Agnihotra means a Divine worship done with oblations in Agni (Fire). The process of Agnihotra consists of making two offerings to the fire exactly at the time of sunrise and sunset along with the chanting of two small Sanskrit mantras. The offerings consist of two pinch full of uncooked rice grains smeared with a few drops of cow’s pure ghee. The fire is prepared out of dried cow dung cakes in a small copper pot of a semi- pyramid shape.
Agnihotra is the most basic healing fire ritual (homam / homa / havan) from the ancient science of Ayurveda. Agnihotra is a powerful, yet simple homa that anyone in any walk of life can do and heal the atmosphere in his/her own home.
Agnihotra purifies and cleanses the environment from negative vibrations. As all other elements are stationed in space, it purifies the other elements as well. It brings clarity of thought, increases the energy level and improves over – all health. It is the process of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of fire tuned to the specific biorhythm of sunrise/sunset.
AGNIHOTRA MANTRA AT SUNRISE
Sooryáya Swáhá ( Put unbroken brown rice mixed with ghee into the fire)
Sooryáya Idam¹ Na Mama Prajápataye Swáhá ( Put unbroken brown rice mixed with ghee into the fire)
Prajápataye Idam¹ Na Mama
AGNIHOTRA MANTRA AT SUNSET
Agnaye Swáhá ( Put unbroken brown rice mixed with ghee into the fire)
Agnaye Idam¹ Na Mama Prajápataye Swáhá( Put unbroken brown rice mixed with ghee into the fire) )
Prajápataye Idam¹ Na Mama
Significance of Agnihotra:
Tremendous amounts of energy are gathered around the Agnihotra copper pyramid just at Agnihotra time. A magnetic-type field is created, which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. Therefore, a positive pattern is created by one who does Agnihotra merely by his/her performance. Agnihotra purifies the atmosphere of pollutants and neutralizes harmful radiation. The resultant atmosphere gives nourishment to plant life.
Agnihotra and Plants: The ghee is thrust into the atmosphere and attaches itself to the molecular structure of the soil, allowing the soil to retain more moisture. Plants grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are better able to withstand droughts. Agnihotra causes a change in the cellular structure of the plant which sends more nutrients to the fruit of the plant and less to the leaves, stem and roots. Many people have found that the size, taste, texture and yield of fruits and vegetables grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are superior. Performance of Agnihotra in the garden reduces pest problems and organic gardening and farming are made easier by using Homa (healing fire) techniques.
Medicinal properties of Agnihotra: Agnihotra renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin and purifies the blood. It is the holistic approach to life. Many people who are normally allergic to smoke experience a healing effect by sitting in Agnihotra atmosphere. The healing effects of Agnihotra are locked in the resultant ash. Thousands of people in different parts of the world have experienced wonderful healings of all types of ailments by using Agnihotra ash.