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Does anyone know what eight ingredients are mentioned in the Ramayana for Surya Arghya? I am also curious what other scriptures say about ingredients in Surya Arghya so mentioning those are welcome as well.

Extra info after reading all comments below:

The reason why I have been asking for eight ingredients is because its being told in the following video: Surya Arghya Daan

Also after researching its origin I came across some books(not scriptures) mentioning it. The following two books say something about eight ingredients for Surya Arghya: Book 1 Book 2

I just want to know what the eight ingredients are and also where it is being mentioned in the scriptures.

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I found the following verse in KulArnava Tantram's 17th chapter. It is talking about AshtAnga Arghya - the eight ingredients of an Arghya (in general).

SiddhArtham akshtainjava kushAgram tila meva cha |
Javam gandhah phalam pushpam ashtAnga arghyam prakirtitah ||

White mustard seeds, (a kind of) puffed rice, tips of Kusa/Darva grass, sesame seeds (Til), barley (Java), sandal paste/powder (Chandan), fruits (Phala) and flowers (Pushpa) -- these 8 things are known as the ingredients of an Arghya.

KulArnava Tantram 17.96

Note that it is generally talking about the 8 ingredients of an Arghya. So, it should apply to Surya Arghya too.

UPDATE:

Another reference, this time specifically about Surya Arghya, is found in the following Gupta DikshA Tantram verses as quoted in Shaktananda Tarangini's 2nd chapter:

Apah kshiram kushAgrAni ghritam dadhi tathA madhu |
RaktAni karavirAni tathA raktancha chandanam |
AshtAnga esho koharghyo vai bhAnave parikirtitah ||

Water, milk, Kusa-tips, Ghee, curd, honey, red Karavi flower and red sandal - These are known as the 8 ingredients of Arghya of BhAnu (or Surya).

So, while the previous list is generally applicable the 2nd list is specifically for Surya.

  • Arghya means the water that is offered for washing hands (in a shodasopachara puja), similarly Padyam means water for washing feet .. @ParthaBanerjee Here OP is simply asking what are the 8 ingredients which I hv given – Rickross Feb 2 at 16:44
  • sanskritdictionary.com/… – user17294 Feb 2 at 16:45
  • Yes probably they are mixed .. but now a days only Ganges water offered @ParthaBanerjee – Rickross Feb 2 at 16:48
  • See my update @ParthaBanerjee Both quotes are on ashtanga Arghya but the last one is specifically on Surya Arghya – Rickross Feb 3 at 11:42
  • Yes, its THE answer – user17294 Feb 3 at 11:43

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