10 March 2017

Powdering the Face with Holy Ash

Vibhuti, also called bhasma, is the sacred ash which is used in Ä€gamic rituals as ceremonial make-up. It supposedly raises one’s spiritual power and is used as a constant reminder of the Shaivite sadhu’s or devotee’s own mortality. The most powerful sacred ash comes from cremation grounds. If this ash is not available, the next alternative is to use cow dung or rice husk. This is indicative that the body is not the core substance, it is just the husk.

Hindu devotees apply their vibhuti traditionally on their faces, their hair, their beards and all over their bodies, or as three horizontal lines across the forehead to honor Shiva. Three horizontal stripes of vibhuti smeared across the forehead to the end of both eyebrows is often called tripundra.

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Nowadays, there are Indian vibhuti-making and vibhuti-packing machines, and one can easily buy vibhuti online, naturally with 100% money-back guarantee:


Street portraits of  Shaivite devotees with sacred wihite ash (vibhutiin Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2017-02b Partying at Shivratri Mela

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