5 Minutes


Puja is a ritual sacrifice that observant Hindi usually perform daily, either in a temple or at their own house. At a puja, they invite and wait upon a deity to show respect and honor. Central to the ritual is an image or another divine symbol into which the deity enters for the time of the ceremony.

It is part of the puja to offer the deity cooked and uncooked foods, all of which must be strictly vegetarian and contain neither onions, garlicm nor eggs. When the god has accepted the food, it becomes prasad (Sanskrit for charity and mercy). As such it is a holy food that the faithful eat to receive divine blessing. This sweet and tasty halva is a popular sacrificial dish for the puja ritual.

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