What is Agnihotra?


Agnihotra is a Vedic fire technique that is based on the biorhythm of sunrise and sunset. It is the fundamental Homa fire technique and can already be found in the ancient Vedic scriptures. The ritual has also been mentioned in the Bible (Daniel 8.26).

“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

The revival of Agnihotra took place with the aim of providing special help for the severe problems of our time: for purification of water, air, earth, and for the regeneration and harmonization of body, mind and soul.

The easily learned fire technique can be performed in a few minutes, regardless of religious affiliation or beliefs.


Agnihotra is performed at sunrise and sunset. During those times, a number of specified ingredients are burned in a pyramid-shaped copper vessel while particular sounds (mantras) are recited. These mantras match the particular vibrations of sunset and sunrise precisely.

At sunrise and sunset, nature is in an energetic state of perfectly balanced power. A serendipitous flood of subtle energies pours upon earth during this time.

According to the principle of resonance, a variety of valuable purifying and building energies are created when Agnihotra is performed. These energies are released into the atmosphere via the smoke and can be inhaled. They provide human beings and nature with supportive healing powers and enable the restoration of ecological balance.

Its beneficial effects extend over a radius of about 1.5 km and up to 12 km altitude.

We use the remaining highly vibrational Agnihotra ash very successfully in Homa agriculture and in Homa therapy.


Agnihotra am Feld


Agnihotra Praxis

Agnihotra follows the principle

"Heal the atmosphere and the atmosphere will heal you."

In this context, atmosphere does not only mean the aerial envelope of the earth. Moreover, it also intends to convey the subtle atmosphere that notably influences our moods and actions. A very strong harmonisation and purification takes place through the practice of Agnihotra – on subtle levels as well as in physically measurable fields.

Only when Agnihotra is performed properly will it reach its full effectiveness. Agnihotra is not an invention that can be improved through changes; it is revealed knowledge. It is already perfect in itself. Therefore, please do not alter Agnihotra. Here at the Homa-Hof Heiligenberg we spread Agnihotra in the original way in which it was given for the present time.

Agnihotra is easy to perform and takes only takes about ten minutes if properly prepared ... Read more


The Practice of Agnihotra


Agnihotra is easy to perform and takes only about 10 minutes if properly prepared. The following three short videos will inform you about the ingredients, preparation and performance of Agnihotra.


Agnihotra Ingredients

  • Agnihotra pyramid (copper vessel of given size)
  • Dried cow dung
  • Ghee (clarified butter without additives)
  • Brown rice/whole grain rice (whole raw grains) and a little bowl
  • Mantra (with knowledge of the correct pronunciation)

These ingredients are highly cleansing, balancing and neutral in their power. You will also need:




Preparation of Agnihotra

  • Please check the list of sunrise / sunset times for your present place and select the correct date and time.
  • Break some dry cow dung pieces into the appropriate size and spread them with ghee
  • Place the copper pyramid on the heat-resistant base
  • Mix some brown rice grains with ghee in the small bowl
  • Place beeswax candle, matches and clock next to it
  • Ensure that you have some kind of smoke outlet inside a building, or a wind shield if you are outside.




The Practice of Agnihotra

  • Four or five minutes before the exact time of sunrise or sunset, light one or two pieces of the prepared cow dung with the candle and put them inside the copper pyramid. Layer further cow dung pieces in such a way that air can circulate freely.
  • At the exact Agnihotra time, start chanting the morning or evening mantra. After each ‘svaha’, place a pinch of ghee-infused rice into the flames.

The performance happens without expectation, in the sense of "Na mama", i. e. "Thy will be done".




The book "Agnihotra – Ursprung, Praxis und Anwendungen"Agnihotra – Ursprung, Praxis und Anwendungen" contains comprehensive information on the background, practice, applications and effects of the Agnihotra and the Agnihotra ash. This book is only available in German at the moment.

We care deeply about the unadulterated transmission and the simplicity of Agnihotra.

Seminars and lectures about Agnihotra at the Homa-Hof and maybe in your area

Agnihotra ingredients at the Homa-Hof Online-Shop (in german)

Agnihotra tutorial (PDF)

Advice on how to best light the Agnihotra fire (PDF)

Investigations on Agnihotra

Agnihotra Buch 3D

Calculating Agnihotra Times


The times at which Agnihotra is performed are clearly defined. It is sunrise and sunset. At these times, an exceptional kind of peace can be noticed, in nature which has a beneficial effect on our mind.

At sunrise and sunset, the sun and the earth's radius is at a 90 degree angle, whereby subtle energies are reaching earth in this area. In the Vedic scriptures, this is described as follows:

At sunrise, the many electricities, ethers and more subtle energies emanating from the sun extend to the earth and produce a flood effect at the coordinates where the sun is said to rise. The flood of life-supporting energy (prana) enlivens and purifies everything that is on its way - is causes all life to rejoice. During the sunrise, this can be heard as music. The morning Agnihotra mantra is the essence of this music.

