Wooden Palm Mango wood is very auspicious for yagya or any pooja. It cleans & purify the atmosphere. As part of the holy fire in the invocation is a bundle of sticks called in Sanskrit, “Samithu”. Aam ki Lakdhi is a sacred offering in the yagna. Mango Wood (Havan Lakdi) can be used for almost all kinds of hawan, yagnas or puja including marriage, Durga puja, Laxmi puja, bhumi pujan, grihapravesh puja, namakaranam, satyanarayan, other religious activities ,etc.
What is Havan?
Havan is a ritual among Hindus where the priest lights up the fire using camphor and mango sticks, and devotees around put sacred ingredients (havan samagri) at the end of chanting mantras.
Significance of Mango Woodsticks
Burning 1 kg of mango wood only did not reduce the viruses present in the air. But as soon as one kilogram of hawan material was burnt over it, within an hour the level of bacteria present in the chamber decreased by 95%.
A scientist from France, Trele, came to India and researched the use of mango wood in the havan. His research concluded that formic aldehyde is produced when the sticks are burnt. The gas is renowned to kill hazardous bacteria in the environment, and it purifies the air. The same gas is produced by burning jaggery as well.
Another scientist, Toutik, said that if a person sits in the havan for at least half an hour, the body becomes pure from the bacteria and germs that could cause diseases like typhoid. One does not necessarily have to sit in the havan, but the effect pertains to someone who came in contact with the smoke of the havan.
Acharya Bhaskar Ametaji from Mangal Bhavan collected the ingredients used to perform the havan. He burnt them and found that the gas released from the fire had killed several viruses.
The significance is not only of the mango wood but also the ingredients that are burnt with it.
His research studied the effects of the smoke from mango woods and havan ingredients. It concluded that the air purification effect of the gas from the havan pertains for about a month. In December 2007, this research study was published in the Research Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
Why should we use Mango Woodsticks?
Mango wood starts burning due to the removal of carbon dioxide in small amounts, being highly flammable and even when moist, air from hand fan. As much as possible, mango wood should be used in the sacrificial spirit according to the environment.
When mango wood burns, a gas called formic aldehyde is produced. Which kills the dangerous bacteria and bacteria, and purifies the environment.
If sitting in a hawan for half an hour or if there is contact with the body with the smoke of hawan, then dangerous diseases like typhoid also die and the body becomes clean.
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