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A great puja is usually a community affair or performed during important occasions like religious festivals. This puja comprises of these steps:

  • Avahana - the invocation of the deity.
  • Asana - a seat is offered to the deity.
  • Svagata - the deity is welcomed, asked about his journey    and whether he faced any problem coming to the place of puja.
  • Padya - the feet of the deity are washed with water.
  • Arghya - a respectful offering of water is made to the god.     This water is laced with sandalwood paste, vermilion and rice.
  • Achamania - water is then offered for washing the face and     mouth of the deity.
  • Madhu-parka - a beverage made of honey, sugar, and milk is     offered to the deity.
  • Snanajala - the deity is offered water for bathing.
  • Bhushana abharanasya - clothes, jewels and ornaments      are offered next.
  • Gandha - sandalwood paste or any other fragrant object is     offered.
  • Akshata - grains of rice mixed with vermilion are offered.
  • Pushpanjali - flowers are offered.
  • Dhupa - incense is lit.
  • Dipa - the lamp is lit.
  • Naivedya - rice, fruit, butter and sugar are offered next.
  • Visarjana - the deity is finally bidden farewell.
  • At the end, arati is performed.
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