At sunset, something similar happens; the energies just move back now.

To determine the exact Agnihotra times for your residence, you need a time table. The sunrise and sunset times from newspapers, calendars, etc. are not suitable because the times are defined differently here. For Agnihotra, the centre of sun should be at the horizon line; optical effects such as refraction should not not go into the calculation. This is the case with the special Agnihotra time programs.

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The most important Vedic fire technique (called Yajnya or Homa) is Agnihotra, which is practiced daily at sunrise and sunset.

Agnihotra has many positive effects that we and our earth are in need of:

  • Purification of the atmosphere, the soil and the water
  • Restoration of the ecological balance
  • To support the health of all living beings
  • For the production of healthy and tasty food
  • For the harmonisation of body, soul and mind, and for general well-being
  • For the promotion of one’s own inner spiritual growth

The practice of Agnihotra and the resulting ash both have astonishing effects.


Agnihotra ash

The ash is strongly alkaline with a pH-value of about 10,3. It contains all of 92 natural chemical elements in a harmonious ratio. In addition, the ash is very rich in minerals and is antibacterial as well as antifungal. Its subtle energy is extremely high.

The Agnihotra ash can be used in manifold ways. It can be applied externally or ingested internally in the form or powders, ointments and together with water, ghee and honey.


How Agnihotra works

Scientific studies about why Agnihotra has such manifold effects are still in the beginning stages. With Agnihotra, no destruction takes place – instead, new structuring and harmonisation ensues. Resonance and vibrations figure prominently. Agnihotra seems to encourage Nature’s intelligence. Whilst damaging bacteria are inhibited, the growth of useful bacteria, for example in the soil, is encouraged greatly. Some of the effects are measurable physically or chemically; for others, such as research into the subtle realms, there are no recognized measuring tools yet.


Wirkungsweise Agnihotra 4


Agnihotra Asche



Several studies attest that Agnihotra reduces bacterial pollution by up to 96% (tests with bacterial colonies in culture dishes).

During one experiment the chemical components of sulphur oxide and nitrogen, alongside the number of air-borne suspended particles that are damaging to the respiratory system were measured before and after Agnihotra. The values increased for a short time through the process of incineration, but later decreased significantly below the initial value.

How strongly the air is purified through the practice of yajnya became clear in 1984 during a toxic gas disaster in Bhopal, India. Approximately 25.000 people died through leaked, extremely poisonous methylisocyanate. In midst of this catastrophe, fourteen people survived without consequential damage because they performed yajnya during that time.


According to studies, bacterial pollution in water is greatly reduced --in fact, up to 95% --through Agnihotra ash. This is also the case with fungi, staphylococci and streptococci. The pH-value normalises, the water hardness and the amount of solids and solutes decreases, and chloride, nitrate and sulphate are reduced significantly.

Water crystal photographs using the method of Dr Emoto show that wonderful crystals arise after the practice of Agnihotra. One time it was even possible to photograph an eight-pointed crystal, something that is unique to date. Even a small amount of ash is sufficient to inform and structure large quantities of water.


Through Agnihotra and its ash damaged soil is purified and revived. Positive microflora and microfauna develop. Because of this, microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae can generate a pure and loose soil. The high content of magnesium, phosphor and kalium enriches the soil, whereby the phosphor becomes water-soluble. Earth worms, which produce good humus, increase in quantity and the soil can store more moisture. The pH-value normalises.


After the nuclear reactor accident in Chernobyl it was ascertained that through the Homa fires it was possible to produce food that was free from radioactive radiation, even though high values were measured in the surrounding area. During one experiment radio-active rice was mixed with Agnihotra ash. Within two weeks the radioactive pollution sank from 200 Bg/kg to 3 Bg.

According to one scientist it is possible to excrete radioactive food through the ingestion of Agnihotra ash.

Agnihotra and its ash are also a good aid for earth radiation and water veins.

Living beings

We have summarized the effects of Agnihotra on humans, animals and plants in the articles "Homa Therapy" and "Homa Farming".


Correct performance

Studies of incorrectly performed Agnihotra (wrong timings, no mantra, different vessel etc.) have shown that the effects are greatly reduced with every change that takes place.

In addition

Once upon a time the gold that was concealed in the earth ensured that a high energy was radiated across the entire globe. Today a large part of that gold has been melted into bars and is locked away in a few safes in the big banks of the world. The earth is now not only missing the gold but most of all its energy. Because of this, nature is also weakened.

The ash that is created through the Homa fires carries a very high energy. Especially through the practice of Agnihotra extremely high energy arises that is conserved in the ash. It carries a similar energy to that of gold, perhaps even stronger. Through the world-wide performance of Agnihotra the task that was meant for gold can now be completed through the ash.

This information is contained in the book "Agnihotra – Ursprung, Praxis und Anwendungen“ and in articles that were published under “Investigations“.

Agnihotra Rauch


Agnihotra und Wasser


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