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What is ashtagandha and what is it made of?

Where is it mentioned in the scriptures?

Ashtagandha is a mixture of eight ingredients available in granules or powder and is used in deity worshipping and bathing. Some use it for tilak. It is said when Bhagavan Krishna was on earth the smell of Ashtagandha was emanating from Him. Well Ashtagandha came after that of course.

I have not found a scripture specifically mentioning Ashtagandha and its use, also not its exact composition. Some use other ingredients. That is why I would like to know if someone knows where Ashtagandha is described in the scriptures with its composition?

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A partial answer is as follows ..

I have a found a reference of Ashta Gandha in KulArnava Tantram:

Trigandham shAntike proktam pancha gandhancha vashyake |
Sarva kAryed ashtagandham krure chAshtavishAni ||

In ShAnti Karmas, TriGandha is prescribed to be used; in Vashikarana Pancha Gandha; in all Karmas Ashta Gandha is prescribed and in Krura Karmas Ashta Vishas (the eight poisons) are to be used.

KulArnava Tantram 16.46

The commentator mentions that Chandana (sandal), Agaru (?) and Karpura (camphor) constitutes the Tri Gandha, he also mentions what the Ashta Vishas are but he does not mention anything about the Ashta Gandhas.

Here, in this particular text, the application of Ashta Gandha is in using it as a writing medium (like ink say) to write/draw Mantras/Yantras on Bhorjapatra.

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Ashtagandha means

sandal, camphor, saffron, उशीर, cyperus pertenuis (Mar. नागरमोथा), गोरोचन, देवदार and a flower are used in the mixture.

However some compositions vary according to the deity to Whom it is offered.

Reference : http://sanskritdictionary.com/?iencoding=iast&q=गन्ध&lang=sans&action=Search

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