The fire puja is celebrating the birthday of Lord Hanuman, the Hindu god of service. This puja will be held at the Hanuman Temple.
Join us for the experience of a fire puja, or hawan, an ancient Hindu ceremony used for purification and cleansing. At Kashi we have fire pujas throughout the year, often as a celebration of a holy person’s birthday or to honor a particular god or goddess. The ceremonies are full of rich symbology, color and sound.
The fire pit, or dhuni, is beautifully decorated with colored sand for each puja. A pujari performs the puja, along with 3 or 4 assistants. During the ritual, the pujari offers a ladle of ghee, or clarified butter, and pours it on the fire, reciting one of the 108 names of the Mother. Everyone then throws in a handful of seeds into the fire as an offering, chanting Swaha, meaning “may it be so”.