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There are Plenty of verses. I'm just selecting a few of them from RigVeda. “त्वमघ्न इन्द्रो वृषभः सतामसि त्वं विष्णुरुरुघायो नमस्यः त्वं ब्रह्मा रयिविद् ब्रह्मणस् पते त्वं विधर्तःसचसे पुरन्ध्या " (RigVeda 2.1.3) “Hero of Heroes, Agni! Thou art Indra, thou art Viṣṇu of the Mighty Stride, adorable: Thou, Brahmaṇaspati, the Brahman finding ...


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According to Vayu Purana, Chapter 29, Saharaksha is the son of Pavaka and serve as the Agni for the Asuras. पवमानात्मजश्चैव कव्यवाहन उच्यते। पावकात्सहरक्षस्तु हव्यवाहः शुचेः सुतः॥४॥ The son of Pavamāna was known as Kavyavāhana and from Pāvaka was born Saharakşa and Havyavāha was the son of Suci. देवानां हव्यवाहोऽग्निः पितृणां कव्यवाहनः। ...


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There is slightly different version is available in Matsya Purana, Chapter 68. आरोग्यं भास्करादिच्छेद्धनमिच्छेद्धुताशनात्। ईश्वराज्ज्ञानमन्विच्छेन्मोक्षमिच्छेज्जनार्दनात्॥ ४१॥ ārogyaṃ bhāskarādiccheddhanamiccheddhutāśanāt / īśvarājjñānam anvicchenmokṣam icchejjanārdanāt // (41) Health ought to be sought from the Sun, wealth from Agni, ...


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Let me post the relevant part from the comment here for the benefit of the users. Sri Chinmoy was a spiritual master who wrote on various topics especially in the form of poetry. Here, he talks about Agni and the first Shloka of the Rig Veda: ‘Agni’ means fire. This fire refers to the aspiring flame that rises from our inmost being; again, ‘Agni’ also ...


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Krishna fighting with Agni and Varuna is described in Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa. These events happened at the time of Aniruddha marriage. Fighting with Agni happened just when entering in the Shonitpur, the city of Banasur. It is described in Harivamsa, Vishnu Parva, Chapter - 122 as follows: Then (bala)rAma spoke these words to kR^iShNa who is ...


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There are two forms of Agni as Jataveda and Kravyada. Jataveda is invoked to burn and carry offerings except flesh to Gods and Kravyada is invoked to burn flesh. I am quoting definition from here. Agni is said to have two forms Jataveda and Kravyada. As Jataveda, Agni is identified with Brahman and infinite knowledge and is invoked to burn and carry the ...


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First of all, the phrase Durga Suktam is not part of the text (Rig Veda). The entire DurgA Suktam is found in the MahAnArAyana Upanishad (MNU), section 2 and not in the Vedas. It has seven mantras in all. And, of the seven mantras, only five are found in the Rig Veda, the remaining two are not. The mantras that are from Rig Veda are: jAtavedase ...


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Significance of fire in Rituals - Agni is an ancient Hindu deity. Agni is one of the important Vedic Deity. Agni is the god of fire. Agni as High-priest, messenger of gods - Agni accepts sacrifices made to him from men who are devoted to supreme Lord. Agni is the supreme director of religious ceremonies and duties, serving as a high-priest, the ...


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Because Fire is the Only Tattva, which doesn't get impure. Other tattva like Water, air etc can get impure. That's why it is used in cremation too. Related question : Why do Hindus believe in cremation instead of burial?


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I like @Keshav Srinivasan's answer which explains the symbolism behind the Aarthi. I found another reasonable & practical explanation. The old Hindu temples are usually large and the shrines are usually located deep inside the temple far away from the entrance. In olden days when there was no electricity, one couldn't see the deity properly in the dark. ...


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Five kinds of offerings are referring to Vedic sacrifices or the sacred fires recommended for householders because they are said by Agni and he is sapeaking about Vedic sacrifices and offering made in the yajnas. Following is the alternate translation of the verse according to Motilal Publications. Agni said: I, whose flames are brightly ...


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References of Devas like Indra, Varun, Agni etc. doing severe tapasya to seek extra ordinary powers/boon in order to counter attack Asuras. Yes in in Brahmanda Purana there is a story of Indra and all the devas performing a penance at the slopes of Himalaya in order to defeat Asura leader Bhandasura and all the other asuras , Who is later Killed By Devi ...


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Durga suktam - This is a prayer to the Fire God Agni occurring in the Maha Narayana Upanishad. Section two. Page -93 Durga is used here as a word for difficult problems in almost all the stanzas. The salutation to Durga is given only in the second stanza जातवेदसे सुनवाम सोममरातीयतो निद्हति वेद : | स न: पर्षदाति दुर्गाणि विश्वा नावेव सिन्धुं दुरिता...


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I think it's Taittirīya Saṃhitā (TS 1.5.2.1) not the Brāhmaṇa you are referring to. Translation of the verse from here: i. 5. 2. He who removes the fire casts away the sacrifice and cattle. The sacrificial cake is offered on five potsherds; the sacrifice is fivefold, cattle are fivefold; verily he wins the sacrifice and cattle. Now he who removes ...


