Yajna Kunds are basically reservoirs of energy or energy centers where all the divinity is invited and invoked. The shape of Havan kund is widely experienced to generate and store a special energy field, which possess bacteriostatic properties. The unique shape of the Agni Kunda (also called Havan Kunda) allows controlled generation and multi directional dissipation of energy. It acts as a generator of unusual energy fields and spreads them in its surrounding atmosphere.
As per the scriptures there are different types of Yajna Kunds which are made in following shapes.
- Rectangular or Square
- Yoni Kunda
- Lotus-shaped and
Some of the common shapes are Chaturakara (Square Yajna Kund), Ardha Chandrakara (Semi Circle shaped Yajna Kund), Vrittakara (Circular Shaped Yajna Kund) and Trikonakara (Triangle Yajna Kund). The form of the Yajna Kund varies depending on the Sankalpa (Intent), Deity Prayed and Situation of the Yajamana. You may have seen the Square Shaped Yajna Kund as it is primarily used in the Yagya rituals. The square shape Yajna/ Yagya Kund is also called as Chaturastra Kunda or the Kund design made with four equal sides.
- The Square Shape & is called Chaturastra Kund for the accomplishment of all work & gaining Siddhis.
- The Heart shaped Yajna Kund is called Yoni Kund designed for desire manifestation like getting a child and attracting love.
- The Semi Circle shaped Yajna Kund is called Ardha Chandr Kund which is made to gain harmony, happiness, peace and resolve conflicts. It is also for conferring peace in the family, both wife and husband have to offer oblation together.
- Semi-circular or ArdhaChandrakar meaning Ardha means “half” & Chandra meaning in the shape of the moon.
- The Triangular shaped Yajna Kund is also called Trikon Kund which look like bow & arrow and perfectly designed to win over enemies.
- The Vrut Yajna Kund is circular shape Kund and designed for public welfare and peace.
- The Star shaped Yajna Kund is called Pushtrkon Kund which is made for win over the unseen and seen enemies.
- The Yajna Kund with 6 angles is constructed for stopping death.
- The Padma Kund denotes Lotus and the Yajna Kund is made in Flower shape which is primarily made to gain wealth. Some old scriptures also mention its construction for safety against evil energies.
A Yagya is the powerful remedy for karmic evolution, annihilating past negative karma and helping in generation of positive karma for the future. In Vedic literature, the concept of Yajna/ Yagya has been completely illustrated. It claims the subsequent process. The amazing arena together with the incredible system is the actual concept of Yagya. A well-organized state displaying tranquillity and order is the real concept of Homa/ Yajna.
Havans or Homas
The foremost among our ancient vedic rituals, the ‘RITUAL OF FIRE SACRIFICE’ was revealed to our ancient sages after several years of penance and austerities. A Homa or Havan is a sacred fire ceremony in which various forms of the Divine gods and Demi-gods are invoked in a sacred fire that has been kindled according to the guidelines in the Vedic scriptures. Certain special offerings are made into the fire while Sanskrit Mantras are chanted. The combination of the powerful energy of the fire and the Sanskrit mantras create extremely auspicious and purifying vibrations that are beneficial to all who attend the Homa. The smoke that rises from a Homa contains a powerful healing energy, and as it rises to the heavens it purifies the atmosphere, both physically and subtly, encouraging a peaceful environment and gentle weather. Every kind of negative karma can be purified by the sacred Homa fire, due to divine grace.
Sage kshayapa has beautifully described the origin of fumigation therapy or Dhoopa chikitsa . When the Rishis were troubled by negative elements in the form of Rakshasas, they tried to find solutions by performing japa , tapa and homa to please Agni deva. Agni Deva revealed the secret of using Fumes/gas generated by the material offered to Agni/fire to remove the troubles as well as trouble creaters in the form of Rakshasas, bhootas, pisachas and the grahas . He blessed them to perform yagnas to remove all fear and cure diseases. Since ancient times, this traditional fumigation therapy was used for the welfare of Humans. Ayurveda deals with ‘Dhoopa vidhi’ containing dhoopa,, Anudhoopa and Pratidhoopa. The Vedas , brahmanas, Puranas, Itihasa and tantric Texts give us details of the procedures and results of Homacharam.
