The Five disciplines of Agnihotra


For the practice of Agnihotra a few disciplines are to be observed. If Agnihotra is performed sincerely, without changing its basic rules, it will certainly bring beneficial results. Let us know more about its various aspects.




O Healing Fire, we come to you daily at Sunrise and Sunset. – Rig-Veda

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Agnihotra is performed daily at sunrise and sunset timings.


Sunrise and Sunset are two most significant circadian bio-rhythms.


The term “circadian” comes from the Latin terms “circa” – meaning around, and “diem” – meaning day.


The circadian rhythm refers to the natural, 24-hour body cycle that humans and animals naturally follow. With a circadian rhythm, people naturally tend to sleep when it’s nighttime and wake up when morning comes up.


It is closely linked with the Sunrise – Sunset cycle and is associated with the waking and sleeping patterns of animals and the metabolism of the plants like opening of flowers, etc.

The circadian rhythm, present in humans and most other animals, is generated by an internal clock that is synchronized to light-dark cycles and other cues in an organism’s environment. It also causes nocturnal animals to function at night when diurnal creatures are at rest.


This is in colloquial language referred to as the biological clock of the body.


Normal functioning of everything in this world is linked with the rhythmic alignment of the circadian rhythm. Any disturbance in this routine leads to a chaos. The normal schedule becomes adversely affected and even routine things start falling apart. Many disorders like insomnia, etc appear in humans.


Circadian rhythms can be disrupted by changes in daily schedule.


Agnihotra time is referred to as ai???Sandhyaai??i?? i.e. transitional moment. It is neither day nor night, neither light nor darkness. Veda describe this particular period as the Passage to Enlightenment ai???(Tirtha).


The science of Yoga attaches importance to this transitional moment. As per Yoga a man makes the use of either the left or the right nostril for breathing during the period from sunrise to sunset and there is a shift in the order beginning with sunset to sunrise. During this period ai???Idaai??i?? and ai???Pingalaai??i??, Nadis or channels of flow of energy, located in the breathing apparatus of the body, remain active in succession.


Agnihotra is ordained to be performed exactly on these vitally important transitional moments.

During these moments changes take place in the atmosphere which causes vital impact on all life forms and on the environment.


Exactly at the time of sunrise and sunset they are in the process of transition. The mind and body are in balance during this time band. Performance of Agnihotra synchronizing with this time strengthens the beneficial effects on the mind and the body.


The counting of the exact times of Sunrise or Sunset is done by using Vedic methodology. The Vedas consider a moment as sunset when half of the sun appears to have set below the horizon and sunrise is considered as the moment when half of the sun is visible over the horizon.


Semi- pyramid shaped copper vessel-


The vessel or Patra prescribed for Agnihotra is made of pure copper which is known for its Oligodynamic (i.e. antibacterial) properties. Copper, which is known to be an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, plays an important role in the process of Agnihotra. Agnihotra has close connection with fire, heat, electromagnetic forces and cosmic energy fields. The shape of Agnihotra vessel is precisely similar to pyramid.


The word pyramid (Pyr + mid) means ai???a geometrically perfect shape which has healing energies in the centerai??i??. The pyramid shaped copper vessel receives, intensifies and emanates healing and purifying energy in the surrounding area where Agnihotra is being performed. Its effectiveness reaches peak levels at sunrise and sunset. The shape and the metal copper enhance the potency of the healing energies emanating during the practice of Agnihotra.


Cow dung cakes-


Fire for Agnihotra is to be prepared out of dried cow dung cakes. Ayurveda says that Cow dung has anti bacterial properties.


The Offerings-


Cow’s pure ghee-

Only Ghee made from Cowai??i??s is used for Agnihotra

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Rice grains-

The offerings consist of two pinches full of uncooked unbroken rice grains. The concept of unbroken is emphasized as it is said that the healing Veerya or potency of the rice gets lowered if the grain is broken. For optimum benefits one must use unbroken rice grains.


The offerings of Agnihotra are to be offered to the fire along with the chanting of following Sanskrit mantras.

At sunrise: Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??




Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? SOORYAYA IDAM NA MAMA {First Mantra}


Purport- O Sun, the giver of energy, I salute you and offer unto you what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.


Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? PRAJAPATAYE SWAHA,

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? PRAJAPATAYE IDAM NA MAMA {Second mantra}


Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.


At sunset:Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??



Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? AGNAYE IDAM NA MAMA {First Mantra}


Purport- O Agni, the Primordial element, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.


Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? PRAJAPATAYE SWAHA,

Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? PRAJAPATAYE IDAM NA MAMA {second Mantra}

Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.



These mantras are easy to chant. Agnihotra mantras have a relaxing and purifying effect on the mind. They create vibrations of peace and love.


