Dipapuja, Dipa-puja, Dīpapūjā: 8 definitions


Dipapuja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा) refers to the “worship of the lamp”, representing one of the possible preliminary rites (upacāra) of a pūjā (deity worship).—Each act in a pūjā is not only physical and/or mental, but also symbolic, cosmic, and spiritual. Sprinkling, sipping, and bathing are symbolic of purification, of the worshipped as well as of the worshipper and the surroundings. Various offerings [viz., dīpapūjā] symbolize the surrendering of one’s latent tendencies (vāsanā) as expressed in thoughts, words, and deeds.

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Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा) refers to the “worship of the lamp” representing one of the various preparatory rites performed before pūjā (ritualistic worship of a deity) which aim at the purification of the devotee.—The oil lamp (Mar. samaī) is worshipped (dīpapūjā) by reciting a verse from a hymn to Indra (Ṛgveda 6.47.21) where Indra is represented as having put to flight the dark aborigines and having slain demons. The employment of the verse here suggests that the oil lamp may dispel darkness and drive away evil spirits.

The worship of the oil lamp (dīpapūjā) is not found in all prayoga texts, perhaps because the lamp is not directly needed at any stage of the later ritual but only serves to illuminate the icon and the place of worship during the pūjā.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा) refers to the “Pūjā of lamp (of ghī)” and represents one of the eight-fold Pūjā, according to chapter 3.3 [sumatinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—(Cf. Ratnaśekhara’s Śrāddhavidhi 1.6)

Accordingly after speaking of Queen Sudarśanā’s pregnancy:—“the King (Vijayasena ) gave at once fearlessness to the fearful and proclaimed non-killing by beating of the drum. He made a splendid eight-day festival in each shrine together with eight-fold pūjās (i.e., Dīpapūjā) and divine concerts”.

Source: Jainism Literature Center: Jain Fundamentals

Deepak (Dipa) puja refers to one of the eight aspects of Jain Puja, which one should reflect on while performing the puja rituals.—Deepak Puja: (Candle)—The flame of Deepak represents a Pure Consciousness or a Soul without any bondage or a Liberated Soul.  In Jainism such a Soul is called Siddha or God. The ultimate goal of every living being is to become liberated from karma.  By doing this puja one should thrive to follow Five great Vows: Non-violence, Truthfulness, Non-stealing, Chastity and Non-possession.  Ultimately these proper conducts coupled with right faith and knowledge will lead to liberation.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dīpa-pūjā.—(EI 9), dīpa and pūjā wrongly taken as a compound word of special significance. Note: dīpa-pūjā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा).—f (S) The worship of lamps (upon the last day of āṣāḍha &c.)

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Burnell. 148^a.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dīpapūjā (दीपपूजा):—[=dīpa-pūjā] [from dīpa > dīp] f. Name of [work]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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