There is already a question about Shaving / Haircut / Nailcut - what days are allowed / prohibited?. So, I want to know the days I can take an oil massage (otherwise called as Abhyangana snana) including weekdays as well as the days as per the lunar calendar followed by us.

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    It is related to Hinduism as there are days I know of as per our scriptures where we can’t shave or have an haircut like sat tue and sun
    – Rahul K
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 11:34
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    Please read this answer. - hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/5205/5620 Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 11:38
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    @SwiftPushkar, how do you know it is not related to Hinduism ? Are you aware of dharma shastras ? Yes, it varies according to regions. Andhra follows lunar calendar, TamilNadu follows solar. Does that mean both are wrong? It is addressed in scriptures. If you don't know, say you don't know and leave it at that. That link you posted is from someone who is not conversant with orthodox brahmana ways of life.
    – ram
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 20:34
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    Saturday is the recommended day for oil massage & bath. There is a saying in Tamil for this ('shani neeradu'). Every week may not be possible. Some of us don't even do it for years. But once a month is practical. @RahulK, you're right.. should not cut hair or nails on the day when you're having oil bath. see this answer for restrictions on that - hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/10025/…
    – ram
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 20:36
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    @SwiftPushkar It is not at all easy to determine which subjects has been discussed in scriptures and which are not... So, that's why i never try to close Qs because i can never be very sure.. also Hindu scriptures discuss virtually everything IMO.. See this meta post i am highlighting the same point in the answer there hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1131/…
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 5:47

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You are basically asking about Abhyanga Snana (oil massage followed by bath). And scriptures definitely talk about that..

The book Dharma Bindu (hosted by the Kamakoti.org) has the details:

Bharadwaaja Maharshi details these snanas as follows: Abhyanga snaapane yogyaa vaaraaye tithibhissaha,
Kathyate tethunaa spashtam pushtaye balavriddhaye/
Indorbudhasya sourescha vaarebhyangam prashasyate kaantim,
Shriyam tathaa dadyuh bhogaan vaaraadhipaah kramaat/
Dwiteeyaadyaashchatasrascha prashastaah Saptami tathaa,
Navami Dashami chaiva Trayodashyapi cha smritaah/
Bhaanu bhoumaamaraachaarya Shukravaareshu sankrame,
Vyatipaatecha Janmakshenaabhyangam snaanamaacharet/
Ekadashyaam charurdashyaam Ashtamyaam pratipadyapi,
Shashtyaam Parvaani chaabhyanga snaanamnaiva samaacharet/
Uttaraa phalguni jyeshthaa Shavanaardraasu raatrishu,
Abhyanga snaapanam dheemaan sukhardhi varjayettathaa/
Shishurogaarta vriddhaanaam yathaakaalam shareerinaam,
Abhyangoshnodaka snaanam naiva doshaavaham smritam/

Abhyangana Snaanas prescribed for health and strength are prescribed as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday are excellent for these as they grant brightness, opulence and enjoyment respectively. Tithiwise, Dvitteya-Triteeya-Chaturthi-Panchami, Saptami, Navami and Trayodashi are auspicious. But, Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday- Friday Samkramana timings, Janma Nakshatras, Vyatipata timings are avoidable. Also, Ekadashi, Chaturdashi,Ashtami,Prathama,Shashti and Pournamai are unworthy. Uttara Phalguni, Jyeshtha, Shravana, Ardra nakshatras are to be avoided. Children, persons suffering from diseases and old aged are exempt from the above restrictions and might bathe with hot water.

This above list has the details of the prescribed days based on Vara, Tithi etc.

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    Why can’t a person have the right to knowledge and practice as per his own will. I find some folks here bent on showing that modern lifestyle does not permit following these points laid down ages back. You guys don’t follow no one is forcing you but do not and do not I say again push or force your thoughts on any one else. Upvote or down vote I don’t care.. thanks @rickcross I was looking for this information itself.
    – Rahul K
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 19:58
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    @RahulK, folks like S K are the modern 'social-reformers' who also like to show off their command of english language.. don't pay much heed to their idioticities.
    – ram
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 20:38
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    This is definitely a good answer. Dharma shastras talk about these practices and hence on-topic for this site. And @SK this site is about Hinduism and Hinduism is not originated only in 2018. Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 5:08
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    @TriyugiNarayanMani Yes that's exactly what i am trying to explain here: hinduism.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1133/4732
    – Rickross
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 5:43

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