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Importance of Havan

 


ओम् भूभुवः स्वः, तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।

भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि:, धियो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

We Indians have deep rooted traditional value system and we are immensely proud of our heritage and culture. But in today’s age of race for success and material bliss, we somehow are not devoting enough time to our traditions and rituals, though unwillingly.

Dating back to vedic period, we have been performing various rituals and holy rites to ensure our well being and seek blessings from God. One of the ways of doing this was through ‘Yajnas’ or ‘Yagya’.

The word Yajna (Sanskrit: यज्ञ; yajña or yajJa) appears in the early Vedic literature, composed in 2nd millennium BCE. In Rigveda, Yajurveda and others, it means "worship, devotion to anything, prayer and praise, an act of worship or devotion, a form of offering or oblation, and sacrifice". In post-Vedic literature, the term meant any form of rite, ceremony or devotion with an actual or symbolic offering or effort.

Yajnas have been described as a sacred , vedic tradition in which sacred fire (divine Agni) was lit and offerings were made to God by pouring them into the divine agni , amidst holy chants of hymns and mantras, to worship and please God and ask for his blessings and favours.

Yajnas were performed by ‘Yajmanaas’ and oblations/offerings/sacrifices were offered to God by putting them in the holy fire, by Priests/Brahmins. In addition to cows, which were usual sacrificial offering, gold, cloth and horses were also donated. The Priests/Brahmins were also given a part of these offerings, in form of ‘dakshina’.

Hence, the dominant mode of worshipping the Gods was through this holy ritual, ‘yajna’. It was considered that offerings made to the Gods were carried to them through the holy smoke emanating from the divine agni and in return, Gods were expected to grant boons and blessings. So we can view Yajnas as a means of spiritual exchange between Gods and humans !

Yajnas were performed to worship and please Gods for various purposes, like for rain, for good yield of crops, for fighting epidemics, for reign and power (Rajasuya Yagya) and even to seek heir to the throne!

So basically humans, ever since vedic age, have communicated with Gods and seek their blessings through performing Yajnas.

In today’s era of technology , unfortunately our value system has taken a back seat! There is nothing wrong in being successful but we shall not forget our culture and traditions, which are equally important and help in keeping us grounded and righteous. Its been scientifically proven that when offerings/ havan samagri and Ghrita(ghee) is poured into the holy fire of a yajna, the emanating smoke purifies the air around us by killing many microbes and making it more pure and healthier. Not just that, Yajnas also facilitate mental peace, harmony and satisfy our spiritual being and also make us feel connected to God which in turn , is very reassuring and calming.

Thankfully, Yajnas still have a significant role in hindu rites and holy ceremonies, like Weddings, Grihapravesha and many more and we still have not forgotten to seek blessings of Almighty. Its just that we need to prioritise things in our life to ensure a happy and peaceful existence!

Hence it is advisable to spare some time from our maddening schedule and do indulge us in such holy activities which will surely rejuvenate and re-energize us and fill our lives with lots of positive energy and blessings….    