Havan format & Sequence

Traditionally, there has been numerous formats to the havan due to the influence of various persons who influenced the performance of havan to their own emotions. There were historic vehement disagreements between different factions on how to do the havan – and these have been vociferously referenced to the format in Sanskaar Vidhi, in the Satyaarth Prakash and the formats adopted by various missionaries.

Various groupings have written to Sarvadeshik Body in India who are the custodians of the works of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and are empowered to made such pronunciations. However, invariably, such guidance made way for the strongest egos and loudest factions. 

Havan has its special sequence as envisioned by the Rishis – and none is as qualified to see the way the Seers did. Thus, we believe that the sequence of Havan ought not to be tampered with. 

The following outlines the structure, format and sequence of the Havan per guidance of the Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha. Two letters were issued from this body and addressed to Pt Budhram Mahadeo, CCH, the President of the Berbice Central Arya Samaj and Dr Sawh of the Guyana Central Arya Samaj. A copy of the document is available.

The havan format is as follows:

Daily Havan (Dainik Havan):
This is for when Havan is done everyday in the morning and afternoon

Morning Havan

1. Achmana – Sipping Water
2. Angasparsha – touching bodily parts
3. Stuti-prarthanopasana – 8 mantras Invocation prayer, Communion
4. Agnyadhana – Putting/blazing of fire in havan kunda
5. Agni Pradipan – udbudhsva agne
6. Samidadhana – 3 wood sticks
7. Panchahuti – 5 oblations with ayanta
8. Jalprokshan – sprinkling water
9. Agaravagyabhagahuti – 4 oblations from Agnaye svaaha to indraaya svaaha
10. Pratah-kaal – morning oblations
11. Pratah-Sayan-kaal – morning & evening oblations
12. Gayatri
12. Purnahuti – bhuragnaye svaha to agne naya

Evening Havan

1. Achmana – Sipping Water
2. Angasparsha – touching bodily parts
3. Stuti-prarthanopasana – 8 mantras Invocation prayer, Communion
4. Agnyadhana – Putting/blazing of fire in havan kunda
5. Agni Pradipan – udbudhsva agne
6. Samidadhana – 3 wood sticks
7. Panchahuti – 5 oblations with ayanta
8. Jalprokshan – sprinkling water
9. Agaravagyabhagahuti – 4 oblations from Agnaye svaaha to indraaya svaaha
10. Ahitaagni – evening oblations
11. Pratah-Sayan-kaal – morning & evening oblations
12. Gayatri
12. Purnahuti – bhuragnaye svaha to agne naya

Daily Havan with continuous fire

For Daily havan where the fire is kept ablaze all the time (fire is not extinguished), the following oblations are required:

Praatah Kaal – morning mantras
Ahitaagni – evening mantras
Prathah-sayan-kaal – morning and evening mantras
Gayatri and Purnahuti

Brihad Vishishta Havan (General Havan) and
Saptahik Havan (weekly congregational Havan)

1. Ritvigvarana – selection and appointment of Priest
2. Aachamna – Sipping water
3. Angasparsha – touching bodily parts
4. Stuti prarthana – 8 mantras, invocation, prayer and communion.
5. Svastivachan – benedictory hymns
6. Shantikaranam – hymns of auspiciousness & peace
7.
Agnayadhana, Agnipradipan – placing fire in kunda and letting it rise
8. Samidha – 3 sticks oblations
9. Panchahuti – 5 oblations
10. Jalsinchan – sprinkling water

11. Aghavarajyabhagahuti – 4 oblations from agnaye svaha to indraya svaha
12. Pratah Kaal (pradhaan homa) – morning oblations
13. Ahitagni homa – evening oblations (with silent oblation)
14. Pratah-sayan-kaal – morning & evening oblations
15. Vyaahrit – 4 oblations – from bhuragnaye svaha to bhurbhuva svaragne
16. Svishtakrit – yadasya karmano
17. Prajapatyahuti (silent oblation)
18. Pavamaan ahuti – 4 mantras 
19. Astagyahuti – 8 mantras
20. Purnahuti