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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How does Hindu scripture explain why it rains in places where yajnas are not performed?

According to Hindu scripture, yajnas produce rain, and when yajnas aren't performed, it doesn't rain: From food arise all beings; from rain food is produced; from sacrifice comes rain; ...
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Why did Lord Rama perform an Ashwamedha Yajna?

I am not sure about the reason of Ashwamedha Yajna but I have heard that when a person does a hundred Ashvamedha Yajna then he is capable for Indrasan (position of Indra). Lord Rama did an Ashwamedha ...
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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 ...
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Married Couples who doesn't have a child and they want to adopt a male or female baby

If the Married couples who doesn't have a child and they want to adopt a male or female baby and they need to do some yaaga in Hinduism for our ancestors blessings and the ancestors agreed that the ...
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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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Which yajna was performed by Prajapati Daksha?

Which yajna was it which was performed by Prajapati Daksha in which he didn't invite Lord Shiva and suffered with consecutive events ?
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What is Bhuta Yajna?

What is the definition of Bhuta Yajna? Who should do it and how? What is to sacrifice in this yajna? Is it part of the daily rituals?
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Which are seven Hotā mentioned in Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta?

Śiva Saṅkalpa Sūkta is a sūkta of six Śloka from 34th chapter of Ṣukla Yajurveda. This hymn is dedicated to (a prayer) for having mind of Śiva (auspicious, good) Saṅkalpa (thoughts, intentions). ...
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Why Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) was practised in ancient times?

Recently, I read an article which describes rituals like Manushya bali (Human Sacrifice) known as पुरुष-मेध (Purusha Medha). That article also claims that this practice is defined in the Vedas. Why ...
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Whose translation of AV 7.5.5 is this?

A couple of answers on this site (e.g., this one) cite this translation of AV 7.5.5: Atharvaved 7:5:5:- All those are foolish who use cow, dog or any other animal in yajnas. From another answer: ...
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Which Yagya To Perform When Wife Is Pregnant?

I’m deeply inspired with Vedic Dharma and Vedas. Agnihotra is what I found way to life. There are many types of Yajna. So is there any Yajna which is best to perform for the benefits of child in the ...
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In Kali Yuga, how do devas get havir bhaaga, since yagnas are rarely performed?

In Bhagavad Gita 3.10 & 11, Krishna says: सहयज्ञाः प्रजाः सृष्ट्वा पुरोवाच प्रजापतिः अनेन प्रसविष्यध्वमेष वोऽस्त्विष्टकामधुक् देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः परस्परं भावयन्तः ...
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What actually is 'Yajna'?

What Yajna is? Today again i came across it in Kularnava tantra, Lord Shiva talking about Mantra Jap being superior to all Yajnas. So, please tell what yajna is.
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What are sacrifices done on new moon and full moon where a part is thrown for Rakshasas?

Sage valmiki uses many metaphors and writes in a poetic sense while explaining an incident in the Valmiki Ramayana. There are hundreds of usages of Upama and rupaka alankara which is used to explain ...
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Were horses killed in the ashvamedh performed by Lord rama?

Lord rama performed ashvamedh and that too without a wife, who did the ritual killing, and were animals actually sacrificed?
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What is "kaal sarpa dosha/yoga"? What are the solutions? [duplicate]

This is a very famous dosha/yoga in certain Kundali-s. There is a Hindi wikipedia article about it. It is said to be formed when all the planets come between Rahu & Ketu during the birth time. ...
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What is the procedure for Agnishtoma ritual that leads to Heaven?

Agnishtoma is a Vedic ritual that takes its name from three hymns to Agni recited in it and was performed by those who want to ascend to heaven. This Hindupedia page - Agniṣṭoma gives the basic steps ...
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If two kings perform a sacrifice which yields victory, and fight each other, who wins?

The Vedas have sacrifices which, when performed, yield guaranteed victory in the next battle fought. If two kings perform that sacrifice and fight each other, who wins?
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Soma and Vajapeya Yagnas

What is the purpose, modality and purported benefits of the above Vedic/Yagnyas/procedures handed down to us ? Are they performed in the exact Yogic way in modern times too? The Soma Yagnya is in ...
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Did the Samkhya school discuss the danger of Yagna fires to surrounding wildlife?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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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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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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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 were the reasons for all somayajnas banished?

