Benefits Of Different Abhisheka

The ritual of ‘abhisheka’ (showering) of the deities idol is one that is seen in almost every temple. The abhisheka ritual is of great significance and can help a devotee who is facing problems. Various items are used for the abhisheka of the idols depending on the purpose and regional beliefs. The following is a generalized list of some of the specific benefits of doing abhisheka with the mentioned items.

Water – To purify the soul and to remove all evil thoughts from the mind
Oil – To have respect/devotion to god and parents
Turmeric powder– To usher in prosperity to the household
Milk – To reduce anger/frustrations and get peace of mind
Curd – To enhance health
Ghee/Butter – To have a wholesome life
Rosewater – To get fame
Bhasma/Vibhuti – To gain knowledge/wisdom
Panchamritha – To atone for all sins
Tender coconut water – To beget good children

You may gain the specified benefit of the abhisheka by praying in front of the idol while it is done in the temples also.

Please do add any extra info regarding ‘abhishekas’ in the comments. Om

3 thoughts on “Benefits Of Different Abhisheka

  • March 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Hi Fellow Bros & Sis

    Anyone has reasoning for using :

    Rice powder –
    Honey –
    Abhisheka powder (mixed)
    Sugar cane/Fruit Juices –

  • April 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Please read my comment.It accomodates all that you mentioned above.

  • April 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    There is a psychological justification to this ritual as taught during my studies.
    The technique is called'Projection technique'
    All your negativities are projected on to the idol and since we cannot really wash away those sins or negativies,we resort to washing the idol with the dearest liquid or potion that you like.
    It is symbolic and cleanses your heart and mind and thus washes you off your negativities.
    While I am unable to give any reference,to me it appeared very logical.What else can justify 'Neyyabhishekam?'Who would like to be bathed in clarified butter?But,clarified butter is something which the human beings like.Washing with that can purify,as per this thought process.


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