Camas-a (Vedic Yajna Implement)

Item Code: ZAL41
Height: 2 inch
Width: 7.3 inch
Depth: 3.2 inch
Weight: 210 gm
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Camasa-s are soma-offering cups utilized by sacrificial priests. Pranitapranayanam camasamadbhi pariksalayati tusnim kamsam mrnmayam ca Apa. 1-16-3 he washes the wooden goblet to be used for carrying forward of the Pranita-water by means of water. If the goblet is made of wood, it should be washed accompanied by mantras. If it is made of bronze or mud, it is washed without the mantras. These options are based on the aspiration of the Sacrificer. The kamsya should be used if one wishes the Brahmic-lustre: mud for one who wishes fame: the godohana vessel if one wishes cattle. If devoid of any specific wish, wood is suggested. It has a length of one pradesha, and width and height of one four cubits (catur angula). Placing it near the Garhapatya fire, it is filled less to the brim and placed to the northern side of the Ahavaniya fire on the darbha grass along with water. This is technically known as apampranayana. The waters in it are taken in the Sruva, supported by the grass-brush, and having poured it into the fried flour, and then pouring the hot-water in it (the flour) and having made it into a ball, the Purodasha is preapared. sruvena pranitabhya adaya vedenopayamya samapo adbhiragamateti pistesvaniyadbhih 1-24-5.


At the conclusion of the Sacrifice, the water in it is poured in the antarvedi, the altar and eyes are washed with it antarvedi pranita asadya vimuncati 3-13-5 having placed the Pranita water within the altar, he unyokes (it).


The same water is called avabhrta in the Isti. This utensil is preserved for the life of the Sacrificer. In the antyesti, it is placed in the middle portion of the Sacrificer. Thus it is mentioned - madhye pranitapranayanam. It has the shape of a rectangle.


A. Vajina Camasa : In the Caturmasya-Sacrifices, the remnants of Amiksha, known as vajina should be offered in Sacrifice with the Camasa, called Vajina Camasa. vasatkrte camasena juhoti Apa. 8-3-8. Its shape and characteristics are similar to the one described above.


B. Vratapradana Camasa : In the Somayaga, it is used optionally, to hold milk etc. in the place of utensil by the Sacrificer camasam vratapradhanamabhimantrya. Its shape and characteristics are similar to the one described above.


C. Tanunaptra Camasa : In the Soma Sacrifice, the priests touch the ghee for the sake of ca- maraderie. The Camasa in which it is placed is known as Tanunaptra Camasa. It is used optionally for the Sruk. Sruci camase va tanunaptram samavadyati Apa.ll-1-1.


Its shape and characteristics are similar to the one described above.

Sculpting Serenity: Unveiling the Art of Crafting Wood Statues

Wood has been a preferred material for sculptures and statues since ancient times. It is easy to work with than most metals and stones and therefore requires less effort to shape it into any desired shape or form. The texture of the wood gives an element of realism to the sculpture. The selection of an appropriate wood type is necessary for carving. Woods that are too resinous or coniferous are not considered good for carving as their fiber is very soft and thus lacks strength. On the other hand, wood such as Mahogany, Oakwood, Walnut wood, Weet cherry wood, etc., are preferred by sculptors because their fiber is harder. A wood sculptor uses various tools such as a pointed chisel in one hand and a mallet in another to bring the wood to the desired measurement and to make intricate details on it. A carving knife is used to cut and smooth the wood. Other tools such as the gouge, V-tool, and coping saw also serve as important tools in wood carving. Although the wood carving technique is not as complex and tough as stone carving or metal sculpting, nonetheless, a wood carver requires a high level of skills and expertise to create a stunning sculpture.

1. Selecting the right wood

The process of wood carving begins with selecting a chunk of wood that is required according to the type and shape of the statue to be created by the sculptor. Both hardwoods and softwoods are used for making artistic pieces, however, hardwoods are preferred more than softer woods because of their durability and longevity. But if heavy detailing is to be done on the statue, wood with fine grain would be needed as it would be difficult to work with hardwood.

2. Shaping the wood

Once the wood type is selected, the wood carver begins the general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. A gouge is a tool having a curved cutting edge which is useful in removing large unwanted portions of wood easily without splitting the wood. The sculptor always carves the wood across the grain of the wood and not against it.

3. Adding detailing

When a refined shape of the statue is obtained, it is time for making details on the statue using different tools. This is achieved by using tools such as a veiner to make and a V-tool to create decorative and sharp cuts.

4. Surface finishing

Once finer details have been added, the sculptor is ready to smoothen the surface and give it a perfect finish. Tools such as rasps and rifflers are used to get a smooth surface. The finer polishing is obtained by rubbing the surface with sandpaper. If a textured surface is required, this step is skipped. Finally, to protect the statue from excessive dirt accumulation, the sculptor applies natural oils such as walnut or linseed oil all over it. This also brings a natural sheen to the statue.

How to care for Wood Statues?

Wood is extensively used in sculpting especially in countries like China, Germany, and Japan. One feature that makes the wood extremely suitable for making statues and sculptures is that it is light and can take very fine detail. It is easier for artists to work with wood than with other materials such as metal or stone. Both hardwoods, as well as softwood, are used for making sculptures. Wood is mainly used for indoor sculptures because it is not as durable as stone. Changes in weather cause wooden sculptures to split or be attacked by insects or fungus. The principal woods for making sculptures and statues are cedar, pine, walnut, oak, and mahogany. The most common technique that sculptors use to make sculptures out of wood is carving with a chisel and a mallet. Since wooden statues are prone to damage, fire, and rot, they require proper care and maintenance.


  • Wood tends to expand and contract even after it has been processed, thus it is always recommended to keep the wooden sculptures in rooms with little humidity. Excess moisture can harm your masterpiece.


  • Periodical dusting of the finished piece is necessary to maintain its beauty as dust accumulation on the surface takes away the shine of the sculpture. You can use a clean and soft cloth or a hairbrush for this purpose.


  • You must avoid applying any chemical-based solutions that may damage the wood from the inside. Instead, you can apply lemon oil or coconut oil using a cotton rag to the sculpture to bring out its natural shine. Lemon oil also helps to clean any stains on the sculpture.


  • Applying a layer of beeswax protects the wood from sun damage and hides even the smallest imperfections on the wood.


It is extremely important to preserve and protect wooden sculptures with proper care. A little carelessness and negligence can lead to their decay, resulting in losing all their beauty and strength. Therefore, a regular clean-up of the sculptures is a must to prolong their age and to maintain their shine and luster. 

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