Deity Abhishekam Etiquettes

1.The essence of the mood while abhishekam is to be happy to see that deity is served very nicely and not that ‘deity is my property and I should only serve Him’. “I am a servant; if I get to serve, this is causeless mercy upon me and if there are other devotees who can serve Their Lordships better then I should give them first chance.” One gets same benefit by seeing abhishekam in right consciousness as from parrticipating in it.

2.Ideal dress code is Koupin, Dhoti and chadar wrapped around the waist or on shoulders with navel covered.

3.Kindly perform elaborate (24)Achaman and wait for your turn to perform Abhishekam seva. 

4.While performing Abhishekam, the darshan of deities should not be blocked. You can stand either by side or slightly in the backside.

5.Kindly do NOT first pour the ingredients on the lotus feet; rather directly begin by pouring the ingredients on the lotus head of the deities. DO NOT REST COUNCH SHELL on DEITY’s HEAD.

6.The flow of ingredients should be very smooth and there should be no gaps, stopping in between, very slow flow, etc. Kindly do not wait for Tulasi to be put in your counchshell and delay abhishekam because Tulasi leaves are already put in the pots beforehand.

7.Kindly perform the abhishekam only for the deity by whose side you are standing. It is preferable to not cross over one deity and perform abhishekam for the other deity. Sometimes, it is seen that one deity receives abhishekam by both the devotees while the other deity simply remains standing without any abhishekam.

8.After performing Abhishekam once, kindly return back in the temple hall and do not remain standing at altar so that other devotees standing in the queue may have an opportunity to perform Abhishek. Please do not try to interfere in the process of Kalash transferring, etc.

9.Purushasukta & Brahma samhita sheets will be distributed outside for few devotees to recite. Also, Counchshell blowing, Chamara seva and peacock fan service will be pre-allotted.  

10.It is most preferable that only the pre-assigned devotees who are tall and strong and experienced hold the ‘sahastradhara patra’ so that Their Lordships can be served very nicely and they get the feeling of being bathed under rainfall.



– white cloth, deity dress
– dry fruits garland, 
– madhuparka (milk, ghee, honey, curd)
– sieve, abhiseka patra
– Wheat flour pradipa (5)
– White til paste, eatable colored powder, 
– fruit juices, ausadhis, coconut water,
– Cow tail hairs

– flower garlands + decoration, flowers, flower petals, tulasi leaves, tulasi plant
– whole altar, GM photo
– water, Rose water, Ganges water, scent, chandan, clove powder
– cotton, ghee, match stick, camphor
– Arati items, incense, panca pradip, cloth, camara etc., bell, acaman (3), conch, copper pots (5)
– bananas, coconut (5)
– sprinkle color (eatable)
– white thread
– Banana trees, mango leaves + rope to tie
– Bramha Samhita
– kusa mat (3 +)


– dress deities with white cloth & dry fruit garland
– offer flower and seek permission from guru
– offer madhuparka and acamaniyam steps
– smear scent
– offer panchapradipa (made of Wheat flour)

– Smear White til paste
– Do Abhisheka with panchamrita in proper sequence
  (Begin with water, then (milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, sugar water) in sequence)
– Bathe with warm water

– Smear chandan
– Do Abhisheka with rose water

– Sprinkle powder colors
– Do Abhisheka with colored water

– Do Abhiskeka with fruits juices and ausadhi in proper sequence
– Do Abhisheka with scented water thru sieve having banana
– Do Abhisheka with coconut water
– Do Abhisheka with flower petals

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