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Homa or Yāga is a Vedic ritual performed to gain some kind of spiritual or worldly benefits from the devatās or deities. It is an integral part of the Vedic tradition, and involves offering oblations to the fire. In Vedic culture, fire is considered very sacred as it burns of all impurities without any reservations. By offering oblations to the sacred fire, devatās or deities are invoked for blessings from the particular deity or deities’ specific to the type of Homa or Yāga. The ritual is performed by the Brāhmaṇas, priests, on behalf of the Yajamāna, host, with Vedic chantings and offerings such as grains, ghee etc., into the sacred fire. The sacred fire and the Vedic chantings together create an atmosphere filled with divinity and positive energy.

Homa or Yāga primarily becomes an occasion for worshipping the devatās or deities, gathering of Mahātmās, the great personalities with divine qualities, and performing noble deeds such as dāna or donations. Homa or Yāga essentially mean the same, but the difference is in the duration, Homa typically lasts for few hours or a day, while Yāga lasts for few days to sometimes months. Homa or Yāga are performed for various reasons such as praying for someone’s long and healthy life, to invoke divine qualities or energy and to get rid of demoniac tendencies for the well-being of the entire community, to invoke the blessings of the deities at the cosmic level for one’s spiritual growth, to remove obstacles through the various stages of life, and other such situations, wherein an individual needs a favor from the deities at the cosmic level for their personal or spiritual well-being.

Homa forms the part and parcel of the spiritual activities at the Tattvatirtha Ashram. The Ashram complex even has a specific area dedicated to performing Homa or Yāga. Every month, a Homa is carried out for Pujya Swamiji’s long life and good health. Various Homas like Sudarshana Homam and others are organized during the various festivals, to invoke the deities to bless the Ashram and the community members in the spiritual pursuit. The Vedic rituals during the Homa are performed by a team of priests knowledgeable in performing Vedic rituals, and with a certain perfection in Vedic chanting. Special Homas have been arranged in celebration of Pujya Swamiji’s Shatabhishekam during the year 2019-2020. All are cordially invited to join and experience the divinity through these Vedic invocations.

List of Homas during the Shatabhishekam 2019-2020:

  • Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra Homas – For Pujya Swamiji’s long life and good health
  •    8 Feb, 2019 Rudra Yāga,
  •    7 March, 2019 Dhanvantari Homam,
  •    3 April, 2019 Ayushya Sukta Homam,
  •    28th May, 2019 Durga Homam,
  •    24th June, 2019 Shree Lakshmi Nṛsimha Homam,
  •    21st or 22nd July, 2019 Subramanyam Homam,
  •    17th or 18th August, 2019 Mṛtyunjaya Homam,
  •    14th September, 2019 Maruti Yajña,
  •    11th October, 2019 Medha Dakshinamurthy Homam,
  •    7th or 8th November, 2019 Saraswati Homam,
  •    5th December, 2019 TBD,
  •    1st January, 2020 Avahanti Homam
  • Shivaratri - Rudra Yāga: 4th March, 2019
  • Rudra Ekadashi Homa & Udakashanti Pathan: 30th April, 2019
  • Janmanakshatra Navachandi Homa: 1st May, 2019
  • Janmashtami - Sudarshana Homa: 24 August, 2019
  • Ganesha Chaturthi – Ganapati Atharvashirsha Homam: 2 September, 2019
  • Navachandi: 6th October, 2019
  • Sahasra Modaka Atharvasheersha Maha Ganapati Homam: Jan 27th , 2020
  • Rudra Ekadashi Japa Homam: 28th January, 2020
  • Sarva Roga Nivarana Suktam, Navagraha Homam, Mrityunjaya Homam: 29th January, 2020