A påjà is a simple ritual done by devout Buddhists, usually before a statue of the Buddha, in which respect and honour is given to the memory of the Buddha. The Pàëi word påjà is derived from the root påj meaning `to honour' or to `respect'. During a påjà, flowers, lights and incense are placed in front of the Buddha statue, their symbolic significance is contemplated, and then a few verses are chanted. Thus the påjà is both a contemplation and an outward expression of an inward conviction.