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Fire Worship | History, Background and Importance

Fire worship (Hindi: अग्नि पूजा) is a religious ritual that has been going on since ancient times. This ritual is found in all ancient cultures of the world. Many of the primitive cultures that have been found in the last 150 years in different continents of the world are fire worshippers.

History and background of fire worship

Their traditional belief is that fire is the antidote to demons and vampires. The ancient Greeks and Romans also had a tradition of holding fire as a sacred and atonement force. Although the glory of fire is not described in the Hebrew Scriptures, they used to throw offerings into the fire on the altar while worshiping and praying to God.

The third Bhootattva of the Panchabhutattattva and its presiding deity, Kevala Agni, the epithet Agni and other deities, is the deity of 2,491 mantras in all the four Hindu Vedas. Atithi, Kavitam, Doot, Purohit, Havyavat etc. There are hundreds of adjectives in Vedmantra. The fire of some mantras is ‘Rishi’. It is the mouth of all gods and their angel.

It is described in the Hindu Vedic mantras and Smritis as a combination of Taurus and Man, as follows: four horns, three legs, two heads, seven tongues, seven hands, four eyes, four ears, two nostrils, two tails, four right legs tied in three places. Shakti in hands, food, struka and struv In left three hands Tomar, Vyajan and Ghritapatra Vahan Ram, Varna Pingat, Gotra Shandilya.

Agni is the son of Dharma and Vasu (woman). One of the eights. Bharya Vasordhara, Krittika, Swaha etc. Son Dravinak, Skanda etc. Swahe’s sons-Pavak, Pavaman, Shuchi and their 45 sons are all fire forms, so a total of 49 fires including the original fire, six fires from Jupiter and again immeasurable fires were generated from them. There is only one fire element in all of this. (M. Bha. 3. 209-212).

Fire and fireflies have different names. In various deeds, the installation of fires under specific names and the sacrifices offered in specific languages ​​are prescribed in Dharmashastra. The Trivarnikas have a constant fire worship.

The importance of fire worship in various religions

The world’s largest fire-worshiping religion was the ancient Hindu religion and the Iranian religion was the Zarathustra religion of the Persians. In the Vedas, it is said that Agni is the friend and guardian of humans and is immortal and omnipresent. He is Indra, Varuna, Surya etc. The mediator between God and man is the angel.

The Vedas have the idea that fire invites the deities to sacrifice or conveys the desire to the deities. Marriages, Upanishads, funerals etc. of Indian Aryans. Agni worship is the priority in the rituals. Agni Pooja is the mantra of fire installation, prayer, samidha, milk, ghee, barley, rice, meat or other food items offered to the fire or other deities and finally immersed in the fire god.

In Vedic religion, Agnihotra of Arya is considered to be the daily duty of the householder. In Parsi religion, fire is considered as a sacred and immortal heavenly light. The Parsis build fire temples for his daily worship. Like the Vedic Aryans, they take care of its protection so that the fire does not go out.

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