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I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja that -

Fingers should not be put in water, milk and ghee etc., because the touching of nails makes these things inauspicious.

But when I offer curd and ghee in Abhishek with just a spoon, without touching the offering with my hand, the consistency of the substances makes them pile up at the top without properly flowing down the shivling. The result is a mound of offering on the top and none of it spread uniformly. So can I massage the shivling by hand while doing Abhishek to smoothen out the offerings? It can be compared to bathing a child with soap, or applying some herbal unguent on their body, for their own benefit. We don't just squeeze the lotion out, we rub it onto their skin for a good distribution. Is this allowed with the shivling?

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    In Kashi I believe its allowed! – Akshay S Nov 6 '18 at 7:17
  • Why shouldn't be allowed? Do you think that one should not touch the Shivalinga or what? – Rickross Nov 6 '18 at 7:19
  • @Rickross I don't know f touching the offering is allowed. It is usually offered using a utensil, and I have never seen anyone touching it after it has been offered on the shivling. – Tiger Shroff Nov 6 '18 at 7:27
  • When you are allowed to consume the Padodakam/Charanamrita itself then what is the problem in touching it? @TigerShroff – Rickross Nov 6 '18 at 7:33
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    Better to check the Mahashivaratri Puja by Sringeri Shankacharya or his Chandramauliswara Pujas on Youtube. You will get an idea about how things are done. @TigerShroff – Rickross Nov 6 '18 at 8:02

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