Importance of Rangoli and Panchagavya

While making preparations for puja, we use a variety of substances. Now let us understand the importance of these substances in ritualistic worship.

Rangoli

Rangoli Video (Videos : 12)

The importance of drawing rangoli and applying
haldi (turmeric) and sindur (vermilion) around a wooden platform or altar

Drawing a rangoli (Holy designs made on the ground from white crushed powder) in a sattvik pattern around a wooden platform or altar before commencing any puja (Ritualistic worship) helps to form a protective sheath, of rapidly moving waves emanating from that pattern, around wooden platform or altar. The earth waves are attracted towards the waves emanating from the rangoli and are conjoined within its pattern. Through the said pattern, essential sattvik waves are projected towards the individual, which also help in creating a subtle sheath on the floor and protecting the individual from those waves projected by the negative energies from hell or the premise. Due to the various patterns of the rangoli, the accumulated waves of different Deities drive the negative energies away. The waves of superior Deities in the Universe get easily attracted towards the colour particles related to the Tejtattva (Absolute Fire Principle) projected from the haldi and sindur offered at the center of the rangoli. As a result, the capacity to act, the speed and the outcome of the waves projected from the rangoli is enhanced. Hence, to avoid any possible obstruction from black energies, rangoli is drawn in front of a house, at the place of worship or around a platform at the time of any ritual.

Panchgavya

1. Panchgavya creates a protective sheath around the seeker
and this restrains negative energies from posing obstacles in spiritual practice

With the help of the Panchatattva (The five Cosmic Principles), the panchagavya (mixture of cow’s milk, curd, ghee, cow’s urine and cow dung) attracts frequencies of superior and inferior Deities; it forms a protective sheath, on earth and in the atmosphere. This protective sheath is composed of upward and downward mobile frequencies of Chaitanya (Divine consciousness). This ensures that the worshipper gets maximum benefit of the Chaitanya emitted from the rituals and restrains the negative energies from posing obstacles in this process of emission of Chaitanya during the puja. Since a seeker in the initial stages has less bhav (Spiritual emotion) towards God, the panchagavya serves as a medium of ensuring benefits, by being conducive to his protection.

2. Panchatattva in the components ofpanchagavya, the related Deity and their role

Panchagavya

Panchatattva

Deity

Function

Gomutra (cow urine)

Apa (Absolute Water Principle)

Shivagan (Assistants of Deity Shiva) To regulate and control the speed of distressing vibrations emitted from the earth

Cow dung

Pruthvi (Absolute Earth Principle)

Shri Bhudevi

From the ritualistic worship,the frequencies of Chaitanya are emitted. They assume gross form with the help of Pruthvitattva; they are directed towards the earth and a subtle sheath is created on the ground

Milk

Akash (Absolute Ether Principle)

Deity Shiva

To reduce the strength of the Raja-Tama particles in the atmosphere and to expel them by producing a striking sound from the Divine frequencies

Curd

Vayu (Absolute Air Principle)

Deity Brahma

To let the worshipper get the desired advantage of the Chaitanya by giving a direction to its flow with the help of Vayutattva

Ghee

Tej (Absolute Fire Principle)

Shrikrushna

To disintegrate the distressing energy developed due to the movement of the Raja-Tama particles in the atmosphere with the help of the Tejtattva
Reference : Sanatan’s Holy Text ‘What is the Importance of the Substances used in Ritualistic Worship ?’