A Havan is a sacred fire ceremony, where negativity is consumed by making offerings to the fire. Havans are performed normally at the beginning of an enterprise to ensure success or.to deal with problems or negativity on a local or global scale.
A Havan can be performed outside, indoors in a fireplace or in the middle of a room as the smoke from a Havan has a cleansing effect on the vibrations - a well tended Havan need not produce a lot of smoke; but be careful- open fires are dangerous!
.. .a wooden board... to build the Havan on, if being performed indoors, at least 50
cm. square, ideally raised on blocks so that everyone can see the fire. .. .a metal Havan and/or bricks to make a fireplace. Normally 6 or 8 bricks per layer, 2 or 3 layers high, ideally without gaps between the bricks. .. .a 5 cm.layer of soil in the bottom of the fireplace (not sand as this conducts heat) .. .5 fruits.. .not citrus (bananas can be used but some say they are considered cheap')The fruits are placed around the top edge of the fireplace. ..:wood.. .should be 'new' (i.e. not old building timber) Dry sticks collected from the forest is the real thing. Thin sticks (pencil to finger thickness) fed constantly give a more steady and manageable fire. About 20 litres of sticks for a domestic Havan. .camphor to light fire.. .4 or 5 large pieces placed under the wood to start with. .. .ghee.. .butter ghee, melted (place tin in pan of boiling water).. .1-2 kg on average. .ghee spoon.. .a long-handled, wood or metal spoon to pour the ghee onto the fire. .. .incense.. .lit and placed around the Havan at the start..1 or 2 packets ...kum-kum...the Havan bricks and fruits are decorated with OM, swastika, etc. .large bowl of rice...2 to 5 kg. .mixed with..
.samagri.(sacred herbs) (10-20% of weight of rice) and a little turmeric. .one or two people in charge of feeding the fire with wood and ghee. Optional-...a coconut placed on leaves (betel or other large shiny leaves) on top of a .kumbha (metal water pot) containing water and placed beside the Havan. ... small bowls for people to keep the rice/samagri mix in.
Make a tower of sticks inside the Havan with a 10 cm. square hole in the middle. Put 3 or 4 pieces of camphor at the bottom.The bowl of rice is passed round clockwise, people in the first two or three rows taking a handful (or bowlful).
Dedication of the Havan..state time, date, place and purpose of the Havan.
Shri Agni Devata mantra 3 times ( a block of camphor is lit and dropped in the hole during this mantra and more wood and ghee are added to get a good blaze going)
Names.. usually 108 or 1000, full or short mantra form Om Shri namaha,
Om Swaha or Om Twameva Sakshat Shri namo namaha, Om Swaha, or the full form of Shri Mataji's mantra with Om Swaha at the end. During the Om Swaha people near the Havan take a pinch of rice mixture from the left hand with the right hand, lift it up the left side, pass it round the Sahasrara clockwise three times and throw it into the fire respectfully. The other people present perform the same actions without the rice. (Swaha means 'may it be auspicious!')
After the names, people make suggestions in the form 'All the negativity of '(the media, Catholic church etc.) and everyone says Om Swaha as before with the actions. Finally someone says 'All the negativity that we have not mentioned' and everyone says Om Swaha three times and Sakshat ShrT Adi (hakti MatajT ShrT Nirmala Devyai namo namaha.
Any remaining rice, ghee (not necessarily wood) and the fruits are put in the fire. People can write names or problems on paper and offer them to the fire at this time.
The fire should be left to go out by itself if possible, but can be carried outside.
Glossary- Section 1- Meaning of the names of the Chakras
Section 2- Meanings of the names of Deities etc.
Section 3- Meanings of some common terms.
Section 4- Qualities of the three Shaktis, Shri Durga.
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