8 Puja Essentials That Are #DadiApproved

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    As much as the glamour and joy around festivals appeal to us, it is important to not overlook their cultural aspect. Surely, the photo sessions and new clothing are what add to the charm but this list looks to explore the other side of the festive coin. Pujas of various types have come to define festivals, be it Diwali or Navratri but what remains in the puja thali or in your temples at home is more or less the same. Keeping that in mind, here is a list of puja essentials that are grandma approved and worth the buy.

    Get Yourself A Puja Thali

    Peacock Tilak Thali

    Peacock Tilak Thali

    299

    This Tilak Thali from Occasionally Silly is the perfect vessel for your rituals due to its oval shape and lightweight (100g). We love the colourful peacock and studded stones which contributes to the glitzy, rich feel of the plate. The best part is that the thali doesn’t cost you more than INR 300 AND it comes with roli and chawal. Nothing quite like getting the royal feels but affordably, right? Although the plate is metallic, the stones can fall off if there's an accident. Be cautious!

    Use Incense Sticks For Aromatherapy

    Pack of 4 Incense Sticks

    Pack of 4 Incense Sticks

    700

    Incense sticks spread aromas and also a kind of warmth that is comforting and... holy? We love this set from Sevgi because of their fragrances on offer, namely musky, spicy and floral. These are made from essential oils which aren’t just good for the festivities but also help in relieving stress and anxiety. With aromas this good, you will want to light these even on non-festive days or for your meditation.

    You Need Incense Stick Holders For The Agarbattis

    Leaf Incense Stick Holder - Gold

    Leaf Incense Stick Holder - Gold

    595

    There has to be a holder for the aforementioned incense sticks. For Home has an amazing range of incense stick holders that are sleek, elegant and bright. Don’t worry about hot ash spillage as the surface of this holder will collect it all. Besides, the stem of the leaf holder will ensure you don’t burn your hand taking them around for, or after aartis. As it is made from aluminium, it is naturally light to carry around (and easy to wash wohoo). Simple yet rich, can’t get any better now, can it?

    Light Up Your Home With Diyas

    Flower Cut Small Lotus Diya

    Flower Cut Small Lotus Diya

    699

    Call it the spiritual flame or whatever, a diya is an absolute puja essential and not just for Diwali. We like how it’s almost customary (big thanks to Bollywood) for having a diya in most puja thalis and Indian festivities. This lotus shaped diya from Amaya Decors won us over not just because of its carved surface but also because it reflects off the diya’s light. We will add here that cleaning these might get tricky as you'll have to wash between the grooves. 

    White Mandala With Hanging Bell For The Aartis

    White Mandala With Hanging Bell

    White Mandala With Hanging Bell

    825

    Holding brass bells and ringing them throughout the aartis are a thing of the past. Now, you can attach one of these mandala wall hangings from the Macrame Corridor and it does the job for you. This comes with a metal bell and cotton rope. All you need to do is switch on the fan or have them hung in your balcony as the wind does its job. Brownie points for the fact that these are good to use even as normal wall decor after the festivities have ended. We must caution you to wipe it with a damp cloth or wash it gently by hand to avoid the white turning into brown. 

    Use This Copper Tumbler For Holy Water

    Linear Tumbler (Set of 2)

    Linear Tumbler (Set of 2)

    1450

    Since we're covering all parts of a puja which involves the end when you’ve to drink holy water from a copper container - check out these linear tumblers from Coppre which are simple without any fancy ornamentation and are also small in size (not more than 4 inches overall). Made from 99% pure copper, this is a good addition to have especially if you want to keep the pujas simple. Needless to say, these are easy to wash and maintain.

    Brass Dhuna For A Wholly Religious Atmosphere

    Benares Brass Dhuna with Tong

    Benares Brass Dhuna with Tong

    2499

    This Brass Dhuna from Conscious Co. will transform your home into a spiritual abode once used. The dhuna is made form brass and comes with a tong and fumer. This isn't too fancy in terms of design with just the and is simple to carry around due its compact size (not more than 4inches in diameter and 5.5 inches in height). Add hot coal along with the fumer and let the fragrant smoke cover the atmosphere. You can clean the dhuna with ease by using a soft damp cloth to wipe its surface. 

    Brass Bowls For Prasaad

    Utsav Brass Nut Bowl

    Utsav Brass Nut Bowl

    800

    Many, including me, look forward to pujas only so that we can savour the prasad that is distributed right after the puja. For such people, there is this Utsav Brass Nut Bowl from Nakshikathaa. We love the artsy lid it comes with which makes it easy to keep the sweet offerings warm. The handcrafted brass bowl is no more than 115g and 3.5inch in diameter, breadth and 2inch in height making this as small as a katori. You can easily wash this with hand. 

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    If you're totally into the festive groove and want more options, click here for lighting, here for home furnishings and here for decor and home accents.