Pūjā or alternative transliteration Pooja, (Devanagari: पूजा) (Sanskrit: reverence, honour, adoration, or worship) is a religious ritual performed by Hindus as an offering to various deities, distinguished persons, or special guests. It is done on a variety of occasions and settings, from daily puja done in the home, to temple ceremonies and large festivals, or to begin a new venture. Puja is modeled on the idea of giving a gift or offering to a deity or important person and receiving their blessing. The two main areas where puja is performed is in the home and at public temples. There are many variations in scale, offering, and ceremony. Puja is also performed on special occasions such as Krishna Puja and Lakshmi Puja. The puja ritual is performed by Hindus worldwide. Various poojas are performed at various times of the day and on various occasions.

Temple Puja.

Temple pujas are more elaborate and typically done several times a day. They are also performed by a temple priest, or pujari. In addition, the temple deity (patron god or goddess) is considered a resident rather than a guest, so the puja is modified to reflect that; for example the deity is “awakened” rather than “invoked” in the morning. Temple pujas vary widely from region to region and for different sects, with devotional hymns sung at Vaishnava temples for example. At a temple puja, there is often less active participation, with the priest acting on behalf of others.

Caru Das Adhikary can perform the following Ceremonies and Samskaras:


in the Temple


Griha-pravesa [Enter new House]

Vastu [New Home] 201.00
Archanam 21.00
Bhumi Puja [Pre-construction] 201.00
Vivaha [Marriage] 251.00 501.00
Satyanarayan Katha 151.00 201.00
Pumsavana [Male Child] 151.00 201.00
Sosyanti Homa [Pre-birth] 151.00 201.00
Jata Karma [Birth] 151.00 201.00
Nama Karana [Name Giving] 151.00 201.00
Mundana [Hair cutting] 151.00 201.00
Anna-prasana [1st grain] 151.00 201.00
Upanayana [Sacred Thread] 151.00 201.00
Antyesti [Funeral] 251.00
Sraddha-kriya [Forefathers] 151.00 201.00
Homas 101.00 151.00
Abhishek [Krishna, Ram] 101.00 151.00
Ganapati or Mahadev [Specify]

*Beyond Salt Lake City there will be extra traveling charges

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