Perform Santhana Gopala Homam Dedicated to Lord Balagopala To Conceive A Child
About homam

The practice of performing Homams has always been prevalent in Hinduism. The ritual is also known as Yajna and Havan among the followers of the Hindu religion. Though, there have been instances of performing Havans among other religions like Jainism and Buddhism, the ritualistic practice of Yajna is inherently associated with Hinduism. Performing Homams for religious and spiritual gain, dates back to the early Vedic ages of the Hindu religion. Certain scholars and exponents of Hinduism state that the initial practice of performing Homams have been established in the Sama Veda, which is one of the four Vedas of Hinduism. Ardent proponents of the religion have ensured that numerous materialistic gains can be achieved if you perform Homams dedicated to gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Each Homam ritual has a particular spiritual or materialistic significance. A substantial number of Hindu religious scholars have professed the immense benefit of Santhana Gopala Homam for childless married couples. This particular Homam is dedicated to Balagopala, the child manifestation of Lord Krishna.

Revered deity of the Homam

Performance of Santhana Gopala Homam is particularly dedicated to Lord Krishna who is the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is an interesting religious legend associated with the performance of this yajna. It is believed that Lord Vishnu himself imparted knowledge of the Santhana Gopala Homam to his devotee Sanathakumara, who again bestowed the proficiency to the ancient Hindu sage Bodhyana. According to the legend, Sanathakumara and his wife was a childless couple. So, they offered obeisance and penances to Lord Vishnu who was appeased with their penances and granted the childless couple a boon. Moreover, he bestowed them with knowledge of performing the Santhana Gopala Homam. Thus, the practice of performing this Homam is still prevalent among the Hindus and particularly among childless couples. Many astrologers and religious scholars advise the performance of this ritual to married couples who have difficulties in conceiving offspring.

Significance of the ritual

The performance of Santhana Gopala Homam is crucially significant to those who are yearning for the arrival of a child in the family but facing recurrent obstacles. According to Hindu astrologers and seers, obstacles in conceiving a child is caused by Graha Dosha or wrong planetary positions. It is also believed that black magic and evil forces also result in hindrances of conceiving a child. Drishti dosha is another potent reason for obstacles. Since Lord Vishnu is the slayer of evil and benefactor of the divine virtues, obeisance paid to the God results in overcoming of all obstacles and hindrances. If you perform the Santhana Gopala yajna, you may yield positive results to a great extent. Infertility or inability to conceive a child is at times caused by ill health of the spouses. Thus, propitiating Lord Vishnu, the benefactor of good health and happiness is essential for attaining sound health. This Homam also nullifies all complications and difficulties during pregnancy like miscarriages. It also ensures the sound health of the mother and unborn child.

Religious significance of fire

There is a remarkable importance of fire in the performance of every Yajna. No Homam can be performed without the sacred sacrificial fire. It has been mentioned in the Vedas, which are the foremost ancient Hindu scriptures, that the universe is composed of five elements. As per the Vedas, the five elements are Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Sky. Fire is the symbol of energy that purifies all vices and impurities. The significance of fire is evident from the fact that fire has been worshipped since time immemorial. In every Homam, the sacrificial offerings are first made to fire because it consumes the impurities before the offerings are made to Gods and Goddesses.

 

Items/samagri required

There are certain commodities that are required for the proper execution of Santhana Gopala yajna. It is rather important that all the necessary materials for the Homam is arranged beforehand, so that there are no hurdles once the Homam begins and concludes comprehensively. There are a significant number of ingredients that are essential for performing the Havan. These ingredients are known as ‘Havan Samagri’.

  1. There are certain materials that are common to almost all Homams, which are coconut, clarified butter or Ghee/Ghrita, honey and a few varieties of fruits.
  2. Food grains are also required for the Homam especially unmilled rice grains, which are offered to Agni in the sacrificial fire.
  3. Betel leaves and sweets are also important ingredients that are essential during the course of the Havan.
  4. ‘Havan Samagri’ such as sugar, til or sesame seeds, ashtagandha, chandan or sandalwood powder are also important.
Procedure of performing Ganesh homam

Performing any Yajna requires precise religious knowledge since the rituals involve intricate proceedings. Thus, it is ideal to engage the service of proficient priests to perform the Yagya. Moreover, Santhana Gopala Yajna requires the participation of five Brahmin priests. There are numerous phases during the entire course of the Homam.

  1. The Homam includes various ritualistic patterns that start with Swasti Vachan and Shanti Path.
  2. The aforesaid process is followed by a proceeding known as Sankalp, which means the priests would affiliate you with the yajna.
  3. Then the other procedures follow, which are the Sthapan or installation of the Kalash, sacred pots in the name of different Gods and Goddesses.
  4. After the completion of previous processes, the priests start invoking the Gods and Goddesses, which is followed by Navagraha Mantra Jaap.
  5. The Yajna continues with Punyaha Vachan Kalash, and others, and finally ending with Santhana Gopala Mantra Jaap for 108 times.
Mantra

Santan Gopal Mantra:

ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविन्द वासुदेव जगत्पते देहि मे तनयं कृष्ण त्वामहं शरणं गतः |

Om Shreeng Hreeng Kleeng Glaung Devakisut Govind Vasudev

Jagatpate Dehi Me Tanayam Krishn Tvaamaham Sharanam Gatah

Santan Prapti Mantra:

ॐ नमो भगवते जगत्प्रसूतये नमः ।

Om Namo Bhagavate Jagatprasutaye Namah

Shri Krishna Mantra for Santan Prapti:

ॐ क्लीं गोपालवेषधराय वासुदेवाय हुं फट स्वाहा ।

Om Kleeng Gopalveshadhaaraay Vaasudevaay Hum Phat Swahaa

Mantra for Santhana Gopala Homam:

Om Devaki Sudha Govinda; Vasudeva Jagath Pathe

Dehimey Thanayam; Krishna Thwamaham Saranam

Kadhahaa Deva Deva; Jagannatha

Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho

Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram

Ayushmandham Yashashreenam

Benefits

Particular day or ‘tithi’

There are certain dates that are called ‘tithis required for performing of Santhana Gopala yajna. You can seek the help of the priests to find out the dates that are considered auspicious for performing the Homam. The ideal dates for the performance of the Havan are chosen by the priests according to the Hindu calendar. These dates are selected in accordance with the planetary positions as per the Vedic scriptures. Moreover, you must consult the priests to know the perfect time of the day when the Homam is supposed to be performed. It is necessary to perform the Yajna at the correct day and time to yield maximum benefits.

Motive of the Homam

The primary motive of the Santhana Gopala Yajna is to propitiate Lord Krishna to grant a boon for a child if you are facing obstacles in conceiving. Lord Krishna is revered as Bala Gopala, the infant form of the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The performing of this Homam will subdue all your hindrances related to fertility and difficulties in progeny.