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See also   Shiv Abhishek

(1) Swearing in.
(2) Initiation, 
(3) Anointing.
(4) Consecrating.

When a god's idol is offered Jal or milk, it is called Abhishek. In Shiv Jee's case, normally the milk is offered by pouring it on the Shiv Ling.

In other cases where idols are wearing clothes, Jal is sprinkled only with the thumb and third finger only. Giving the idol a bath is different than Abhishek. In giving bath process, the idol (made of any metal or material) is giving bath in real sense by pouring water over it; or if there is any framed photo (picture) under glass, it is cleaned with wet cloth or wet hand and then with dry cloth. Normally pictures on paper are not given bath. Abhishek comes under the Poojaa process after giving the idol bath and putting on clothes.

The 'Abhishek' (showering) ritual of of the deities idol is one that seen in almost every temple. The Abhishek ritual is of great significance and can help a devotee when facing problems. Various items may be used for the Abhishek of the idols depending on the purpose and regional beliefs. The following is a generalized list of some of the specific benefits of doing Abhishek 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
Panchaamrit - To atone for all sins
Tender coconut water - To beget good children

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


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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/25/12