Sankara SampradhAyam - 9

Anand V. Hudli anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 10 14:50:53 CDT 1999

On Fri, 10 Sep 1999 14:08:53 EDT, Ashish Chandra <ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM>

>Sh. Anand Hudli wrote:
>>    4) The bhAgavatas apply the bhasma, as per the bhasma-dhAraNa-vidhi,
>>       during sandhyAvandana, yajnas, homas, etc., but during pUjA and
>>       later they may apply gandha (sandalwood paste) or Gopi-chandana.
>>       For example, when they visit a temple, they may be wearing a gandha
>>       mark. But this mark is not the same as the Urdhva-puNDra mark worn
>>       by vaishNavas. The mark worn by smArta-bhAgavatas is
>If I remember correctly, most of the pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji
>show him as wearing the ardha-chandra mark. Yet, in most of the pictures,
>is seen to be worshipping Durga. Why is this so ?

 That is probably because Shivaji's family deity was Goddess
 BhavAnI or durgA.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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