Agnihotra – An Ancient Ayurvedic Practice

By Project Wellness Now

In the ancient practice of Ayurveda, Agnihotra refers to a fire ritual is used for healing purposes. This ritual is performed daily at sunrise and again at sunset. The aim of this ancient custom is to purify the atmosphere surrounding the area in which it is performed. The basis is this – if you heal the atmosphere around you, the atmosphere will heal you.


How is Agnihotra performed?

The fire is prepared in an inverted 100% copper pyramid of specific dimensions. Dried cow manure, brown rice, and ghee (clarified unsalted butter), are burned while certain mantras are spoken or sung. The particular mantras vary depending on if you are conducting the ritual at sunrise or at sunset.


Listen to the morning mantra below.


Listen to the evening mantra below.


What happens when the ceremony is performed?

Each element used in the ceremony has a distinct purpose. The copper pyramid generates negative ions which cleanse the air. Cow dung is esteemed for its antibacterial properties.

•  Pure ghee dissolves toxins from the surrounding air.

•  Rice offers a balancing ying-yang effect and releases several ethereal oils during combustion – thereby setting off chemical reactions.

•  The healing effect comes both from the fire itself as well as the energies created by the mantras.

•  Lastly, the smoke has the ability to bind and reduce harmful radiation.

The magnetic field which accumulates around the pyramid purifies the atmosphere, reaching up to 150 miles around. Balance is restored to the whole area, including all forms of life: human, animal and plants.


Agnihotra influence on people

Dr. Ulrich Berk from Germany conducted extensive research on the effects of this ritual  on human health. It has been reported that it may help regenerate brain cells, revitalize skin and purify the blood. University of Santiago research revealed that Agnihotra has stress reducing effects. It can also contribute to reducing anger, self-destructive patterns, and may assist in healing addictions. The ash produced in the process has harnessed the solar energy from the atmosphere through the ritual, and, therefore, has healing properties and can be used externally, applied to skin conditions, or taken internally with honey. People who participate in Agnihotra ceremony on a regular basis experience greater clarity of mind, health improvements, and increased energy.


Agnihotra and the environment

An experiment performed by scientists at the Institute of Academy of Kiev confirmed that radioactivity prevalent in the rice from the Fukushima region went down once the rice has been placed into Agnihotra ash water. After ten days, only the background radiation was left. To support the healing journey of Japan, after the profound effects of the Fukushima accident, the ceremonial ash has been sent to Japan from all over the world.


Agnihotra and agriculture

Agnihotra has been found to have powerful positive effects on agriculture. Plants grown in an Agnihotra atmosphere are more resilient to droughts. In areas where Agnihotra ash water has been used to irrigate the fields, the result was the growth of larger and healthier crops. Agnihotra has also been utilized as an effective natural pest control – replacing toxic herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Additionally, the ash paste has been applied to successfully heal tree wounds and repair damaged roots.