Nityapuja, aka: Nityapūjā, Nitya-puja; 1 Definition(s)


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Nityapūjā (नित्यपूजा) refers to “daily worship” 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.—Nityapūjā is the daily worship.

Nityapūjā or the daily worship. This is the compulsory worship offered to the deity by the Śivācārya a certain number of times each day. It consists of a set of rituals offered in a particular sequence in a prescribed format. Nityapūjā is daily, forever: The word ‘nitya’ does not only mean ‘daily,’ it also means eternal. In that sense, nityapūjā is the pūjā that must be performed forever, without a break, for reaching eternity. The important difference between a temple and other public institutions and service organizations is that the temple needs to first and foremost serve the deity if it has to fulfill its obligations to the public.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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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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