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Hinduism - What Is A Homa Or Yajna Or Devayajna Or Pancha-Mahayajna?

 

In its most particular sense, homa refers to the "devayajna," or "sacrifice to the gods," which is one of the Five Great Sacrifices (panchamahayajna) specified in the dharma literature, or religious obligation writings.

Homa is a ceremony that involves putting offerings of clarified butter into a sacrificial fire in order to appease the gods.

Today, the term homa has a far broader connotation, referring to any religious ceremony in which gifts are deposited in the holy fire.

 

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Hinduism - What Is A Devayajna?



("devotion to the gods") One of the Five Great Sacrifices (panchamahayajna) that are mentioned in holy writings (dharma literature). 

These Five Great Sacrifices are prescribed daily religious observances for a “twice-born” householder, that is, a householder born into one of India's three twice-born groups—brahmin, kshatriya, or vaishya—and who has undergone the teenage religious initiation known as the “second birth.” 

Each of the five yajnas (sacrifices) is aimed towards a distinct class of creatures, ranging from the Absolute Reality to animals, and is gratified by diverse activities. 

Homa, or gifts of clarified butter into the holy fire, satisfies the devayajna, which is aimed at the gods. 

Since most Hindu families no longer keep a holy fire, this specific practice has been mostly eliminated in the centuries since these writings were written.



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