Invoke The Blessings Of The Goddess Through Saraswati Homam
About homam

Since thousands of years, sages have been performing havan or homas to get rid of all negativity and calm your minds. During such homas, a holy fire is ignited where the divine is invoked and all sacred Vedic scriptures are followed by priests. Many offerings are given by the natives to priests and it is believed that through these offerings they are giving away the negativity of their lives and gaining positive energies in return. There are many other essential benefits of vidhis and the samagri that are used in the havan.

The main element of the homa is the holy fire on which all the samagris are offered for the god and goddesses. Most of the homam needs mango wood for lighting the fire but it can vary with different deities. The offerings are made while chanting the mantras so the combination of the strong energy of the sacred fire and the Sanskrit mantras makes the environment more auspicious and purifying. It doesn’t only help you to connect with the divine, but also cleanses your soul and environment of the home where the havan is performed. Each and every homam has different benefits that can bring a huge change in your life.

About The Homam

So if you are a student or someone who is in the field of academics then you can do a Saraswati homam. This particular homam is dedicated to the divine goddess Saraswati who is said to be the quintessence of arts and knowledge. This revered Vedic ritual will solicit the blessings of Saraswati Devi so that you can achieve excellence in all your creative endeavors. It is said that any native who conducts a Saraswati havan at their home will top in academics, arts, skills, music, and all other creative pursuits. According to the lore the universe and all its beings were created by Lord Bramha with the help of the immense knowledge of goddess Saraswati. This is why so many devotees and specially students and artists conduct Saraswati homam on Fridays and Thursdays. Basant panchami is considered to be sacred day for the deity and her devotees which is why it is the best dayto conduct any homam that is meant for goddess Saraswati. Some people choose to wait for the rare occasions when the basant panchami tithi falls on a Friday or Thursday. The auspicious nature of the day will ensure positive results from your havan.

 

Items/samagri required

The tithi is not the only important element in a havan you need to be careful about the samagri that is needed for the homa. The ingredients differ with the deities so you need to follow the instructions of the priest and make arrangements for the havan. It is essential to get all the right items that are required for the particular homa as all of them has different significance that helps to connect the native with the divine. The samagri for the Saraswati homa are

  1. Turmeric powder
  2. Kumkum
  3. Sandalwood paste and powder
  4. Camphor
  5. Fruits
  6. Betel leaves and nuts
  7. Coconuts
  8. Rice both raw and cooked
  9. Naivedyam
  10. Ghritha or ghee
  11. Kalakanda

All these samagris should be properly arranged according to the vidhi so that the priest can perform all the rituals in the right order. There are many other items that are required for the yajna to be fruitful. The most essential thing is the kalas vastram which includes one towel and two yards of fabric. Uddhrini, Kalasam, panchapatra, insecence sticks, and flowers are also needed for the rituals and artis. Many other things like milk, honey, curd and sugar is also offered to the goddess by the priests on behalf of the native.

Procedure of performing Ganesh homam

The vidhi of the havan is important as the mantras and the janpas that are done in the rituals will ensure that your prayers reach the divine goddess.

  1. Before the starting of the chanting the priests will mark all four sides of the kund or on the earth.
  2. After marking the kund, it will be cleaned with holy water from the kusha. The water in the kusha is the scared ganga jal which purifies the kund and makes it ready for the holy fire to be lit.
  3. The woods that are used for the fire is also important if you want to get the desired results from the ritual. If you are performing Saraswati homa then the fire should be made of the mango woods.

Once the fire is lit the priests will start the chants and sacrifice some of the samagris in the holy fire. All these samagris will ultimately turn into ashes which are known as bhabhut. An arti of the goddess will be done and the bhabhut will be applied on everyone who is a part of the havan after it is completed.

Mantra

सरस्वति महाभागे विद्ये कमललोचने ।

विद्यारूपे विशालाक्षि विद्यां देहि नमोस्तुते ॥

The mantra in English

Sarasvati Mahaa-Bhaage Vidye Kamala-Locane |

Vidyaa-Ruupe Vishaal-Aakssi Vidyaam Dehi Namostute ||

Benefits

It is said in the scriptures that the yajna’s holy fire connects the native and the goddess. The mantras and the chants are different than those in poojans as in yajnas at the end of each and every mantra the priests chant swaha while sacrificing the samagris. Finally after the chanting ends, priests will break a coconut into halves and fill it with a few specific samagris and offer it to the holy fire. This is considered to be the final offering to please goddess Saraswati and the yajna is ended with a few mantras. After the final offering the native who is performing the homa has to do a Parikarama of the kund.

  • It has been found in the Vedic scriptures that Lord Bramha evoked goddess Saraswati from Satvagun which is why she is an embodiment of anything that is creative. It can be really beneficial for any person who is passionate about art or dance to perform such yajnas.
  • Thousands of students and teachers perform the homa for Saraswati Devi during the basant panchami for the grace and blessings of the goddess.
  • Lord Brahma needed music to rid the newly created universe of the silence. So he evoked goddess Saraswati who touched her veena and filled the world with music. The music of the veena gave sound to the winds, sea, rivers, birds and animals.
  • This is the reason that not only academicians but also artists who paint, dance, sing or play music seek the blessing of the goddess through such homas.

If you receive the grace of the divine you will find it much easier to follow your passion for creative endeavors. Many people have problems regarding to speech which can be cured by the blessings of the divine goddess.