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Ritualistic worship of God in and through an icon (either at home or in a temple) is a common feature in Hinduism. The various upacāras (items of honour) are a part of this. They remind one of the way one has to receive an important guest visiting one’s house.
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Such upacāras may be five (pañcopa-cāras), ten (daśopacāras) or sixteen (ṣoḍa-śopacāras). In all these, waving of a lighted lamp called ‘nīrājana,’ is a must. It may be of burning karpura (camphor) or cotton wicks dipped in ghee or oil, their number being 3 or 5 or 7.
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Some āgamas declare that by such waving of light, one’s life and happiness increase and all evil beings are driven out.
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Sometimes, coloured water kept in a shallow plate is waved before a sick person, to ward off the evil forces that might have caused the disease. This is also called ‘nīrājana’ (nīra = water).
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
nīrājana (‘[waving of] water or light’)
 
nīrājana (‘[waving of] water or light’)
 
Ritualistic worship of God in and through an icon (either at home or in a temple) is a common feature in Hinduism. The various upacāras (items of honour) are a part of this. They remind one of the way one has to receive an important guest visiting one’s house.
 
Ritualistic worship of God in and through an icon (either at home or in a temple) is a common feature in Hinduism. The various upacāras (items of honour) are a part of this. They remind one of the way one has to receive an important guest visiting one’s house.

Revision as of 09:19, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nirajana, NIrAjana, Niraajana


nīrājana (‘[waving of] water or light’)

Ritualistic worship of God in and through an icon (either at home or in a temple) is a common feature in Hinduism. The various upacāras (items of honour) are a part of this. They remind one of the way one has to receive an important guest visiting one’s house.

Such upacāras may be five (pañcopa-cāras), ten (daśopacāras) or sixteen (ṣoḍa-śopacāras). In all these, waving of a lighted lamp called ‘nīrājana,’ is a must. It may be of burning karpura (camphor) or cotton wicks dipped in ghee or oil, their number being 3 or 5 or 7.

Some āgamas declare that by such waving of light, one’s life and happiness increase and all evil beings are driven out.

Sometimes, coloured water kept in a shallow plate is waved before a sick person, to ward off the evil forces that might have caused the disease. This is also called ‘nīrājana’ (nīra = water).


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

nīrājana (‘[waving of] water or light’) Ritualistic worship of God in and through an icon (either at home or in a temple) is a common feature in Hinduism. The various upacāras (items of honour) are a part of this. They remind one of the way one has to receive an important guest visiting one’s house. Such upacāras may be five (pañcopa- cāras), ten (daśopacāras) or sixteen (ṣoḍa- śopacāras). In all these, waving of a lighted lamp called ‘nīrājana,’ is a must. It may be of burning karpura (camphor) or cotton wicks dipped in ghee or oil, their number being 3 or 5 or 7. Some āgamas declare that by such waving of light, one’s life and happiness increase and all evil beings are driven out. Sometimes, coloured water kept in a shallow plate is waved before a sick person, to ward off the evil forces that might have caused the disease. This is also called ‘nīrājana’ (nīra = water).