CULTURE: The turning salt ritual is an age-old tradition believed to ward off the evil-eye and prevent negative vibrations from affecting your state of being. The salt ritual is said to be not only one practised by followers of the Hindu faith but many other religious denominations.
How is this traditional ritual observed? The handful of salt should be turned with the right hand, both clockwise and anti-clockwise, thereafter a gentle touch or tap on the head and shoulders, knees and feet and then encompassing the entire body, its a well-known belief that salt has the ability to discard negative energy. The handful of salt that has been used to turn for someone should be dissolved in water.
When turning salt this is what you need to recite
Appa cunna amma cunna pichachi cunna peie cunna aktha cunna paktha cunna wooroor cunna yeloor cunna prandho Poona woodi poona (Add a swearword for added effect at the end)
The English version
May the eyes cast upon him/her from parents, family, visitors, spirits, trees, passers-by, places, or any other source be cast off and may he/she be protected from disease, injury and negativity’
Method to perform salt & mustard seeds ritual to overcome the evil eye
- The prayer to be made by the one on whom the ritual is being performed after offering obeisance to Lord Maruti: ‘May the evil eye cast upon me (taking his name) be cast off and may (taking the name of the person performing the ritual) not be affected by it’.
- The one performing the ritual should pray unto Lord Maruti to prevent being affected by the distressing energy.
Taking your position
Make the person who is affected by negative energy and on whom the ritual is to be performed sit on a low wooden platform or seat facing the east with flexed knees bent towards the chest. The palms should face upwards and should be placed on the knees.
- Performing the ritual
The person performing the ritual should stand in front of the person. Take that quantity of mustard seeds and granulated salt as can be held between the fingertips in each of the fists.
Cross your fists in front of your body. The fists should be crossed like the multiplication sign. The fists should be moved from head to foot of the affected individual, in opposite directions and then touched to the ground.
The hands are crossed only to begin with. As we begin to perform the ritual we have to seperate the hands and simultaneously move the right fist in clockwise direction from head to foot and left fist in anticlockwise direction from head to foot.
After touching the ground, we again begin as above i.e. separate the hands and simultaneously move the right fist in clockwise direction from foot to head and left fist in an anti-clockwise direction from foot to head.
The following should be uttered when performing the ritual ‘May the evil eye cast upon him by visitors, spirits, trees, passers-by, place, be cast off and may he be protected from disease and injury’.
Reason for behind moving the fists and touching them to the ground:
- By moving the fists as described the distressing vibrations are first imbibed in the substance used in the ritual and by touching the ground they are then pulled into the ground.
- The number of movements of the fists is to be decided based on the extent of distress. Mostly the sorcerers do black magic in odd numbers hence the fists are moved in multiples of odd numbers.
At the end of it, all the contents should be emptied onto a hot iron pan or burning coals.