Questions tagged [yajna]

yajña, yagna, or yagya (Sanksrit: यज्ञ, "worship, prayer, praise; offering, oblation, sacrifice; fire ceremony") comes from the root yaj, "to worship" — is an outer form of worship in which offerings are made to different deities in a prescribed and systematic manner by qualified priests to supplicate them, so that they would assist the worshiper in achieving certain results in life.

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Which rituals need Soma? If the Soma plant is extinct, is there any substitute for it?

Importance of Soma An entire vedaic mandal is named after soma (a special type of drink), the soma mandal of Rigveda. Now my question is why is soma given so much importance why in vedic suktas like ...
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What is the difference between Rajasuya Yajna and Ashwamedha Yajna?

I had heard stories about king performing Rajasuya Yajna and Ashwamedha Yajna from Ramayana and Mahabharata (though I don't have very good knowledge about them). They looks similar like horse is ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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What do the Vedas say about animal sacrifice?

In ancient times, there had been animal sacrifices at various Yagyas and rituals were performed by Brahmins for kings, while on the other hand they also used to advocate non-violence and preferred a ...
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What is the significance of Ashwamedha Yagna?

Throughout the Hindu scriptures, there have been instances of Kings offering Horses as sacrifice to the Gods in the Ashwamedha Yagna. What is the significance of this ritual? Why only horses were ...
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What is the difference between sacrifice (yajna) and charity (dana)?

Bhagavad-gita 18.3 and 18.5 specifically mentions them as separate. In Christianity they are understood as giving something up and giving something to others, which is quite similar, and these terms ...
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What are the different types of Yagya (Yajna) and what are their benefits?

What are the different types of Yagya(यज्ञ)? It is also spelled as Yajna. What are the purposes and benefits of Yagya?
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Can Sanyasins perform Vedic rituals even after renunciation?

One of the members posted that "for those who renounce worldly life (sanyasins) self alone is the sacred thread So they can do any Vedic rituals also" How can someone perform vedic rites like ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya support animal sacrifice?

I had always assumed that the Advaitin philosopher Adi Shankaracharya opposed animal sacrifice in Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals). Here is what this blog post says, for instance: In the 7th century A....
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Who are the Havirdhanas mentioned in RIgveda?

Rigveda Book 10 Verse 13 is devoted to the Havirdhanas and goes something like this: I yoke with prayer your ancient inspiration: may the laud rise as on the prince's pathway. All Sons of Immortality ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe the Nachiketa Yagna grants Moksha by itself?

Perhaps the most famous story from the Upanishads is the story of Nachiketa, told in the Katha Upanishad of the Yajur Veda. Nachiketa was the young son of the sage Vajashravas (who may or may not be ...
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What is to be done with meat of sacrificed animal in vedic yajna?

Do any of the scriptures mention what is it to be done with meat of animal sacrificed in a yajna? Is it be thrown into fire the way butter etc is offered? Is it be eaten? If eaten then by whom? ...
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Do any commentaries on the Brahma Sutras say that animal sacrifice is immoral?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Alternatives to animal sacrifice during Vedic yajnas, according to Brahmana texts?

I seem to remember having read somewhere that one or more of the ancient Brahmana texts (maybe Shatapatha Brahmana) allow performing Vedic yajnas by providing alternatives to animal sacrifice, like ...
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What happens to the horse after the Ashvamedha Yagya?

We all have heard and know about the Ashvamedha Yagya. But what will happen to the horse after Yagna? My question is about horse.
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When was the last Ashwamedha yajna conducted?

I have read at few sites that Pushyamitra Shunga (2nd century B.C.) had conducted two Ashwamedha yajnas. Did any king conduct Ashwamedha yagna after Pushyamitra ?
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What is the significance of pan and supari in yagna?

In northern India whenever we perform any yagna we keep the pan, supari, batasha at the base of the havan kunda and then start the yagna. Although in various other ritual performances we use pan and ...
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What is Yajna, how it is different from Tapas?

