Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Difference between camphor and edible camphor

  • Camphor is a white crystalline substance, obtained from the tree ‘Cinnamomum camphora’. It is used as medicine, insect repellent, etc.
  • It has been used for long time in cooking. Now-a-days it is being widely used.
  • Camphor used in cooking is ‘edible camphor’. It is also called ‘pachchai karpooram’, pachcha karpooram, pachai karpuram or pacha karpuram. Pachchai in Tamil means raw or green.
  • Hindus usually burn camphor while praying to God (worshipping).
  • Camphor is a main pooja (puja) item. Aarti (aarathi / Deepaaraathana / Deepa aarathana) is performed with it.
  • Kan drishti (jealousy / evil gaze / Evil Eye) is believed to be eliminated by camphor.
  • Dhrishti Parihaaram is said to be a measure to ward off the evil, cast by an evil eye.
  • It is believed that burning camphor, when brought near any person, burns out all the negativity around the person.

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