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Panchamruta Snanam


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ஆப்யா’யஸ்வ ஸமே’து தே விஶ்வத’ஸ்ஸோமவ்றுஷ்ணி’யம் | பவாவாஜ’ஸ்ய ஸம்கதே || க்ஷீரேண ஸ்னபயாமி ||

ததிக்ராவண்ணோ’ அகாரிஷம் ஜிஷ்ணோரஶ்வ’ஸ்ய வாஜினஃ’ | ஸுரபினோ முகா’கரத்ப்ரண ஆயூக்ம்’ஷிதாரிஷத் || தத்னா ஸ்னபயாமி ||

ஶுக்ரம’ஸி ஜ்யோதி’ரஸி தேஜோ’‌உஸி தேவோவஸ்ஸ’விதோத்பு’னா த்வச்சி’த்ரேண பவித்ரே’ண வஸோ ஸ்ஸூர்ய’ஸ்ய ரஶ்மிபிஃ’ || ஆஜ்யேன ஸ்னபயாமி ||

மது அபிஷேகம்
மதுவாதா’ றுதாயதே மதுக்ஷரம்தி ஸிம்த’வஃ | மாத்வீ”ர்னஸ்ஸம்த்வோஷ’தீஃ | மதுனக்த’ முதோஷஸி மது’மத்பார்தி’வக்ம் ரஜஃ’ | மதுத்யௌர’ஸ்து னஃ பிதா | மது’மான்னோ வனஸ்பதிர்மது’மாக்ம் அஸ்து ஸூர்யஃ’ | மாத்வீர்காவோ’ பவம்து னஃ || மதுனா ஸ்னபயாமி ||

ஸ்வாதுஃ ப’வஸ்வ திவ்யாய ஜன்ம’னே ஸ்வாதுரிம்த்ரா”ய ஸுஹவீ”து னாம்னே” | ஸ்வாதுர்மித்ராய வரு’ணாய வாயவே ப்றுஹஸ்பத’யே மது’மாக்ம் அதா”ப்யஃ || ஶர்கரயா ஸ்னபயாமி ||

யாஃ பலினீர்யா அ’பலா அ’புஷ்பாயாஶ்ச’ புஷ்பிணீ”ஃ | ப்றுஹஸ்பதி’ ப்ரஸூதாஸ்தானோ மும்சஸ்த்வக்‍ம் ஹ’ஸஃ || பலோதகேன ஸ்னபயாமி ||

ஶுத்தோதக அபிஷேகம்
ஓம் ஆபோ ஹிஷ்டா ம’யோபுவஃ’ | தா ன’ ஊர்ஜே த’தாதன | மஹேரணா’ய சக்ஷ’ஸே | யோ வஃ’ ஶிவத’மோ ரஸஃ’ | தஸ்ய’ பாஜயதே ஹ னஃ | உஷதீரி’வ மாதரஃ’ | தஸ்மா அர’ங்க மாம வஃ | யஸ்ய க்ஷயா’ய ஜி’ன்வத | ஆபோ’ ஜனய’தா ச னஃ || இதி பம்சாம்றுதேன ஸ்னாபயித்வா ||
Praveen calls it
Panchamruta Snanam

i.e bathing (e.g. the Shiva-Lingam) with five death-defying items. However, he actually lists not five, but seven items, i.e. milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, fruit (juice?), and water.

The practice in reality as I know it is to emphasise the fruit ingredient. In addition to the omnipresent banana, we add grapes, dates, sweet limes, pomegranates, jack-fruit, mangoes, guava, cherries, pears, apples, jambus.

These peeled and seeded fruits are thoroughly mixed and squeezed together to form a consistent and harmonious whole, and a little ghee, a little honey, some milk and some curd are added to the mixture and vigorously blended in.

No sugar is used, whether white, brown, or black. whether made from sugarcane juice, from coconut-flower toddy, from palm-tree juice, from riverine reeds, or other sources.

The final well-integrated product is called panchaamrutham. It can be offered to the deity as a neiveidhyam. But more often, it is used -- after shuddodaka snaanam with water, and pancha-gavya snaanam with a mixture of cow's milk, curd, ghee, and very smal;l; amounts of cow's urine and cow-dung -- as an important abhishega-dravyam.

After the abhishegam, as much of the dravyam as possible is collected and given back to the kartha and his family as prasaadam. They distribute it among devotees present at the temple as daanam.

I have never in my life seen individual ingredients being offered as abhishega-dravyams, as Praveen claims. Certainly not "sugar", nor whole fruits.

It appears to me that Praveen is misusing the prokshana manthrams chanted during sandhyaa-vandanam and other manthrams such as the neiveidhya manthram to suit his own purpose. This is not correct.

S Narayanaswamy Iyer
Additionally, Praveen seems to have never heard of the proper abhhishega manthram -- devasya thvaa savituhu prasave........

He falls back on the prokshana manthram -- apo hi shtaa mayobhuvasthaa........

