Small Puja for Shiv ji

topic posted Tue, December 12, 2006 - 8:39 AM by  Theresi
Can someone tell me the right way to set up a small Hindu altar in my home?
According to Vedic knowledge, not new age influence...
And some advice to Puja for Shiv ji, and I know Ganesha is prayed to first...
I am single again, and in pain. I have been going to the temple on Mondays to pray for him to come back, but I must
accept that it is over. He is not coming back...
But still I pray to Shiv ji...for my own reasons now.
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SF Bay Area
  • Re: Small Puja for Shiv ji

    Tue, December 12, 2006 - 8:50 AM
    If you go to you can download a viewer which allows you to get the digital edition of Hinduism Today for FREE. It's essentially the same thing as the printed version, just without all the ads. In the current edition is a really nice article about how to set up a home shrine. This would be the best source for a purely devotional altar.

    Also, a nice book which is based primarily on Vasstu Shastra is "Altars of Power and Grace". They throw a little Feng Shui in there, but the instructions for altar construction and the breakdown of the directions and elements are all Vedic. This books tells you how to contruct an altar to help manifest a particular goal - and you can certainly base it around whatever deity you wish. That's a main thrust of the book, although they leave it open as to which form of Deity you like so that people from various faiths can utilize it.

    Hope that helps!
  • Re: Small Puja for Shiv ji

    Tue, December 12, 2006 - 9:00 AM
    I got this from the Shree Maa Devi Mandir booklet on Shiva Puja. It is meant to be used with the Shiva Beginners Puja book available through - but you can probably get what you need from this:

    Beginner Puja - Day 2- Getting ready for the alt'a'red state

    Dear All,

    OK – We are on Day 2 and I thought we’d get our altars set up first so that we are familiar with the items that we need for the puja.


    But if you can, it would be nice to get these items for your puja.

    a) A picture of your favorite deity. An idol would be even better. In the case of Shiva Puja, a picture or lingam with yoni would be ideal.
    b) An asan – this means seat. So you don’t sit on the bare floor or wood or even carpet. It would be great if you could get sheep’s wool or lambs wool ( I got mine from IKEA ). Of course the real deal is a mat made of Kusa Grass (Parvati, where did you get yours?) .And has a cloth over this mat. If all these are too difficult to obtain, a cotton blanket that is used exclusively for puja will serve nicely.
    c) A lamp – could be a ghee/oil lamp with a wick or if this is cumbersome, a tea-light that will last for atleast 1 hour is good. A lamp holder is to hold the tea light is also needed – your imagination is the limit. At the mandir, we have a lantern to hold the tea light to avoid any fire accidents.
    d) Incense and holder
    e) Camphor and holder
    f) Match box
    g) One water pot to hold water
    h) One water pot with spoon to hold purified water.
    i) Sandalwood, Sindoor (red powder), a few grains of uncooked rice (a cup is plenty), turmeric powder. Shree Maa has a masala box (available in Indian Stores) or a pillbox to hold these various powders and rice.
    j) A piece of cloth to offer the deity
    k) A rudraksh to offer the deity
    l) A rudraksh mala or any mala with 108 beads for counting.
    m) A bell (looks like a Christmas ornament) for ringing during the puja.
    n) A conch for blowing at the end of the puja. (Which means you have to learn to blow the conch which aint easy I tell ya)
    o) A set of bowls to hold the offering 1) Milk 2) Yoghurt 3) Ghee 4) Honey 5) Sugar 6) A sixth bowl to hold the first five offerings 7) A bowl containing a sample of the food that you have prepared for that day , or if you don’t have cooked food – some fruit is good.
    p) A plate containing flowers or petals (if you don’t want to invest in too many flowers)
    q) A flower garland
    r) If your altar is such that you cannot draw a yantra during puja and clean it up when done – like I have cloth on mine for example – a plate on which you can draw the yantra is needed.
    s) A book holder to hold your Beginner Shiva Book. Maa does not like for us to keep books on the floor. Also that means no stepping on this book or letting your feet touch the book - for the book represents the Goddess Saraswati.
    t) And last but not the least – your altar. You need to have a raised platform – made of wood or cement or a cardboard box of your choice. Making this altar is really upto your imagination, but here are a few guidelines for setting up your altar

    Suggested Guidelines for the altar
    It should be in a room that is reserved especially for puja. If this is not possible due to lack of space, set aside a corner of a room especially for puja. Try to make this corner in the North East of your house.
    The deity should face south or west, which means we will face the deity ie face north or south.
    A corner is preferred so that you are not in the way of your family and therefore do not disturb or be disturbed by them.

    Here is a way that you could set up your altar. Remember this is only a suggestion based on my experience and you may very well have a better way of setting it up. I look forward to hearing from others how they have setup their altar.

    Also the picture below will be stored in the Files Section for those unable to view it at
    The name of the file is puja.jpg
  • Re: Small Puja for Shiv ji

    Tue, December 12, 2006 - 11:06 AM
    Therese, after getting back in the country I finally saw your shop out of the window of the bus! what are the hours, I'd like to stop by and say hello (and drop off some of those contacts)?
    • Re: Small Puja for Shiv ji

      Tue, December 12, 2006 - 11:43 AM
      Hi Saul...
      Actually, I was thinking of you...I saw your posts in the Shiv tribe for the yantra image. I have some copper yantra plates here, but not the one you needed..Maybe someone here will be able to help you also, what was the Yantra image you needed? My store is closed on Mondays. Tues, Wed, Sat and Sun the hours are 11am - 6pm, Thurs 11am - 8 pm and Fri from 11am - 7pm. Looking forward to meeting you! :)

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