--> Skip to main content

Symbolism Of Tambula – Betel Leaf – In Hinduism - Tambulam

Tambula, or betel leaf, is an important offering in all pujas and rituals in Hinduism. It is offered rolled and also as in its original shape with other ingredients. There is deep symbolism attached to Tambulam in Hindu religion.

Tambula represents all the five elements together (earth, water, akasha (space), fire and air.

The betel leaf represents the earth element, the clove represents the akasha or space element, pungent taste represents air, a heat generating power (fire) in the khadira and fruit (betel nut), and water of lime.

This offering connects a devote with the source of creation. The ritual also symbolizes that the offeror, the offered and one receiving the offering all are from a single source.