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Abhisheka in Hinduism

Abhisheka in Hinduism means ‘Bath’ or ‘Tirthasnan’. In Sanskrit, the etymology of the word ‘Abhishek’ means ‘to sprinkle around’. In Hindu Dharmashastra, religious auspicious deeds are told to the householder. At the end of those karmas, before the end, the holy water is sprinkled on the head of the host and wife by Pallava, Durva, Pushpe etc., this irrigation is also called ‘Abhishek’. It is believed that by such anointing, the anointed gets beneficent and sin-killing virtues.

Abhisheka in Hinduism

Importance of Abhishek in Hinduism

The term ‘abhishek’ is specially applied to the fact that the Rajasuyas sprinkle water on the king’s head as a yajna or separately as many mantras in order for the king to acquire religious authority.

The epithet ‘Murdhabhishikta’ or ‘Abhishikta’ of the king has the above meaning. Indra, Varuna, Ashvideva, etc., are the mantras that are chanted while abhisheking the king. The priest is saying that I am doing this anointing of the power of the gods.

The sanctity of the water of great rivers, lakes, wells etc. is considered in the religions of the world such as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism etc. In ancient times Christians used to coronate kings. In Christianity, there is an idea that God anointed and sanctified Christ and his disciples.

Initiation in Christianity requires anointing with holy water. When idols of Surya, Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Devi etc. are enshrined in the temple, they are anointed with liquids. Liquids are water, oil, milk, ghee, curd, honey etc.

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