A Puja for My Peugeot


| March 10, 2003

To keep your automobile in good working order, change the oil as recommended and have it serviced regularly. However, if the spiritual well being of the car is the issue, you might just try a car puja. The ceremonial Hindu blessing helps items used in everyday life?houses, cars, appliances?ward off bad influences.

In a step-by-step photo essay for Beliefnet, Jennifer Polan takes us through her recent car puja. To perform the blessing on your car, you?ll need a few items to get started: Holy water, rice, turmeric powder (substitute with sandalwood if necessary), incense sticks, a coconut, four lemons, a Hindu temple, a pujari (the person who performs the ceremony), a small Janet idol (optional), and one clean car.

You?ll need to call your local Hindu temple ahead of time to make sure your car puja doesn?t interfere with a Hindu holy day and to make sure there?s a pujari available to perform the ceremony, which is said to last 15-20 minutes. The price of Polan?s puja was $31; while prices may vary, the dollar amount is bound to be an odd number since even numbers are not considered auspicious. In most cases, the temple will provide the rice, holy water, and turmeric powder, so it?s best to ask the temple exactly what you need to bring.
-Nick Garafola

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