puja

noun

pu·​ja
variants or less commonly pooja or poojah
ˈpüjə
plural -s
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 salatJ. C. Archer

Word History

Etymology

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 27 Feb. 2024.

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