- The clay obtained from Gopi Kunda lake in Dwarka, Gujarat (or from any river connected with Lord Krishna)is known as Gopichandana.
- According to recommendation in Vayupurana, If the said clay is not available, one can make gopichandana out of the sand in the temples, or where tulsi is grown.
- Gopichandana is said to be in - red, black, white, yellow colors.
- We commonly use the yellow color gopichandana.
- It is recommended that the gopichandana purchased from the shops should be cleaned by removing tiny stones and other particles from it by mixing the gopichandana completely with water (dissolving) and then dried and used.
- If we mix little chandana in it, we can obtain much good-looking Nama's.
Om Sarvebhyo Devebhyo Nama
Om Sarvebhyo Brahmanebhyo Nama
Aachmya, Prananayamya, Sankalpya
- Starting from Keshavayah Swaha, three godnames are said with consuming water (Aachamana) each time.
- Then starting from Govindayah Namaha: to Shree Krishnayah Namaha: , 21 namas are said along with touching different parts of body with the hastamudra.
- By doing the above process we purify our inner and outer body. This process also makes us energetic as the "Swaha" said in Agnihoma's are also said here.
- Here we do not performing Agnihomam but we are performing this Achamanahoma dedicating to the god inside our body.
- The 24 Names said in the Aachamana are the names of Lord Vishnu.