Post by sarmasastrigal on Jul 23, 2012 10:37:31 GMT 5.5
Qn. What are the points to be noted (in applying sandalwood paste on the body)?
Ans. Women should apply sandalwood paste only on the neck. It is notin our custom for ladies to apply it on the forehead.
Men on the contrary should wear it only on the forehead and not on the neck.
However, we also see men applying sandalwood paste on the chest and hands after food, but this is more out of hospitality after a feast or a bhojana. It is in our sampradaya.
Qn. But in Kerala it is seen that most women wear sandalwood paste on the forehead.
Ans. This is as per the regional practice, otherwise called desaachara. Over the centuries some of the customs have evolved and changed depending upon the region. Thus in Kerala women do not tie their hair but keep the tress flowing openly. Again the practice of ladies covering the front with a â€˜dhavaniâ€™ (half-sari) is not followed there.
These practices are exclusive to the region and should not to be followed in other places, where the common law is to be the guide. In fact, many old and questionable regional practices are being given up in favour of common practices.
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