Hinduism

What are Hindu Prayers?

Hindus consider prayer as an important part of worshiping God. They chant mantras as a form of prayer. Yoga and meditation are other spiritual practices that Hindus believe take them closer to God. In this article, we look at the beliefs and practices behind

Hindu prayers.

Significance of Hindu Prayers

Hindus perform elaborate rituals and chant mantras during prayer. A popular Hindu prayer seeks for peace to prevail everywhere. Another prayer wants oneness and perfection of self and others. Hindus pray to commune with God, express their devotion and obtain grace. Hindu prayers include bhajans (devotional songs), japas (repetition of God’s name) and mantras.

Why Hindus Pray?

Hindus believe mantras are vocalized sounds that have potent powers. Institutionalized prayers are performed on the occasions of child birth, marriage, death, acquisition of new property or before entering a new residence. Hindus in rural areas pray for favorable climate and good harvest. Through prayers, Hindus seek happiness, peace and prosperity. They believe prayer can cleanse their sins, drive out evil, prevent disease and alter the course of their lives for the better.

What are Vedic Prayers?

The vedas contain prayers of different types which are used for many purposes. Vedic prayers are spiritual and ritual prayers that are used to seek protection, ward off evil, gain wealth, expiate sins, beget children, cure diseases, etc.

Prayers in Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion and love. It involves worshiping God through prayer, rituals and meditation. Bhakti yoga is considered one of the paths to liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Conclusion

Hindu prayers

are a part and parcel of life in devout Hindu families. On festival days, Hindus first perform rituals and pray to the Gods, before partaking of the sweetmeats and other specially prepared food items.

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