What Is Panchayatana Puja Exactly?

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    PhoenixVposted 5 years ago

    What Is Panchayatana Puja Exactly?

    What is the symbolic meaning behind Panchayatana Puja?

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    In the thread about the role of Ishwara it was noted that an exclusive approach to God can end up in fanaticism. Yet the opposite extreme, to just lump everything together into one insipid mess is not good either. In the Smarta sampradaya we have a practice that attempts to eliminate both problems--the panchayatana puja. We believe it was established by Shankaracharya himself.

    According to the Digvijayas the situation was not good at that time. There were many sects and philosophies that misinterpreted or were completely against the Vedas. Amongst the astikas much energy was misspent in arguing over whether Shiva Bhagawan was superior to Vishnu Bhagawan or both were inferior to Mataji etc. To alleviate this and to get people thinking of the Advaita bhava, this puja was started.

    In this puja all the five major deities of Sanatana Dharma are worshipped:
    Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesh Bhagawans.

    There are five forms of arranging Them:

    Shiva panchayata

    Vishnu                Surya


    Devi                    Ganesh

    Vishnu panchayata

    Shiva                 Ganesh


    Devi                 Surya

    Surya panchayata

    Shiva                 Ganesh


    Devi                 Vishnu

    Devi panchayata

    Vishnu                 Shiva


    Surya                 Ganesh

    Ganesh panchayata

    Vishnu                 Shiva


    Devi                     Surya