Chandanam: 1 definition



Chandanam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu (pancaratra)

Chandanam (sandal-paste) refers to one of the various items used during the holy bath, as prescribed in Pancaratra literature in the Tamil tradition.—Tirumanjanam or abhishekam or “the holy bath” is a picturesque ceremony in a Vishnu temple and forms an essential daily item in the worship. [...] Various items are used for bathing the deity [viz., chandanam], etc. After the bath is over, the images are dried with cloth and dressed with fine clothes and bedecked with ornaments and fresh garlands. A salad, with a mixture of fruits, coconut, honey (panchamirtham) and lemon juice (panagam) and betels, are offered to the deity and later distributed to the devotees.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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