About Puja (Hinduism): According to asia.si.edu, Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print.
According to Wikipedia, Pūjā or Poojan is a prayer ritual performed by Hindus to host, honour and worship one or more deities, or to spiritually celebrate an event. Sometimes spelt phonetically as pooja or poojah, it may honour or celebrate the presence of special guest(s), or their memories after they pass away. The word pūjā (Devanagari: पूजा) comes from Sanskrit, and means reverence, honour, homage, adoration, and worship. Puja rituals are also held by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.
General Puja Rules ( পূজার সাধারণ পদ্ধতি )
The following steps need to be undertaken at the beginning ( পূজা করিতে হইলে প্রথমে )-
- Achaman ( আচমন )
- Vishnu Smaran ( বিষ্ণুশ্মরণ )
- Gandhadi Archana ( গ্নধাদি অর্চ্চনা )
- Narayanadi Archana ( নারায়নাদি অর্চ্চনা )
- Shasti Vachana (শ্বস্তিবাচন )
- Samkalpa ( সঙ্কল্প )
- Jala Shuddhi ( জলশুদ্ধি )
- Asana Shuddhi ( আসন শুদ্ধি )
- Guru Pranam ( গুরু প্রানাম )
- Kara shuddhi ( কারা শুদ্ধি )
- Pushpa shuddhi ( পুস্পা শুদ্ধি )
- Pranayam and Manash Puja
- Ganesh and other Pancha Devatas
- Dasa dikpala
- Sarva deva devi Puja
After all this can the main Puja for the Bengali Brahman start.
Please Note: I shall slowly provide all the Bengali transliterations/ Bengali translation. I am still getting used to the Google transliteration tool as it is quite buggy and does not seem to follow any standard.