The Sandal tree is highly regarded in the Vedic texts, and the heartwood is considered to be sacred. It is said that Chandana, or Indra’s Sandalwood tree, scents the whole of paradise with its fragrance. Sandalwood is considered the epitome of excellence, imparting fragrance even to the ax that cuts it. For this reason, anything that is excellent is referred to as Chandana. It is used in sacred ceremonies and to purify holy places.