Agnihotra mantras


The Sanskrit mantras that are chanted at sunrise and sunset during the practice of Agnihotra are in resonance with the biorhythm of the Sun. Sanskrit is regarded as a perfect language, since the pronunciation of every word is identical with its cosmic sound-vibration-pattern. Through the use of mantras, it is possible to energetically activate and positively change everything. Mantras are part of the Vedic Hymns, which date back thousands of years.

Even if the words might appear unfamiliar to you at first, it is important to sing them as precisely as possible. You do not have to worry about leaving your own cultural environment through doing so. Sanskrit, just like Latin, is a language of scholars. Words that have their origin in Sanskrit can be found in different languages all over the world.


The evening mantra:

"Agnaye svāhā, agnaye idam na mama,
prajāpataye svāhā, prajāpataye idam na mama"



The morning mantra:

"Sūryāya svāhā, sūryāya idam na mama,
prajāpataye svāhā, prajāpataye idam na mama"


Agnihotra Mantra Noten en

During Agnihotra each mantra is only recited once. The term ‘svaha‘ appears twice per mantra, which means that rice is offered twice into the flames – not more.

The sunrise mantra starts with the word Sūryā. This does not refer to any visible aspect, such as the Sun. The Sanskrit root ‘Sū’ means ‘create’. Therefore, the word Sūryā, just like Prajāpati is used to address our Creator. The word ‘Agni’ describes the primordial highest light, and at the same time it also defines fire. As you can see, the content of Sanskrit terms is very complex, because in ancient Vedic times God, God’s creation and the creation laws were not seen as something separate.

The sound sequence also carries great meaning. During yajnas, mantras are recited rather monotonously and without great virtuosity. Even too much fervour should be avoided. In this way, the chanter does not elevate him- or herself, instead, s/he takes shelter in the eternal continuum and can be in unity with the fire. In this way, s/he approaches the goal of the yajnya: "Idam na mama" - nothing is mine - "May Your will be done."

The core content of the Agnihotra mantras means:

“Light behind the light, I give you everything. May Your Will be done.“

To facilitate the learning of the mantras, a CD called “Agnihotra-Mantras“ with Agnihotra- and Yagna-Mantras was published by Verlag Horst Heigl. On this CD, the mantras are chanted slowly and repeatedly, which is ideal for practice. Even after years of practice it is useful to review one’s pronunciation from time to time, to make sure that the full effect is granted during Agnihotra. During a visit to the Homa-Hof everyone can receive support for the fire practice and, if required, a review of mantra pronunciation.


Shree Vasant Paranjpe, who brought Agnihotra to Germany in 1974,
talks about Agnihotra and performs an Agnihotra.