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Agnihotra Sadas at Shrimatam
26-28 July 2013

Kanchipuram

Sri Adi Shankara Bhavadpadacharya in his advisory sloka Sopana Panchakam stated forty advises for up-lifting the humans and the first two primary advises there in are Vedo Nityamadeeyataam Taduditam KarmaSwanushteeyatam. This means a person should repeat the Vedas learnt by him regularly and also perform the Vedic injunctions specified in them as well. In todays world, this upadesha of Sri Shankara is adhered to especially by the Agnihotries.

With the grace of Their Holinesses Pujyasri Shankaracharya Swamijis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam a Sadas (congregation) of Agnihotries from all over India is held at Srimatham, Kanchipuram for three days every year in the initial phase of Chaturmasya vratam. Their Holinesses of Kanchi strongly believe that the pursuit of performance of the Agnihotra and the associated Yagnas protect one and all and hence this Sadas is a very important activity that Srimatham is associated with Year after Year.

The Agnihotra Sadas being held now is the 9th Annual Sadas. Every day, the Sadas is comprised of two sessions - one in the morning and one in the evening, spanning over 2 hours each, in the divine presence of the Acharyas. The sessions involve intense discussions on the understanding and interpretation of the details of the Vedic Injunction proceedings as stated in the texts called Sutras(methodologies) of various Rishis of the yore. The agnihotris also construct the Agnihotrashalas and perform their daily routine (called Nitya Agnihotra).

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Sadas in progress in the presence of His Holiness

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A scholar addressing the sadas

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Sadas in progress in the presence of His Holiness


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An agnihotrashala - Nityagnihotra in progress

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Nityagnihotra in progress

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A book on Agnihotra on display

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His Holiness releasing a book "Chittasindhu"


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"Chittasindhu"



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