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A note on Yagya यज्ञ ceremony and fire offerings
Yagya यज्ञ or fire ceremony is an integral part of remedial measures. When ever a Mantra is chanted for the required number of times over a given period, it becomes incumbent on the person doing the Jap to end the ritual with a Yagya in which the number of offerings are exactly one tenth of the chant total. For example if one is chanting Saturn Mantra to reduce the extent of negative experiences by chanting the Mantra 23000 times in 40 days; then to get the best results one ought to perform a fire ceremony and offer 2300 offerings. This completes the chant process.
The offerings that are offered to the fire consist of the plant representatives of the nine planets. The Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are sequentially represented by Ark, Dhaak, Kaththa, Apamarg, Peepal, Goolar, Shami, green grass and Kusha. Most of these plants are found mainly in South east Asia and their English names are not known. (to me)
A mixture of these herbs is available in a ready to use form in India and most Indian stores worldwide.
One may use the herb mixture with Ghee घी (clarified butter) or may add Ghee, rice, hung yogurt, पानी रहित दही and honey. In a remote place where nothing is available one can simply use Ghee घी.
Different planets have different chant counts and these must be adhered to closely. Best results are obtainable only through diligent, persistent and intelligent effort. It is pointless to waste time by cutting corners.
For pacification of Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu the chant count is 7000, 11000, 10000, 19000, 19000, 6000, 23000, 18000 and 17000.
Planets and their figures
Each planet has a figure connected to it, and should be made on a wooden board, sand or a metal platter (preferably copper) before the Yagya. These figures are also available ready made on copper squares and can be used with advantage. Here is the sequence of planets and the figures.
White crescent Moon
Yellow eight petal lotus
black horse shoe
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