Agni Homa is our speciality. Agni Homa is the process of Purifying the self and the atmosphere through specially prepared fire. The Sanskrit word Homa is from the root hu, which refers to “pouring into fire, offer, sacrifice”
Agni remains an integral part of Hindu traditions, such as being the central witness of the rite-of-passage ritual
There are many theories about the origins of the god Agni, some tracing it to Indo-European mythologies, others tracing to mythologies within the Indian tradition
In the Vedic pantheon, Agni occupies, after Indra, the most important position. Agni is prominent in the hymns of the Vedas and particularly the Brahmanas. In the Rig Veda there are over 200 hymns that praise Agni. His name or synonyms appear in nearly a third of 1,028 hymns in the Rigveda.The Rigveda opens with a hymn inviting Agni, who is then addressed later in the hymn as the guardian of Ṛta (Dharma)
The whole system and structure of Homa ritual is common to many Sanskara (rite of passage) ceremonies in various Hindu traditions. It often combines fire and water, burnt offerings and soma, fire as masculine, earth and water as feminine, the fire vertical and reaching upwards, while the altar, offerings and liquids being horizontal. The Homa ritual’s altar (fire pit) is itself a symmetry, most often a square, a design principle that is also at the heart of temples in Indian religions. The sequence of homa ritual events similarly, from beginning to end, are structured around the principles of symmetry. The forms and means of offerings are symbolism of the masculine and feminine, such as ghee (symbolism of masculine semen) offered into the fire from a ladle ritually shaped in form of a yoni (symbolism for feminine prakriti).
With mantra for Agni Deva the fire is started. The sacrificer enters, symbolically cleanses himself or herself, with water, joins the homa ritual, Gods/Goddesses and planetary devas are invited, prayers recited. The sacrificers pour offerings and libations into the fire, with mantra chanted, often to the bija of svaha. The oblations and offerings typically consist of clarified butter (ghee), milk, curd, sugar, tumeric roots, grains, perfumed water, incense, seeds, petals and herbs.
The altar and the ritual is a symbolic representation of the Hindu cosmology, a link between reality and the worlds of Gods/Goddesses and living beings. The ritual is also a symmetric exchange, a “quid pro quo”, where humans offer something to the Gods/Goddesses through the medium of fire, and in return expect that the Gods/Goddesses will reciprocate with strength and that which they have power to influence. Agni Homa consisted of sacrificial offerings of something edible or drinkable, such as milk, clarified butter, yoghurt, rice, barley, herbs, or anything of value, offered to the Gods/Goddesses.
When the mantras are chanted energies are created by the rhythms of Mantras. These Energies are thrust into the atmosphere by fire, thus helping us to reprogram our DNA
It is always special to have children to join me during my weekly dance with Agni Deva. In occasion my 11 year old daughter. .
The altar setup specially for the Dance between Agni Deva, the Devatas within the Meru, Yantra and those who attend the ritual
Our Master regularly visit our Mahavidya Temple in Tamil Nadu, South India to do special Yajna at the middle of the temple facing his beloved Mother Kali.