Pooja Items & Samagiri: Sandalwood


All Hindus whether followers of Vishnu or
Shiva have a custom of using Sandalwood as a part of their daily worship
or during special festive occasions. This 100% pure Sandalwood bar
or stick is the finest Sandalwood procured from the villages of South
India and is extensively used for making ‘Talk’s on the forehead. It
is applied daily after the bath and on special occasions, before or
after ritualistic worship or visit to the temple. Lord Vishnu worshipers
apply a chandan tilak of the shape of “U” and Lord Shiva worshipers
applied a tripundra bhasma on their forehead. This Sandalwood bar is
also used to make a special paste that is then applied to the Shiv-Linga
in your temple or can be applied as a mark of devotion on the Shiv-Linga
in your neighborhood temple too. The chandan which is offered to the
Lord is taken back as prasad and applied on foreheads. The tilak covers
the spot between the eye brows, which the seat of memory and thinking.
It is known as the aajna chakra in the language of yoga.

The tilak is applied with the prayer – “May i remember the Lord.
May this pious feeling pervade all my activities. May I be righteous
in my deeds”. Even when we temporarily forget this prayerful attitude
the mark on another reminds us of our resolve. The tilak is thus
a blessing of the Lord and protection against wrong tendencies and
forces. This unique to Indians and helps to easily identify us anywhere.
Chandan – made from sandal-paste, and placed as a Tilaka or sacred
mark on the forehead. This is a mark of auspiciousness which is placed
at the point where the third eye of wisdom or the spiritual eye is
located. Chandan has a very cooling effect, and great medicinal value.
It can prevent headaches while it lowers blood pressure by reducing
anger and regulating the blood flow. There are three types:

  1. Shaiva Chandan – Devotees of Lord Shiva apply Chandan in 3 horizontal
    lines, using Bhasma or ashes.
  2. Vaishnava Chandan – the Vaishnavites, or the devotees of Lord
    Vishnu, apply three vertical lines with sandal-paste.
  3. Devi Chandan – worshippers of Durga place the dot on their foreheads
    with the red Devi chandan.

Weight: 25 Gms.

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