Questions & Answers

Does god actually “eat” the food offered? – Significance of Prasad.

This is a most interesting question, because in every temple in India, it is customary to make a small offering of sweets or other food, as a mark of our devotion and gratefulness towards whichever God or Goddess we are worshiping.

Once the Lord has “partaken” from the offering, the remaining food is considered sacred and blessed, and is thereafter consumed by the devotees as “prasad”. So an enquiring mind naturally asks: “Does God actuallybless and eat the food offered? If such things genuinely happen, then how does God do it, because the idol in the temple itself cannot move?”

The above questions carry with them the most amazing answers, provided for us, by two God realized teachers of Vedanta Philosophy, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society. Their profound responses have been outlined in detail, in the video below. As you watch the video, do remember that although the answers revealed here, are for the Hindu manner of worship, they are nevertheless equally applicable, for the worships performed in other religions, such as the offering of prashad by Sikhs in their Gurdwaras, or the prayer of grace said before a meal in Christianity.

An intriguing question to ponder on- does God actually eat the food offered during worship as naivedya or prasadam? It is a common practice among Hindus to offer food to the deities while worshipping them. It is believed that the deities partake the food offered while worshipping and the leftovers is distributed among the devotees as ‘prasad’. But if we analyse it logically, the idols cannot move or eat whatever is offered in front of them. Then how does God eat? This question has been asked since time immemorial and there have been many instances where the devotees have claimed to see God eating by assuming a physical form. For example, the great saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa used to feed Goddess Kali with His own hands. He claimed to have seen the Goddess appear in front of Him in the form of a little girl and eat the offerings He made in front of Her.

But this is only a vague and far fetched explanation to the question. Let us find out whether God actually eats and what is the significance of prasad?

According to Swami Sivananda, the founder of Divine Life Society, “if food is offered with a yearning heart, then sometimes God does eat it assuming a physical form. In other cases, God enjoys the subtle essence of the food offered and the food remains as it is in the shape of prasad.” According to Swami Vivekananda, God will actually partake the food in physical form if only the food is offered with a true heart and unfaltering devotion. There have been many incidents in which people have actually seen God materialise and partake the food.

Why go around the temple?

Traditionally devotees assume that around the temple to worship any deity is necessary. Many devotees from round to round fruits and method without knowing the temple. Religious texts which exist around the temple worship method includes scientific reasoning. Worship of the deity Ganesh importance of orbiting is a legend.

When Ganesha and Kartikeya around the world were asked to Ganesha Shiva and Parvati then circled said, you are my parents and you are the world to me. Know the importance attached to circuit and method keep in mind that this method circled round the statue of God should be your right hand. This method is as a symbol to remind us that we must walk the path of righteousness in your life Sdev. While orbiting the man should wander in the direction of the clock. While orbiting the dilemma of mind to remember and to pray to God to remove it. At the same time it’s orbiting a chant Om Namah Shivayr, Om Namah Shivayr.

Sometimes the man standing in front of the temple’s main deity around in a motion. It is a symbol of the earth on its axis rotate in a certain rhythm. They do so at least three times. This method adds Atmpradkshina. This method of orbiting Last tucked into the palms together while bringing the full salute should end it. Is said to any idol should not your back. The last column is the flag salute temple, the temple flag is mounted.

It is believed that the method of circuit only in Hinduism but it is not. The method orbiting other religions of the world are. Circled behind their beliefs of all religions. For all the gods of the orbiting certain number of different The method orbiting. If the god Ganesh, and if at least one is orbiting Shiva, the two should be orbiting.Vishnu and Goddess Durga for you three times less than 6 should not be circled.

Why is God orbiting known?

The circuit is great importance in Hinduism. Circuit means that the general location or a person walking around on his Bahini. It ‘encompass’ is, which is a part of worship Sodsopchar. Encompass the practice is primeval. This person from the Vedic period, idol, sacred places, affecting work performance or honor is considered.All religions of the world revolution is the result of the circulation of Hinduism. Kaba is also the circuit in Bodhgaya.

Parikrama route and direction: ‘Prgtn Dkshinmiti Pradkshinn’ speed according to its south side is called the motion. Encompass the right of the individual to God’s part.The name of the revolution often known. “Sbdkalpdraum ‘stated that God only encompass the aim is to discover and clockwise.

Suryadev encompass the primary reason is related to the daily goings. The way the sun in the morning in the east implies, in the south west of the route goes down later, according to the Vedic thinkers hinder their religious acts Vidhnvihin Sampadnarth sense to encompass the legislation. Satapatha Brahman is said to encompass the mantra format, similar to the sun our sacred completed.

Philosophical significance: it is a philosophical significance also of the entire universe, each planet is orbiting a star some stars. This revolution is the truth of life. The person’s entire life is a cycle. To understand the cycle of the round symbol was created. God in all creation is capacitance, they are all born, we can assume that we have put the orbiter has circled the whole creation. Circled the religious and scientific significance.

What is Mahapuja?

Bharatvarsh’s samskruti (culture) is a yagna samskruti.

In Sanãtan Dharma’s Vedic period, there prevailed the yagna ritual of the sacred fire. Through this ritual, devotees offered devotion to the devas, to appease and thank them for their benevolence on mankind. The Vedic pujã ritual prescribed by the rishis, forms the basic framework of the Mahãpuja of the Swaminarayan sampradãy. Mahãpuja differs from the nitya pujã performed daily by devotees. Nitya pujã involves dhyãna, mãnsi pujã, mantra japa, pradakshinã, dandvat and prãrthnã. Through these, devotees offer worship to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and His Gunatit successors. The Mahãpuja invokes Bhagwan Swaminarayan, His Gunatit successors, as well as Aksharmuktas, and offers them shodshopchãr pujã.

The Mahãpuja involves the following Vedic rituals and mantras: shãntipãth, swastivãchan, Kankan bandhan,devãbhivandan, nyãsvidhi, kalashpujan, ãhawãn-sthãpan and shodshopchãr pujã. This is followed by Janmangal Nãmãvali Paath – reciting the 108 divine names of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The Mahãpuja is unique to the Swaminarayan sampradãy. Through the Mahãpuja, devotees experience immense spiritual solace when beset by mundane problems.

Mahapuja is a worship ritual that allows many devotees to simultaneously participate in prayer. During this ritual, devotees pray to God and ask for harmony, world peace, and an unhindered path to completing a particular endeavor. The first mahapuja was performed on June 2, 1830 CE (Jeth Sud 11 Samvat Year 1886) in Gadhada by Gopalanand Swami, a senior sadhu. Aksharbhrama Gunatitanand Swami instructed Gopalanand Swami to perform the mahapuja in front of Gopinath Dev at Gadhadha Mandir. On that day, Gopalanand Swami explained the glory of the mahapuja: “Here in Junagadh, resides Aksharbhrama Gunatitanand Swami. Those that perform a mahapuja here will be freed from emotional, mental, physical, and financial miseries.” Today, mahapujas have become an integral part of the festivities in murti pratishtas, commencements, inaugurations, housewarmings, and even birthday celebrations. Mahapujas are performed every morning in shikharbaddha mandirs around the world and on Poonam, or full moon nights, in hari mandirs.