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    Is it ok to light ghee lamp during pooja in replacement of camphor?
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    As far as I'm aware villaku and Deepam can be lit with ghee or oil, and neeranjanam should be with camphor.

    So when offering Deepam during puja e.g. ram agnyaathmikayai Deepam darisayami" ghee/oil Deepam should be waved infront of deity.
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    it is also o.k.
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    In terms of pollution ghee lamp is better than camphor
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    hi

    in USA....many temples using ghee lamp instead of camphor.....
    asato maa sadh gamayaa, tamaso maa jyotir
    gamayaa, mrityor maa amritham gamayaaa..
    om shanti, om shanti, om shanti...upanishad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamini15 View Post
    Is it ok to light ghee lamp during pooja in replacement of camphor?
    Now a days, this is done in many temples too!

    No camphor aarthi!
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    The problem with camphor is the smoke it gives out while burning. If it is a an enclosed puja room with no exhaust system, all the smoke gets settled in the roof making it darker over a period of time. This is out of my personal experience.
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    Namaskarams,

    I am using only ghee lamp harathi during my daily pooja. It is more superior than any other aarthi.

    Anbuden
    Adiyen
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    Why do we offer lamps to God? (Aarti)

    Virtually every puja includes the offering of a flame to a Deity. This is aarti. This lamp is usually made with a ghee wick or a camphor (kapoor) flame. There are two basic reasons why a lighted lamp is offered. The first is purely practical. In ancient times the lamp provided illumination to see the Deity since electrical lights were not available. The lamp would be offered to the feet of the Deity, then slowly moved up to illuminate the knees, the waist and the chest, to finally illuminate the face. This would allow meditation on each part of the Deity starting from the feet.


    The second reason is purely symbolic and goes back to our metaphor: the sun equals light, which equals knowledge, which equals consciousness, which equals liberation. Think of the flame as a kind of bhoga which then becomes a prasada after being offered to the Deity. The flame is then presented to the worshippers who sweep their hands across the lamp in a gesture that suggests “scooping up” the light and bathing their eyes, face and head with the blessings of knowledge, etc. In an interesting side note, when a ghee wick is prepared usually two wicks are twisted together. The two wicks combined make a larger flame and one that symbolically represents the soul and God (atma and the paramatma), combined.

    http://sanskrit.org/the-offerings-of-food-and-lamps-aarati/



    This thread is in Rituals, I am mindful of that.
    But my practical question is why use fire when we can use a flashlight?
    I have known many accidents in puja rooms, can we be practical and safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prasad1 View Post
    Why do we offer lamps to God? (Aarti)

    Virtually every puja includes the offering of a flame to a Deity. This is aarti. This lamp is usually made with a ghee wick or a camphor (kapoor) flame. There are two basic reasons why a lighted lamp is offered. The first is purely practical. In ancient times the lamp provided illumination to see the Deity since electrical lights were not available. The lamp would be offered to the feet of the Deity, then slowly moved up to illuminate the knees, the waist and the chest, to finally illuminate the face. This would allow meditation on each part of the Deity starting from the feet.


    The second reason is purely symbolic and goes back to our metaphor: the sun equals light, which equals knowledge, which equals consciousness, which equals liberation. Think of the flame as a kind of bhoga which then becomes a prasada after being offered to the Deity. The flame is then presented to the worshippers who sweep their hands across the lamp in a gesture that suggests “scooping up” the light and bathing their eyes, face and head with the blessings of knowledge, etc. In an interesting side note, when a ghee wick is prepared usually two wicks are twisted together. The two wicks combined make a larger flame and one that symbolically represents the soul and God (atma and the paramatma), combined.

    http://sanskrit.org/the-offerings-of-food-and-lamps-aarati/



    This thread is in Rituals, I am mindful of that.
    But my practical question is why use fire when we can use a flashlight?
    I have known many accidents in puja rooms, can we be practical and safe.
    I have another question...what can we truly offer God when we can not create even 5 elements?

    For whom is the light for?
    For us or for God?
    So what is the true Jyoti we can offer to God?
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