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Bhakti Yoga at home or in a temple Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion Devotion to god Rituals performed in the home of a person are generallly called puja worship One of the most sugnificant way a hindi can offer devotion to a diety or a spiritual teacher is at home Most hindu homes set a corner of a room a cabinet or sometimes a whole room for where small pictures or small images of the lord are enshrined The vedic culture does not indicate any trace of temple worship It seems possible that by the year 500 public shrines became popular but now temples are a very common part of the Indian landscape Nonetheless the structure of different temples and patterns of worship vary accordingly Dieties in a hindu temple are treated like royalty Everyday the deity is given a ritual bath adorned taken in processions during festivals and given practically every royal honours the reason so much attention goes to the dieties is because the enshrined images are regarded as God In home worship simpler versions of some temple rituals take place Puja may involve daily lighting of oil lamps and incense sticks recitation of prayers or offering food to the deity Mostly most or all of the family is present during the puja and the daily rites are led by family members instead of an initiated priest Home worship is guided by the concept of of appropriate hospitality The deity receives as much hospitality as a guest would recieve in a hindu home Such as ritual bathing anointing with ghee clarified butter offerings of food and drink lighted lamps and garlands of flowers such as marigold or jasmine In the temple worship devotees belive that the presence of God in the temple does not detract from his or her presnece up in heaven A deity is always complete and whole no matter how many incarnations have taken place
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