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Bhasma Wet or Dry - How Should Bhasma Be Applied on Forehead?

Bhasma is the sacred ash worn by Hindu devotees. There is a doubt among many devotees whether Bhasma should be used wet – after making it a paste (damp) – or dry.

Bhasma that we receive from temples should worn dry. That which is kept at home should be made into a paste and worn.

Vibhuti that we bring from temples should not be mixed with the stock at home.

After applying Vibhuti paste, one should not wash the hands but cleanse it by applying the remnant on other parts including legs and hands.

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.