Somayag 2018 – Kharagpur

     In Kharagpur, birthplace of Mahashree (Shree Gajanan Maharaj), a Jyotiruktha Somayag was performed.

The Yajaman, in this case, Achal Apte, represents the element of fire during the Somayag. Only someone who performs Tretagni Agnihotra regularly can become a Yajaman. He carries this Tretagni fire to the place where Somayag is to be performed and from this (Tretagni fire) the Somayag is started.

Patni (wife of the Yajaman) is vital to the Somayag. The Yajaman must have a wife. She is called upon at various points in the Somayag to be present for certain activities and often to touch and bless utensils which are used. The Patni is the only person who is given her own quarters in the Somayag shala. Achal’s wife is Bhakti. (Photo above: Achal Apte and Bhakti.)
For each Somayag four groups of Rutvijas (priests) are necessary, each well-trained in one of the four Vedas. The training takes at least ten years, and it must begin at a young age for the person to be able to master all the Mantras. They work as a precision-trained team, chanting for many hours daily and carrying out varied procedures, using an array of special Yajnya implements.

Vedas state that Agni-Tatva (source of fire) is present in Ashwatth (peepal) tree (Ficus religiosa). And Agni is to be created from two pieces of Ashwatth tree by friction.

During the Somayag, one is fascinated by the various fires, sceneries and impressions for all the physical and subtle senses.


The beneficial effect of each Somayag lasts for several decades. The atmosphere becomes medicinal, nutritious and disease-free.
The Somayag yields a qualitative and quantitative improvement in the psyche. By using this Super Technology we can eradicate pollution factors on a large scale.

The fumes emitted from the burning oblations in Yajnya serve as nucleus of clouds and rains. Smoke from the burning medicinal plants helps in the purification of the atmosphere and many disease-bearing germs are neutralized. Thus, a healthy ecosystem is created through this Yajnya process.

Photos of this page: 1st row – In a small play, the Rutvijas acquire the Soma in the market and then it is taken to its corresponding place. All happens with chanting of Mantras. Photos above: Preparation and execution of the first fascinating Pravargya ritual.


The Pravargya process is done for three days and is the preparation for the Soma offering. This special herb is watered by the Rutvijas every day with water running first over a gold coin or golden ring.
 (Photos right)

 The Pravargya ritual is an integral component of the Somayag and takes place several times during the six days. In the process, fresh cow’s ghee is poured into the special Mahavir pot and boiled on fire. Simultaneously, Rigveda, Samveda and Yajurveda Mantras are chanted in deep solemn voice till the cow’s ghee reaches its boiling point. Fresh milk is taken from a cow and a goat at the Yajnya place. When the cow’s ghee has reached its boiling point, and oblation of cow’s milk/goat milk is given to the boiling cow’s ghee, instantly, with very great intensity, the flame shoots up into the atmosphere about 10 meters

(see photos). (Pravargya pictures taken by Mr. Bhaskar Gedala.)


Photos above and left:
 The rhythmic chanting of Mantras continued for many hours each day. These stem from The Vedas, the ancient most source of wisdom known to mankind on our planet. Specific Mantras of the Rigveda, Samveda and Yajurveda, are also accompanied by Mudras (energetic gestures) and are part of the preparation of the Pravargya which ends in an explosions of LIGHT, catapulting fragrances, nutrients and more subtle energies into the atmosphere.
Photo below:

The Somayag continued until late night.

See orbs (circles of light) – witnesses of the harmony and love present in this event.


 This Yajnya is called Somayag because the juice of the Somavalli herb is used as the main oblation.
Soma is known as the king of medicinal herbs.
 This Yajnya provides an extra powerful boost of healing energy for the planet.
Countless benefits for a person, family and society are mentioned as a result of participating in, conducting and supporting Somayag.

Photos from this page: 1st row-
The Somayag attendees are invited to crush the Soma herbs with water to obtain Soma juice.
Above: Soma juice offering to the Fire.
Below – The Rutvijas chant at the same time Mantras from the different Vedas, creating special energetic patterns.
Note: Our thanks go to Mrs. Lisa Powers for her research and info about Somayags.


The sixth day came quickly and with it the end of the Somayag, which was celebrated on the banks of the Kasyap river. Many of the energetically highly charged instruments, woods, herbs, fabrics,

etc. used during the Somayag were offered to the river, accompanied by Mantras.

(Photos above: the instruments are being brought to the river with happy smiles. The priests gathered under a gigantic Pipal tree (Ficus religiosa) before proceeding to the river.)


