Somayag 2015 – Atiratra

     Maheshwar, the site chosen by Master Shree Vasant, for these planetary purifying Yajnyas. 

(Above photos, show the temples of Maheshwar town in front of the sacred river Narmada, a sunset, invitation to the Somayag, art created with colorful spices and the large Somayag hall.)

Photo above left: Mother Kusumji (wife of Master Shree Vasant) giving her blessings to the chief priest (Yajaman), Achal Apte and Bhakti (his wife) who were responsible for implementing the Somayag successfully with the group of priests.
Photo top right: Mr. Abhay Paranjpe (son of Master Shree Vasant) with his wife Anjali, receiving the fire (inside the red box) as it arrives at the Goshala; on his left side, the chief priest, Achal Apte and Bhakti, his wife.

The priests are lighting the Sacred Fire (by traditional friction method) which was lying dormant in the red box.

Sarvajit Paranjpe (grandson of Master Shree Vasant, responsible for the Homa Goshala Maheshwar) his wife Asmitha and their little daughter Ishwari also have a specific role in the Somayag.


The photos above show some of the instruments and ingredients used in the Somayag, such as special wood, cow dung cakes, the Soma plant, cow’s and goat´s milk, etc. and watchful priests. This whole process and knowledge comes from the Ancient Vedic Wisdom.

The priests handle a variety of Sacred Fires in different Kundas (determined specifically marked sites) within the Somayag shala in these five days. Each one of their actions is accompanied with Vedic Mantras. This is a Science of Sound and Light. The priests study and follow strict disciplines for many years in order to partake in these Somayags.

During these five days of the Somayag hundreds of Agnihotras are lit by people of all ages, continents, creeds, etc.

Each Agnihotra Fire contributes to the welfare of our planet, purifies the atmosphere, increases the capacity to love and clarifies our thoughts, just to name a few of the many positive effects of this simple and inexpensive healing technique.

     There is a Great Healing Power and Purification happening through the Somayag, the massive practice of Agnihotra at sunrise and sunset and the 24 hour continuous Tryambakam Homa. All this is occurring in a simply beautiful environment. The mind, body and soul rejoice…

    It is highly recommended to put all the attention on the process of the Somayag, meditate, watch and focus on Flames, listen carefully to the Mantras, etc. to maximize the benefits of the gift of being able to be present in a unique event like this.

However, there was also enough time to meet new friends, walk on the banks of Narmada River; share music and songs from different countries, etc. Lisa Powers taught some of the wonderful Universal Dances for Peace.

Aaron Kidd, an angel from Australia (photo above left), came about 6 weeks prior to the event to plant the garden with an ever wider variety of vegetables (lettuce and pumpkin varieties, carrots, beets, cucumbers, squash, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, beans, okra, aromatic and culinary herbs, etc., etc. (photo above right),) for the many national and international visitors coming to this auspicious Somayag.

Later on, Aaron had many helpers for this task of providing organic Homa products for the cooks that created wonderful menus.

(Photo above shows the Homa Goshala garden and above some of the delicious Homa crops.)

      The two kitchen teams (eastern and western food) were responsible for the physical welfare and they did it the gourmet Homa way. Under the wings of chef Suwindi and her assistants and volunteers, some also chefs like Sarah-kai and Josefa, all participants enjoyed the tasty and remarkable meals.

For Karina and her team, there was no obstacle on the site that could not be resolved.
The doctor couple, Ernesto and Andrea and their assistant Marisol always appeared when it was necessary or even before.
Thank you all for your service given with so much love and joy!

      On the sixth day, the Somayag ended with dances and music on the way to deliver some of the instruments used and now highly charged into the sacred river Narmada.

At this time, most of the participants also glide into the river, swimming and enjoying Mother Narmada. After this bath one feels renewed and energized.

         It is virtually impossible to mention all people, angels, and beings that directly and indirectly contributed to the happening of this Somayag. But, we bow in front of all and express from the depths of our being: "THANK YOU".

Note: The photos from the Somayag have been shared by Ricardo and Christa Mena, Camila Paz, Ashley Fernandez, Frank Lusman, Prem Yogi, Ernesto Vega and Aleta Macan.

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