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॥ ॐ नमः शिवाय ॥



Sanskrit term 'panca-sasya' literally means "five grains". This is the name of the set of five grains, that are important in Hindu tradition and symbolically representing hope, prosperity, happiness, abundance and fertility, tending to grow (like grains). These grains are:

  1. paddy

  2. barley

  3. black sesame

  4. mung bean

  5. black whole urad (vigna mungo)

It is believed that presence of these five grains in any place attracts there hope, well-being, abundance and prosperity. Therefore, panca-sasya is sprinkled on the place where the idol of the deity will be installed for worship. Panca-sasya is also showered on newlyweds at weddings so that there will always prosperity in their home.

Today we can buy any products for ourselves in the supermarket at any time, but in ancient times, when the way of life was different from the modern, people treated these grains differently - not just as a product, food, or even a symbol, but as a real guarantee that there will be no famine next year. The presence of these five grains in the house meant a good harvest - the result of hard work and family unity. Giving panca-sasya meant a wish for success and prosperity.

Panca-sasya is also widely used in Hindu religious rituals, both for invoking auspiciousness to the place of the ceremony, and as a separate offering. Many dishes offered to the deities are prepared with using panca-sasya. It is important to understand, that when pancha-sasya is used in rite, not just simple grains are used, but everything that they symbolically represent.



ॐ नमः शिवाय


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