- The Gudi can be kept anywhere in your home or office.
- If possible, it is best if the Gudi lamps lit at least once a day. Ghee or gingelly/sesame oil can be used for the lamp, along with a cotton wick.
- To connect with Devi, you can chant the Linga Bhairavi Stuti whenever you wish. It is best if you can chant 1,3 or 11 cycles.
- You can express your devotion to Devi by making offerings such as fresh flowers, fruits, sweets, etc. Please keep the offerings near the Gudi, not on top or inside of it.
- The kumkum from the top of the Gudi may be applied on one’s forehead.
- While travelling, please pack the Gudi firmly inside the box in which you received it.
- If you are away, it is beneficial if someone else lights the lamp on your behalf, but it is not required.
- It is also not required to cover the Gudi while you are away or during eclipses. If you feel it may get dusty while you are travelling, you can cover it with a Devi Vastram.
- Do not to touch the Linga unless necessary for removing dust or changing Devi’s Kumkum. Best to keep any disturbances to a minimum.
- Note that the Linga is attached to the box and is not removable. Please do not try to remove it.
- If the Linga gets dusty, you can remove the top part and very gently wipe Devi with cotton. Do this only when necessary.
- When Devi’s Kumkum fades, gently wipe it off with cotton. Using your right thumb or ring finger, place fresh Kumkum on Devi’s Third Eye. Do not use water or any substances to make the Kumkum stick. Only Kumkum from Linga Bhairavi should be used.
- Please leave the sutra on the Linga as it has been tied. If it slips off during travel, you may keep it back in place.
- Once the sutra has become worn or frayed, you may get a fresh one from Linga Bhairavi and replace it. Tie it three times behind Devi, in the same position as it was.
The Interior of the Gudi:
- Only when it becomes dusty, you may remove the top and gently clean the floor of the Gudi with a dry cotton cloth.
- Do not use water, vibhuti or any other substances.
- Take extra care not to disturb the Linga.
The Exterior of the Gudi:
- The outside of the Gudi can be cleaned with cotton when dusty. Do not clean it with water, tamarind, lemon or any other substances. If there are oil stains, or it is very dirty, you can clean the exterior with dry vibhuti and cotton. The vibhuti must be from the Isha Yoga Center.
- Clean the exterior only as is necessary, as it is best to keep any disturbances to a minimum. It is ok for the Gudi to have an antique look. It need not look shiny or new.
- The top of the Gudi is removable and can be cleaned with water, tamarind or lemon. After cleaning it can be refilled with fresh Kumkum. Only use Kumkum from Linga Bhairavi
The Gudi Lamp:
- The Gudi lamp is removable. You can remove it and wash it with water and tamarind paste, as needed.
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