Definition of puja in English:

puja

(also pooja)

noun

mass nounHinduism Buddhism
  • The act of worship.

    ‘I perform puja every day’
    count noun ‘the entire family gets together for a puja’
    as modifier ‘puja marks on their foreheads’
    • ‘The film was officially launched with a pooja on Friday morning at Prasad Studios.’
    • ‘It is Princess Diya's birthday and poojas are on in Chandra Mahal, the part of the City Palace at Jaipur which the royal family occupies.’
    • ‘The most common Hindu form of worship, puja, is, in fact, an act of hosting.’
    • ‘Just go to any temple and witness the dearth of youngsters participating in any puja.’
    • ‘The clientele comprises regulars who buy flowers daily for household poojas and temple priests.’
    • ‘The festival will be marked with special poojas and Bhavana (special bhajans).’
    • ‘There were some cases in the city of a conman who posed as a ‘godman with magical powers’ who could bring prosperity to a family by performing a special pooja.’
    • ‘He never misses his daily pooja or the monthly visit to the Guruvayoor Temple.’
    • ‘Even when he is travelling, he does not stop the routine worship, meditations and pujas.’
    • ‘The temple authorities said that the entire temple premises would be cleaned either on Friday night or Saturday morning and special poojas would be conducted for the presiding deity.’
    • ‘I follow her down the staircase into the garden for the tulsi pooja, incessantly ringing the bell in my hand.’
    • ‘On this day, Hindus fast and stay awake all night taking part in prayers, meditation and poojas (ritual ceremonies).’
    • ‘The pooja was performed and Sivaji's wife Kamalamma put kungumam on his forehead.’
    • ‘All preparations of the pooja are ready with the deity of goddess Durga decorated.’
    • ‘People also visit the tree to conduct poojas and after Ugadi when the annual mela is held here.’
    • ‘The craftsman and his family enjoy the privilege of being the first to be allowed to worship the deity after the poojas are performed.’
    • ‘The devotee's offerings were placed before the deity, and after the guard gave him a portion of the offering after the pooja, the devotee moved on to pray before another deity.’
    • ‘These coins were also purchased in large numbers by the rulers of various kingdoms for being offered as ‘dakshina’ during poojas.’
    • ‘The Bengalis settled in the city are on with the Durga pooja festivities.’
    • ‘He asked her to find the idols and perform the daily pooja until she met another Rama bhaktha who would help build temple for them.’
    • ‘He is known for fulfilling people's desires and removing obstacles from their paths, which is probably the reason why He is the first God to be worshiped whenever any puja is done.’
    • ‘Thethi was married into a feudal family and her husband, Unni Namboodiri, who was preoccupied with poojas and religious rites, ignored her.’
    • ‘This is the pooja which acts as an ending to the festival.’
    • ‘The idea in puja or prayer is to praise the deity, along with Namaskar, so that the deity becomes happy and grants what the prayer wants.’
    • ‘Hundreds of men, women and children participated in the yajna, performed pooja and offered prayers to Lord Indra to seek rain showers.’
    sacrifice, oblation, burnt offering, peace offering, thank-offering, immolation, libation, first fruits, tribute, dedication
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Origin

Sanskrit pūjā ‘worship’.

Pronunciation

puja

/ˈpuːdʒɑː/