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Atharva Veda on the Importance of Fire Ritual – Yajna


Atharva Veda brings out the importance of the fire ritual (Agni Upasana). Fire has the power to purify, and several Vedic hymns describe the role of Agnihotra (fire ceremony) in maintaining the balance in nature.

Analysis of the effect of fire in yajna’s shows how, on becoming hot, the air expands and ascends upwards, together with various materials and particles (derived from various herbs used in Yajna) and seeds the clouds that are then more likely to descent to Earth in the form of rain.

Purvamimamsa Dharma Shastra says that the use of four types of aromatic herbs in yajna fire will be extremely beneficial for the environment.

The seers of Yajur Veda declared that clouds are formed by vegetation. This profound statement shows their understanding of the dynamic process of the formation of vapors by transpiration in the plants. These vapors, laden with molecules of water as well as volatile ingredients of plants, come into contact with the passing winds, condense into clouds and fall on earth as rain.