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[poo-jah] /ˈpu dʒɑ/
noun, Hinduism.
the worship of a particular god.
Origin of puja
From the Sanskrit word pūjā Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for puja
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  • The villagers did puja that night that all might be saved from a like fate.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • A quarter of an hour before the evening meal every Hindu, old or young, has to perform a "puja" before the gods.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • A great festival in her honour, the Durga puja, is celebrated annually, lasting for ten days.

  • He is worshipped in the daily puja of the brahmins, who silently meditate upon him in this form.

    Phallic Miscellanies Hargrave Jennings
  • This first mahal was named the kacheri bari (house of business); the next to it was the puja mahal (division for worship).

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • The large hall of worship formed one side of the puja mahal; on the other three sides were two-storied houses.

    The Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
  • With the money which he had in hand he used to buy cheap tinsel wares from Calcutta before the puja holidays.

    Stories from Tagore Rabindranath Tagore
  • My kinsman and myself were returning to Calcutta from our puja trip when we met the man in a train.

British Dictionary definitions for puja


(Hinduism) a ritual in honour of the gods, performed either at home or in the mandir (temple)
Word Origin
from Sanskrit: worship
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Contemporary definitions for puja

in Hinduism or Buddhism, the ritual daily devotion involving offering of food and drink and prayers to a deity; also written pooja

Word Origin

Sanskrit 'adoration, homage''s 21st Century Lexicon
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