To perform Traditional homacahara you should have an undestanding of Dravya Gunas- the qualities of the items used in the sacrificial fire- What should be put and when they should be offered into the homa fire. Different parinamas/results are obtained by the different fumes that are generated by offering different materials into homa fire according to the Rituals. Homas have the power to remove all grahadoshas and give bhaada mukti (releif from troubles). A lot depends on the materials and herbs that are offered to the homa fire. Dravya guna of material put in fire will be in sookshma roopa or subtle forms. The fumes thus produced will enter our body as we breathe, gets into our blood stream and cure the dosha or impurities.
Although a consecrated fire is the central element of every homa ritual, the procedure and items offered to the fire vary by what occasions the ceremony, or by the benefit expected from the ritual. Procedures invariably involve –
? the kindling and consecration of the sacrificial fire;
? the invocation of one or more divinities; and,
? the making of offerings (whether real or visualized) to them with the fire as via media, amid the recitation of prescribed prayers and mantras.
The consecrated fire forms the focus of devotion. It is often maintained on specific types of dung, wood, dried coconut (copra) and/or other combustibles. The fire-altar (vedi or homa/havan kunda) is generally made of brick or stone or a copper vessel, and is almost always built specifically for the occasion, being dismantled immediately afterwards. This fire-altar is invaribly built in square shape. While very large vedis are occasionally built for major public homas, the usual altar may be as small as 1 x 1 foot square and rarely exceeds 3 x 3 feet square.
Again, whereas major altars at public events may include a hollowing of the earth to create a relatively deep pit, the usual altars involve no such excavation and indeed rise only inches above the ground. In all events, the arrangement is centered in the middle of a space, which may be either outdoors or indoors. The principal people performing the ceremony and the priests who instruct them through the rituals seat themselves around the altar, while family, friends and other devotees form a larger ring around that center.
The length and procedure of a homa depends on the purpose to which it is performed; many different types of homas exist, and the following list is only illustrative.
Havans can be better appreciated through the understanding of scientific principles. All rituals in the Hindu religion aim at journeying in one’s life enroute the process of Artha, Kama, Dharma, Mukti and Moksha. Havans are essentially sacrificial medium wherein various aspects of the ‘self’ are sacrificed at the altar of the SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS thereby enabling a direct communion with the SUPREME POWER. The energies aroused in a Havan effect the body and the mind and are tangible in our everyday life.
Purpose of Havans:
The sacred fire ritual ‘Havans’, serve as a link between man’s consciousness and the cosmic consciousness. According to science, matter can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another. In the same manner, whatever we offer in the Sacred Fire reaches the respective deities along with our prayers invoking the special blessings from those divine beings for the fulfillment of the purpose of the respective ‘Havan’, aimed at achieving success at a material and spiritual level of an individual. Faith reinforces the discovery of the Divine or Higher Source and our ultimate surrender to the ‘higher source,’ is the solution to all our existing endeavors. It is then that we enable the Divine or the higher sources to take control or streamline our life for our own sake.
The Havan Fire converts the physical components, all offerings made into the fire, into their ‘psychic’ components serving as offerings to the concerned deities presiding over the Havans. All religions worship the higher source/energy in the form of fire, seen as lighting candles or lamps during prayers. It is an ancient method of submitting the pleas and prayers to the higher source beseeching their Divine blessings. This practice is an art and the knowledge imparted has been well preserved for our observance in all the scriptures from various religions. When we use it for a right cause, the purpose is well served and the benefit is attained for all of us to share with the world. It is through the fire element that all the other five elements in the body get balanced. With this balance of energy all things begin to fall into place and we start getting connected with the Divine.
The sacrifices made into the fire get transformed as offerings to the respective divine deities /higher energies through the medium of fire. Through Havans, auspicious energies are awakened. One undergoes the cleansing of the physical and psychic bodies. In the Havan kund the various energies are invoked by chanting the sacred mantras and through various postures for receiving the right vibrations.
