SACRED PLANTS USED IN YAGYA (HAVAN) IN SABARKANTHA DISTRICT

SACRED PLANTS USED IN YAGYA (HAVAN) IN SABARKANTHA DISTRICT (NORTH GUJARAT)

D. N. Parmar and N. K. Patel
Department of Biology, Sheth M.N. Science College, Patan – 384 265.
taxonomy. naren@gmail.com, http://plantethnobotany.ning.com
Abstract:

The Sanskrit word Yagya (Havan) means to do fire sacrifice. Yagya is in fact a combination of rituals recommended by Vedic Scriptures. A daily Havan is a ritual started in ancient Vedas to instill the strength of dedication for the common good of all. This is done by repeatedly reciting Vedic hymns that express self-enlightenment and selflessness. A Havan is mandatory for a householder who desires worldly gains and spiritual uplift. Here are listed 09 angiospermic plant species used by the Brahmin in the Satyanarayan Havan in the Sabarkantha district.

Keywords:  Sacred plants, diversity, Yagya, Vedic Scriptures
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