In our online store, we feature one of our favorite incense brands made in Nepal. We carry a much wider selection of meditation and other incense in our Berkeley Springs store so please call Kishor if you are looking for a particular type or brand of Tibetan incense or Nepalese incense.
The first recorded use of incense was by the Egyptians and later spread into China and then was eventually transmitted to East Asis where it is used Buddhist ceremonies and rites as well as in those of Chinese Taoist and Japanese Shinto shrines. It is reputed to be a method of purifying the surroundings, bringing forth an assembly of buddhas, bodhisattvas, gods, demons, and the like. In Chinese Taoist and Buddhist temples, the inner spaces are scented with thick coiled incense, which are either hung from the ceiling or on special stands. Worshipers at the temples light and burn sticks of incense in small or large bundles, which they wave or raise above the head while bowing to the statues or plaques of a deity or an ancestor. Individual sticks of incense are then vertically placed into individual censers located in front of the statues or plaques either singularly or in threes, depending on the status of the deity or the feelings of the individual. The formula and scent of the incense sticks used in various temples throughout Asia vary widely.