Temple at Home and Implements used in the Worship of God



        Most seekers who follow Bhaktiyoga (Path of devotion) for God-realisation begin their journey by worshipping a Deity. A temple at home is the basic requirement for pūjā (Ritualistic worship). Nowadays, the temple at home is designed as per convenience or as a showpiece without giving much thought to the scientific aspect in making it. In Spirituality, there are certain scientific aspects underlying every act being performed in a specific way. In fact, only when each ritual is performed in the specified meticulous way, can one derive maximum spiritual benefits from it. It is with this objective that this booklet provides details such as the direction in which the temple at home should be placed, its colour, shape, aesthetics and arrangement of Deity in it according to Spirituality.

        This article analyses from the spiritual perspective, how and why by arranging the implements in a specific way before pūjā, we derive maximum benefit of the Divine Principle through pūjā. If a devotee understands the significance of the implements, then it will help him develop bhāv (Spiritual emotion) for them. When we perform pūjā with bhāv, the worship too will be charged with bhāv and we will benefit from the Principle of the Deity to a greater extent. Hence, the booklet includes the spiritual significance of the implements and their special features.

        We pray unto the Holy feet of Shrī Guru – ‘Let all those who understand and put into practice the science elaborated in this booklet get maximum benefit of the God Principle.’ – Compilers

Table of Contents

  1. Why the temple at home should be placed in the East-West direction?

  2. What material should the temple at home be made of, to increase the sattvikta/positive energy in the house?

  3. Importance of retaining the original colour of wood for the temple at home?

  4. What is `Sagun` and `Nirgun` principle?

  5. What should be the shape and size of the temple at home for an average individual?

  6. The correct way of arranging the deities in the temple at home.

  7. Spiritual significance of Implements used in pūjā

  8. The importance of using the old implements in pūjā

  9. In pūjā, why is it preferable to use implements made of copper and brass?

  10. What is the importance of blowing a conch in pūjā?

  11. How to test the genuineness of a conch?

  12. Why should a conch be placed with its tip facing the Deity?

  13. Why should the hands be washed if the lamp is touched during pūjā?

  14. Why `akshatā` are being considered important in a platter of pūjā?

  15. The correct way of arranging the implements of pūjā.

  16. What are the benefits of arranging the implements and other constituents of a pūjā, according to the level of panchtattvas?

  17. Why should the water from the kalash used during pūjā be offered to tulsī plant and sprinkled in the premises?

  18. Why is a metal coin or a betel-nut placed within and then a coconut placed on a kalash that is used to install a Deity?

Reference : Sanatan Sanstha’s Holy Text on ‘Temple at home and implements used in the worship of God