Puja : The act of worship god is known as puja. Puja occurs both in households, where it is often practiced by women, as well as in Hindu temples, and it tends to be a sensory experience. Puja is made to a god or to various gods as they are represented as murtis, or sacred statues or images. During the course of puja special lamps are lit, insense is often burned, and the murties are bathed with milk. Ganesha : Ganesha is an extremely popular god related to the Shaivite worshipping community. Easily recognized by his elephant head, Ganesha is revered as a remover of obstacles and is called upon to assist in many endeavors. He is also considered to oversee the obtaining of knowledge and many other creative pursuits. Kali : Kali or Durga is the most popular goddesses related to Shaivite worship. Kali is more terrible than Shiva. She is frequently depicted as wearing a necklace of human skulls, tearing away the flesh of sacrificed victims, and drinking blood. Mythology connects her with the founding of the modern city of Calcutta. Shiva : Among the most popular god in postclassical Hinduism is Shiva, known as the destroyer. Shiva is the god of death, destruction, and disease. The function of Shiva are many. He is also the god of dance. One of the common symbol of Shiva is the lingam. Perhaps the most important reason for Shiva’s popularity is that he is also the god of vegetable, animal, and human production. Vishnu : Vishnu is the preserver. He is known as a god of love, benevolence, and forgiveness. One of his chief characteristics is his love to play. He plays and joins humanity in play. He enjoys tricks and pranks. The chief feature of Vishnu is his concern
for humanity, which he expresses by appearing on Earth a number of times in various forms. Maya : Maya is a Sanskrit word which means “magic” or “illusion”. It is a fundamental concept in Hindu philosophy , notably in the school of Vedanta . Maya originally denoted
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