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Shubhpuja Article Published in The Indian Express

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Lohri 2018: History, Importance and Why it is Celebrated

Lohri is one of the most commonly celebrated festivals in India and it is a way to spread the joy of seeing the sparkling pearls of Rabi crops amidst traditional folk songs, dance and food.

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❄️ Today’s Panchang 28th February ❄️

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Digital Women Entrepreneur award for ‘Best service disruptor’ of the year by #Shethepeople,

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Thrilled to receive the Digital Women Entrepreneur award for ‘Best service disruptor’ of the year by Shethepeople, a big testimony for Shubhpuja as a digital platform breaking the stereotype in #Spirituality and being recognised for providing science & technology based solutions to people!!

❄️ Today’s Panchang 5th December ❄️

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Why do we use Agarbatti?

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All of us are mesmerised by the sweet fragrance of the exquisite agarbatties while moving around temples, especially ISKCON temples where their stores are full with loads and varieties of agarbatties, each having it’s own distinct aroma that submerges a person into an ocean of pleasure.

Even while in the midst of the discussion, if we happen to come across a very pleasant sweet smell on incense, it arrests our attention for a while and makes us forget what we are discussing.

Humans have been delighted by pleasant aromas from the time immemorial and it is said that the kingly orders used to spend millions of rupees on the exquisite scents and essential oils for their daily purpose of bathing, massaging and all.

And, in temples the worship of the deity starts by offering an incense first, followed by other items. As stated in various scriptures like Hari Bhakti Vilasa, one must offer incense to the lord and he gets a load of blessings from him in return.

There is prescription about the types of incense  which may be offered to the lord. Eg. Guggul, Ghee, Sandal etc.

Scientific Paradigm

As per the description, the agarbatties or the incense sticks are made with pure herbs and ghee , which on ignition, leave scented smoke. The scented smoke purifies the atmosphere by releasing oxygen and other disinfectant gases. These gases are released just in the right proportion to make the environment suitable for a healthy mind.

The scented smoke calms the mind and makes it concentrate on the deity rather than going here and there in the prayers. This relieves the devotee of all tensions and anxiety.

The science behind hawan

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Whenever we hear about hawan or homa, the picture of a fire emitting smoke all around comes in our mind, but in a reverential manner since it is meant for deity. We have seen or heard numerous times that by doing hawan, one invites peace to his house.

As stated by the lord in Bhagwad Gita (Chapter 5 Verse 29)-

||bhoktaram yagya-tapasam

sarva-loka-maheshvaram

suhrdam sarva-bhutanam

gyatva mam shantim rchchhati||

TRANSLATION:

The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries.

Since the supreme personality of godhead Sri Krishna is the ultimate benefactor of all hawans, he provides the person who is doing yagya and the person for whom yagya is done both with peace and tranquility.

Origin: 

Homa or Hawan or Yagya, as people call it in India is a vedic tradition which is coming down or the last billions and trillions of yugas. The famous yagyas which are mentioned in the Vedic literature are Ashwamedha Yagya of Maharaj Dashratha, Rajsuya Yagya of Maharaj Yudhishthir etc.

Doing Yagya was yuga dharma (Supreme prerogative and duty) of Treta yuga and people used to see the lord being satisfied by that when he used to appear in the yagya kund.

What is hawan or homa?

Yagya comprises of igniting a holy fire using pure wood and pure cow ghee and cow dung cakes and with the chanting of mantras, the hawish is poured into the fire with the word “Swaha!”. The hawish comprises of Indian Cow Ghee and mixture of Herbs called Hawan Samagri along with some other pure materials.

Scientific Paradigm:

  • Seeing the Hawan with scientific paradigm, the ancient sages used to say that by doing yagya, Sattva gun increases which is symbolized by cleanliness, peace and purity.
  • The cow ghee and cow dung cake react to release tonnes of oxygen ad other gases which make the atmosphere pure.
  • The small quantities of sulpher and nitrogen oxides get rid of harmful bacteria and their inhalation causes lacrimation, which relieves the eyes of all impurities and cough which arises clears the nasal and respiratory passage.
  • All the harmful microbes and pathogens are cleared due to the smoke emitted by burning of herbs which acts as a natural detoxifier.
  • The natural herbal smoke purifies the mind as well as the body.
  • The ash which is remaining from the Hawan kund is asked to put into plants which acts as a very good fertilizer.

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