An average Indian is ruled by religion and ritual worship is an integral
part of religion. The general term for this worship is puja. This includes
the offering of flowers and water, sandal-wood perfume etc, which delight
the senses of the worshipper. Another important act is the honouring of the
deity with light, oil or camphor lamp, often to the accompaniment of the
ringing or handbells and the singing of hymns. This rite is called 'arti
and is central to Hindu worship. The ritual is generally concluded by
blowing the conch shell.
The Shivalinga forms the central item of the painting, which depicts various
things necessary for a ritual worship. Puja expresses not the deity's
requirements but the most eloquent gestures of human devotion.
This description by Renu Rana.
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