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By Swami Harshananda

Agnaukaraṇa literally means ‘making one with fire’.

Agnaukaraṇa is an an important Pārvaṇaśrāddha rite performed during ‘parvans’ (i.e., aināvāsyās or new moon days) with a view to propitiate departed forefathers, up to the third generation. On such days, worthy brāhmaṇas are invited for dinner. A portion of the food prepared for the same is taken out in a vessel and seven āhutis or libations are cast into the homa fire with seven appropriate mantras. Two offerings each are made for the father, the grand-father and the great-grandfather and one for all the other pitṛs (forefathers) combined.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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