Materials Required for Agnihotra

To perform Agnihotra you require:
Materials required for Agnihotra

  • copper pyramid of prescribed shape and size
  • dried cow-dung cakes
  • 100% pure cow’s ghee (clarified butter)
  • unpolished, unbroken rice grains
  • sunrise/sunset timings up to seconds accuracy
  • simple Sanskrit Mantra

For Agnihotra you require a copper pyramid of specific size and shape. Copper is a conductor for subtle energies. Just at morning Agnihotra all the electricities, energies, ethers are attracted to the pyramid in its shape. At sunset these energies are thrust out in same shape.

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Uncooked, unbroken pieces of rice preferably less polished or whole brown rice should be used for Agnihotra. If the rice is broken the chemical analysis of both pieces may be the same but the subtle energy structure is broken and hence, it should not be used for Agnihotra healing fire, states the ancient science of bioenergy.

Ghee (Clarified Butter):
Place pure UNSALTED, unadulterated butter from cow’s milk in a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil over low heat. Remove and discard the white substance that rises to the top. Strain the liquid through a fine strainer. What passes through is ghee. Store the ghee in a container. It does not have to be refrigerated. Please note ghee must be made from only 100% pure cow’s milk and not mixed with milk from any other species such as goat or sheep.

Dried Cow Dung:
Dried cow dung cakes are used to prepare Agnihotra fire.
How to prepare dried cow dung: Make pancake-like patties from fresh cow dung and let them dry in the sun on a window screen or similar material. Store the dry dung patties for daily use. Cow dung is medicinal. In all ancient cultures, like the native Indians of North and South America, Scandinavians, Asians and Africans, cow dung applications are used for a variety of ailments. In books of folk medicine practiced in Europe, one finds many references to cow dung as a medicinal substance. When we use the words cow dung, we mean dung from the male or female progeny of the cow species only.

Morning Agnihotra mantra:

sooryáya swáhá, sooryáya idam na mama
prajápataye swáhá, prajápataye idam na mama

Evening Agnihotra mantra:

agnaye swáhá, agnaye idam na mama
prajápataye swáhá, prajápataye idam na mama

(Accented “á” is pronounced as the ‘a’ in father. Unaccented “a” is pronounced as the ‘a’ in mature.)

After each word swáhá offer one portion of rice/ghee to the fire.

Listen to the Mantras:
Sunrise Agnihotra
Sunset Agnihotra

Mantras in Devanagari scriptAgnihotra Timesheet

Sunrise/Sunset Timetable:
Agnihotra is practised at exactly sunrise and sunset every day. Only at these two timings is it possible to catch the flood of life-sustaining energies emanating from the sun and use them for the benefit of all living things. If you miss the exact timing it is not Agnihotra and the powerful healing effect will be missing.

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