Yagya, Hawan, Homa or Havan (Fire Ritual) is a sacred ritual performed in temple or home to invoke the Divine by chanting mantras and paying an offering to the fire god Agni. It’s an age-old Hindu ritual which creates a revitalizing, rejuvenating and purifying effect on both the devotee who performs as well as on the environment.
Negative energies are dispelled and the protective shield is built around the house, this is even proved by science that havan kills the harmful bacteria from the surrounding. One should do havan to purify the atmosphere, for that we need to pay an offering to the fire with something aromatic, sweet, curative and nourishing.
According to scientific approach burning Cow’s ghee kills disease-producing germs. Even the burning of sugar will purify the air and destroy the bacteria. We must perform havan on a regular basis, but in the current modern lifestyle, it is very difficult for working people to find time for doing havan. For such people, we are providing a shorter version of Havan that you can do easily at home yourself without a pandit.
Havan is said to remove Black Magic, Evil Forces, Obstacles and negative vibration around a person or in a family at home or at workplaces which hinders the progress and prosperity, Business Losses, distress, etc.
Havas is good for their Eco-friendly nature as the herbs and ghee used in the havan create gases that drive away from the pollution in the environment.
Things you will require to do havan at home
- Havan Samagri
- Mauli (Red thread)
- Kanku (Red puja powder)
- Wood (Havan wood)
- Glass of water
- Havan Kund (Huge bowl)
- 2 Spoons
- Arati holder
- Sesame seeds (til) – To be added to havan samigri
- Mustard seeds – To be added to havan samigri
- Oat (jaun) – To be added to havan samigri
- Jaggery (Desi Khand) – To be added to havan samigri
- Foodstuffs (fruits and sweets)
- Flowers to offer to diety and place near havan kund
- Prasad (Halwa) should be prepared to offer to the main deity worshiped
Havan should be done in sunlight, preferably between 7-9 AM, clean and mop the place where you intend to do havan (Centre of your home is the best place). After a bath, all family members should sit facing North or East, keep the havan kund in front of you. Asan on which you sit should be four-time folded i.e Sukh Asan. After you have comfortably sat close your eyes and recite Gayatri Mantra three times in mind not loudly.
Place a Kalash, vessel filled with water in the right direction, it can be covered with coconut and mango leaves.
Put teeka (Kanku and rice) on Havan Kund and family members forehead and tie Mauli on there wrist.
Offer your prayer to Lord Ganesh and start the havan ritual by arranging 3-4 pieces of wood in the Havan Kund.
Take water in your right hand by spoon and recite ‘OM AMRTIO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA’ and drink the water.
Again take water in your right-hand recite ‘OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA’ and drink it.
Again take water in your right hand and recite ‘OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA’ and drink the water.
Now lastly take water in your hands and wash them while sitting.
Start the fire in the havan kund with the help of camphor. Chant Gayatri mantra and add word Swaha in the end and offer ghee with a spoon into havan kund and ask other family members to add a pinch of Havan samagri from right-hand finger avoid using forefinger.
You can do this 11, 21, 51 or 108 times as per your wish.
You can choose the mantras as per your wish. After chanting the Mantra, recite ‘Swaha’ and add some Ghee and Hawan Samagri.
Gayatri Mantra for successful completion of all tasks –
“Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat”
Finally, a coconut filled with ghee is offered and Havan is concluded with Arati. Distribute the prasad among all the members.