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June 2, 2010

Hindu Pilgrimage: A Concise Guide to Accumulating Punya

Filed under: Holy Fcuk — Tags: , , , , , — Raja @ 1:32 PM

It is said that a Hindu pilgrim may attain moksha after earning 1000 punya-points (just called ‘punya’) through pilgrimage. Surprisingly, not many in the current generation know about how many punya one may earn at which pilgrim spot. Here we tried to present the various ways of getting punya as have been approved by the Shankaracharyas. We have also mentioned a few tips & tricks about how to score a few extra points. 

There are three categories of pilgrim places – local, regional and global. According to Lalchandji’s Punya Guide, this categorization reflects the maximum standard punya attainable from a particular pilgrim place in a period of twelve consecutive months. Here is a brief summary: 

A systematic approach and proper information may get you a quick moksha. Click on the photo for a clear view of your path to moksha.

Some of the devasthanams offer an attractive option for the internet-savvy devotees. Yes, I’m talking about e-punya. You can cut the hassle of actually traveling to that devasthanam but can still accumulate up to 50% of the standard punya assigned to that devasthanam. Of course, this way you will be getting only 50% standard punya and no bonus punya at all, but this is good for two reasons. First, you can do this sitting at home. Second, there is still no limit on how many devasthanams you may earn e-punya from, in a single day. So, theoretically, you may accumulate 50% of the total standard punya attainable by a pious Hindu, in just a single day! (Read Moksha in Just One Day! by the same author)

The calculation of e-punya is easy. For any one devasthanam (take Thirupathi for example), you get 1% of standard punya for every single person that gets irritated by your forwarded forward-this-chain-mail-to-get-your-wishes-granted mail, subject to the limit of 50%. But the catch is, you never know how many will get irritated by your mail. So, it is not as easy as it may sound to be. But it still is worth a try. 


It is strictly forbidden to appreciate the architecture, historical context or scenic beauty of the pilgrim places. Up to 80% of your punya may be forfeited for doing any of these.

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  1. This one is simply brilliant. I was waiting for your new post and i must say i am not disappointed at all. this one is concise and sharp
    i particularly liked the idea of using coupon codes, and “conditions apply”, and getting others irritated to earn e-punya, actually i liked the entire post
    awesome job

    Comment by Pranay — June 2, 2010 @ 1:53 PM

    • Thanks Pranay. Feels nice that someone waits to read new posts in my blog 🙂

      Comment by Raja — June 2, 2010 @ 4:03 PM

      • Me too … I have been staring at your blog this whole time…. probably laid some egss too in the midst… ugh…thats gross !!

        Comment by le embrouille blogueur — June 4, 2010 @ 7:37 AM

        • That’s utterly flattering 🙂

          Comment by Raja — June 4, 2010 @ 9:17 AM

  2. Your blog is cool. To gain more visitors to your blog submit your posts at indli.com

    Comment by indli.com — June 2, 2010 @ 2:01 PM

  3. Hahaha!!!Hey Bhagwaan!! now i am certain that you are not an aethist.i am strongly supportive and read ur posts like i would any scam or scandal.LOL and oh yes i too have participated in gathering my e punya once only to laugh at myself later though.Kya karein sabne mil kar Bhagwaan ko majak banaa kar rakh diya hai.
    Last night on Face the Nation as this discussion went on amidst all his pleasant smiles Rishi Nitya Prayag of Art of Living said that just like education spirituality is also a business.
    Good and it seems ur post will educate so many uneducated about this lucrative business.
    Enjoyed ur post thoroughly and also the presentation.:)

    Comment by shivani — June 2, 2010 @ 3:57 PM

    • I am not an atheist – I believe in Spiderman and Swami Nithyananda 😛
      I will feel good if I could inspire someone to take up the spirituality-business – it’s still in its nascent state and one can make billions in this business.

