If you visit Hanuman temple especially on Saturdays, we see a number of devotees offer oil (especially gingili oil). Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman

  • One reason might be that oil is required to be mixed in Sindoor...and the mixture is then applied on Hanuman idol regularly..so people offer Sindoor and/or Oil and/or mixture of sindoor-oil....
    – YDS
    Sep 19, 2018 at 16:08
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    Possible duplicate of Why do people offer mustard oil to Lord Shani?
    – Vineet
    Sep 21, 2018 at 7:24
  • Gingili oil is offered to Hanuman for lighting the lamps. By offering oil, your known and unknown sins will slowly vanish. Sep 21, 2018 at 10:39
  • @YDS Sindoor is mixed with butter not with gingili oil. Sep 21, 2018 at 10:40
  • @ParthasarathyRaghavan NO...in our side it's mixed with oil...
    – YDS
    Sep 21, 2018 at 12:09

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Black sesame or Til seeds are one of the materials signified by Saneeshwara ( Lord Saturn). Gingelly oil derived from sesame seeds are therefore used to burn oil lamps on Saturday to propitiate Saneeshwara, especially if the devotee is having sade-sati.This is a wide practice in southern India, called Neeranjanam lamp for Saneeshwara. Due to reasons given in this answer, Lord Hanuman alleviates the trouble of devotees having bad effects of Saneeshwara / sade-sati. This would be basis of offering gingelly oil to Hanuman on Saturday. Again these are local practices based on local fables ( desa kala pramanas) and may probably have no scriptural basis.


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