What is Yajna? How it is different from Tapas? Can anyone give scriptural references which describes these two terms?
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Different types of sacred fires from Vedic Period?

While reading This Web Site , I have come across a description of various fires a grihastha (householder) was expected to keep in his house during Vedic period. The exact passage from website is as ...
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Difference between Yagna, Homam and Yagam?

What is the difference between yagna, yaaga and Homam?
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Who is addressed as “the step of Vishnu” in the Yajur Veda?

The Fourth Khanda of the Taittirya Samhita of the Yajur Veda is chanted during the preparation of the altar of a Yagna (fire-ritual), and the second Prapathaka of this Khanda, which is chanted during ...
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Has the current day India become a mlecchadeśa? Is it still fit for sacrifices?

Commenting on Manusmṛti 2.23, Medhātithi says: In fact, the name ‘mlecchadeśa’ is to be taken literally, in the sense that it is ‘the country of mlecchas’; so that if mlecchas happen to conquer a ...
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What were the Vedic stories recited during the Ashwamedha Yagna?

Many Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals) would last for months or even years, so it was customary to take breaks at regular intervals, and during those breaks a story would often be recited. In fact, it was ...
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Which 299 animals were sacrificed in the Ashwamedha besides the Horse?

According to SECTION LXXXVIII of the Ashwamedha Parva of Mahabharat besides the horse, there were two ninety-nine other animals (including birds and aquatics!) that were also sacrificed in the ritual: ...
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What are the Yagnas Sri Krishna was referring to in Srimad Bhagavad Gita?

While explaining Karma Yoga to Arjuna, Sri Krishna says: देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः। परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ।। 3.11 Meaning: You nourish the gods with this. Let those ...
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How do Vedic fire rituals like Yajnas and agnihotra help the environment?

Some texts of hinduism believe that such fire rituals are good sources of attracting clouds and bringing rains. annād bhavanti bhūtāni parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ ...
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Why does Parashara say to keep a black cat and precious stones in home?

In the Parashara Smriti, there is a verse which instructs to keep a black cat and precious stone in homes. One should keep in his house the following things : the wood for striking out a ...
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What is the difference between Yajna and Havana?

While reading Rigveda, I often encounter these two closely related words, so often that the entire scripture seems to depend on these two words only. The problem is that I can't point out the actual ...
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Indra's name as Shatakratu [duplicate]

Devendra got the seat of heaven only after performing 100 Yajnas. So, he is known as Shatakratu. What was he before and any details of the Yajnas he performed is available in Purana ?
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What's the response to the Cārvāka thought on animal sacrifice in a yajña?

How did other schools of Indian philosophy respond to this argument by the Cārvākas with regard to animal sacrifice as part of a yajña? If a beast slain in the Jyotishtoma rite will itself go to ...
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How come Tvasta did a Yajna to kill Indra by praising Indra Himself?

In Rigveda, Tvashta performed a Yajna to kill Indra after he got to know that his son Visvaroopa was killed by Indra. This yajna ensued birth of demon Vritra. In Yajna a sacrificer recites some verse ...
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What is use of suchi (शुची ) , sarva (शर्वा) , pranita (प्रणीता ) , prokshani ( प्रोक्षणी ) , sfaya (सफ्या) wood pieces in yajna?

I have heard that any yajna if performing with this five wood pieces. suchi (शुची ) , sarva (शर्वा) , pranita (प्रणीता ) , prokshani ( प्रोक्षणी ) , sfaya (सफ्या) can anyone tell me what is use of ...
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What are the details of Lord Mahadeva's SarvaMedha yajna?