Participation in Havans:
The Havan requires the active involvement of the participants with deep faith and bonding to the concerned deity invoked for instant and spontaneous results. The grace flowing from the Havan which is contained within the Havan Kund till the end of the performance of the ritual gets transferred into the ‘Kalasam’ containing the holy water and is later offered to the participants for sprinkling on themselves and also partaking of the holy sacred water.
Benefits of Havans:
Havans not only enable the dispelling of negative energies from the homes but also annihilate negativity in our life patterns rescuing us from the curses of people countering the ill effects of black magic too. They bring in high energy fields, revitalize and balance the three types of energies/humors/gunas in our body. Therefore, the performance of a ‘Havan’ demands the active role of the participants. This is vital in deciding the fruits of the ritual for the participants. The level of one’s intense participation accompanied with feeling, faith and devotion, determines the proportion of grace received, which magnifies in multiples. This also heals the body filling it with positive and divine energy.
• Exaltation in spiritual practices is also attained by the performance of certain esoteric Havans. The Divine energy flowing from the deities unto the body of the participant cleanses them of all negative energies and ‘sanskars’.
• The deities invoked provide a protective shield around the participant keeping the negative energy at bay. The deities invoked receive the offerings and bestow their blessings onto the participants in the form of prosperity, longevity, relief from karma and its bondage, as per the quest of the ‘Havan’. The participant is either handed over the clothes adorning the sacred ‘Kalash’ (metal vessel), or then they are asked to partake of the sacred water filled inside this Kalash.
In certain Havans, like the ‘Sudarshan Havan’ or the ‘Kubera Havan’, a ‘yantra’ (divine symbol) is given or sent to the participant to be placed in their cupboards / drawers in offices / homes to reap prosperity and also for individual spiritual growth.
In case of the ‘Gayathri Havan’ the yantra is handed over to the participants if personally present else the sacred water alone will be handed over to the participant.
• The spiritual vibrations emanating from such the Havans are very powerful as they are conducted by the highly advanced and spiritually elevated. Also as the Havans are conducted in the sacred Oneness temple site located between the highly energised magnetic grid fields & in the fire energy of the site its effects are very powerful.
In certain cases they are also performed at the residences of participants on special request. Accordingly, the Guides determine the appropriate date and time for the type of Havan to invoke the precise results.
• Many times after conclusion of these Havans in certain cases, where the effect of individual / family karma needs further cleansing / offsetting its effect, one might necessitate attending further advanced processes as ordained by the Scriptures to effect the desired changes in their inputs to their lives.
Havan rituals enable one to attain fulfillment of various wishes / boons both in the materialistic and spiritual planes. These havans restore and revive a direct connection with the Higher Source which today we have off late lost track of.
It is strongly encouraged to seriously consider one’s individual and family needs, and organise the appropriate Havan (after duly consulting the Oneness Guides), at either one’s residence or participate in such Havans conducted by Organisations to reap the right benefits not just for one’s immediate family / self in this birth, but also for the liberation and salvation of one’s ancestors to whom we owe our body today and liberate ourselves also to attain Jeevan Mukthi while in this physical frame.
There are many different types of Havans which can be conducted, depending on the intentions and motivations of the participants. Each Havan is performed according to very strict and specific protocols, derived as a result of hundreds– or even thousands– of years of experiential research. They are conducted by highly advanced, learned and trained Vedic scholars, based on ancient knowledge passed down verbally over generations.
