Homam is essentially a Sanskrit word that means a religious ceremony involving the ritual burning of offerings that includes materials like food grains and clarified butter, also known as ghee. The materials are offered to a sacred sacrificial fire altar. Homam is also commonly called Yajna and Havan. Performing Homams have enormous religious and spiritual importance in the Hindu religion. The ritual of Yajna or Havan is a significant ritual that is a way of offering obeisance to the Gods and other divinities. The primary motive is to appease the divinit sra??re | kriyas-pataye | suddhaya | mantre | bhoktre | tri-vikramaya | nirayudhaya | asa?ra?bhaya | sarva-yudha-samanvitaya | o?-kara-rupaya || 90 || pur?atmane | o?-karat-sadhya-bhañjanaya | ai?-karaya | vag-pradaya | vagmine | sri?-kar-aisvarya-vardhanaya | kli?-kar-mohan-akaraya | hu?-pha?-k?obhan-ak?taye | indrarcita-mano-vegaya | dhara?i-bhara-nasakaya | viraradhyaya || 100 || visva-rupaya | vai??avaya | vi??u-bhakti-dayakaya | satya-vrataya | satya-paraya | satya-dharmanu?a?gakaya | naraya?a-k?pa-vyuha-teja-cakraya | sri sudarsanaya || 108 || ies so that you are blessed with good luck and prosperity. The practice of performing Homams goes back to as early as the Vedic ages. Ancient religious scholars have advocated that performing Havans helps to ward off negativity and ill luck. Performance of Yajnas is usually accompanied by the chanting of Vedic Mantras. Though Homams are generally associated with Hinduism, it has been noted that Homams are also prevalent among certain sects of Buddhism and Jainism.
Importance of Maha Sudharshana Homam
The Hindu God Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity of the Maha Sudharshana Homam. The Homam essentially performed to appease the God, who is considered to be the provider of peace, comfort, happiness and prosperity according to Hinduism. Lord Vishnu has been depicted as holding a spinning dish-like weapon in his right hand, which is called the Sudharshana Chakra. Lord Vishnu is believed to have eliminated demons and evil beings with his most powerful weapon, the Sudharshana Chakra. Lord Vishnu is revered as a part of the Hindu Holy Trinity who uses the weapon for protecting righteousness and religion. Thus, the Maha Sudharshana Homam is considered to be a potent and significant ritual that can neutralize negativity and recurring bad luck.
Preferred days for the homam
Different dates also chosen from the Hindu calendar for performing Homams dedicated to different deities. There are particular days in the week and special days that are called ‘Tithis’ to perform the Maha Sudharshana Homam. The Hindu calendar days of Ekadashi, Poornima and Dwadashi are considered to be the ideal ‘Tithis’ for performing this sacred religious ritual. These particularly special days are believed to be the best days for ‘Dosha Nivaranam’. It necessitates that these ‘Tithis’ are best suited for the invocation of the presiding deity Lord Sudharshana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The eventuality of procuring the desired results enhances if the ‘Tithis’ coincide on Wednesdays or Saturdays.