In day today’s life the population explosion and rapid urbanization, are causing lots of disturbances in our environment by discharge of industrial wastes, deforestation, air and water pollution, dipletion in the ozone layer etc., have dislocated the human, animal and plant life cycles. The ecological imbalance caused by these acts of ‘civilized men’ has caused adverse threat not only to human endurance but to the life as a whole on our planet.
Till now it was proved that research in science can furnish answer to all of man’s problems. Today we find increasing number of newborns with physical inability due to increasing hardness of pollution in the atmosphere. Ozone layer depletion has been causing disease like sunburn, skin cancer, and cataracts and weakening of the immune system n reproductive system. viruses are growing tremendously by getting resistance to each and every drugs that we discover.
Experimental it proved, when the Yagya (Agnihotra) is regularly performed, it creates a pure, nutritional and medicinal atmosphere in our surroundings and the incidence of physical ailments, sickness and negativity are reduced in the houses. It renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin, purifies blood and prevents growth of pathogenic organisms.
yagya is basically a remedial process. Its motto is ‘ TO Improve atmosphere, and the improved atmosphere, will improve your health and wealth.
Purification of atmosphere through the constituent electrons of the substances fumigated in the Yagya, is an obvious effect of this process. scientists also noted this as worthy remedial process by their experiments and research activities. Dr. Hafkine has mentioned that “mixing ghee and sugar and burning them produce smoke which kills the germs of certain diseases and secretion takes place from some glands related to the wind-pipe, which fill us full pleasure and pleasantness. Sugars present in Havishya have exterme capacity to purify the enviornment. It helps to finish the germs of T.B., measles, smallpox and cow pox remarks Prof.. Tilward.
According to Dr. Shirowich, a Russian scientist has prooved that
- Cow’s milk contains capacity of protection from atomic radiation;
- Houses having cow- dung coated floors,are less affected from atomic radiation;
- If cow’s ghee is put into Yagya, its smoke lessen the effect of atomic radiation in surrounding to a great extent.
The medicinal fumes fumigating from yagya have been noticed by researchers in the field of microbiology, and declared that these are bacteriolethal in nature. The root cause of illness and diseases arepathogenic bacteria.This must be the reason why the incidence of physical ailments, sickness and diseases becomes less in the households, where yagya Agnihotra is frequently performed.
It can be stated that performance of Yagya leads to purification of air without going into detailed chemical bacteriology.
There are following four ways :
3.1 Removal of Foul Odours:
The various volatile oils get diffused in the surrounding atmosphere along with steam and smoke as already declared, under steam volatilization,. Since these oils have distinct good smell, the foul odours are naturally replaced. This aroma can be experienced easily in the surroundings when Yagna is act due to diffusion of substances like thymol, eugenol, pine, terpinol and oils of sandal-wood, camphor and clove.
3.2 Removal of Bacteria:
As stated under products of combustion, the limited oxidation of hydrocarbons and decomposition of complex organic substances create formal dehyde which is a capable antiseptic. It is also interesting to note that germicidal action of formaldehyde is only effective in the presence of water vapour which is also produced in large quantities in Yagna. The use of formaldehyde spray for disinfecting of walls, ceiling etc., is common and like a spray is automatically created when Yagna is performed.
The oxidation of hydrocarbons also creates formic acid and acetic acid both of which are good disinfectants. Use of formic acid for storage of fruits and that of acetic acid in maintenance vinegar is a common practice.The antiseptic and antibiotic effects of fumes of Yagna have also been examined by organize easy experiments on rabbits and mice and it has been established that fumes emitted in Yagna are strong antibiotic.
Agnihotra ash purifies and cleanses the water making it fit for drinking ,
3.3 Removal of insects:
There are non-bacterial parasites like flies, ringworm, dice, fleas etc., which are immune to bactericides, which are also damage to other living beings. Such insects which are generally immune to ordinary reagents, however they either get finished or are driven away, when they come in contact with the fumes of volatile oils like camphor diffused in the environment.
3.4 Effects on Plants and Vegetation:
The cleansing of air is not only beneficial to animal life but also helps plant’s life though the bacteria responsible for diseases in both may be distinct. The aromatic substances during Yagna get separated in the air and offer protection to plant life against harmful organisms. This makes sure healthy plant growth. Agnihotra’s atmosphere and ash can be used as assistant in the ‘Natural farming’ methods — also known as the Agnihotra farming methods. It is a holistic methods of increasing plants in healthy tempreture and controling ecological balance by performing Agnihotra (Yagna) in the middle of the farm and using the Yagna – ash as a fertiliser. It is not only free from harm and productive but also holistic in its approach towards environment.
3.5. Role of CO2 generated in Yagna:
Consignment of the wood and other organic matres to flames has been always an issue because of generation of CO and CO, and increase in consequent ‘green house’ effect. It had been disputed that act of Yagna also creates CO and CO,. It should be noted here that the way in which the Samidhas and Havishya are burnt in Yagna is a way of slow combustion at higher temperature. While the burning of coal in factories or in the household fire involves rapid combustion, where oxygen is absorb in large quantities and huge CO, is emitted. In the slow combustion taking place in the process of Yagna, small quantity of O, is beneficial, meager CO2 is emitted that poses no threat to the environment. In fact, whatever CO, is produced it is readily absorbed by the surrounding vegetation and CO, cycle is strengthened.
The other important aspect is the fact that CO2 created in Yagna is not always free CO, but it remains mixed with other aromatic oils and antiseptic products. It therefore, acts as a vehicle in transporting such products to distant surroundings.
The use of CO2 as a cerebral stimulant to helps the patients suffering from lack of ventilation is common in medical science world. Its use to control and cure many mental disorders is also known to medical science. Small amounts of CO2 inhaled by the persons performing Yagna acts as a drugd and more and more aromatic fumes are inhaled which help in curing mental disorders.
Particularly effective results with respect to the destruction or reduction in radiation were achieved through Yagna‘s fire and ash. These observations are made by Dr. L. Maela Anatoninhowska of Poland after using P.S.I. techniques.
3.6. Results of Some Recent Experiments:
A group of scientists led by Dr. Manoj Garg, Director, Environmental and Technical Consultants and the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board conducted experiments during the Ashwamedha Yagna at Gorakhpur, U.P. These experiments were set up at about 20 meters east from the Yagnashala. The samples of 100 ml each of water and air collected from the surroundings were analysed using high volume envirotech APM-45 and other sensitive instruments. A summary of their results (Akhand Jyoti) is presented below:
In Air Samples (unit mg per average sample)
Instant Level of Level of
Sulphur dioxide Nitrous Oxide
Before Yagna 3.36 1.16
During Yagna 2.82 1.14
After Yagna 0.80 1.02
Bacteria Count in Average Water Samples
Before Yagna 4500
During Yagna 2470
After Yagna 1250
Minerals in the Ash (Bhasm ) of Yagna
Phosphorous 4076 mg per kg
Potassium 3407 mg per kg
Calcium 7822 mg per kg
Magnesium 6424 mg per kg
Nitrogen 32 mg per kg
Quispar 2% W/W
These results without any doubt support the claims made about the role of Yagna in control of air pollution. The Deputy Director, Agriculture had submitted a technical report based on such results, confirming the use of Yagna’s ash as an effective fertiliser.
Comparable results were also acquired by the scientific experiments conducted in about 27 large scale Yagnas organised by Shantikunj, Hardwar in India and abroad during 1993-1995.