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Significance of the use of camphor in Hindu pujas and worship

Burning camphor is an important feature of Hindu pujas and worship. The use camphor in prayers and ritual is symbolic. Camphor represents the human personality with Vasanas or attributes.

When physical desires represented by solid camphor is burnt and evaporates, the essential fragrance emerges leaving no residue – symbolically it shows the merging of individual soul with the supreme soul.

Atman plus vasanas plus the mahabhutas constitutes human beings. The Vasanas are burnt symbolically. This leaves behind the self-effulgent Atman.

The burning produces light too, which represents the destruction of avidya, which bind us to the objects of desire.

Source - Saptagiri December 2005 issue - article titled Rituals by Velandy Manohar