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Traditional customs and practices of India
beauty treatment, kolams, poojas, rituals

Queries, common doubts on Indian customs & their explanation

Vibhuti or sacred ash (also known as Thiruneeru,Thunnooru, bhasma)
- it is a great medium to transfer or transmit energy, and it has an ability to help direct and control the energy body
- symbolically, it is a constant reminder of the mortal nature of life
- sacred ash applied at particular points (chakras) makes them more sensitive
- it can be applied between the eyebrows, known as the agna chakra, at the pit of the throat known as the vishuddhi chakra, and in the center of the chest where the ribcage meets, known as the anahata chakra
- it is made out of cow dung or rice husk
- you should pick up vibhuti by pinching it between your thumb and ring finger
Source: Vibhuti - The Sacred Ash: How and Where to Apply it,
- It also has medicinal effects - gives relief from headache, cold.