All-mineral beautiful “paint” to decorate the Lord
I’ve been looking for something to use to decorate the Deity that is natural, easy to use, and allows for painting very fine designs. I’ve found something wonderful and thought I’d share the information.
By Urmila Devi Dasi
Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
I got some pure mineral colored powder that is sold as women’s make-up. It only contains minerals. Of course, we know that the Lord and His associates love to decorate themselves with the natural minerals of the forest. One mixes a small quantity of the powder with a very small amount of water, and uses a brush. Some of the colors are full of “sparkle” and “glitter” and are exceptionally beautiful.
They can be easily removed with water and a cloth. If you are removing the mineral paint from a rough-surfaced sila, you might want to first massage the Lord with a small amount of fragrant oil.
I use the inside of the lid to mix the powder with water. Whatever I don’t use that day I allow to dry on the inside of the lid (which it does quickly) and then a tiny drop or two of water another day is enough.
Unlike colored tilaka, it needs very little water, mixes quickly and easily, is not messy or “goopy”, goes on smoothly, allows for extremely fine work, and a little goes a long way. And who knows what toxic ingredients may be in that colored tilaka! It is also a good substitute, in a dry form, for modern so-called kumkum or sindur which is nowadays made from toxic chemicals. Many pujaris have used sindur as a blush for Radharani, but these minerals would be far superior.
I’m attaching a photo of a Govardhana sila decorated with these mineral paints. The company ships worldwide, and their prices are reasonable. One can also get small sizes which are easy to travel with.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Iron Oxides, Manganese , Ultramarines.
I would suggest the eye colors, blushes and face colors.
Your servant, Urmila devi dasi
(Neither I nor anyone I know is involved with this company.)