Homams

Homas are an important religious practice in Hinduism. Ritual in which making offerings into a consecrated fire is the primary action.
Although a consecrated fire is the central element of every homa ritual, the procedure and items offered to the fire vary by what occasions the ceremony, or by the benefit expected from the ritual. Procedures invaribly involve –

* the kindling and consecration of the sacrificial fire;
* the invocation of one or more divinities; and,
* the making of offerings (whether real or visualized) to them with the fire as via media, amid the recitation of prescribed prayers and mantras.

Different types of Homams

HomamsPurpose
Ganapathi homa to overcome obstacles
Sudarshana homafor success in an undertaking
Aayushya homa to ward of evil influences present in a child’s life immediately following its birth, thereby ensuring longevity
Dhanavantri homa for good health
Durga homa to cancel negative energies; for self-confidence
Gayatri homato facilitate positive thinking and subsequently performing good karma
Kritya Pariharanato counter the effects of black magic
Lakshmi Kubera homa for wealth and material prosperity
Mangala Samskarana homa to celebrate auspicious events; to attain Moksha
Mahadevi homa for the stimulation of a marriage and for marital felicity among those already married
Navagraha homa to appease the Nine planets and limit the evil influences in one’s horoscope
Punyahavachana homafor the naming of a child
Vastu homa a house-warming; to encourage good Vastu (energy in buildings)
Vidya homa o benefit students; to facilitate learning
Vishwa Shanthi homa for universal peace and harmony, as also harmony between the self and the universe
Viraja Homa urification rites performed as part of the formal ceremonies by which a person takes the vows of renunciation (Sannyas), thereby becoming a Sanyasi (monk)
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