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The verse you have quoted in question is तेऽग्निमब्रुवन् जातवेद एतद्विजानीहि किमेतद्यक्षमिति तथेति ॥ 16 ॥ te'gnimabruvan jātaveda etadvijānīhi kimetadyakṣamiti tatheti || 16 || They addressed the Fire thus “O Jataveda! Find out what this Great Spirit is.” He said “yes.” And the your translation is - the knower of the Vedas. Although it is ...


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The verse which gives the same meaning occurs in the Padma Purana Srishti Kanda Chapter 34. This is said to Sage Pulastya to Bhishma. But the Sanskrit verse has variation. 327-328 O lord of kings, he would fulfil all his desires with little effort. One should seek knowledge from Sankara, and (good) health from Bhaskara (i.e. the Sun). One should desire ...


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When Krishna and his friends were trapped in the forest during the forest fire, Krishna saved them all by swallowing the fire wholly. This is his defeat of Agni. It is described here: http://vedabase.com/en/sb/10/19 And when the servant of Varuna dragged Nanda Maharaja to his court, Krishna rescued him from Varuna, thereby defeating Varuna. This is ...


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I'm skeptical about this explanation having any scriptural basis, but Steven J. Rosen in his book "Essential Hinduism" claims that the light of the aarati symbolizes the light of spirituality freeing us from the night of materialism (page 196): Arati is a ceremony replete with symbolism. The word arati, for example, literally means “before night,” and ...


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A Naishtika Brahmachari is perpetual student. He lives till his death the life that is meant for a student. Does Naishtika Brahmacharya also involve 'Agni-tyaga'? No, because after all it is a stage of studentship (Brahmacharya). So, he has to continue performing his duties as a student. living at the teacher’s house, the life of a sage, and ...


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As Śaṅkarācārya explains in his commentary, the term simply means 'one who knows all that is created.' 3.1.3 Te, they-those gods who failed to know, It, and were desirous of knowing It, but had fear in their hearts; abruvan, said; agnim, to Fire, (lit.) who goes ahead (of all); and who is jataveda, almost omniscient: [Agni precedes all other deities (agre ...


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Fire is the Vedic Deity Agni. In fire rituals(Yajnas), he(Agni) acts as the messenger & hence indispensable . He carries the Havi(the oblations like Ghee,etc) to the receiver of the Yajna. That is,Agni forms the bridge between the performer of the Yajna and the receiver of the oblations or the Gods. So,understandably without Agni no Yajna is possible....


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Yes, Lord Rama created fire. From Ramcharitmanas ताकर दूत अनल जेहिं सिरिजा। जरा न सो तेहि कारन गिरिजा॥ उलटि पलटि लंका सब जारी। कूदि परा पुनि सिंधु मझारी॥4॥ भावार्थ:-(शिवजी कहते हैं-) हे पार्वती! जिन्होंने अग्नि को बनाया, हनुमान्‌जी उन्हीं के दूत हैं। इसी कारण >वे अग्नि से नहीं जले। हनुमान्‌जी ने उलट-पलटकर (एक ओर से दूसरी ओर तक) सारी लंका जला दी। >...


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According to Manusmriti, the three fires Garhapatya, Dakshinagni and Ahavaniya are compared with father, mother and teacher respectively. पिता वै गार्हपत्योग्निर्माताग्निर्दक्षिणाः स्मृताः । गुरुराहवनीयस्तु साग्नित्रेता गरीयसी ।। २३१ ।। The father, forsooth, is stated to be the Garhapatya fire, the mother the Dakshinagni, but the teacher the ...


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There is a story in Mahabharata Santi Parva about a time when virtue and vice disappeared due to unrestrained sexual indulgence. Then the Vedas disappeared. When both the Vedas and righteousness were lost the gods were possessed by fear. Overcome with fear they sought the protection of Brahman. The gods said unto Brahman with joined hands, 'O god, the ...


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Agni is central in all vedic rituals. All the offerings in the Vedic sacrifices are invariably offered to Agni and through him to other gods. Agni is thus the primary recipient of all Vedic sacrifices.So he is also Divine messenger of the gods. You can read more about Agni in this Answer. The Rigveda itself indicates that Truth is one - "ekam sad vipra ...


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Agni is twice born in RigVeda the second birth is the ritual fire and household fire ("sva adhvaro raja visham athiti" RV.2.2(8) - king of the ritual pole and guest of the village). This is the Agni produced by human effort as explained by @Swift Pushkar above. Rishi Angira was first to worship Agni as deva - " tvam Agne prathamo Angira Rishih devo ...


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Let's see why Agni is called Twice Born in Rig-Veda sukta 1.149.4 अभि द्विजन्मा त्री रोचनानि विश्वा रजांसि शुशुचनो अस्थात |  होता यजिष्ठो अपां सधस्थे || 1.149.4b || abhi dvijanmā trī rocanāni viśva rajāṃsi śuśucano asthāt |  4 He, doubly born, hath spread in his effulgence through the three luminous realms, through all the regions. ...


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Seven mothers of Agni are named in Mahabharata III.217.9 Kaki, Halima, Rudra, Vrhali,Arya, Palala and Mitra The Indian Theogony: A Comparative Study of Indian Mythology from the Vedas to the Puranas - Sukumari Bhattacharji 1970 Seven mothers are also referenced in Angiras (Rshi with an associated lineage with Agni) apri in the Rig Veda 1.141.02 This ...


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