These Mantras are in Sanskrit language.


Their effect on the atmosphere, living beings and even plants is extremely pacifying. Agnihotra Mantras are to be uttered in their original form that is in Sanskrit. They are not to be translated in any other language because it will change their original frequency patterns. The translated words will be devoid of creating the beneficial vibratory sound waves and hence no benefits can be derived from uttering such words.


The offering to the fire are to be made uttering only two Mantras. There are two mantras in the morning at sunrise and two mantras in the evening at sunset. The mantras should be chanted in clear voice. Agnihotra mantras are to be uttered in a way that its sound vibrates in the entire household.


The words Soorya, Agni and Prajapati in the Mantras are synonyms of energy and the Almighty.


As we have seen in the earlier chapters, the Sun, the Agni are the chief energy sources on the planet and are given synonyms similar to the Supreme Consciousness. The Agnihotra Mantraai??i??s inculcate a feeling of surrender unto the Almighty and its energy.


The Sunrise Mantra is a prayer to the Sun, the propeller and the impelling power behind our world, to provide energy, healing and life till the Sunset.


The Sunset Mantra is a prayer to the Agni symbolizing warmth and protection, to provide energy, healing and protection of life till the Sunrise.


The second line in each Mantra referring to the word Prajapati meaning The Creator is a sign of praying unto the Divine Energy to create a feeling to surrender in the mind, body and soul.




I first learned to do Agnihotra in 1973 while I was in college. On the first day that I did Agnihotra, I noticed certain a sense of calm and tranquility come over my mind. I experience that same subtle sense of calm when I perform Agnihotra today.


I had an opportunity to visit Kharagpur, which is the birthplace of Shree, in 1977. Along with several other people, I had a chance to share Agnihotra with a number of people in the town, who in turn taught it to others. Today, several hundred families are doing Agnihotra in Kharagpur, and I have noticed that whenever I visit Kharagpur the atmosphere in that town is one of real harmony. It makes me realize that Agnihotra is something that people start to do for their own peace of mind. However, the positive effect reaches out to the home, as well as outside to the greater community.

David Powers, KGP Products, USA


We’ve been practicing Agnihotra, and the other fires, regularly since 1991.Ai??All this Sattva activity maintains a peaceful atmosphere on our farm.Ai?? We also feed the birds each morning, and they seem to especially enjoying Agnihotra time and the chanting that follows.

David, Faye, Juanita, and Family

Sattva Farms, Oregon, USA


As a practitioner of Agnihotra since 1974 we can only say that it has been an amazing journey. From the first moment we have known of the extreme peace that comes with the Agnihotra and the balance that it seems to bring within all nature.

Charles Davis, Heal the Atmosphere Association, USA


I have been practicing Agnihotra for more than two decades. Agnihotra gives me a lot of energy to handle my everyday activities. I also feel that the atmosphere in our house is more conducive to creativity. -Amit Suratkar, USA


Within few weeks of starting the practice, I stopped needing alarm clocks to wake me before sunrise and almost miraculously, I would wake up before sunrise in time for Agnihotra even though I have had a late night.

The other change I noticed was that I had nasal congestion since I was young and that cleared out very soon after the practice. I do not succumb to illness as frequently as in my younger years.

Kashyap and Shishir Vora, Vedic Science Society, Canada


Agnihotra has been like a boon to me. Since I started performing Agnihotra, I feel more energy in everything I do and this helps me give time to all the aspects of my life. I also feel that Agnihotra helps me stay in harmony with nature.

Thomas Konecny, ISVS, Austria

My experience with Agnihotra is very simple, a deep feeling of peace and the feeling of doing my duty. To enter a room where Agnihotra is being done is like entering a world of peace and calm. I feel that I can perform my daily routine much better since I started performing Agnihotra.

I feel as a helping hand is always around. I meet the right people in the right moment; there is the feeling of being guided through stormy weather of life. I am very thankful, that I know about Agnihotra and Yajnya and itA?s a big honor for me, that I can perform Agnihotra. ai??i?? Irmgard Wambrechtshamer, ISVS, Austria


We have been practicing Agnihotra since 1974. It was the beginning of many wonderful experiences with Agnihotra.Ai??We have been regular practitioners of the daily practice of AgnihotraAi??till today. If we miss it we feel unhappy.Ai??The main thing is that Agnihotra is such a powerful spiritual “instrument”Ai??not only to heal the atmosphere but all life on this planet.

