Dharapuja, Dhārāpūjā, Dhara-puja: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dhārāpūjā (धारापूजा) refers to a type of Pūjā (ritualistic worship), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“after performing the regular worship of Śiva, with great devotion in accordance with prescribed rules, the devotees shall pour water in a continuous stream (jaladhārā). This Dhārā worship [viz., Dhārāpūjā] is very efficacious in delirium due to fever (jvarapralāpa). At that time Śatarudriya-mantra, Rudraikādaśa-mantra, Rudrajāpya-mantra, Puruṣa-sūkta, Ṣaḍaṅga-mantra, Mahāmṛtyuñjaya-mantra, Gāyatrī, names ending with Namaḥ and beginning with Praṇava or Āgama-mantra shall be repeated. The Dhārā worship [viz., Dhārāpūjā] is very excellent in regard to flourishing series of pleasures. Different types of auspicious materials of worship shall be added to the water. If Dhārā worship [viz., Dhārāpūjā] is performed with ghee continuously while a thousand mantras are repeated, the family will undoubtedly flourish”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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