A Havan is also known as a Hom, Homan, Yagya or Agnihotra. Havan is a Sanskrit word and it means a ritual wherein the devotees make offerings to the Fire as a primary/core action. The Fire is considered to be Holy, Sacred and sacrosanct. The Fire is a symbol of divine presence. A Havan forms part of practically all Hindu Sanskaars. Common types of Havan include Aayushya Havan, Mrityunjaya Havan, Dhanwantri Havan, Ganesh Havan, Navagraha Havan, Vastu Havan etc. The fire is lit in a centre and devotees make offerings along with chanting the mantras specific to the objective for which the Havan has been organised. It is done either to please a certain deity or done with some other objective in mind.
Benefits of Havan
A Havan has multiple benefits. The benefits are divine as well as scientific. A Havan helps to:
Occasions to do a Havan
As discussed above, a havan is an important ritual on practically all occasions. It is performed
Havan Vidhi (Procedure)
The most important thing in a Havan is the Havan Kund. It is the center point in any Havan or Yagya wherein the fire is lit and the offerings are made. It is either made of bricks or is a copper/stone vessel. The Kund more often than not is a perfect square.
Havan Shubh Muhurat
Every Havan is conducted with a different and specific purpose. Some havans can be done daily while others need a specific auspicious day, date and time i.e. shubh mahurat. It is best to consult an expert before deciding on a time and conducting the Havan.