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Hinduism - What Is Panchagni-Tapa?

 

("asceticism of the five flames") A sort of voluntary physical mortification in which the individual sits surrounded by four flames, with the fifth fire being the sun above, commonly performed during the hot season.

Although this practice is no longer common, it is extremely ancient and is often mentioned as one of the typical ascetic practices in the puranas and other holy books.

This ceremony is undertaken with the premise that deliberately enduring pain and/or adversity is a method to develop spiritual, religious, and magical power, as is the case with all types of physical ascetic endurance (tapas).

~Kiran Atma


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