Mahabharata: Santi Parva: [Rajadharmanusasana Parva:] Chapter 20 यज्ञैरिन्द्रो विविधैरन्नवद्भि; र्देवान्सर्वानभ्ययान्महौजाः | तेनेन्द्रत्वं प्राप्य विभ्राजतेऽसौ; तस्माद्यज्ञे सर्वमेवोपयोज्यम् ||११|| ...
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In which worship are these organs mentioned in YajurVeda offered to Lord Shiva?

Association of various bodily organs to Lord Shivas AsthaMurty form (8 forms) are mentioned in YajurVeda. Here is passage from YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.4.36: चित्तम् संतानेन भवं यक्ना रुद्र ...
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What is the source of a mantra called Mahā saṃkalpaṃ?

Many are aware about the saṃkalpaṃ which is recited during rituals like saṃdhyā vandanam, vratas etc., But there is another mantra called Mahasankalpa(pronounced Mahā saṃkalpaṃ in IAST). Sankalpa ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

King Yudhishthira performed the Ashvamedha Yajna(horse-sacrifice) under the guidance of Maharishi Vyasa. There is a wonderful story of a blue-eyed mongoose which came at the conclusion of the ...
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Why is Chandi Homa performed?

Can any one tell the significance, importance of Chandi Homa ?
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What is the story of Gaya Tirth?

I have heard a story that Lord Brahma has done Yajna in Gaya on the body of Gayasur. But I want to know the scriptural basis of this story if any or how Gaya, the place, has became famous?
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Who decided that mantras should be used for yajñas that came later?

Were the ṛṣis who heard the mantras (found in the saṃhitā portion of the Vedas) aware that what they heard (or was revealed to them) will be used to conduct yajñas (sacrifices)? If not, who decided ...
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Who is Samyuka Barhaspatya?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.9.1 mentions about a certain priest who went to heaven after performing a particular fire-sacrifice: Thereupon he pronounces the 'All-hail and blessing' (sam-yos). Now it ...
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Proper way to dispose ashes of yagna

What is the proper way to dispose the remaining ashes and sand of yagna( called hom in Bengali) of SatyaNarayan puja? Note: Our family priest told to buried that at the Ishan direction of our land.
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Why did saints used to do Yajna?

In many epic stories, sages always do yajnas. What is the reason behind it? I am assuming there might be a universal reason such as "for the good of the realm". But does someone know the exact ...
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Sitting posture during yajna

What is correct way of sitting when performing yajna? I have seen in Yajna, Brahmins seated for hours doing mantra chanting and don't even feel any pain or cramp when they get up. Do they follow ...
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What is Atiratra or Athirathram Yagna's?

While reading about various Yagnas which were performed during vaidic times , I came across this "Athirathram or Atiratra " Yagna's. So my questions are - : 1) What is exactly these "Athirathram or ...
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Are there yajnas that can be done to increase the quality of life and happiness of all people?

In Kaliyuga, there is a lot of adharma, so people are becoming more and more sad and because of adharma, we are causing many species of animals to become extinct. Is there any yajna that I can do for ...
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How are animals killed in the Soma Yajna?

In the Soma yajna, a few animals are killed (I think 3 different animals are killed). My question is, how are they killed? Through beheading, strangulation, etc? This answer says that the horse is ...
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Can a son perform amavasya tarpanam in place of his sick father?

Doing tarpanam (water libations) on the day of Amavasya is a well-known fact. My father was doing it very sincerely on all Amavasyas. But now, since he became very old and has health issues, he is not ...
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Do Vedas say that devatas are mantra-baddha?

This site says that Every devata is said to be mantra-baddha, that is, the devata is obliged to fulfill the purpose for which the mantra/devata is invoked. Previously also I have come across this ...
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Where do the Vedas discuss Yagnas only bearing fruit in the afterlife?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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What is significance of Athi Rudra Mahayagnam?

There are five methods of chanting the Rudram viz. Ordinary method (aka 1 Rudram) = where first Namakam (all 11 anuväkas) are read followed by the Chamakam. Rudra ekadasini= where after ...