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Should I apply Vibuthi like a paste after mixing it with water or just as it is?

I am confused about this, because some say you should only mix it with water while giving pitru tharpanam.

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  • during pratah kaal use gangajal/water in the evening simpe vibhuti, and in madhyahn with chandan. That is what I have heard from a priest Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 8:42
  • After bath, dry vibhuti. Evenings, with water.
    – Kanthri
    Commented May 10, 2023 at 11:29

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You should ALWAYS apply vibhuti as a paste with water except for vibhuti prasadams from temples, where you can apply directly. So yes, you should apply vibhuti as a paste with water when you're doing sandhyavandanam or any other rituals. And no, pithru tharpanam and the way of applying vibhuti has no correlations as for as I know.

Reference: vedamum panpaadum (Tamil)

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