Abhisheka in Sanskrit means ceremonial bathing.
This term is used in four different contexts.
The ceremonial bathing of idols is called abhisheka.
The following are some of the materials used for abhisheka.
All these materials impart purity or special qualities.
The person who performs abhisheka also gets them as blessings in return.
In mantra sadhana, abhisheka means various stages in the progress of the sadhaka.
The coronation of kings is called Rajyabhisheka.
It can be either the first time coronation or coronation after regaining a lost kingdom.
These are very elaborate ceremonies.
The yajamana and his family take bath with the water from kalasha in which devatas are invoked.
This is also called abhisheka.
It is meant to transfer the benefits of the ritual to the yajamana.
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