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It is for the Fire Deity

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 24 May 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

One of the five elements is Fire. Through Him, we reach things to the Sun too...both representing heat and flame. Offerings are made to the Fire that is lit in small pits.Worship of the Five elements are important for us.And so is worship of the planets. The herbs that are used to light the fire and keep it going are medicinal and they have been proved ( scientifically) to eliminate pollution in the air.They kill the bacteria . The smoke that arises from the fire here cures ailments too.Way back, when there was with tragedy in our country in an Industrial city when thousands died after a gas leak in a factory, in the homes which were having this Fire worship no one was affected . Yes, there are among us a few who have this done every day in their homes in a small way without the big pit. And they become immune to several health hazards. These families are called Agnihothris- Fire worshippers. Generally the Homam or Fire worship is done for the welfare of the world. Each time the Priest offers something to the flames, he says "Idham na mama.." in Sanskrit meaning "this is not for myself .." Yes it has no - it SHOULD have no, self interest:-)))There will be a lot of Fire Pits in the hall where they perform this.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Once again, an interesting description of the picture.

24 May 2013 5:31am

@Jypyä Pop: Thank you Jypya :-)))

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

magnificent shot

24 May 2013 6:44am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you Shaahin :-)

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful photo. Interesting information about your culture!

24 May 2013 6:56am

@ursulakatariina: Thank you Ursula :-)

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A beautiful picture, very well explained. A superb framing, and a very beautiful capture of the fire. Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice day.

24 May 2013 7:27am

@gerard1948: Thank you gerard for the appreciation. Have a great weekend :-)))

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very interesting and a superb picture .

24 May 2013 8:26am

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene :-)

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo et bien merci pour les explications!!!

24 May 2013 9:56am

@Martine: Merci Martine :-)

Kate from United Kingdom

A beautiful lesson today Devi, I like the element of fire, do you do this every day?

24 May 2013 11:10am

@Kate: I don't do this Kate. Only during some special poojas (rituals), we do this at home. But there are families who do this everyday. I shall post shortly, the photograph I took of a Fire Yogi ( last month) ...who by chanting, has raised his body temperature above ignition point and hence is not scalded by fire. Shall give a small write up too:-)))

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The purity of fire - lovely composition and colour with interesting information.

24 May 2013 11:18am

@Stephen: Thank you Stephen :-)

Anna O. from Lublin, Poland

Excellently described and made photo! :) I love the way you manage your blog. Have a nice day!

24 May 2013 11:34am

@Anna O.: Thank you Anna. I am touched :-))))

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Do you know what the herbs give off?

24 May 2013 1:40pm

@CElliottUK: Chris, Different types of herbs, small pieces of wood ( cut from trees like mango, Fig, red sandal wood, Banyan etc.) sugar and ghee etc. etc, are added to the fire originally started by using dry cow dung, mixed with hay and shaped like plates and dried. To my little knowledge... the smoke that arise from these give rise to some gaseous products( like thymol, eugenol, pinene, camphor etc.) and helped by radiation from the sun, it is said these kill the bacteria. And added to this are the chants that are made by the priest which send sonic waves.A combination of the smoke rich with positive curative chemical vapours and the sonic waves clear the air and spread positive and curative charges into the atmosphere.

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Une belle flamme divine !
Bonne fin de semaine!

24 May 2013 3:36pm

@Benkirane Thami: Merci Thami :-)

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe cette flamme, magnifique image, merci pour les explications. Bonne journée.

24 May 2013 4:44pm

@Tede: Merci Tede :-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Un très beua feu pour se réchauffer par les temps qui courent sueprbe.
amitié

24 May 2013 4:49pm

@Nicou: Merci nicou :-)

tataray from france, France

Magnifique documentation.)

24 May 2013 4:51pm

@tataray: Merci mille fois tataray :-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thanks for your explanation! Interesting! Awesome! Greetings! Adela

24 May 2013 5:05pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you for the appreciation Adela :) Have a great weekend:-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this Holy Fire, Homa Kundam.
And very interesting information. I love your response to the comments above.
Amazing presentation Devi. Love it. Some valuable explanations on the rituals ... :)

24 May 2013 5:39pm

@Sam: Thank you Sam:) Around twelve years back, on my husband's last posting at Trivandrum before he retired, the Yoga centre where I was learning yoga, had arranged a demo. on Agni worship in the homes every day before sunset and after sunset.I attended this. This was the simple one like the Agnihothris did in Bhopal. Each of us was given a small homakundam made of copper in the form of a trunkated pyramid and taught the Chants on Agni and Sun. once we moved over to Madras, somehow this never got started . Initially it was due to not getting varatti..( I should say, not making a sincere effort to get )and later it somehow just stopped!! Thank you again Sam:) I am grateful :-)I love to know the cause and effect of everything under the sun !!! Insatiable dhaaham , I should say !!!

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I like to watch a fire but I am steady earth person myself. :)

24 May 2013 6:01pm

@Marilla: Thank you Marilla... I am an earth person too...but I love fire too:-)))

Patrick M. from Lille, France

super la lumière , bien captée

24 May 2013 6:02pm

@Patrick M.: Thank you Patrick :-)))

helys from Paris, France

So warm!
So beautiful
Great details, fire, colors
Looks so tasty!
Thanks for sharing

24 May 2013 6:04pm

@helys: Ah!! Thank you so much for the comments helys..I am grateful:-)

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Great shot with good information! Interesting!

24 May 2013 6:05pm

@mohkum: Thank you mohkum :-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Lovely image and you are teaching us so much, thank you Devi

24 May 2013 6:18pm

@Doug: Thank you Doug :-)All your responses here encourage me to :-)))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of the flame which seems alive. A wonderful account of this ceremony and its many benefits.

24 May 2013 6:52pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you for the appreciation Steve :-)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Nice image and information

24 May 2013 7:25pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you Ruthie :-))))))

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Great effect for the fire :-)!

24 May 2013 9:22pm

@Ainsley: Yes Ainsley:-)

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & interesting!

24 May 2013 9:49pm

@omid: Thank you Omid :-)))

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Devi, that is all amazing, interesting and you go through such a work to tell us about your traditions. I find it fascinating. - My husband shares it too ........ and thanks for your sharing the pictures.
Have a great evening - Monika

24 May 2013 10:42pm

@Shiva: Thank you Monika..I value traditions ,though accept modernity too. Happy to see your positive response :-)))))My thanks to your husband too...

Oiva from Turku, Finland

I like this and reports that tell us that we do not know your religion well!:-))Halelja.

Happy weekend to you ,my friend!

25 May 2013 2:11pm

@Oiva: Thank you Oiva :-)

Lilibeau from NY, United States

flowers and fire!! But beautiful....

27 May 2013 4:55pm

@Lilibeau: Thank you Lilibeau:-)))

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