[Advaita-l] Panchayatana Puja mentioned in Shiva Puranam

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon May 2 13:37:14 EDT 2022

Sharing a comment of Sri Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula:

Panchayatana worship is as ancient as anything. It is prescribed in Shiva
Purana itself so we can understand that it is an ancient method not
invented by Shankara or advaitins. For shiva Puja this is prescribed.
"विघ्नेशादित्यविष्णूनामंबायाश्च शिवस्य च ।
शिवस्यशिवलिंगं च सर्वदा पूजयेद्द्विज ।|" (Shiva Purana 1:16:8)
"The five deities Ganesha, Sun, Vishnu, Parvati and Shiva shall be
worshipped in their images. However a Brahmana shall worship Shiva in his
linga form".
This is from a chapter where idol worship procedure is elaborated.

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