S Narayanaswamy Iyer


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panchmruta snanam basically represents FIVE ELEMENTS.....like water, air etc....mainly in snanam...water is

main element.....which is main life support of all living beings..


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wiki says for Panchamirtham
Cow Milk, curd, honey, liquid jaggery, and ghee are mixed together. However, there may be certain regional variations in ingredients. Most south Indians add ripe banana[2] as well. Panchamrita is an Ayurvedic preparation but has been manipulated in several places to cut costs and increase keeping value.

पयोदधि घृतं चैव मधु च शर्करायुतं ।
पञ्चामृतं मयानीतं स्नानार्थं प्रतिगृह्यताम् ॥

Some people use sugar instead of jaggery, which is not accepted by all, as sugar is not a natural element like jaggery and sugar is sometimes refined using bone charcoal which makes it inappropriate to use for pooja.

In Palani Murugan temple, Tamil Nadu, Panchamrita is used in abisheka and distributed as prasad. This panchamirtam consist of banana, sugar, ghee, honey, seedless dates, cardamom and sugar candy.[3] The banana used is the Virupatchi variety, which grows only in the Palani hills and has very low water content.[4]

Keralites may also include tender coconut. Some recipes also include grapes.


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we say sakkara pongal but we use jaggery
here sakkara means sugar मीठा as aska or sugar sakkarai was by britishers/
a small town named asika in odisha where they have built a factory for making refines white sugar.
Asika is a town and a Notified Area Council in Ganjam district in the state of Odisha, India .Fondly known as the sugar city of India. Asika is the 2nd largest city in district of Ganjam. Asika is a major commercial and transportation hub of Ganjam district. Asika is situated between river Badanadi and holy river Rushikuliya.
  • Asika Sugar Factory'Bold text'- Asika sugar factory is the 1st Sugar Factory in Asia and it established in 1824.The plant is located in Asika town.Aska co.op sugar industries limited is a large scale industry provides stable income to more than 35000 families.
This is one of the oldest in India build by Minchin Saheb in British time. Along with the factory at Nellikuppam near Cuddalore, it was managed by Parry and Co. Due to this factory the Asika Town is known as Sugar City.

When one thinks of Asika Cooperative Sugar Industries Ltd., many things come to memory, its history, the pioneers in the field, the hardy local farmers, its workmen, the dedicated bureaucrats, the support it got at highest levels, the institutional infrastructure that helped, and how it overcame so with a background of its heritage of being the story of sugar in Asia and the place where Asia's 1st Sugar Factory was established in 1824.

The jaggery mill which was started in the year 1848 by the name "Asika Sugar Works and Distillery Ltd." by 'Parry and Co. Madras' which met with huge losses for lack of supervision and other transport bottlenecks. Thereafter, Fredrick Josheph Vivian Minchin, the Book Keeper of Biny & Co. purchased the said factory and with the new Sugar Technology obtained from Germany designed and rebuilt the factory in 1856.

My dear TBS (well-known member)

Wondering whether you are mixing pancha-bhootham with pancha-amrutham?

For example, do we heap earth (mud?) on the shiva-lingam and call it bhoo-snaanam? And try to burn down the black granite cylindrical column with fire for agni-snaanam?

(By the way, is not air the main support of all living things? Can life exist in an airless environment?)

S Narayanaswamy Iyer


Active member
dear sir, well said pancha-bhootham will not and should not be used for abhishegam.
pancha-amrutham is different yes, well said
in this context why the sun TV shows during abhishegams ( in the mornings) the idols
except shiva lingams, are invariably draped. is it because of the drawing hall where TV set is placed?
the cloth of yesteryear soaked passes through which the abhishega theertham
is offered as prasad for us to drink, instead of age old vigraha??
In vedic times people used to bathe in rivers and lakes so covering is understandable.
all sthapathis drape the idol in their stone work.
i shudder to think of the water passed through the cloth to gulp
Dear Sri Nairheu

TV shows only cater to the crowd. The perpetrators of this fiction value (court) only popularity, not authenticity.

Just go to the temples and see what is actually done.

If you are disgusted, do not "shudder to think of the water passed through the cloth to gulp."

Feel free to do abhishegam as you wish at home, if you know the manthrams.

S Narayanaswamy Iyer


Active member
thank you sir,
for my kuladeivam at my village, they do it on the vigraha without draping, which we witness..
Its more authentic,


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My dear TBS (well-known member)

Wondering whether you are mixing pancha-bhootham with pancha-amrutham?

For example, do we heap earth (mud?) on the shiva-lingam and call it bhoo-snaanam? And try to burn down the black granite cylindrical column with fire for agni-snaanam?

(By the way, is not air the main support of all living things? Can life exist in an airless environment?)

S Narayanaswamy Iyer
hi sir,


BRAHMANAHA BHOJANA PRIYAHA....so abhisheka for lord shiva is very easy and Lord shiva

is resemble of pancha bhootas......
Sure. A lot of temples that I know follow your kuladeivam temple's practice. As an invited priest, I have done so myself at several temples.

S Narayanaswamy Iyer

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