Incense In India . . . . .

Sandalwood-Incense-Sticks

Incense is an ancient rich tradition in society and religious occasions in India.  Agarbathi is a word derived from ancient Sanskrit.  It is mentioned in the old Vedic texts to be used to mask odors with  pleasurable smells.

The modern system of  incense making is likely created by the medicinal priests. In fact it   is linked to the Ayurvedic medical system from which it was rooted long ago. There are over 5,000 incense companies in India today.  A worker can produce 4,000 sticks a day.  Many women work from home adding their own unique  perfumes to the sticks.

Incense is used  in Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and in the west during Catholic masses.

We have some in our room at the hostel and our favorite scent is  sandalwood.  It is a very popular, soothing, relaxing odor  and though it is available in the US, would make great gifts for family and friends!

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Sandalwood sticks and ground paste to be used in cosmetics and incense.

This Is Incredible India!

Are there any incense fans out there? 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Incense In India . . . . .

  1. Judy says:

    If you like the smell of sandalwood, go to Fab India and get their sandalwood soap. There is nothing like it! I buy 52 bars each year to keep me and my family well stocked and smelling delightful!

  2. Naomi says:

    I like Dynamo House incense. It’s a blend of 12 essential oils including gum of frankincense, essence of oak moss and balsam of tolu.

    I sound like a cheesy advertisement but it’s quite ethereal (the scent, that is).

  3. Jewels says:

    I love incense and burn it every day as a part of my morning devotions. I usually burn vanilla scented, but I have some amber resin that really speaks to my soul. 🙂

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