Pujas are devotional Indian worship rituals in which the activities involved are carried out in a very specific way and order. They are done to offer respect and prayers to deities, and are typically performed at home, in a temple, or at a location that is considered sacred.
However, Pujas can also simply serve to honor a special guest, or to celebrate special events and rites of passages, such as a wedding, the birth of a baby, and so on.
Puja is a Sanskrit word, which depending on the context, can mean reverence, honor, respect, homage, adoration, or worship. It’s commonly performed by offering light (candles), flowers, incense, oil, fire, water or food to the deities or the Divine.
Within Tantra practices, Pujas are a common phenomenon. They can be carried out before a Tantric initiation, a massage session, a retreat, or before Tantric Sex, to give some examples. It can also be a regularly performed ritual, daily or weekly, for instance, to honor a specific deity such as Shakti, the Divine Mother Goddess.
A well-known Puja in Tantric Sex practices is the Chakra Puja, one that honors and celebrates the divine sexual union. It’s a ritual in which partners focus completely on the experience of the sexual union. During this ritual, meditation, Breathwork, and Mantras may be used to deepen the experience. Pujas may also be done in Yoni Worship and Lingam Worship rituals.