Havan, or sacred fire, is an indispensable part of Vedic rituals. In a Havan, ingredients such as guggle, loban, shakkar, giloye, and rice are offered to fire along with ghee and wood, amidst chanting of sacred Vedic mantras, which are set to a particular note, rhythm and sound vibration. It has been proved that the havans have scientific importance and helps in removing airborne diseases and viruses.
The fumes that rise out of the sacred fires of the havan kund are known to reduce bacteria, and to kill fungi and pathogens in the atmosphere that increase after the monsoon. These are known to cause eye infections and viral fevers. According to a research study by Mamta Saksena, the fumes emanating from this sacred fire reduce the level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the atmosphere. You can conduct this ritual once a month to keep your home and surroundings pure.
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, says: "The yagya becomes a process that allows you to peek into the infinite spiritual dimension."
A quick havan can also be performed in 4-10 minutes in a big diya, without elaborate arrangements, says Meena Om, founder of the Pranam movement. Invoke your deity and say your prayers. Recall all your shortcomings, negative thoughts, feelings of guilt and fear, recall the tensions and anxieties weighing on your mind and your physical imperfections and diseases. Burn them in the fire to the sound of Om. Have faith that your message will be couriered to the universal forces for purification on the sound vibration of swaha. A havan can be performed as a form of meditation too. Sit still and visualise a fire burning either at your navel or your forehead. Now pick out your imperfections and burn them in this fire, one by one. You will feel relieved and light. This way, you can prepare yourself to perform a yagya, which is a highly evolved form of havan, she says.
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