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blue lotus

sandalwood paste
This may consist of sandalwood, pulp, aguru and camphor, or two parts musk, four
parts sandalwood, three parts kumkum and one part camphor. Tulasi wood may als
o be ground and added. Sandalwood, camphor or any cooling items should not be of
fered during the cool season.
He was first bathed with 30 liters of pure sesame seed oil made fragrant by addi
ng seven varieties of pure ayurvedic essential oils, namely Krishna musk, sandal
wood, aguru, saffron, jatamamsi, camphor and khus.
Ashtagandha is mixture of eight fragrant herbs
Heena, Agar, Tulsi, Bel and Durva.

Chandan, Kesar, Bhimseni Camphor,

Powdered gorochana (an auspicious pigment from the cow) was also added. These ei
ght pure substances comprise the auspicious fragrant combination known as ashtag
anda which is cooling and very pleasing to the Lord. The prasada oil was collect
ed and bottled for distribution to devotees. The maha abhisek was ecstatic. Firs
t was panchagavya, the five holy products of the cow, then panchamrita; milk, yo
ghurt, honey, ghee and sugar water. A dozen different types of fruit juices, inc
luding mango nectar, grape, orange, pomegranate and water melon juice was offere
d followed by flower water, medicinal herb water, spice water, sweet water and w
ater with 9 precious jewels (navaratna water)!
Yasoda: "Within this box, I am putting sandalwood sticks, jewelled pollen of the
camphor lotus, musk, and red kunkum powder for making nice scented body-ointmen
ts. And for making different kinds of dresses, I am packing extremely valuable c
loth, waist ornaments made of tiny tinkling bells, earrings, bangles, uncommonly
rare lapis-lazuli gems, emeralds and pearls."

Deities within Hinduism have specific aromas associated with them; Tulsi for Kri
shna, Kewra for Shiva and Jasmine or Sandalwood for Lakshmi.
According to Ayurveda, an individual's qualities are harmonized when the inheren
t qualities of various medicinal herbs and flowers are introduced. Herbal ingred
ients may be prepared as natural incense and used to prevent infections, purify
atmosphere and energize prana.
Indian incense-making involves a wide variety of ingredients. In accordance with
Ayurvedic principles, all the ingredients that go into incense-making are categ
orized into five classes: Ether (fruits e.g. Star Anise), Water (stems and branc
hes e.g. Sandalwood), Earth (roots e.g. Turmeric), Fire (flowers e.g. Clove) and
Air (leaves e.g. Patchouli).
In Ayurveda astrology it is believed aromas can strengthen planetary energies: S
un: Sage and Camphor, Moon: Jasmine and Sandalwood, Mars: Musk and Camphor, Merc
ury: Sandalwood and Basil, Jupiter: Lotus and Frankincense, Venus: Nag Champa an
d Plumeria, Saturn: Cedar and Myrrh, Rahu: Sandalwood and Myrrh and Ketu: Sage a
nd Camphor