Phalapuja, Phala-puja, Phalapūjā: 2 definitions



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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Phalapūjā (फलपूजा) refers to the “Pūjā of fruit” 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., Phalapūjā) and divine concerts”.

Source: Jainism Literature Center: Jain Fundamentals

Fal (Phala) puja refers to one of the eight aspects of Jain Puja, which one should reflect on while performing the puja rituals.—Fal Puja: (Fruit)—Fruit symbolizes Moksha or Liberation.  If we live our life without any attachment to worldly affair, continue to perform our duty without any expectation and reward, be witnessed to all the incidents that occurred surrounding to and within us, truly follow ascetic life, and have a love and compassion to all living beings, we will attain the fruit of Moksha or liberation.  This is the last Puja symbolizing the ultimate achievement of our life.

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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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