Tambula is an auspicious item used in Hindu rituals. It is known as betel leaf or pan. Devotees offer it to Hindu gods and goddesses in temples, sacred places and in homes.
It is an important item while performing 16-step puja to various deities.
It symbolizes auspiciousness, prosperity and fertility.
In some regions, Tambula, along with betel nut and a coin are given to elders and there blessings are taken before auspicious functions like marriage etc.
In eastern parts of India, Tambula is used to welcome the groom and bride.
It is also used as a mouth freshener. It also helps in the digestion of food.