Pushpapuja, Puṣpapūjā, Pushpa-puja: 2 definitions

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Pushpapuja means something in Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Puṣpapūjā can be transliterated into English as Puspapuja or Pushpapuja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Puṣpapūjā (पुष्पपूजा) refers to the “Pūjā of flowers” 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., Puṣpapūjā) and divine concerts”.

Source: Jainism Literature Center: Jain Fundamentals

Pushpa puja refers to one of the eight aspects of Jain Puja, which one should reflect on while performing the puja rituals.—Pushpa Puja: (Flower)—Flower symbolizes conduct.  Our conduct should be like a flower, which provides fragrance and beauty to all living beings without discrimination.  We should live our life like flowers with full of love and compassion towards all living beings.

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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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