Yagya literally means “sacrifice, devotion, worship, offering”, and refers in Hinduism to any ritual done in front of a sacred fire, often with mantras. By doing Puja/Havan, thoughts and vibrations of spiritual forces are created around us.
These spiritual forces work to eliminate the negative influences in our lives and surround us with positive energy. Eventually, this can bring us peace of mind, material prosperity, and enable us to touch the divine, our true nature.
The results of our past actions, favorable or unfavorable, are indicated by planetary positions at the time of our birth. A great deal about the events and influences of our life can be predicted through the science of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology).
The malefic effects which are destined to befall us can be reduced by the grace of God by performing specific pujas as recommended in the scriptures. The body, mind, and spirit are purified and harmonized by meditation, prayers, mantra japa, and the pujas we perform.
The result of these actions is to help purify us and enable us to imbibe the spiritual energy invoked by the puja.
How are Havans Done?
Havans are revelations from the higher power to our ancestors. In these sacred rituals, Agni (Fire) is lit in the Havan Kund (the sacrificial fire) and various energies (deities) are invoked by chanting the mantras through various postures (mudras).
Many offerings are made to these deities during the Havan for our prayers to be answered. The people who completely believe in the ritual are immediately benefited, as grace approaches them spontaneously and instantaneously.
Why Do We Perform?
Havans are performed for several purposes; to dispel the negative energies in houses; to destroy negative life patterns; to annihilate negativity, curses of previous generations, and also to counter black magic effects. Havans bring in high energies into houses, thereby paving way for positive thoughts, actions, etc. They help in re-vitalizing the three energies in our body (Vata, Pitha, Kapha) and help in maintaining energy balance.
During the havans, the divine energies from the deities flow into the body of the performer and cleanse them of all negative energies and destroy negative samskaras. They also bring in positive energies which in turn affect and change the outside world. The deities invoked during the Havans form a protective shield around the performer to safeguard them from any further evil energies.