Vishnupuja, Viṣṇupūjā, Vishnu-puja: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Viṣṇupūjā can be transliterated into English as Visnupuja or Vishnupuja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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[«previous next»] — Vishnupuja in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Viṣṇupūjā (विष्णुपूजा).—(Form of worshipping Viṣṇu). There are conventions regarding the form of worship of Viṣṇu and his satellite gods. The general form of that worship is given below:

Lakṣmī, Gaṅgā, Dhātā, Vidhātā, Yamunā, Navanidhis (nine treasures), Vāstupuruṣa, Śakti, Kūrma (turtle) Ananta (serpent) and Pṛthivī (Earth) are the satellites of Viṣṇu. First you must bow before Acyuta, (Viṣṇu) with all his satellites. Then worship Dharma (Virtue) Wisdom, self-renunciation, Supernatural power and Lawlessness, Ignorance, Want of Self-renunciation and want of supernatural powers, and then Bulb, Stalk, Lotus, Filament and pericarp of the lotus and, the four Vedas, four Yugas (ages) and the three attributes, Sattva (purity) Rajas (passion) and Tamas (darkness). After this the three Maṇdalas (regions) of Arka (the Sun) Soma (the Moon) and Vahni (fire). After this the nine powers should be worshipped. Vimalā, Utkarṣiṇī, Jñāna, Kriyā, Yoga, Prahva, Satya, Kānti and Īśa are the nine powers. In the same way, Durgā, Sarasvatī, Gaṇapati and Kṣetrapāla also should be worshipped. As the next step heart, head, lock of hair, armour, eyes and the weapons should be worshipped. Then worship the conch, the Discus the club, the lotus, the mark Śrīvatsa, the Kaustubha, the Vanamālā, the Earth, Guru and Garuḍa. With prayer and oblations offered to Indra, Agni Yama, Nirṛti, Varuṇa, Vāyu, Kubera, Īśa, Ananta and Brahmā, who are the guardians of the ten directions and the weapons and conveyance and Kumuda and the others (the four mountains standing near the Mahā Meru) and Viṣvaksena (Viṣṇu) Viṣṇupūjā will be finished. By performing this worship of Viṣṇu and his satellites, one could attain all one’s wishes. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 21)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Viṣṇupūjā (विष्णुपूजा) or Viṣṇupūjana refers to the “adoration of the Viṣṇu”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.5 (“The Tripuras are fascinated).—Accordingly, as Sanatkumāra narrated to Vyāsa: “O sage, addressing the lord of the Asuras and the citizens thus, the sage with his disciples spoiled the Vedic rites in a determined manner. [...] Worship of Śiva, propitiation of his phallic form, adoration of Viṣṇu (viṣṇupūjana), Sun, Gaṇeśa and other deities in accordance with the sacred texts [viṣṇusūryagaṇeśādipūjanaṃ vidhipūrvakam] were repudiated by him. The heretic sage, an expert in wielding magic art, foremost among the deceptive, criticised the ceremonial ablutions and charitable gifts that are made on auspicious occasions. [...]”

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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[«previous next»] — Vishnupuja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Viṣṇupūjā (विष्णुपूजा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—and rāmapūjā L.. 660.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viṣṇupūjā (विष्णुपूजा):—[=viṣṇu-pūjā] [from viṣṇu] f. Name of [work]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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