Ways to Worship

Ways to WorshipWays to Worship has a section about Goddesses, about Gods, and about Other Divine Beings. It is full of stories, mantras, festivals, recipes, and links to videos, podcasts, books, CDs, and digital downloads, for each of the deities featured.

Our goal is to empower all devotees with knowledge of the meaning and method of worship, the whys and hows, of how to increase your relationship with God.


Annapurna

Annapurna

Annapurna (Sanskrit: अन्नपूर्णा, annapūrṇā) Divine Mother Annapurna grants nourishment at every level. Anna means “food and grains.” Purna means “full, complete and perfect." Annapurna is "She who is full, complete and perfect in food and grains, the Goddess of Nourishment." When we worship Mother Annapurna, we are blessed with Her divine nourishment.

 

Chandi

Chandi

Chandi (Sanskrit: चण्डी, caṇḍī) The Goddess Chandi is described as “She Who Tears Apart Thought." By tearing apart thoughts, Chandi takes us to the sanctuary of true peace and happiness. Through regular recitation of the Chandi, Mother shows us how to maintain divine perception as Gods and Goddesses and stay centered in divinity.

 

Durga

Durga

Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा, durgā) Durgam means confusion, and Durga is She Who Removes All Confusion. Divine Mother Durga guides us beyond confusion to a state of stillness and clarity, in which we perceive Her infinite energy in all aspects of creation. By worshiping Durga, we are empowered to live meaningful lives, rich with remembrance of our Divine Nature.

 

Gayatri

Gayatri

Gayatri (Sanskrit: गायत्री, gāyatrī) Gayatri is a Goddess who represents a divine attitude: the incessant, relentless, pursuit of wisdom. She is revealed in the form of a 24 syllable mantra, called the Gayatri Mantra. The worship of Mother Gayatri, including the recitation of the Gayatri Mantra, brings inner illumination, mental clarity, and greater wisdom.

 

Ganesha

Ganesha

Ganesha (Sanskrit: गणेश, gaṇeśa) Lord Ganesha is the deity for all new beginnings. He is the divine son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and He is the Lord of Wisdom and the Protector at the Door. Without wisdom it will be impossible for any seeker to unlocks the doors to the secrets of enlightenment -- Ganesha grants that wisdom.

 

Hanuman

Hanuman

Hanuman (Sanskrit: हनुमान, hanumān) Sri Hanuman exemplifies the ultimate devotion and respect. He is the greatest devotee and the purest example of selfless service found in the Hindu holy books. Without a doubt, worshipping Hanuman will inspire devotion, the purest conviction, and the highest motivation in every devotee’s path to Self-Realization.

 

Kali

Kali

Kali (Sanskrit: काली, kālī) When one can reside within, unattached to the constant changes of the external world, then supreme truth can be realized. This is the path that Mother Kali shows. With Mother Kali's love, we become like the great Lord Shiva: unattached and free from action and reaction - a silent witness resting in universal delight.

 

Krishna

Krishna

Krishna (Sanskrit: कृष्ण, kṛṣṇa) Krishna is He Who is Beyond Creation, the Eternal Form of the Universe, and The Most Honored Supreme Divinity. He is the most popular and venerated form of God across India. Sri Krishna inspires us to manifest the highest ideal of Divine Consciousness in each and every action, such that one’s life and heart become one with God

 

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी, lakṣmī) Maha Lakshmi is the source of abundance - both material and spiritual. She is the epitome of beauty, grace, virtue, and purity. In Sanskrit, "lakshya" means "the goal". Mahalakshmi represents our goals, values, and aspirations. When we worship Mother Lakshmi with faith and devotion, She bestows on us the true wealth of the fulfillment of our goals.

 

Lalita

Lalita

Lalita (Sanskrit: ललिता, lalitā) Lalita is the beautiful, playful, and beloved aspect of the Divine Mother. Her name also means "She who orders and organizes creation".All the karma of creation She orders, and all actions of existence are authored by Her. By chanting the names of the Divine Mother, Lalita grants us spiritual clarity and intense love for the Divine Mother.

 

Navagraha

Navagraha

Navagraha (Sanskrit: नवग्रह, navagraha)

Graha shanti (peace) is to put all of your planets into harmony.

The Sun is the light of wisdom; the Moon is the warmth of devotion;Mars is strength and focus;Mercury is the communicator. Jupiter is the great guru; Venus fills us with love and Saturn takes us into discipline. Rahu and Ketu help to reconcile pairs of the opposites.

 

 

Rama

Rama

Rama (Sanskrit: राम, rāma) “Rāma" means the manifestation of perfection of the subtle body of Consciousness. Sri Rāma shows us what it means to live a Divine life - to perform all actions with grace, truth and gentleness for the benefit of all creation, without a trace of selfishness. It is in the life of Lord Rama that we see helpful depictions of divinely perfect role-models for every relationship.

 

Saraswati

Saraswati

Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, sarasvatī) Mother Saraswati is the Goddess of learning and wisdom. She is a wonderful source of strength for young students, and for anyone that is looking to learn. When we are searching to discover the truth of our soul, we worship Mother Saraswati and seek Her blessings for the attainment of the Highest Wisdom.

 

Shiva

Shiva

Shiva (Sanskrit: शिव, śiva) The letter "śa" is the illumination of Peace, the syllable "i" is the Causal Body, "va" means union with the Infinite, and the definition of "Śiva" is the welfare of all objects of perception. Lord Śiva helps us to move beyond our attachments so that we may discover the eternal Consciousness that shines behind the apparent transformations of our perception.

 

Vishnu

Vishnu

Vishnu (Sanskrit: विष्णु, viṣṇu) Viṣ means the universe and ṇu means who pervades or embodies. Viṣṇu is He who pervades the universe. He is everywhere and in everything. By performing Viṣṇu's pūjā and by remembering God in all of creation, we reach towards perfection - towards becoming a being of illumination, inspiring divinity wherever we go.

 

 
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