variants: or less commonly pooja or poojah \ ˈpüjə \
plural -s

Definition of puja

1 : a Hindu act of worship or propitiation the priest advised us to do puja and make offerings … for relief from our terrible problemNew Yorker
2 : a Hindu rite or religious festival some engage in puja and some perform salat— J. C. Archer

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History and Etymology for puja

Sanskrit pūjā, probably of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil pūcu to anoint, besmear

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“Puja.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puja. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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