Werner Metzger, Kriya Yoga Schule, Germany



Agnihotra spreads an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

Dr. Paramsivam, Aboorvaas, Malaysia


I felt a lot of peace when I attended the Agnihotra sessions in Shivpuri. I am also very fascinated by the benefits of Agnihotra in other spheres like organic farming, etc

Lai Hock, Ground Up Initiative, Singapore


Since I started performing Agnihotra, I feel a sense of calm and tranquility. I have seen that plants also grow better in Agnihotra atmosphere. Roger Zimmerman and Sabine, Switzerland



In my home where I perform Agnihotra regularly, many visitors who are not aware of its performance get a feeling of peace and enquire about the reason. – S.S.Naregal, Gadag, India


I feel much better with regards to health and have secured mental peace.Ai?? It is also felt that the Environment in the house is very pleasant due to Agnihotra. My son is doing well in his studies. – Jayashree.G. Kamat, Sholapur, India



By constantly performing morning and evening Agnihotra a feeling develops that I am in constant unison with Mother Nature. After a certain period of time this habit becomes a priority and bad habits are automatically removed.

The mind feels a pleasure with constant awareness of thoughts and feelings. This enables a control over the arising bad thoughts, which get replaced by good thoughts.

  1. Mulchandani, New Delhi, India


In the year 1973 my father expired and the entire responsibility of the family fell on my shoulders. Due to financial problems I was under tremendous mental stress. Under these circumstances I had an attack of fits for the first time in 1975. I consulted a specialist and started the medicine as prescribed but over a period of time got addicted to it. I was taking up to 12 tablets a day. I could not do anything without it and I was not able to sleep. In spite of taking medicines I had another attack of fits.

Then I heard of Agnihotra and started performing it. The tension on my mind and fear gradually reduced. Slowly I started reducing the intake of tablets and gradually gave it up completely in a year. Till date I have not had another attack of fit and am enjoying complete mental peace and good health.

Ai??K.B.Chandrakumar, Hyderabad, India



It brings mental happiness and enduring peace in our premises. We get peaceful sleep. We feel refreshed and hence plan and perform our daily work with enthusiasm. We don’t feel tired day long.

  1. Raghavan, Bangalore, India.


A few years ago I was in great stress due to mu health reasons. I constantly had the feeling of fear & insecurity. It was during this time that I came across Agnihotra. I started its performance earnestly and within two months could feel a positive change in my mental wellbeing. I also started using the Agnihotra ash for improving my health as well as in my garden for the 5 coconut trees in it. The results were amazing.

  1. Srinivasan, Chennai, India



I started performing Agnihotra after my retirement. Agnihotra has been helpful in the following way

  1. Although I was doing a lot of physical work I did not have good appetite. After commencing Agnihotra I noticed a substantial change in appetite. The digestive system has improved.
  2. Despite of a lot of physical activity during the day I was suffering from insomnia. Now I sleep peacefully.
  3. As a result of all this I feel more vitality.
  4. My temperament has improved. It is easier to maintain composure.
  5. Shotria, Pune, India



I started practicing Agnihotra five years back. Agnihotra has helped me to maintain the calmness of the mind. It is useful in meditation also, now we started using it for Agriculture. Vegetables grown in Agnihotra atmosphere have very good taste.

Ai??M.S.Lalita, Trissur, India



There is a definite increase in the confidence level after commencing the practice of Agnihotra.

Over the years the mental attitude has changed from being in a state of turbulence to composed or collected state of mind. ai??i??

P.S. Jaju, Hyderabad, India



I have been bestowed with mental peace, satisfaction and happiness. I am freed from many of the minor physical ailments that I used to suffer from. I feel that I have become more patient, understanding and confident. Agnihotra has helped me have a more benevolent outlook, which in turn has brought peace to my Amitriptyline cost walmart mind.

Ai??Dhondiba Baburao Namde, Pune, IndiaAi??


Agnihotra has given complete mental satisfaction. Initially I used to suffer frequently from common cold that has reduced. I have also observed that the ability to face problems and solve them has developed. Whenever I am faced with problems I get useful intuitions? This promotes enthusiasm. For performing Agnihotra my family supports me. The bonds within the family have improved.

Ai??Anand Brahme, Akkalkot, India


Before commencing the practice of Agnihotra I was addicted to alcohol. I was also very short tempered. Then one evening I had the opportunity to attend Agnihotra at the house of my senior in office. I felt very relaxed and pleasant. Later, I enquired about the details and eventually commenced practice myself.


With regular practice of Agnihotra my temper has improved a lot. I was also able to give up drinking completely. My wife and children who were greatly troubled by my drinking also felt the difference and have become devoted Agnihotriai??i??s. We have been doing it now for about 20 years. Our family enjoys good health and there is peace and love.

Dyaneshwar Nepale, Yevatmal, India