The bath in the river is energizing and refreshing!
The priests and Achal along with his wife Bhakti have fulfilled all their duties for a successful Somayag.
The Yajaman Achal and his Shakti, Bhakti had to sleep during these days in a small hut made of cloth in the Somayag shala. They also fasted for 5 full days and had to undergo other strict TAPAS (disciplines), in order for this event to have its maximum effects in Purification and Healing. Gratitude, Respect and Love to them!
(Photos above)

 Photos above:
It only takes a few people to do something great in the service of humanity. Our gratitude goes to all of them on the photos – Shri Ramanaji, Bhaskar Gedala, Srinivasa Rao and his wife Laxmi, Souvik Das – and to those who remain unseen!
Divine blessings have been showered on the planet with this Somayag.

 At the dawn of the first hour of May 17th, in the silent Fire of the large Somayag Kunda, an offerings was performed, consisting of special woods and ghee along with Mantras .
Exactly at the time of Mahashree’s birth (00:42 am)

we also lit a Vyahruti Homa.
(Photos above)

     These Sacred Fires were accompanied by deep gratitude from all the people present and living in different parts of the planet. Gratitude to this DIVINE MESSENGER for the precious jewel, AGNIHOTRA, a simple and effective technique  to heal ourselves in mind, body and spirit, and the planet.

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Animals – Bees

In Agriculture, there are three helpers from the animal kingdom.
First helper is the cow. Without cows Organic Farming is difficult and Homa Organic Farming is not possible.
Then we have the bees and the earthworms.
About cows we already have talked, so let us now concentrate on the role of bees in agriculture and all Nature.
Of course honey bees are important for producing honey which is a very nutritious substance which also has a lot of healing applications. Even more important though is the role of bees in pollination.

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Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Animals – Cows

     In this series of articles we have covered so far the effects of Agnihotra on our environment (atmosphere, soil, and water resources) and also the use of Agnihotra in agriculture / horticulture.
Now let us look into the effect Agnihotra has on animals and how it can be used for animal husbandry. The first animal which comes to mind are cows.
Cows supply us with cow dung and milk from which we prepare cow’s ghee. Without cows there would be no Agnihotra, no Vedic Yajnyas. Can cows also benefit from Agnihotra?

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Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture – Biodiversity (Part II)

      How does Homa Organic Farming help to calm down this “storm on the horizon”, to bring Nature back to Harmony, to restore biodiversity?
Reports from farmers and scientific studies give some answers.
Let us start with an observation Rita and Thomas Hirt made on their Homa Farm in Rippistal, Switzerland. When they started the farm one big problem was that the meadows were widely covered with a tall growing weed, the broadleaf dock (Rumex obtusifolius). A few of these plants are o.k., they can even be used as medicine. But as these meadows are used for cows who graze there in summer and hay is made for winter, it was a problem that large areas were covered by broadleaf dock, making these areas useless.
All neighbouring farmers had the same problem – but they used herbicides to control the broadleaf dock. Not possible on a Homa Farm – and as we have seen this may solve one problem, but create more other problems as it brings Nature more away from Harmony.
Interesting what happened after some time of performing the Homa fires and spraying Agnihotra Ash water: Green dock beetles (gastroidea viridula) arrived in large number and controlled the broadleaf dock.
These beetles were not found on the meadows of neighbouring farms. This is an example how on a Homa Farm biodiversity is restored and automatically beneficial insects arrived. This also reminds on the experience which Abhay Mutalik Desai had on his farm where woolly aphid was controlled by two natural predators – Micromus igorotus and Dipha aphidivora (see Homa Health Newsletter # 136).

Greendock beetles arrive in large numbers.

Finishing broadleaf dock. Continue reading “Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Agriculture – Biodiversity (Part II)”

Radio Interview with Dr. Humberto Lema in the University of Quindío, Colombia

Dr. Humberto Lema
Armenia, Quindío, Colombia, South America
Excerpts from a Radio Interview
in the University of Quindío

Dr. Humberto Lema

        Homa Therapy is a Science of Healing and comes from Ayurvedic Medicine. I studied conventional medicine, but I have been practicing Alternative or Complementary Medicine for 24 years. With Homa Therapy, Healing is TOTAL.
 We are in the times of rebirth of ancestral knowledge. Continue reading “Radio Interview with Dr. Humberto Lema in the University of Quindío, Colombia”

Satsang Volume 45 No 6

Scientific Aspects of Agnihotra: Effect on Seed Germination

by Dr. Ulrich Berk,

(Quantity of food worldwide – especially in developing countries – continues to be an urgent issue.
Quality of food in developed countries – especially in the age of the spreading of the GMO scourge – is a less publicized issue [in part due to obfuscation by vested interests]. In both cases, the proven potential of Homa Organic Farming in yielding greater quantities and quality of food should not escape the notice of all. The following article shows the effects of Homa on seed germination – the first step in our food chain. – Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya)
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