Naimittikapuja, Naimittikapūjā, Naimittika-puja: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Naimittikapūjā (नैमित्तिकपूजा) refers to “worship for special occasions” and represents one of the three types of Parārthapūjā (ritual worship offered for the benefit of all living beings) as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—Parārthapūjā on the other hand is ritual worship offered to liṅga established by Devas, Ṛṣis, men, etc. (at temples) for the benefit of all living beings.—Naimittikapūjā is pūjā for special occasions or due to special causes.

Naimittikapūjā (periodic pūjā) refers to worship schedules following the traditional calendar.—Kāmikāgama has several chapters describing naimittika rituals. The nityapūjā process consists of preparatory steps and independent worship modules. For example, nyāsa is a preparatory step. Snapana is an independent worship module that can be performed alone or in combination with other modules. More elaborate versions of some modules like snapana are prescribed for special naimittika and kāmya occasions for special results.

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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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