Homas are powerful ancient fire rituals that have been performed in Indian subcontinent by the Vedic sages for over more than 7000 years. This ancient ritual is a symbolic representation of the relationship between reality and the transcendental worlds. Through the medium of fire, the performer offers prayers and offerings to the universe and receives blessing and Divine energies.
How Havans are done
Havans are revelations from the Higher Power to our Ancestors.
In these sacred rituals Agni (Fire) is lighted in the Havan Kund (the sacrificial fire) and various energies (deities) are invoked by chanting the mantras and through various postures (mudras).
To light the Havan Kund or sacrificial fire, two dry pieces of wood are brought into friction. The two pieces of wood symbolize the body and the soul (the true spirit in man) and the lighting of the fire symbolizes that the physical body should start a quest for spiritual life.
Just like that very fire devours the wood, so when you are spiritually enlightened you would be beyond the identification of yourself with the body.
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 comes to them spontaneously and instantaneously.
The people’s bond with the particular deity or Amma and Bhagavan, is a very helpful factor in the Havans that we perform.