Specific Benefits Of Different Donations (dhaana)

Donation (dhaana) of appropriate items is a major tradition of Hinduism and promotes universal welfare. It is a means of maintaining equality in society and also a selfless way to help your brethren. But, some items can be donated to deserving people as a remedy for specific problems. It is important to do the ‘dhaana’ with a content mind. Do not have any grudge or regret while doing the donation, as it defeats the very purpose of performing such a ritual. The following is a list of some items and the specific benefits obtained by donating them –

Rice -To remove accumulated sins from previous births
Oil – To atone for recent sins
Jaggery – To get relief from Diseases
Clothes – To get prosperity
Rudraksha – To remove curses from guru/teachers
Gold – To remove curses from ancestors (pitru)
Silver – To beget children
Copper – To improve quality of profession
Ornamental Items – To remove curses from women
Plants – To reduce fights between husband and wife
Puffed rice – To remove obstacles in marriage
Sweets – To get peace of mind
Money – To remove drishti dosha /evil eye
Books – To remove obstacles in education
Water –To have a peaceful death
Land – To ensure continuation of generation/progeny
Cow – To remove curse of brahmins (brahmana shapa)
Milk – To remove curse from snakes/ sarpa dosha

It is important to note that the above mentioned benefits will not be automatically inferred by simply donating it to anyone in a mechanical manner. One has to provide the appropriate item to needy people and do it with complete satisfaction. You must not have any regrets in mind while you donate, and the person that you provide the donation to must be satisfied. For example, food items must be given to poor people who do not have a proper source of income. This will make the receiver happy and they will sincerely bless you with their mind. It is said that a sincere prayer for your welfare from a stranger is hundred times more effective than a prayer by yourself. Om

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12 thoughts on “Specific Benefits Of Different Donations (dhaana)

  • November 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Along with rice perhaps some daal should be given?

  • November 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

    very informative… One of a kind…

  • November 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Om…Dear 'Anonymous'…there is no condition that daal should be given along with the rice to get the specific benefit…but it may be given as a separate donation, since the aim is to provide food to the needy…and any eatable given to a poor person will definitely help you to atone for your sins…

  • August 15, 2012 at 1:06 am

    very good web site ans very useful..Doing good work and sharing .God bless

  • September 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Just a question. It is becoming difficult to donate stuffs mentioned above, especially in malaysia and Singapore. Most centers of orphans/ old folks will list out things they need, ie diapers, soaps, detergents, foods like sardines , eggs etc. These are staples in these country. We can't expect to donate dhall or similar items in countries like japan, Korea or Thailand etc, as their dietary needs differs. How do we manage this. I have made donation, gifting on the needs basis devoid of religious or racial profiling of the people at these centres. Please advise.

  • September 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Om..Dear Anonymous..I would like to reiterate that it is not just the mechanical act of giving any particular item which brings us happiness…it is the sincerity with which you give and the willingness to help your fellow brothers/sisters which is most important…the aim is to help people by giving them what they don't have…we can donate food to people who are hungry, give medicines to people who are sick, provide supplies to the aged,etc….so you can definitely abide by the norms of the institutions present in your place of residence and then help your fellow beings accordingly…whenever you give anything to a needy person while praying to god to bless that individual, God will definitely smile and shower your family with happiness..i hope i was able to clear your doubt…May god bless your family with health and happiness…

  • January 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Aren't YOU God, though?

  • February 12, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    very nice
    Very informative

    Also i had heard that to releave from SHANI/Rahu dosh you should give Black cloths with oil..
    Is it true??

  • February 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Om…thank you for your kind words…yes, as you have heard, it is said that donating black cloths and sesame oil is good for shani dosha…it is also advised to wear black cloths during shani dosha…it is also said that helping needy people and animals brings great happiness to lord shani…it is important to note here tht lord shani is not 'evil' as many think..he is just strict about righteousness…may God bless you..


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