धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat

What is Bhasma Snaan and Why Is It Important?

Now we come to very important part of Shaivite. It is Bhasma. We know that bhasma is a very important part of Shaivite traditions, bhasma is sacred to shaivites, loved by shaivites, but what we don’t know is that, Mahadeva has said that bhasma has importance in relieving you of physical diseases ad relieving you of many mental problems. So bhasma snaana is prescribed. Bhasma is prepared from – Can you guess? It’s prepared from cowdung! There are processes given. 4-5 types of Bhasma are described. Most important among them is sacred Kalpa bhasma. Many descriptions are given in agamas, what I’m giving is just a quick summary. By no means exhaustive, just a reference.

So Mahadeva has given these descriptions and also in the order of their importance. Kalpa bhasma is most important sacred bhasma and he has asked you to smear it on all your body, in the morning, in the Brahma muhurta. So it is called Bhasma snaan, it has given all the benefits, it can literally liberate you of all the ills in life, it is the process to literally break your Karma. It can lead you to achieving the ultimate. He has said every day you should do bhasma snaana. It’s explained that it is a purifier (if you want the slide, I will make it available). So this is the significance of Bhasma.