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10 February 2010, 11:58 PM


plz... who can help me answer my question ?

why sessame seeds very important in agni hotra ceremony ? usual is see white seeds, but what about black sesame seeds ? what the meaning of thesse (the phylosophy)
are sesame seeds is use in another ceremony ?

and what the benefit of sesame seeds in ayurveda?

thank you

13 October 2011, 08:01 AM
Namaste Shianji,

As for the benefits of sesame seeds in Ayurveda, it is believed to protect against heart disease. Sesame oil is also very valuable and beneficial, as it can strengthen bones and muscles and is also good for the skin. Sesame oil can be used in abhyanga snana, which is explained in this thread by Yajvanji: http://hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=6707

Jai Sri Ram

13 October 2011, 09:37 AM
Hari Om!

Not to overlooked and a little "irregular" so to speak, but sesame oil is also beneficial as an enema.

Jai Hanuman!

14 October 2011, 04:01 AM
Thank you all :)

14 October 2011, 05:39 PM
hariḥ oṁ


from this post: http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=6371&highlight=sesame

By making gifts one gains all kinds of joy, says bhīṣma-ji .
Now what are the best of gifts? Bhīṣma in later chapters suggests gold, the gift of kine ( gau or cows), the gift of earth ( property/land), sesame, food and water.


15 October 2011, 08:29 AM
namaste ever-one.

The black and white sesame seeds are used in Hindu rites, recipes and health prescriptions. Generally, the black sesame is used in ashubha--inauspicious and the white sesame in subha--auspicious rites.


• The black sesame seeds are used in shraddhA--annual ceremony for deceased ancestors, and pitRu tarpaNam--monthly and quarterly ceremony for deceased ancestors. Besides the offering to the ancestors, black sesame seeds rolled into small balls with a boiled syrup of jaggery, are used in the shrAddhA meal fed to brahmins who attended the ceremony. Inasmuch as everything in this universe is a play and pattern of vibration, the combination of black sesame and water is believed to stir up vibrations that attract the deceased ancestors to visit and partake the offerings in the ceremony in their subtle bodies. For details, check this link:

• The sesame oil, also known as gingili oil, is most commonly used in the oil lamps lit in home puja rooms and temples. Devotees regularly gift packets of sesame oil to the temples near their residences. The Tamizh name for the sesame oil is nal-leN-Nai--good-sesame-ghee.


• The main use of the black sesame seeds in Hindu cooking is the sesame/gingili oil. Large quantities of the seeds are ground massive stone oil-press, whose pestle is turned around by bulls tied to its extended, arm-like, wooden structure. The oil that issues is collected, filtered and refined for consumption in cooking for frying and seasoning. School children taken on educational tour to these oil mills used to relish small quantities of the partly ground sesame from the press.

• The solid residue of the oil-press, called piNNAkku/puNNAkku in Tamizh, is a good fodder. This term is metaphorically used in Tamizh speech to refer to a stupid person.

• Turning the massive oil-press was used as a punishment for criminals in their jail labour tasks. A famous Hindu patriot who was thus punished in prison by the British was V.O.Chidambaram PiLLai, who ran a svadeshi--native shipping compnay, as part of the Indian freedom struggle against the British rule.

• In Hindu cooking, sesame oil and groundnut oil were extensively used for frying and seasoning. Coconut oil was used to fry papads and people used to relish their taste and smell. With the advent of flower seed oils (such as the sunflower oil), and as the traditional seed oils were supposed to boost cholesterol, their use in cooking has minimized.

• The black sesame seeds are ground with dry red chilies and lentils to make what is popularly known as miLakAippoDi--chili powder, which the diner makes into a paste with sesame oil and used as a side-dish for iddlies and dosas.


• As for health benefits, Hindus in South India where the climate is tropical, used to take weekly oil-bath, self-massaging their head and body with profuse quantities of sesame oil, letting it soak to their skin for ten or fifteen minutes and then taking a shower in warm water, rubbing off the oil with shikhaikAi--soup nut powder. People used to add fragrant substances to the shikhaikAi seeds and grind large measures of them into fine powder in commercial mills and stack the powder for use in oil-bath. The habit of taking oil-bath has gone out of fashion in Hindu life today, except with the traditional elders, and is seen only the symbolic oil-bath on the day of DeepAvaLi.

• The main reason for the oil-bath to go out of fashion was the advise of allopathy physicians who saw no benefits in it. With this advice, people chose to ignore the benefits of self-massaging and the excercise behind it, and the naturally shining and healthy skin that ensued, in addition to the coolness head, specially in the tropical summer. Today, the Ayurvedic massage with oils has become a fashion with the rich, in expensive spas, but the poor are ignorant about the oil-bath.

• Refined sesame oil is today distributed in tiny gift packets in Chennai for using it as 'an oil pull'--rinsing the mouth with it and gargling, for strong and healthy gums.

• Sesame oil was not used for purging the bowels. Instead, the caster oil was used. When we were in school during the 1960s, our parents used to give us compulsory laxation once in a month, with a spoon caster oil, taken in empty stomach in the early morning. With large joint families having several children in the house, you can imagine the bustle it caused, and the queue to the toilet that was located at the back of the house, at the far end! After bath, the children were given a meal of vaththal kuzhambu--sambAr without lentils but with dried beeds of chuNDaikkAi--Turkey berry (Solanum torvum), maNaththakkALi--black nighshade (Solanum nigrum), etc. Lentils boiled in water were made into balls and served for side dish, and the meal was finished with a course of rice mixed with thick curd, to stabilize the stomach.

• siddhA medicine has some medicinal prescriptions in which black sesame seeds are a part, but don't try them without proper medical advice.

01. Back sesame seeds masticated and eaten in the morning, washed down by a glass of water, might slim the body of the obese and fatten the body of the puny. No other food should be taken for three hours.

02. Bedwetting children can get rid of that habit if they are given a paste of boiled white radish and black sesame.

03. For piles, drinking the pulpy paste of black sesame with sugered goat-milk could be of use.

04. A paste of foaming sesame mixed with honey and ghee and applied to cuts could stop the bleeding.

05. Masticating black sesame in the morning could strengthen the teeth and gums.

06. Cure in leprosy might be seen in 21 days, by a mixture of five grams each of black sesame, salt and red chili, slightly fried and powdered, and the a spoon of powder mixed in cow-ghee, taken in the morning and evening.

White sesame seeds

• White sesame seeds are used in modakas offered to GaNesha on the day of VinAyaka Chaturthi. They are fried and mixed with powdered jaggery and then stuffed in rice shells to make the modaka. For other kinds of modaka, pUrNam--grated coconut mixed with boiled jaggery syrup, and boiled lentils such as the Urd dAl are used.

• Sweet candy balls, made of white sesame seeds and jaggery is a popular snack with the young and old in Hindu families.


17 October 2011, 02:08 AM
Thank you all :)