The Various Havans performed are: General Havans:
• Maha Ganapathi Havan – For Auspicious Beginning & For Removal of Obstacles
• Maha Lakshmi Havan – For Acquiring Wealth & Prosperity
• Maha Devi Havan – For a Suitable Life Partner
• Gayathri Havan – To Set Right Relationships and for Liberation from Negative Karma • Vidya Havan – For Academic Excellence & Career Growth
• Dhanvantri Havan – For Good Health
• Ayushya Havan – For Longevity of Life
• Mangala Samskarana Havan – For Awakening Auspicious Qualities
• Vastu Havan – To Set right Problems Arising From Wrong Vastu Special Havans:
• Durga Havan – For Removing & Destroying Negative Energies and Entities
• Bhagavath Katatksha Havan – For Receiving Direct Blessings of God to fulfill any particular purpose
• Sudarshana Havan – For Success and Prosperity
• Lakshmi Kubera Havan – For Higher Wealth & Prosperity
• Navagraha Havan – For Receiving the blessings of Navagraha Devatas and to remove doshas due to Grahas
Maha Ganapathi Havan
• To receive the blessings of Lord Ganapathi, the remover of obstacles
• For grahapravesham (House warming ceremony) before living in a new house
• Usually performed to have an auspicious beginning for commencing a business etc. • For fulfilling objectives without hindrances
• For success in works and projects without any obstacles
• For general well being
• To attain prosperity in various aspects of life
• Usually done before the beginning other homas
Atharva Sheersha Shodasha Ganapathi Homam/Maha Pooja. Ganesha is one of the most revered and loved gods in the Hindu Mythology. Born of Lord Shiva and Parvati, every story associated with this Lord is interesting and some are even amusing. Yet the astrological relevance and mythical references are accurate. Why Lord Ganesha has an elephant’s head, everyone has heard of, but why does he rides a Mooshak(mouse) or why is it that seeing the Moon on Ganesh Chaturthi is avoided and also several other questions wrt Ganesha have significant answers.
One story is recounted here, about the Lord Vignaharta, Lambodara, Ekadanta and His 16 Powerful forms -that are a panacea for Shani-related evils and misfortunes. Ganesha was created by Shakti when, ‘she anointed herself with turmeric and oil. When the mixture had soaked her sweat and dried on her skin, she scraped it off and from the scrapings, she created a child, her son.’ While this story might be well known to Ganesha’s followers, what may not be so well-known is that Vinayaka comes from the words, Vina (without) and Nayaka (the help of a man). What may also not be common knowledge is that ‘Durga- Ganesha’s mother, took a banana plant, wrapped a sari around it and gave it in marriage to Ganesha, because no woman in the world would marry him because of his elephant head!’ It is these interesting facts, detailed in an easy manner, with a contemporary slant that make you want to read on. Performing Ganesha Japa and Havan once every year will give prosperity, health and wealth. Ganesha Japa and Havan should be performed on all auspicious occasions.
Maha Lakshmi Havan
o To receive the blessings of Sri Maha Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and fortune
o To overcome financial crisis
o Creates opportunities to acquire wealth and prosperity
o For speedy recovery of loans
o For early repayment of loans
o For Financial growth & stability
o For growth in career hierarchy
o Sustaining unity in the family
Maha Devi Havan
o To receive the blessings of Goddess Maha Devi
o For successful marriage
o To remove obstacles that delay marriage
o To get married soon
o To have a happy married life filled with auspiciousness
o To receive the blessings of Goddess Gayathri, the Being who liberates us from Negative Karma
o For Liberation from negative karma and to acquire Sath karma (positive karma)
o For liberation from negative vasanas (qualities acquired from birth) and negative samskaras (qualities acquired during one’s lifetime)
o For Liberation of all karmic bondages/suffering acquired for many generations
o Focuses on setting right relationships within one’s family and other important people in one’s life
o Useful for spiritual awakening
o To break the negative patterns which are causing miseries in one’s life
o Useful for liberating ancestors and to receive their blessings
o For begetting Children
o For general growth in personal, professional and spiritual progress in one’s life
o To receive the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of Wisdom and Learning
o For enhanced academic excellence
o Useful for students and professionals
o For increasing memory power for higher concentration levels
o For a successful career
o For creativity and innovation in academics, business and profession
o For Flowering of Intelligence. It is very different from intellect acquired from knowledge through books
o To receive the blessings of Sri Dhanvantri, the giver of health according to Ayurveda and ancient scriptures
o For Roha nivarana (heals chronic illnesses)
o To maintain a healthy balance physically, psychologically and spiritually
o Has a healing effect of the body, mind and spirit
o Acts as prevention for future diseases
o Increases the resistance in the body from viruses, bacteria etc.
