Havan is a Sanskrit word that refers any ceremony, wherein offerings are made into a fire. Havan, also known as homa or homan. Generally, the word Havan is used in northern India, while homa is used in southern India. A Havan is sometimes called a “sacrifice ceremonial” because the fire destroys the offering, but a Havan is more accurately a “votive ceremonial”. The fire is the agent, and the offerings include those that are material and symbolic such as grains, clarified butter, milk, incense, and seeds. It is a purification method by fire and mantras to a internal soul or its surrounding environment.
It is rooted in the Vedic religion, and was adopted in ancient times by Buddhism and Jainism. The practice spread from India to Central Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Havan ceremonies is playing an important part of many Hindu religion, and variations of Homa continue to be practiced in current-day Buddhism, particularly in parts of Tibet and Japan. It is also found in modern Jainism.
A Havan ceremony is known by alternate names, such as “yajna” in Hinduism which sometimes means larger public fire ceremonies. In modern times, a Havana tends to refer to a private ceremonial around a symbolic fire, such as those observed at a wedding, or many other things where we newly work starts .
The Havan Ceremony was conducted in the Vinyasa Yoga in Rishikesh by Shiva Tattva Yoga school to seek grace and choicest blessings of God for the candidates appearing for Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Rishikesh, India.
We do Havan ceremony at the starting of new batch and ending of the batch. The Havan was performed religiously under the divine fervor and spirituality. Prasad was distributed to all.
HOW HAVAN PURIFIES THE ATMOSPHERE
When the havan is implemented the fire burns with air, environment , human soul their body gets purified and becomes lighter in nature. So this light air goes up and replaces the cold/ the impure air , Impurities and this process continues and the air keep getting purified till the ritual is being performed.
The main item in havan is five fruits like mango, apple, guava, Banana and orange. Wood which when burnt releases “FORMIC ALDEHYDE” a gas which kills harmful bacteria’s thus purifies the atmosphere as per the research . This gas which is used to preserve the fruits, vegetables and species in the medical laboratories.
The jaggery burnt in the havan also releases the formic aldehyde gas. A scientist found that if we stay in a place where havan is being performed for Half an hour the germs of typhoid fever are killed.
The cow’s ghee is a very important item of havan has been referred as a medicine to the poison in VEDAS. Its fragrance purifies the physical atmosphere. Ghee, when burnt in fire, goes up in the atmosphere and the fat particles get laden on the dust particles in the atmosphere and come back to the earth in a form of rain thus cultivates the vegetation on the mother earth.
Sweets like honey and jaggery, nutrition like ghee and dry fruits, fragrant herbs like ela, dalchini, Lavang , rose petals, antibiotic herbs like guggal and gyal, and material like ghee and samigri, when burnt it purify the atmosphere. Havan ceremonial is like giving back to the atmosphere, what we have taken from the atmosphere or our nature. The aromatic herbs when burnt remove the foul odor in the atmosphere by their fragrance. With this mantras also chanting .
At last end of the ceremony distribute sweets to all of the members and said Namaste to every one with happily.
This is the process to complete Havan ceremony.