Apr 16, 2018

Next auspicious time – anointing of oil

The next event on the New Year calendar is the anointing of oil at the auspicious time of 10.16 am today (16) which will be held under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasooriya and Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne at the Attanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya.

This year the state ceremony has been organised by the Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry and the Ayurveda Department.  

It is customary to wear while this year and have Divul leaves on your head and Imbul leaves at your feet and apply oil mixed with divul extract facing the North, prior to bathing.

During the Sinhala and Hindu New Year customs, anointing of oil has a great significance.

It is a valuable ceremony with both state and national significance.

The country’s indigenous medicine system is believed to be around 6000 years old, while former king Ravana is believed to have been a clever medical practitioner.

It is reported that preparations have been made to conduct this oil anointing ceremony at temples throughout the county.

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