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Blessing a New Car
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 09 February 2007 01:58

Although it is not common these days because it's not really Buddhism, you can ask a Brahman priest to come to your house to bless a new car. In fact, the priest should be consulted before you buy your car in order to know the precise day and hour it is deemed auspicious to bring your car to your house for the first time. People who are often sceptical about the powers of a blessing in protecting the car and its occupant often rush out to get a blessing after the car has been involved in an accident. Although this is like locking the stables doors after the horse has bolted, the Brahman priest told us that none of the cars he has blessed has been involved in a further accident.

She gave the garlands to the priest and received some advice for her future and what she should do to maintain a safe and fruitful life. These garlands were offered to the guardian spirits of the school at the special spirit house and some of them were also for the car. The priest is putting some of those offered in the car for saving her from an accident.
Then he lit a candle in order to make some water sacred. Then walked around the car sprinkling it with the blessed water. Whilst he was doing this, the car owner sat in the front seat.
The Brahman priest put an offering of a jasmine garland on the review mirror, some coloured pieces of cloth and painted lucky symbols on the steering wheel and ceiling of the car.