Naivedyapuja, Naivedyapūjā, Naivedya-puja: 2 definitions

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Naivedyapūjā (नैवेद्यपूजा) refers to the “Pūjā of sweetmeats” 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., Naivedyapūjā) and divine concerts”.

Source: Jainism Literature Center: Jain Fundamentals

Naivedya puja refers to one of the eight aspects of Jain Puja, which one should reflect on while performing the puja rituals.—Naivedya Puja: (Sweet)—Naivedya symbolizes a tasty food.  By doing this puja, one should thrive to reduce or eliminate the attachment to tasty food.  Healthy food is essential for survival, however one should not live for to eat a tasty food.  Ultimate aim in one's life is to attain a life where no food is essential for our existence and that is the life of a liberated Soul, who lives in Moksha forever in ultimate bliss.

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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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