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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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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What is the story of Varuna's Rajasuya Yajna

In Srimad Bhagavatam, in the 7th chapter of the Dasama Skandhas, Yudishthira's Rajasuya Yajna is described. It is compared twice to a Rajasuya performed by Varuna. SB 10.74.13-15 — The utensils ...
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Is the occurence of a fire accident during the performance of a havan considered a bad omen? [closed]

While doing the Gajalaxmi havan a coconut burst open during the pūrṇāhuti and I burnt a few body parts. Is this a good or bad omen according to Hindu scripture?
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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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Did Dasaratha think of performing Putrakamesthi apart from Aswamedha Yagna that itself could give sons?

Any person, who reads Srimad Ramayana casually, and who views films and TV serials produced and developed by persons with half-baked knowledge, will say Yes the putra-kaam-eshthi yagna was performed ...
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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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How to construct Vedi?

Vedi or Havan kunda is the place or figure inside which holy fire or yagyagni is lit. My question is how many type of vedi's are possible? and what are its technical specs which should be followed ...
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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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Origin of the practice of Piśṭa paśu in Vedic Yajnas?

Piśṭa paśu is said to be the replacement of animals with images of animals made of corn-flour in Vedic rituals. My question is, in which scripture is this practice mentioned and what are the details ...
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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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Difference between Yagna, Homam and Yagam?

What is the difference between yagna, yaaga and Homam?
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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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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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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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Do the Vaikhanasa texts allow animal sacrifice?

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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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu the Nikhuryapa and the Nibhuyapa?

The Seventh Kanda of third Prapathaka of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda explains various Yagnas (Vedic fire-rituals), and in particular the third Prapathaka of this Khanda provides some of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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