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    sindhoor and haldi?

    Namaskar everyone, I have a question regarding sindhoor and haldi. I have read articles online about Sri Shivling puja, and they say that we should not use haldi or sindhoor as tilak on a Sri Shivling. I have seen Sri Shivling(s) with sindhoor on them, and haldi, but what may be the reasoning for people to tell us it is a paap to use them as tilak for the Sri Shivling? & take a look at this typical Sri Shivling image, sindhoor can be seen, and the yellow tilak can be interprated as haldi or maybe chandan (?). Thank you.



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    Re: sindhoor and haldi?

    I've also seen haldi abhisheks happening at jyotirlinga temples. Such as Sri Mahakaleshvara:

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    Re: sindhoor and haldi?

    I've just read the Sri LingAshtakam, which is dedicated to the benevolent Sri Shiva, and it mentions in a line saying we offer sindhoor to Sri Shiva.
    Sri LingAshtakam:
    brahmamurāri surārcita liṅgaṃ
    nirmalabhāsita śobhita liṅgam |
    janmaja duḥkha vināśaka liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 1 ||

    devamuni pravarārcita liṅgaṃ
    kāmadahana karuṇākara liṅgam |
    rāvaṇa darpa vināśana liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 2 ||

    sarva sugandha sulepita liṅgaṃ
    buddhi vivardhana kāraṇa liṅgam |
    siddha surāsura vandita liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 3 ||

    kanaka mahāmaṇi bhūṣita liṅgaṃ
    phaṇipati veṣṭita śobhita liṅgam |
    dakṣa suyaṅña nināśana liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 4 ||

    kuṅkuma candana lepita liṅgaṃ
    paṅkaja hāra suśobhita liṅgam |
    sañcita pāpa vināśana liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 5 ||

    devagaṇārcita sevita liṅgaṃ
    bhāvai-rbhaktibhireva ca liṅgam |
    dinakara koṭi prabhākara liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 6 ||

    aṣṭadaḷopariveṣṭita liṅgaṃ
    sarvasamudbhava kāraṇa liṅgam |
    aṣṭadaridra vināśana liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 7 ||

    suraguru suravara pūjita liṅgaṃ
    suravana puṣpa sadārcita liṅgam |
    parātparaṃ paramātmaka liṅgaṃ
    tat-praṇamāmi sadāśiva liṅgam || 8 ||

    liṅgāṣṭakamidaṃ puṇyaṃ yaḥ paṭheśśiva sannidhau |
    śivalokamavāpnoti śivena saha modate ||





    So, now I don't know who to believe since jyotirlinga temples offer turmeric abhishekam to the Sri Jyotirlinga, and this Sri Lingashtakam states that we offer sindhoor (kumkum)! Someone please clear my doubts. I do not want to insult Sri Shiva by offering something that they do not approve of.

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    Re: sindhoor and haldi?

    Dear Chakreshvari,

    I am not a born Hindu thus always eager to learn about Hinduism.

    You mention haldi or sindhoor.

    I found the following translation for these words
    Turmeric is the english word for haldi in Hindi. Turmeric, a representative of plant genus Curcuma.
    The english word that can be used for "sindoor" is "vermilion"

    The translation of the lingashtakam is mentioning saffron and sandal paste

    I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is smeared with saffron and sandal paste, which is decorated with lotus garlands and which wipes out all accumulated sins.

    Now I am confused ...

    Regarding Abhishek I found the following. Source: http://www.sushmajee.com/shiv/worshi...v-poojaa-1.htm

    Shiv Abhishek According to Krishn Yajur Ved
    according to Krishan Yajur Ved, the following 11 items for Abhishek, each item for each Anuvaak, to Sadaa Shiv Mahadev should be offered in this order ---
    (1) Cow Milk – All-round happiness;
    (2) Cow yogurt – health;
    (3) Cow ghee – financial prosperity;
    (4) Sugarcane juice (or candy) – destruction of sorrow;
    (5) Honey – Tejo Vriddhi;
    (6) Coconut water – Sarv Sampadaa Vriddhi;
    (7) Bhasm – Destruction of great sins;
    (8) Sandal wood water – Sons' prosperity;
    (9) Pushpodak – Bhoo Laabh;
    (10) Bilvajalam – Bhog and Bhagya;
    (11) Doorvodakam – Nasht Dravya Praapti;
    (12) Sesame Oil – Apa Mrityu Haram;
    (13) Rudraakshodak – Mahaa Aishwaryam;
    (14) Gold water – Destruction of Daridra;
    (15) Rice – Raajya Praapti;
    (16) Grape Juice- Sakal Kaarya Jayam;
    (17) Dates (Khajoor) juice – destruction of both internal and external enemies;
    (18) Black Apples – Renunciation;
    (19) Kastooree Water – Kingdom;
    (20) Nav Ratan Jal – Dhaanya, Griha development;
    (21) Mango Juice – Destruction of long ailments;
    (22) Turmeric water – Mangalprad Rudraabhishek

    According to Shiv Puraan, Shukla Yajur Ved and Krishn Yajur Ved during Rudraabhishekam 11 items are offered to Param Shiv. These items can be offered during each Anuvaak. Every Bhakt can offer below listed items - milk, yogurt, Ghee, Honey, sugar, lemon juice, coconut juice, mango juice, sugarcane juice and sandalwood water.
    The Panch Bhoot are a manifestation of Lord Shiv. They are each represented by the Panch Bhoot Ling.
    (1) Earth - Prithvi Lingam (Shree Kaancheepuram)
    (2) Air - Vaayu Lingam (Shree Kaalaahastee)
    (3) Space - Aakaash Lingam (Chidaambaram)
    (4) Fire - Jwaalaa Lingam (Arunaachalam)
    (5) Water - Jal Lingam (Jambookeshwaram)
    During Rudraabhishekam, we offer items that have significance in each and everyone's life. Listed are the items and their significance. Panchaamrit - Gives Health, wealth & happiness
    Cow Milk - All round happiness
    Cow Curd (Yogurt) - Health
    Cow ghee (Clarified butter) - Financial Prosperity
    Sugar- Removes enmity
    Honey - Tejo Vriddhi
    Coconut water - Sarv Sampadaa Vriddhi, gives enjoyment (increase of your prosperity)
    Sandalwood - Children's Prosperity; Lakshmi's Grace
    Turmeric water - Mangal Pradam (Auspicious)
    Gold water - Destruction of Poverty
    Kastooree water - Kingdom
    Navratan Jal - Dhaanya, Griha development
    Doorvodak (water with fragrant materials) - Nasht Dravya Praapti (finding of lost property)
    Rudraakshodak (water with Rudraaksh) - Mahaa Eeshwaryam
    Pushpodak (water with flowers) - Bhoo-labh
    Bilva Jal (water with Bilva leaves) - Bhaagya Praapti
    Grape Juice- Sakal Kaarya Jayam (victory in every aspect of life)
    Mango Juice - Destruction of long ailments
    Sugarcane Juice - Destruction of Sorrows, Good health
    Lemon - Removes fear of death
    Rice (cooked) - Raajya Praapti, to be free from debts
    Dates - Destruction of both internal and external enemies
    Rice Powder - Frees from all kind of debts
    Bhasma - Destruction of great sins
    Sesame oil - Apa Mrityu Haram (Saves from 5 types of unwanted death)


    Pranam
    Dance with Shiva - live with Shiva - merge with Shiva

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