Vibhuti

Vibhuti is the sacred ash used in religious worship in Hinduism. Generally, it is used to denote the sacred ash which is made of burnt dried wood in Vedic rituals. Hindu devotees apply vibhuti traditionally as three horizontal lines across the forehead and other parts of the body to please Lord Shiva. Vibhuti smeared across the forehead to the end of both eyebrows is called Tripundra.

Vibhuti

Vibhuti

1. The main ingredient of Vibuthi is a special kind of wood. It is burned in a sacred fire (Homa) to form white ash. Vibhuti is placed on the forehead as it is considered sacred and holy.

2. The ash has several symbolic meanings:

-It serves as a reminder to the believer to cast away selfish and worldly desires that wrap the self in maya, meaning worldly illusion and distractions, and calls to mind the legend of how Shiva burned Kama (the god of desire) to ashes when Kama attempted to break Shiva’s meditation. This incident is recorded in the contents of Shiva Purana which entails the history of Shiva and his family.

-Normally worn along with red Tilaka(red dot). Vibhuti relates to Shiva and Red tilaka to Shakti(his consort Parvati). It is a constant reminder that Shiva and Shakti form the universe and everything is into being through, the union of Shiva and Parvati.

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2 thoughts on “Vibhuti

  1. all over on internet they say special kind of wood. Why dosen;t anyone give the names of da wood so people can prepare their own vibhuti for use at home. also the proper direction of mixing da ingredients. thank you.

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    • Greetings…Thank you for your feedback. Generally the special kind of wood is not revealed to anyone due to perhaps if everyone knew how it is made then it would not be right. Every rituals, practices and materials that was made has its own sacred guidelines on how to be created. We cannot simply do things on a whim. This is part of an ancient law within Hinduism. In where I come from, it is generally known that Vibhuti are made through ash from cremation grounds, used by ascetics, from cow dung, or from rice husks.

      In an age-old practice the proper direction to make Vibhuti is made out of dried cow dung cakes in during the annual Maha Sivarathri festival. The cow dung cakes are prepared and dried and placed in layers in a pyramidal formation made out of Karukkai (not Kadukkai. Karukkai is semi grown paddy). On the morning of Sivarathiri, Viraja homam is performed. Then after homam, the fire is placed on the muttan and it burns out after some days and the cakes of cow dung burnt are to be used as Vibhuti. The cow dung from Indian breed cows (Bos indicus) are best used and foreign cows like Jerseys or mixed breeds are to be avoided.

      However if you are interested to learn more about this particular matter, I suggest that u consult the pandit of a temple for proper guidance. Otherwise, mistakes would occur and that would be problematic. Certain traditions need proper rules to be followed. Therefore, I suggest that you personally refer to your own local temple priest about how to prepare and make your own Vibhuti as different locality has different perspectives about how to make Vibhuti. Hope my reply would be beneficial for you. Thank you again for your feedback and have a nice day…

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