A chillum is a conical pipe traditionally made from fired clay. It’s designed for smoking a mixture of charas and tobacco . The chillum is always accompanied by a conical stone which prevents pieces of burning charas falling into the smoker’s mouth. There is also a wetted piece of cloth known as the safi which is a second safety guard.

It’s a very social form of smoking as a chillum is generally far too strong to be smoked alone. The whole operation of preparing the mix and smoking the charas is something of a ritual.

Shiva is considered to have always invoked with the ceremony of smoking the chillum. Baba’s cry out {{{Bom Shankar}}} as the chillum is lit and the more stoned you become, the closer you enter into Shiva’s presence.

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