o This Havan cures ailments that cannot be treated through mainstream medicines
o To receive the blessings of Ayur Devata, giver of long and healthy life
o Also performed during the 1st birth anniversary of a child
o For good healthy life for a child or a person
o To remove negative effects caused by inauspicious day of birth
o Can be performed on yearly basis on birthdays and important occasions
o For a complete life filled with health, happiness and prosperity
o To witness happy relationships in the family in one’s life time
Mangala Samskarana Havan
o This havan glorifies the Divine to fill one’s life with auspicious qualities such as love, gratitude, kindness, etc.
o For receiving grace and wellbeing for the family
o For begetting children
o For tuning in to Higher auspicious energies
o For Success in endeavors
o Also helps for Jeevan Mukthi and Moksha (For liberation from the cycle of births and deaths)
o To help in spheres of health, wealth, success and prosperity of an individual
o To receive the blessings of vastu purusha to maintain an energy balance in a house or a building
o To heal vastu doshas (problems) in houses, commercial establishments,institutions, industries and localities etc
o To set right loss in business and problems in a family caused by negative effects of improper vastu construction
o For appease vastu purusha for not following the principles and techniques prescribed by vastu Shastra for constructing houses, temples and business centers
o This havan is also performed along with Maha Ganapathi havan during house warming ceremony for happiness and well being of the family members who would live in that house
o To receive the blessings of Goddess Durga Devi
o For removing or destroying negative energies troubling an individual, family or an organization
o For success over negative energies and enemies
o For removal and protection from black magic effects
o For protection from irrational fears and dangers
o For getting rid of troublesome tenants leading to easy vacation of the house, favoring the house owner
o To achieve success over competition in profession or business
Bhagavath Katatksha Havan
o For seeking Sri Amma Bhagavan’s grace to fulfill our needs in life
o To receive the blessings from all Gods & Goddesses
o This havan praises the God both as Mother and Father and the whole creation as an extension of the body of God
o To fill up the void within (for example, If a person lacks love, will be blessed with love to set right his relationship with family and others)
o For awakening auspicious qualities in abundance, within oneself
o For auspiciousness and general well-being
o For spiritual growth and awakening (Jeevan Mukthi)
o For higher levels of consciousness
o For acquiring 16 different kinds of wealth and prosperity such as good health and education, healthy relationships, for powerful communion with Sri Amma Bhagavan, kindness, gratitude, surrender etc.
o To receive the blessings of Lord Sudharshana, the deity of the Sudharshana Chakra
o Helps in setting right astrological flaws
o To remove and destroy negative forces affecting one’s life
o To have a golden shield of protection from negative energies like black magic and enemies
o For prevention from fatal accidents, unsolved miseries and accidents which may possibly occur in the near future
o For success, courage and prosperity
o For early solution to unsolved chronic problems
o For prevention and success in legal issues
Lakshmi Kubera Havan
o To receive the blessings of two Beings Goddess Maha Lakshmi , the Goddess of wealth & fortune; and Lord Kubera, who maintains this wealth and prosperity leading to further financial growth
o A very powerful homa for wealth and prosperity
o For faster recovery of dues
o For clearing the debts
o To tide over financial crises relating to large sum of money
o To please the Lord of wealth and prosperity, Sri Kubera
o To create the newer ways and means for acquiring wealth and prosperity through the blessings of Goddess Maha Lakshmi
o Helps in maintenance and growth of wealth, acquired in the form of land, property and other assets as a family for generations
o Activates the creative part of the brain leading to financial success in business and profession
o To enjoy the luxuries earned through one’s hard work and to ensure that it will not be wasted by the future generations
o To receive the blessings of the Divine Beings who control the 9 planets the Navagrahas which include our Sun, Moon and the non physical planets Raghu and Kethu
o It helps in removing astrological flaws
o To remove the negative effects (Graha doshas) of one or more planets like Saturn, Ragu or Kethu grahas
o To receive the positive effects of 9 planets which may be unfavorable at a given a point of time
o Each of these beings who control the planets relate to one aspect of the body for example, when you have the blessings of Surya Graha (Sun God), the leader of the planets, you are protected from all blood related problems
o This is a follow up homa after house warming ceremony