We don't have any proper literature left on Mahayajna like darshapurnamasa, niruDhapashubandha, jyotishtoma, aptoryaama, vaajapeya, paundrika, rajasuya, ashvamedha etc. There is no one today who can ...
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Do Vedas allow sacrificing innocent animals in the name of GOD? [duplicate]

This question has arises out of this answer and I want to know the truth because as per my knowledge several amendments have been made by pandits for their own benefits in past 4000 years, So how much ...
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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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Do any commentators interpret "from yajña arises rain" in BG 3.14 allegorically i.e., not involving a physical sacrifice, fire and smoke?

Bg. 3.14 annād bhavanti bhūtāni parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ yajñād bhavati parjanyo yajñaḥ karma-samudbhavaḥ Rāmānuja's commentary on this verse points to a verse from Manusmṛti which is ...
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Do the Devas and Pitrs like eating meat?

The body of animals killed in Yajnas and Sraddhas go to the world of the Devas as well as the world of Pitrs. The Devas and Pitrs eat the flesh of the animals killed in the yajnas offered by humans. ...
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What are the similarities and differences between Purushamedha Yagna and Sarvamedha Yagna?

What are the similarities and differences between Purushamedha Yagna and Sarvamedha Yagna? I am interested in answers that directly quote the relevant verses from the Vedas.
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What scriptures describe medicines to remove wrinkles and grey hair?

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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Who are gratified when the sacrifices are performed by the demigods?

Who are gratified when the sacrifices/yajna are performed by the demigods? Like when humans make sacrifices they gratify demigod (like Indra, Agni, etc.). I mean Indra is a god that had performed a ...
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Is there a Vedic yajna that can grant wishes?

Karma kanda has many yajnas which can give heaven and such other fruitive activities, is there mention of yajna which can fulfill a wish? Are there any rituals, yajnas, vratas, mantras or praying to a ...
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Why is a yagya/Homa called a sacrifice?

I read somewhere where the Agnihotra yagya/homa was called as a sacrifice. Technically,a sacrifice means you give/part with, something that you have,to someone(edit:not necessarily a person,but I hope ...
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Can substitutes in rituals be permanent fixtures?

It is my understanding that use substitutes is permissible in case of random non-availability of samagri (ingredients, material etc). Some of the answers such as this one and this one provide ...
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Name of mythical horse

Sometime ago while reading one of the stories in a magazine, i came across a story narrating about a horse emerging out of a yagna, and is said to be blazing in fire and is currently under the oceans. ...
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Who are agnihotra and darshapUrNamAsa obligatory for?

I have been trying to read dharmasUtras and smRRitis about the daily and fortnightly yajnas. These are very rarely performed these days. They are definitely obligatory on some people according to ...
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Does Sanatana Dharma Endorse Animal Sacrifice? [duplicate]

I've heard in Vedic yajna, the sacrifice of animals was a must. Nevertheless, Vedic texts are riddled with contradictions. I've also heard of SrimadBhagavad Gita and Puranas which endorse animal ...
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When did Lord Vishnu perform Vaishnava Yajna?

From Mahabharata's Vana Prava The name of that sacrifice worthy of virtuous persons, is Vaishnava. No person save the ancient Vishnu hath performed it before. This mighty sacrifice vies with that ...
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Can Rakshasas do Yajnas?

Can Rakshasas do Vedic Yajnas? Are there instances where Rakshasas were doing Vedic Yajnas, like in the Ramayana?
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Apparently good yagnya by Daksha

The author of popular Lingashtakam stotram extolled Shiva as destroyer of Yagnya conducted by Daksha (father in-law) describing it as suyagna that is contradiction in its very terms. Can we explain ...
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Where did the notion that cows are sacred originate from? [duplicate]

Contemporary Hindus believe that cows are the most sacred animals and should not be eaten. There are even groups in North India that kill people who eat cows. However, many of the Dharma Shastras, ...
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Does anyone know the exact details of the first part of the Horse Sacrifice yagna?

I am trying to find out details of the pole and the corresponding circle type mandala in the Horse Sacrifice. Did the mandala, where the pole was placed, have orientation to the four cardinal ...
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Did Yudhiṣṭhira sacrifice old women (female slaves) as part of his aśvamedha-yajña?

From Aśvamedha-parva of Mahābhārata, Ch. LXXXV: Then the mighty-armed Bhimasena, at the command of the king, sent out messengers to the great kings of the Earth. Those best of kings, came to the ...
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Are two Jnana-related Vedic hymns of Vamadeva ever used in Yagnas?

As you can see in the Anukramani I provided in my answer here, the sage who heard most of the hymns in the Fourth Mandala of the Rig Veda was the sage Vamadeva, a descendant of the sage Gautama. Two ...
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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 ...