Shodashopachara Pooja Vidhi

Shodashopachara Pooja Vidhi

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Shodashopachara Pooja Vidhi

Complete Shodashopachara 16 steps Pooja vidhi explained. 16 ways of worshiping the lord is called as Shodashopachara pooja.Upachara refers to the offerings and services made to a deity as part of worship.

Those are Achamaniyam, Deepa Jyoti, Asana Puja, Padyam, Arghyam, Madhuparkam, snanam, Vastram, Abharanam, KumKum,Dhoopam, Naivaidayam, Harathi, Mantrapushpam like 16 upacharas will be done respectable god or goddess.
Padyam: The devotee washes the god’s feet. This can be done by pouring a spoonful of water over the feet of the deity.
Arghyam: This is the offering of fragrant water to the deity. Water containing sandal paste, rice, grains and flowers is poured over the deity.
Achamanam: Water is offered to the deity to drink. In this the worshipper pours a little water in his palm and then sips it himself after offering it to the deity.
Snanam: The deity is bathed with fragrant oil and hot water. This also includes the Mahabhishekasnan.
Vastram: The deity is adorned in new clothes.
Upavastram: This specifically refers to the cloth offered to the deity to cover the upper part of the body.
Vilepan: Now after the deity has been adorned in new clothes offerings in the form of sandal paste, sindoor-red powder, bukka- black tilak powder are made. That is tilak is applied to the deity.
Pushpam: Flowers are offered to the deity.
Dhupam: Incense sticks or camphor are lit. Their fragrance enhances the ambience for the puja.
Deepam: A lamp is lit and placed in front of the deity.
Naivedyam: Eatables are offered to the deity. This later is distributed as prasad amongst the worshippers.
Namaskaram: The worshipper bows down in front of the deity to express his/her reverence.
Pradakshinam: The worshipper circumambulates the deity.
Mantra pushpa: Chanting of the appropriate mantra or any other prayer that maybe recited or sung.