Atmarthapuja, Ātmārthapūjā, Atmartha-puja: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Ātmārthapūjā (आत्मार्थपूजा) refers to “pūjā (ritual worship) offered for the sake of specific individual desires” as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Ātmārthapūjā is pūjā offered to a personal liṅga by individuals at their homes, for their own protection or for the sake of specific individual desires.—Kāmikāgama states that performing yajana or pūjana of the liṅga given by one’s guru at the end of dīkṣā, for the sake of one’s own self is svārtha or ātmārthapūjā. It bestows whatever is desired by oneself. Ajitāgama defines ātmārthamarcana as that pūjā which is performed to the calaliṅga (movable, not fixed in one place) given by one’s guru, or to a kṣaṇikaliṅga, sthaṇḍila, jala, pratimā, maṇḍala, citrapaṭa or even in one’s own heart. Kāraṇāgama echoes the same.

While anyone, irrespective of cast and creed, can perform ātmārthapūjā for fulfillment of his own desires, the Āgamas strictly maintain that only those who belong to the line of Ṛṣis said to have originated directly from the face of Śiva can perform parārthapūjā. Ajitāgama also declares that only the Brāhmaṇa who are Śivasṛṣṭi are eligible to perform parārthapūjā, the others including all other Brāhmaṇas, kṣatriya and so on should only perform ātmārthapūjā.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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