Abhyang snan (holy bath) on the first day of Diwali is considered sacred. Why is it considered sacred and beneficial?
Diwali is the festival of lights and happiness. Do you remember sitting next to your mother while she made beautiful Rangolis? Did you feel queer while your mother applied scented oil on your body when you were a kid? You must have enjoyed bursting
crackers with your buddies in the evenings. A glowing queue of lamps
enlightens your house on the auspicious days of this vibrant Hindu
Diwali is all about kandils (lampshades) emitting lights from every house, giving and receiving of sweets and wishes, and enjoying the early morning bath known as abhyang snan. What significance does Abhyang snan hold during Diwali? What is the right procedure to perform this holy bath? Know more about this holy bath and this Diwali feel fresh and wash away your anxieties with this aromatic bath.
Procedure of abhyang snan
Such are the qualities of an abhyanga snan that some experts have suggested taking abhyang snan everyday to receive its benefits. Abhyang snan
helps to boost blood circulation, it removes dead cells from the
surface of the skin, it makes skin smooth and soft to touch, it cleans
body thoroughly, and finally aromas used while performing this ritual
calms the mind. Here is the procedure of abhyang snan.
Wake up before sunrise on this auspicious day
Massage your entire body with a scented oil
Let the oil get absorbed in the body for about half an hour.
While bathing first apply uptan/utane/utnah (a paste of some spices and gram flour). Thoroughly massage your body with this natural scrub. Rinse with water.
Have a regular bath with the use of scented soaps. Soap with
rose or sandalwood aromas are mainly used while bathing on this day.
You can make use of any scented soaps.
Wear your new clothes. People who follow traditional procedure prefer to wear traditional clothes on this day like sari, lehengas, churidar kurta, and salwar kameez.
What is Utane or Uptan?
Utane is the king of natural scrub which is made with the use of
all natural ingredients. All the ingredients in this natural scrub have
ayurvedic properties. Utane is considered
extremely beneficial for the skin. It leaves skin smooth and baby soft.
The granules in the scrub help to get rid of dead skin. The natural
scrub contains ingredients like chandan (sandalwood), kapoor (camphor), manjistha, rose petals extracts, orange skin and haldi (turmeric).
Why use scented oil?
Aromatic oils have calming effects on the mind. The pleasant aroma
helps to rejuvenate mood by reducing the level of stress. Any scented oil can be used while taking abhyang snan on the first day of Diwali. You can make use of aroma oils.
You can make use of almond oil as the base oil. Almond oil is enriched
with vitamin E and is highly beneficial for flawless skin.
Significance of abhyang snan
Narakchaturdashi being the very first day of the five days celebration is one of the most important days of Diwali. It is believed that on this auspicious day lord Krishna killed the demon called Narakasur. This day signifies the victory of good over evil. Narakchaturdashi is also called chhoti Diwali (small Diwali). The death of the king of demons, Narakasur is celebrated by bursting crackers.
The early morning bath is of significance because the holy water symbolises the end of the evil powers. Since abhyang snan is taken before the sunrise it is considered as holy as taking bath in the river Ganges.
After having abhyang snan, women draw rangolis near verandas and place diyas (lamps). Lampshades signify the arrival of the festival. Children burst crackers. Families enjoy eating sweets and snacks together. Youngsters and adults go to temples to seek the blessings of the higher power. Diwali fills every heart with joy and excitement. The celebration leaves everyone feeling divine. Begin with the abhyanga snan and wash away all your problems. We wish you a very happy and safe Diwali.
We must not forget our traditions and rituals in the name of being busy. This is what we will be teaching our kids. If we do not follow them then how will our kids know about the rich culture.
I agree with you. Even we used to have bath after applying uptan, this gave the skin a warm glow but now we hardly have time for all this. with both of us working, all we do is take a hurried bath. Sometimes i use ready made uptan available in the market.
I remember when we were small, we used to take the holy bath early in the morning. It would be dark and we would have to wake up and apply the home made uptan before taking the bath. ?It gave s fresh feeling.
How do you celebrate Diwali? Do you take abhyang snan on the first day of Diwali? What do you like most about this festival?
During Diwali my mom makes lots of sweets and that is why Diwali is like a big feast. I enjoy food stuffs like chakalis, laddoos, and karanjis. Everyone waits for the first day of Diwali in my family....
I celebrate Diwali by lighting diyas and drawing colourful designs of rangoli. When I was small I used to do abhyang snan but now days no one in my family actually takes the ritual bath. It is truly s...
I would like to answer the third question directly. The most I like about Diwali is bursting crackers. It is so much fun. I am busting crackers since I was a kid. Today I am a college going teenager b...