Agni The Hindu God of Fire

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In early Hinduism, Agni is one of the most important of the Vedic gods. Agni is the god of fire, and much of his importance comes from the role of fire in sacrifices and Hindu rituals.

Agni is the embodiment of the fire which consumes the offerings to the Hindu gods, so he is seen as the mediator between heaven and earth.

Agni was so important to the ancient Indians that 200 hymns in the Rig Veda are addressed to him, and eight of its ten books begin with praises dedicated to Agni the Fire God.

To honor Agni, Hindus are expected to face fires in the proper direction for different purposes. When facing East, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the gods; when facing South, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the spirits of the dead. Fires should face west when used for cooking.

As Hinduism evolved over the centuries and the emphasis became less on performing sacrifices and more focused on devotion, Agni’s status fell off dramatically. He became an incarnation of either the Hindu Gods Shiva or Brahma. Eventually Agni has come only to be called on by lovers. But Agni still has a role in the worship of other Hindu gods and goddesses.

The sacrificial fire used in Hindu rituals is seen as an incarnation of Agni, so he serves as a conduit that “carries” the sacrifice of a worshiper to the gods or goddesses that are being worshiped. He is the burning ghee (clarified butter) that is used in devotional offerings.

The god Agni is also seen in ring of fire that surrounds the Dancing Shiva Statues found in Hindu temples. He is also thought to exist as the fire in the soul of all of us, and is the heat energy that lights the stars and the sun.

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  1. Hendon Harris says:

    Why is the whole world so slow to realize the connection between the ancient Anasazi (Puebloan) people of North America and their knowledge and use of Vedic religious customs, customs and deities. These are still being used by the Puebloan people living there today. The most obvious example is the Vedic Saptapadi (Seven Step Seven Vow
    Wedding Ceremony from India) used by Native American tribes as the most common wedding among these tribes of North America. Their ceremony is walked clockwise around a sacred flame. This fire ceremony is identical to the Vedic fire ceremony used to worship Agni. But what about the Anasazi? They disappeared from North America around 1300 CE. However, the ruins of where they once lived are still extant. What is
    noteworthy about these ruins is that the biggest rooms belonging to the Anasazi were
    ceremonial rooms called Kivas. These rooms all have very large fire pits in them. Some
    of the ruins have been determined to have burned down to the stones themselves because of the large fires in the pits burning out of control at some time and bringing the
    building down. An interesting thing about these kiva fire pits is that they look identical to
    the homa (havan) fire pits used by Tibetan Buddhists to this day to worship Agni. Were
    the Anasazi worshiping Agni? I believe they were and here’s why. The Manji (swastika) is still used in that area. Although Eurocentric scholars claim there is no connection between the North American manji and the Vedic manji then why do the Navajo tribesmen
    refer to this symbol as “the whirling logs” and the Hopi people refer to it as “the whirlwind”. The literal interpretation of the Sanskrit word Manji into English is “Whirlwind”.
    What are the odds of that being a coincidence? None! Or what about the Vedic phallic
    symbols that are found throughout the area. Google: “Kokopelli and Fertility Symbols”
    “Buck and Mabel’s King Kong Dong” and “Wahweap Hoodoos by Tanya”. In the Images
    section of the last one you will see a two toned image in incredible detail I believe in the second row. Nobody can claim that the Torana originated anywhere else but India and
    that it is a significant Vedic Buddhist symbol. Then why do the Navajo worship at
    Rainbow Bridge? Google: “Rainbow Bridge Hendon Harris” “Delicate Arch, Utah”, “Anasazi Arch, New Mexico”, “Tour of the Big 16″ and “Window Rock Navajo Capital City.
    This is just a few of the clues. There are countless others and more are being researched for future release. Goggle: “Were the Anasazi People Buddhists?”, Mandalas, Mantras, Manjis and Monuments”, “Dimensions of Dine and Buddhist Traditions” and “Buddhist Symbols, Customs and Monuments North America.”.
    Although Eurocentric scholars seem to be more interested in analyzing shards of broken
    pottery from these Anasazi sites, the facts apparent on the ground declare the obvious
    ancient Vedic Buddhist connection here in the Four Corners region. Hwui Shan gave a
    report (recorded in the Liang Shu) to the Chinese Emperor in 502CE that he had traveled to a place long known in China as Fu Sang and successfully converted the
    natives there to Buddhism and that in doing so he had changed their culture. We now
    find those symbols in North America. Does anyone want to speculate as to where Fu Sang might be?

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