Hindu Customs on visiting Temple

  1. One should always enter the temple through the main entrance.
  2. Never enter a temple wearing wet clothes.
  3. One should never go to the temple empty handed. You should take some offerings like Coconut, Fruits, Flowers or Camphor.
  4. In a temple one can light a burnt out lamp, but should never put out a burning or lit lamp.
  5. Vadha Narayana Maram (Tree) represents Air among the Pancha Boodhas. If you worship Lord Ganesh who is set up at the base of such trees your growth will increase.
  6. Always enter a temple or a house by placing your right feet first.
  7. One should never pray Lord Shani (Saturn) by standing right in front of the deity. One should always stand by the side when worshipping Lord Shani.
  8. After returning home from the temple you should give some time before you wash your hands and legs.
  9. When a temple is closed one should never worship/pray from outside.
  10. One should go to the temple only during the temple visiting hours. You should never sleep inside the temple.
  11. One should not carry the items for Pooja/Archana using the left hand.
  12. When carrying items for a Pooja in a bag, basket make sure the bag is not left hanging below your hip level.
  13. You should never bring home any item that is considered as property of the temple.
  14. Arasa Maram (Tree) represents Sky among the Pancha Boodhas. If you worship Lord Ganesh who is set up at the base of the Arasa Maram you will be blessed with children.
  15. Vanni Maram (Tree) represents Fire among the Pancha Boodhas. If you worship Lord Ganesh who is set up at the base of the Vanni Maram you will be blessed with all your needs in life.
  16. Amla Tree (Nelli Maram) represents Water among the Pancha Boodhas. If you worship Lord Ganesh who is set up at the base of the Nelli Maram your wealth and income will be very satisfactory.
    One should never have a bath immediately after returning from the temple.
  17. Inside a temple never pray at a place/sannadhi where there is no lamp lit.

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