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.