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Nagkesar Uses In Hindu Pujas

Nagkesar, also known as cobra saffron or nag champa, is an evergreen used in Hindu pujas and rituals. Leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds and bark of the Nagkesar are used in preparing various medicines in Ayurveda.

It is widely used in Hindu pujas and rituals as a fragrant item. Oil of Nagkesar is used in preparing incense sticks. To get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, Hindus keep Nagkesar leaves or flowers or seeds along with black turmeric in a silver box. Kamiya sindoor is applied to the box and is kept in the locker. It is also used in the worship and puja of Shiva.

Nagkesar is an indispensable part of yagna and havan as it drives away negative forces and ushers in auspiciousness.

The medicines prepared using nag champa helps in curing vomiting, fever, migraines, urinary tract infections and gut related diseases. It promotes digestion and improves appetite. It is also used treat various skin related ailments including acne and oily skin. It is also an important component in Chyavanprash.

The flower of Nagkesar is used in healing scorpion or snake bite.

Also known as Ceylon ironwood or Indian rose chestnut, it is the national tree of Sri Lanka.

Nagkesar seeds with tail like stalks are used in Konkani and Maharashtra cuisines. It is grounded along with other spices and is found in Goda Masala and Malvani Masala. It is not used alone.

Nagkesar is confused with tailed pepper or cubeb. Nagkesar look more of the reddish kind and the tailed pepper is mostly black and both have different surface textures. They also vary in taste and aroma.