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Puja Thaali: How it looks & Why

Elements on the Puja Thaali broken down and placed.

Puja Thaali: How it looks & Why
Correctly placing the elements of a thaali is almost as important as the Puja itself. One must take into account the five levels of cosmic spirituality - in light of the science of Spirituality. This arrangement creates a balance and coordinates the five cosmic elements that are active in the Universe, helping the embodied soul to derive great benefit of the ‘with attribute’ and ‘attributeless’ energies being emitted by the Deity. Some of the components making up the Puja Thaali are rice grains, kumkum powder, incense sticks, camphor, coconut, betel leaves, gold and silver coins with holy Hindu symbols (Om, Swastika or Shree symbols) and some prasad in the form of fruits or sweets. In Hinduism, there are various ways of worshiping the Gods. One of the many is along the path of ritualistic worship (Kamakanda) and devotion (Bhaktimarg). But if one is to follow the path of Kamakanda, they are to maintain the spiritual significance attached to it. The Puja Thaali that is essential to every Hindu puja consists of a tray laden with different elements of the Puja, properly placed and decorated. In Hindu darma, festivals and traditions or in any rituals big or small, the Puja Thaali is significant in the position it holds and the role it plays. A Puja Thaali is made of different metals and one can also decorate them as they please Before the actual Puja commences, it is important that one collects all Puja samagris that are required for the Puja. Based on scientific spirituality, it is believed that the elements of the Puja Thaali must be arranged on the basis of the five cosmic elements. These elements are Earth or Prithvi, Holy Water or Jal, Fire or Tej, Wind or Vayu and Ether or Akash. These 5 elements are considered as the most important essentials that balance the universe. They help the worshipper attain the highest blessings from the deity being worshipped. The arrangements of the components are very important because there is a specific ritual to arranging them. The Puja Thaali is divided into two distinct parts equally. The forefront of the thaali is for the God and positioned close to the deity who is being worshiped. The other end is in front of the worshipper. There are many different items that are to be placed on the thaali for the Puja. Here are some elements to consider while buying Puja equipment. • Every Puja Thaali holds some powders; turmeric powder or Haldi is an essential one, as is the Sindoor or vermillion powder. Both of these are to be placed on the side before the worshipper. • Sandalwood paste, atar, flowers, incense sticks, a special kind of druva grass and leaves also belong on the Puja Thaali. • The dry fruit and betel plant leaves are also placed on the Thaali, as is some money that is offered to the God/Goddess. This ritual is known as Dakshina. All of these elements are to be placed at the end of the worshipper. • Some rice grains are also included on the Puja Thaali as an important component. They must be placed in the centre of the thaali. The other elements must all revolve around these rice grains.

Category: Divinity

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