      Comment by Raja — June 2, 2010 @ 4:06 PM

  4. Oh yes one request…more on imli baba,Lakdi baba and Macchli baba puhleez.And did u ever hear of Cigarette Baba.He is alive and kicking and giving his blessings to all those who give him cigarettes as offering.Recently blessed a town called Sitamarhi in Bihar.Thanks to you i know of pyaar baba :)so i humbly present Cigarette baba 🙂

    Comment by shivani — June 2, 2010 @ 4:03 PM

    • That cigarette baba thing is hillarious 😀
      Lakdi/Machhli/Imli Baba can’t come even close to Cigu Baba
      Thanks for sharing this info 🙂

      Comment by Raja — June 2, 2010 @ 4:13 PM

  5. Loved it as always!!
    The last disclaimer ‘It is strictly forbidden to appreciate the architecture, historical context or scenic beauty of the pilgrim places. Up to 80% of your punya may be forfeited for doing any of these” is the cherry on top!!

    Comment by sands — June 2, 2010 @ 4:46 PM

    • Thank you

      Comment by Raja — June 3, 2010 @ 7:38 AM

      • You are welcome!! hey I was waiting for your other critique comments to publish your original comment!!

        Comment by sands — June 6, 2010 @ 7:06 PM

  6. I want to know what conditions apply!! I like reading the fine print, see!!

    Comment by Roshni — June 2, 2010 @ 7:43 PM

    • ‘Conditions’ are never mentioned explicitely. ‘Conditions’ generally mean that YOU will be in a soup if something goes wrong.

      Comment by Raja — June 3, 2010 @ 7:39 AM

  7. Dont tell me you wrote this up from scratch.
    How much free time do you have 🙂

    Comment by phoenix — June 3, 2010 @ 1:58 AM

    • A little less than the author of Public Diary 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 3, 2010 @ 7:42 AM

  8. E-Punya!!!! Bas yahi bachaa thaa 😛 …Nice cutey atire..U know what u ar good at haa 🙂

    Comment by Nish — June 3, 2010 @ 1:41 PM

  9. Baba Tarakeshwar ….did I miss that in the list. Where is Machli Baba…? How many points do I get when I buy the white/red/black cotton thread at each temple and wear it till it is discolored to the color of skin ? Brilliant !!

    Comment by le embrouille blogueur — June 4, 2010 @ 7:35 AM

    • Thank you.
      Machhli Baba and Imli Baba are from Satyajit Ray’s stories (Imli Baba story was a little scary for me when I had first read it)
      Baba Tarakeshwar falls under one of the three “etc” mentioned 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 4, 2010 @ 9:20 AM

  10. The painstakingly created chart might just fetch you 20 bonus punya points. May you attain moksha soon.

    Comment by purba — June 9, 2010 @ 5:29 AM

    • The “painstakingly created chart” took just a few minutes. I was scanning deals from the site dealsea.com 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 10, 2010 @ 10:12 AM

    • 20 is but a drop in the ocean 😛

      Comment by Kaushik Chatterji — June 27, 2010 @ 3:46 AM

  11. LOL!!! I think I am going to sin till I reach 60 and then I will go around to these places and wash off my sins…on second thoughts, “good girls go heaven, bad girls go everywhere”…dharam sankat:-)

    Comment by Sonali — June 11, 2010 @ 2:00 PM

    • That’s a good idea and that’s what most of the pious Hindus do anyway 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 18, 2010 @ 1:32 PM

  12. I go only for the prasad. Also pick up some karmic brownie points in the process. 😉

    Comment by Anirban — June 11, 2010 @ 3:08 PM

    • I went to the local temple last Saturday. Got some fruits (gota phal, not kata phal 😛 ) and sweets. Far outweighs the paap I accumulated by saying certain things about SriDevi and BhuDevi (wives of Balaji Venkateshwara) 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 18, 2010 @ 1:34 PM

  13. The post script was heartbreaking. I think I lost all my punya-points thanks to that one sentence. Sigh. Back to square one. Will have to start from scratch 😦

    Comment by Kaushik Chatterji — June 27, 2010 @ 3:45 AM

    • Rules are rules, particularly if they are created by God or some blogger 8)
      I’m sure you can bounce back by forwarding some chain-mails 😛

      Comment by Raja — June 28, 2010 @ 9:35 AM

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