By Swami Harshananda
Āhitāgni literally means ‘One who has laid the sacrificial fire’.
One who has established the Vedic fires by performing the Agnyādhāna ceremony is called an āhitāgni. According to Jaimini’s Purva Mīmāmsā Sutras, an āhitāgni has to maintain the fires and utensils throughout his life. On his death, he is cremated in his fire along with the sacrificial utensils. These utensils are placed on the different parts of his body. This is called pratipatti.
- Sābarabhāsya 11.3.34
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore