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Reason behind applying Vibuthi

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Why do we apply Vibuthi ( 3 horizontal lines) and What does it signify?

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This is the story of bhasmasur. He was granted a wish by Shiva i.e; if he touches his palm on others head they are drawn into ashes. Once he touches his own head by his palm he turn into ashes.

If Bhasma is not applied, Brahmanas are not entitled to perform Gayatri Japam. Contrarily, no sin could enter the body once Bhasma is applied as prescribed.

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Shiva grants bhasmasur a wish that if he keeps his palm on anyone's head then they will be destroyed and turned into ashes. Once he keeps his palm on his head himself and turns into ashes. This is the reason of using vibhuti.


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Reason behind applying Vibuthi

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Why do we apply Vibuthi ( 3 horizontal lines) and What does it signify?

Does it deal with more than religious beliefs?


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This is the story of bhasmasur. He was granted a wish by Shiva i.e; if he touches his palm on others head they are drawn into ashes. Once he touches his own head by his palm he turn into ashes.

If Bhasma is not applied, Brahmanas are not entitled to perform Gayatri Japam. Contrarily, no sin could enter the body once Bhasma is applied as prescribed.

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Welcome to Hinduism. Please site references. - S.LAKSHMINARAYAN Apr 28 '16 at 17:37

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