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!
Sandalwood sticks and ground paste to be used in cosmetics and incense.
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Are there any incense fans out there?