between worship, service, glorification, etc. are not always distinct. Below we list ten principal acts of worship. Of these, the first two are most important. Keep in mind, though, that some traditions will differ. The Arya Samaj (see The Reform Movements), for example, places havan at the top of their list).
Visitors at Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of the most popular temples in the UK. it is renowned for its high standard of puja (deity worship).
Some of these practices are performed individually and some congregationally – and many can be both. Additionally, all of them can be performed at home as well as in the temple.

Ten Types of Worship
 Puja – ritual worship, especially of the deity
 Arti – the greeting ceremony with lamps, etc.
 Bhajan or Kirtan – hymns and chants (often during arti)
 Darshan – taking audience of a deity or holy person
 Prasad – offering and eating sacred food
 Pravachan – talk or lecture on the scriptures
 Havan – the sacred fire ceremony
 Japa/Meditation/Prayer – internal practices of worship
 Parikram/Pradakshina – circumambulation
 Seva – active service, to the deity, holy people, etc.

Scriptural Passages

"If one offers me with love a leaf, fruit, flower, or water, I will accept it."

Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 9.26

Visiting the temple
At about six in the morning, I do my own puja at home. Later, on my way to work, I briefly visit the temple for darshan. I ring the bell as I enter the temple room and pay my obeisance to the murtis. I say some prayers for God's protection and put a few coins in the donation box. I then sip some charanamrita (holy water) and one of the priests gives me some prasada [sanctified food].

On Sundays we sometimes go for the early morning arti at 4.30 a.m. After that we worship Tulsi by circumambulating her and having kirtan. Then I join the other devotees for japa meditation on our beads. Later, after the priests have dressed the deities in their day outfits, the curtains open and we greet them with a short arti. After this comes guru-puja, in which we offer flowers to the spiritual master.Then one of the priests sings a short bhajan and gives a lecture. Sometimes at the end I ask questions about spiritual life. After breakfast I do some service, often by helping set up for a wedding. During the wedding there is a sacred-fire ceremony.

Also Read:
 Focuses of Worship
 3 Main Focuses of Worship
 Food and Prasada
 Customs and Practices

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