Sandal wood color ……….Red

In Ramayana sandal wood color is shown as red. What red?

See for yourself…………….

In Sundara kanda Sarga 10 sloka 8

लोहितेन अनुलिप्त अन्गम् चन्दनेन सुगन्धिना |
संध्या रक्तम् इव आकाशे तोयदम् सतडिद् गुणम् || ५-१०-८

लोहितेन चन्दनेन (lohitenachandanena) = with red sandal wood;

Similarly in Sloka 19

शश क्षतज कल्पेन सुशीतेन सुगन्धिना |
चन्दनेन पर अर्ध्येन स्वनुलिप्तौ स्वलम्क्र्तौ || ५-१०-१९

शश क्षतज कल्पेन (shashakshatajakalpena) = resembling a hare’s blood;

Similarly in Sloka 26

रक्त चन्दन दिग्धेन तथा हारेण शोभिता |
पीन आयत विशालेन वक्षसा अभिविराजितम् || ५-१०-२६

रक्त चन्दन दिग्धेन (raktachandanadigdhena) = smeared with red sandal

Again in Ayodya kanda sarga 16 sloka 9

वराह रुधिर आभेण शुचिना च सुगन्धिना |
अनुलिप्तम् पर अर्ध्येन चन्दनेन परम् तपम् || २-१२-९

वराह रुधिर आभेण (varaaharudhiraabheNa) = blood of a boar

So sandal wood color is red like blood of Pig or Hare etc.

Contributed by M H Gopalakrishnan

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All Sloka Translations are from the site Valmiki Ramayana


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