From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Pancopacaras, PaJcopacAras, Paycopacaaras
Pañcopacāras literally means ‘the five upacāras or modes of service’.
Five Pujās in Pañcopacāras
The five pujās involved in it are:
- Gandha - sandal-paste
- Puṣpa - flowers along with bilva and tulasī leaves and also durva or grass
- Dhupa - incense
- Dipa - lighted lamp for waving before the deity
- Naivedya - food-offering
- Pañca means five.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore