Yagya, the sacred fire
The Heritage of the Vedas VI.
YAGYAS In Hinduism Yagya is a ritual of sacrifice, a prayer, derived from the practice of Vedic times. It is performed to please the goods or to attain certain wishes. An essential element is the sacrificial fire - the divine Agni - into which oblations are poured, as everything that is offered into the fire is believed to reach the gods. A Vedic Yagya is typically performed by an priest, with a number of additional priests and helpers, reciting or singing Vedic verses. Among the items offered as oblations in the Yagya, are large quantities of ghee and milk, also honey and grains. Sadhvi Parvati speaks not only about the outer fire, the Agni, but also about our inner fire, the inner Yagyas.