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.


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, 2019 at 16:44
  • sanskritdictionary.com/…
    – user17294
    Feb 2, 2019 at 16:45
  • Yes probably they are mixed .. but now a days only Ganges water offered @ParthaBanerjee
    – Rickross
    Feb 2, 2019 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, 2019 at 11:42
  • Yes, its THE answer
    – user17294
    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:43

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