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What is yajna?


Yajna is the ritual of sacrifice which gives the meaning to a prayer,
praise or worship.  Derived  from  the practice of Vedic times,  it is
done to make  the divine deities and the  God happy.  Vedic yajna
is usually performed by a priest or an expert astrologer by reciting
or singing Vedic verses.  The essential element in the Yajna is the
sacrificial  fire  (also called Agni)  into  which  oblations  are poured
along  with  mantra recital,   as everything  that is offered into  the
divine fire is believed to reach God instantly.


Generally,  there  is one or  three fires in the 'kund' which is kept in
the centre of ground and  different items are offered into the fire as
oblations in the yajna which may include ghee, milk, grains or soma.
The  duration  of a  typical  yajna  depends on the type. While some
last only a few minutes, others may take hours, days and even years
to complete with  Vedic priests regularly reciting mantras and  sholkas.
Some yajnas are  performed publically,  others are  done privately  with
only a few number of people in  attendance.  Yajna  is  also  considered
auspicious from the  social point of  view  as well as  it helps to clean the

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