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What are significance and meaning of different ingredients in the worshiping
This article is all about the significance and meaning that different items used in worshipping bear. For example, the leaf of paan (the betel leaf) is also called as ‘nambel’. Naam-bel is said to be the connecting link between the earth and heaven. What is important is that worship is deemed to be incomplete if conducted without the worshipping ingredients.
As for that, pooja (worshipping) could be carried out siting anywhere in a corner and there is no need of any dhol-majira or dhoop- dweep. On the one hand this is true then on the other this also is equally is also true that without the ingredients required specifically in worshipping Lords, the worship is said to be devoid of any devotion and treated to be incomplete. The worship ingredients while worshipping is not merely formal items but a way of expressing the feelings of devotee's love and adoration towards his Lord. Each of the ingredients of worship has the symbolic meaning of their own based upon the meditational and psychological connotations.
All the ingredients of worship convey the self emotions of the worshipper likewise, when we meet our beloved, we go with all types of presents such as clothes, flowers sweet, fruits etc. so that the beloved feels nice. Similarly, on the same footing, we worship God by offering Him with not only such presents but also do His dressing and decking works too. Just as in order to please our dearly loved ones by sometimes singing and sometimes dancing, likewise in front of our Lord, we do present Him with offerings, singing devotional songs with musical instruments like dhol, majira, jhanj to please Him. We sometimes garland Him, pay obeisance, offering sweet dishes and sweet. This very emotion is the mark of the devotion of a worshipper under the influence of which the devotees use different varieties of worshipping ingredients. Let's discuss the import of the various ingredients used in worshipping.
As for that, in every festivals and worshipping of every God and Goddesses, the ingredients vary more or less but the ingredients which are must in all worshipping are fruits, flowers, diya (lamp), dhoop, kapoor (camphor), kalash, nariyal (hair skinned coconut), sindoor (cinnamon), kumkum, chandan (sandal), chawal (rice) etc all of these bear significance in every nature of worships.
Meaning of Dhoop and incense sticks
Dhop and agarbatti whereas on the one side fragrant the environs, on the other hand its scent act to help concentrate mind. The burning of the dhoop-agarbatti is symbolic of the burning of the shortcomings of our self and the wafting fragrance is indicative of the availability of the nice smell i.e. godly qualities pervading all around us.
Importance of Kumkum
On the one side, the tilal of kumkum-chandan is applied on the foreheads of God and Goddesses, on the other, the devotees find solace and peace with this chandan –kumkum applied on their forehead. The sandal has the quality of providing coolness and fragrance which wafts but only after rubbing. Likewise, the devotees shine up too after dedication and worshipping.
Significance of flowers
Flower is as softer as it is fragrant. It's as much beauteous as it is pious. Not only the decking up of God is done with flowers but it is offered as garlands around their necks and on to their feet. Even after being separated from its stalks, flower doesn't cease flowering and smelling. And devotees too pray for remaining scenting and flowering in every eventuality.
Meaning of Diya ( lamp)
Diya (lamp) not only is indicative of light but the emblem of knowledge. The way the light of the diya vanishes the darkness, similarly, the knowledge in form of light vanishes up the darkness of ignorance. Not only this, the glow of diya ( the burning wick of the diya) lifts up higher inspiring us to be always engaged in pursuits moving forward to set goals. The burning wick also suggests devotees to burn from within themselves to lighten others. By putting light in front of God, the devotees crave for lighting in their own life. Not only this, the relationship of the wick and the oil is suggestive of the relationship between the devotees and the God.
The significance of sweets
Sweet in any form, whether in the forms of laddoos-bundi, burfi, kheel-batasha etc, which we call love or the gratifications of the persons we owe to, is always offered to them in token of our gratitude and love towards the persons owning allegiance to them for their good acts done to us.
The meaning of Water
Water bears a special significance in worship. There is the ritual of bathing the idols of Gods and Goddesses with the mixed up waters of the seven great sacred rivers of the Ganges, the Jamuna, the Sarswati, the Sindhu, the Kaveri and the Narmada which is representative of not only the fact of bathing the idols of Gods and Goddesses but is also aimed at obtaining the blessings of all those saint and Rishies who had performed veneration, penance and meditation to Gods and Goddesses at these banks of pious rivers.
Betel nut and betel leaf
Supari (the betel nuts) occupy great significance among the worshiping ingredients. By dropping the supari in water, water becomes Satva-rajoguni thus enhancing up the absorption power of water from the currents caused by dropping of the betel nits into water helping the devotees to obtain the sagun (positive qualities) elements of Gods and Goddesses.
Paan-bel is called as naag-bel also which is supposed to be the link joining the 'Bhu-Lok' (earth) to 'Brahm-Lok' (heaven- the God's kingdom). Betel nut has the prowess of attracting the earth's currents and Brahm's currents. Naag-bel is excessively pious. The positive vibes emanating from Gods is received by the stalks of the paan-bel.
Tulsi (the basil leaf)
Tulsi leaf has much more importance in the worshiping salver. Everybody knows of the physiological and the religious importance of tulsi. Tulsi is much more capable of purifying the environment compared to all other plants. By dropping the water kept in the kalash (urn) on the tulsi leaf, the leaf absorbs the elements of God along with water also. Tulsi sends the righteousness of its self along with the awakening of God.
Significance of Kumkum-Haldi (turmeric)
Turmeric grows below earth and hence essence of earth's currents flows in the turmeric more compared to other items growing on earth. Kumkum is made from haldi. By offering haldi-kumkum on to Gods-Goddesses, the devotees receive earth's currents along with the positive energy which augments the degree of righteousness among the devotees.
Akshat (rice) and kheel
Akshat has the capacity of attracting and invoking the elements and vibrations of Sri Ganesh, Sri Ram, Sri Krishna, Sri Durgadevi and Sri Shiva. Therefore Akshat is sprinkled on the idols God-Goddesses in the worshiping rituals to awaken the Godliness present in all and called upon to do good to the devotees.
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