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==Tāmbula, an item of Ritualistic Worship==
 
==Tāmbula, an item of Ritualistic Worship==
Tāmbula is one of the items offered to a deity in ritualistic worship. It is also consumed by many people in the country after food. The most common tāmbula consists of betel leaf smeared with lime paste and areca nut. To produce a good taste and fragrant breath some other ingredients are also added like:
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Tāmbula is one of the items offered to a deity in ritualistic [[worship]]. It is also consumed by many people in the country after food. The most common tāmbula consists of betel leaf smeared with lime paste and areca nut. To produce a good taste and fragrant breath some other ingredients are also added like:
 
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==People Using Tāmbula==
 
==People Using Tāmbula==
Since it is also considered an aphrodisiac, sanyāsins,<ref>Sanyāsins means monks.</ref> widows, brahmacārins<ref>Brahmacārins are the students of Vedic learning living in the gurukula, and celibates also.</ref> and those observing a fast on the ekādaśī and other sacred days are forbidden from taking it.
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Since it is also considered an aphrodisiac, sanyāsins,<ref>Sanyāsins means monks.</ref> widows, brahmacārins<ref>Brahmacārins are the students of Vedic learning living in the [[gurukula]], and celibates also.</ref> and those observing a fast on the [[ekādaśī]] and other sacred days are forbidden from taking it.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:50, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Tambula, TAmbula, Taambula


Tāmbula, an item of Ritualistic Worship

Tāmbula is one of the items offered to a deity in ritualistic worship. It is also consumed by many people in the country after food. The most common tāmbula consists of betel leaf smeared with lime paste and areca nut. To produce a good taste and fragrant breath some other ingredients are also added like:

  1. Cloves
  2. Cardamom
  3. Camphor
  4. Copra

Qualities of Tāmbula

Tāmbula is said to contain thirteen qualities such as:

  1. Elimination of wind
  2. Destruction of excess phlegm
  3. Annihilating disease germs
  4. Impart sweet smell to the breath

People Using Tāmbula

Since it is also considered an aphrodisiac, sanyāsins,[1] widows, brahmacārins[2] and those observing a fast on the ekādaśī and other sacred days are forbidden from taking it.


References

  1. Sanyāsins means monks.
  2. Brahmacārins are the students of Vedic learning living in the gurukula, and celibates also.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore