Manasa Puja

Definition - What does Manasa Puja mean?

Manasa puja is a form of worship that is performed in the mind. The term comes from the Sanskrit, manas, meaning “mind” or “thoughts,” and puja, meaning “worship” or “adoration.” In the most common form of manasa puja, the devotee goes through an entire worship ritual in his/her head, visualizing all steps of the ritual.

Manasa puja may also refer to worship of the serpentine goddess, Manasa. In Bangladesh, for example, the Manasa puja lasts a month in the summer when snakes are active.

Yogapedia explains Manasa Puja

Historically, internalization of the rituals changed the Vedic religion from simply external worship to a religion that placed emphasis on the mind and spirit, paving the way for modern Hinduism and yogic traditions.

Manasa puja calms the mind and, at the same time, engages the mind directly in the process of worship, creating a deeper and more powerful worship experience. Manasa puja, therefore, is sometimes called “mystic worship” or “spiritual worship.” According to the Upanishads, the sacred Hindu texts, manasa puja is far superior to external worship. It awakens the power of the deity within and serves as a form of dhyana (concentration), the seventh of The Eight Limbs of Yoga.

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