Akshata means unbroken. Only unbroken rice grain should be used in rituals and pujas and associated with Hindu religion. Tandula Akshata is unbroken rice mixed with turmeric powder or vermilion. In some regions, ghee made from cow’s milk is mixed with the unbroken rice.
Tandula Akshata is used for worship of gods especially during rituals, pujas and festivals.
Offering the unbroken rice is equal to offering clothes and ornaments to the deity.
It is also used during auspicious functions and also for blessing married couples.
The practice of Tandula Akshata is Vedic origin and symbolically suggests the indispensability of food.