The Sacred Havan

Havan is performed by chanting mantras, especially during Navaratri, says MEENA OM


Havan is a procedure of eradicating inner imperfections prevalent in our being. This procedure incorporates all healing techniques beautifully. It is a rare combination of acupressure, touch healing, meditation, psychiatry, knowledge and wisdom.
Only natural materials are used while performing havan and they have ayurvedic properties. The first step towards performing a havan is acquiring the required materials. Arranging the ingredients beautifully is feng shui. The havan kund is decorated with flour, turmeric, sacred thread and all auspicious objects are placed around it with great care. These are symbols of deities and each one is specifically remembered along with their qualities. In a havan, arms and hands are used with beauty and grace, while being seated peacefully with ease, at one place, performing Kriya Yoga automatically.
The ingredients for a havan are wooden sticks about six to eight inches long from the mango tree, ghee or clarified butter, curd, honey, flowers, fruits, ganga jal, sacred thread, camphor, turmeric, rice, roli, mango leaves and havan samagri, special ingredients which are a mixture of herbs and incense among other things.The vessel used to perform the havan is called the ‘havan kund.’
The havan kund is built according to vastu. After arranging all the materials, people are made to sit on all four sides. The person performing the havan should face eastwards.
Firstly, a red-yellow coloured raw unspun thread is tied around the wrist and a tilak is applied on the forehead with turmeric and rice. Both these acts are acupressure-based. The nerves of the wrist are pressed and then the third eye is pressed to ignite inner powers, in readiness to perform the havan. Then taking some water in one hand, touching it with two fingers of the other, each limb and sense organ is touched to purify and bless it so that it may see, hear and do good and remain healthy always. After this in the agni kund, camphor and ghee-soaked mango sticks are burnt, with the thought that ‘let my body, just like these wooden sticks obtain ghee (a symbol of nutrition) so that it is always healthy to be sacrificed to ignite the fire of truth in others, and be burnt in the process.’ This thought is empowered by mantras ie may Agni Dev the lord of fire bless everyone.


After this, still chanting mantras, little bits of havan samagri is added in the fire completing each offering by the call ‘Swaha.’ Each time this is done, mental and physical shortcomings and impurities are also poured into the fire to be destroyed by Agni deva. ‘Swaha,’ the wife and strength of the Lord of Fire, assists in transporting our messages to the universal powers.
Fire destroys all imperfections giving them a beautiful new form ie residual ash, to merge into the Earth. This is the truth behind the havan and the laws of creation. Havan is a scientific procedure, which is associated with the science of mind and soul. Each offering should be made keeping all creation in mind. Anyone can perform a havan.
Havan is vastly different from yajna. A havan is performed for internal growth, purity, health, long life and for purifying surroundings. It is also conducted to express and ignite love and respect towards all natural assets, to be in nature’s surrender, to understand one’s thoughts and feelings and above all, to achieve and evolve a psychic state. When an individual with such a pure, universal thought evokes true wisdom, he then becomes worthy of performing the ritual of ‘yajna.’  Yajna is that navel point which connects and binds the entire universe. It is a channel for establishing communication between the energies of all creation and the universe, all minds and souls.
Through yajna, all energies that can enhance activities meant for world welfare can be attracted. The basis of yajna is to ignite the support of visible, invisible situations and the consciousness prevalent in all being and matter, necessary for peace, happiness and abundance. The effect of each deed thus performed is not limited to the individual performing it but also the entire universe.



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