Cow Protection and Krishna Consciousness

… a blog by Madan Gopal Das

   Mar 12

Various Cow Products XII – Universal Thick Incense Sticks


Ingredients: –

  • Wet cow dung:   1000 gm
  • Wooden fine powder or saw dust:  500 gm
  • Cow ghee (clarified butter):  200 gm
  • Rice: 200 gm.


First mix all the above except cow dung in order to make a dough. Then mix cow dung and nicely knead this mixture. Then take a pipe (of any material) or any dye (as you want the shape of sticks to be made). Get a wooden stick of appropriate size to push the paste inside the pipe. Then wet the above mixture and put the material in pipe and push with a wooden rod of same shape. Thus they will form in size of thick sticks. Put the wet sticks in sun for drying. Pack the dried sticks in a box.

Uses: –

Dhupam Arghrpayami means of all forms of worship, lighting of incense is given prime importance. It is related with cleansing of air, control of pollution, balancing of environment, deep breathing, protection of health, destroyer of disease germs and mental peace. This dhoop (thick incense) is as per scriptures. It should be made from natural pure ingredients. No chemicals should be added.

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  1. Rajesh Chitalia says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
    For how many hours in a day is it recommended to light the dhoop sticks ?
    Rajesh Chitalia

    Ans – No limitations. But 2-3 in a day are good enough.

  2. Hare Krishna!

    Is it alright to make these incense sticks thinner on a wooden stick (like the regular incense sticks) rather than making them thick and using a pipe/mold to shape them? I presume the paste mixture can then be rolled on easily to the stick.

    Your Servant,
    Bhakta Rj

    Ans – In tradition the dhoop is what is a thick one without a stick inside. I would rather stick to it and try to find out why it is like that. Any one who wants to make dhoop in any type can do so but I can’t recommend. It better to avoid using wood stick inside. We cause felling of trees for that i.e. for our little comfort. better we make without inside stick.

  3. Nicki says:


    I heard that the bamboo stick in incense when burnt creates carcinogens and is very unhealthy to inhale. This is why the pure dhoop is superior.

    Ans – Thanks for writting. I don’t have exact vedic reference so not stating boldly but in my childhood I had heard that there is vedic injunction against burning bamboo. Bamboo is not to be burned. Therefor the offering should be of dhoop and not agarbatti as it has bamboo reeds at centre. About carcinogenics I am sure but since there is vedic injunction there must be some reasons. The one mentioned by you may be one of it. I personally never use agarbatti (incense) but always use dhoop.

  4. sunderlal says:

    swamiji, pranam.
    delited to know about visvdeva dhoop.
    the plus point is to make the same,at home,by any body,specialy elders can utilise thier free time for
    making the pure/pavitra dhup,and restore thier illness too.
    . also can distribute to there friends/relatives and can be happy. a happy time consuming, novel idea.I remain

  5. S M DESHPANDE says:

    Is it compulsory to mix wooden fine powder or saw dust. Ghee and Rice powder, will they not be sufficient for continuous burning ? Because by adding saw dust or wooden fine powder we will be adding meterials other then havan samagri.

    Hare Krishana

    Ans – Thanks. All formulas to manufacture products I am picking up from author who wrote more than 100 years back. I am no experimenting, but I am not against it. You can try and share your experiences with us.

  6. Hare Krsna!
    Thank you for the recipe! I have made this before awhile back following this recipe and I had a problem with the continuous burn of the doop. I had to keep lighting it again every minute or two.
    I heard that it may be because of the powdered rice and that it is not flammable. ??? But it could also be the quality of the cow dung. Does anyone else have the same problem?
    Bhaktin Christina

    Ans – Thanks for writing. First of all see to it that the sticks are dried properly. Then if still problem persists then can decrease the quantity of rice a little bit as mentioned by you. Rice quantity can be further decreased if required.

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