Rituals and Traditions Followed in Mandirs

Discover the rituals and traditions practiced in mandirs and their symbolic meanings.


7/18/20231 min read

person holding blue and brown paint
person holding blue and brown paint

  • Aarti: Aarti is a ritual where a tray with a lit lamp is waved in front of the deity while singing devotional hymns. It symbolizes the offering of light, incense, and prayers to the divine.

  • Abhishekam: Abhishekam is the ritualistic bathing of the deity with water, milk, curd, honey, ghee, or other sacred substances. It is done to cleanse and purify the deity and is accompanied by prayers and chanting of mantras.

  • Puja: Puja is a ritualistic worship performed by priests or devotees to honor the deity. It involves offering flowers, incense, fruits, sweets, and other items while reciting prayers and mantras.

  • Bhajans and Kirtans: Devotional singing of bhajans (hymns) and kirtans (devotional songs) are integral to the worship in mandirs. Devotees sing praises of the deity, accompanied by musical instruments, creating a spiritual atmosphere.

  • Prasad: Prasad refers to the food or sweets offered to the deity during worship. After the offering, it is distributed to the devotees as a blessed offering from the divine.

  • Darshan: Darshan means "sacred sight" and refers to the act of seeking the visual blessing of the deity in the mandir. Devotees queue up to have a glimpse of the deity and offer their prayers.

  • Utsav (Festivals and Processions): Mandirs celebrate various festivals with great enthusiasm. During festivals, elaborate processions (often called Utsav) are carried out, where the deity is taken out of the sanctum and paraded through the streets on a beautifully decorated chariot or palanquin.

  • Vrat (Fasting): Fasting is observed by devotees as an act of devotion and self-discipline. It is common to observe fasting on specific days dedicated to the deity or during festive occasions.

  • Meditation and Yoga: Some mandirs provide space for meditation and yoga practices. Devotees can engage in quiet contemplation, meditation, and yoga as a means of connecting with the divine.

Mandirs (temples) are places of worship where various rituals and traditions are followed as part of the religious practices. While specific rituals can vary based on the deity worshiped, the region, and the customs of the mandir, here are some common rituals and traditions followed in mandirs: