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PūjÄ (Devanagari: पूजा) (alternative transliteration Pooja, Sanskrit: reverence, honour, adoration, or worship) is a ceremony of gratitude or a religious ritual performed as an offering to various deities, distinguished persons, or special guests. It is done on a variety of occasions and settings, from daily puja done in the home, to temple ceremonies and large festivals, or to begin a new venture. Puja is modeled on the idea of giving a gift or offering to a deity or important person and receiving their blessing. The two main areas where puja is performed is in the home and at public temples. There are many variations in scale, offering, and ceremony. Puja is also performed on special occasions such as Durga Puja and Lakshmi Puja. Puja or Pooja is also a Hindu female first name. Read More: > HERE <

In Hinduism, Yajña (Sanskrit यज्ञ yajña; also anglicized as Yagna, Yagya or Yadnya) is a ritual of sacrifice (Monier-Williams gives the meanings „worship, prayer, praise; offering, oblation, sacrifice“) derived from the practice of Vedic times. It is performed to please the gods or to attain certain wishes. An essential element is the sacrificial fire – the divine Agni – into which oblations are poured, as everything that is offered into the fire is believed to reach the gods. As the name of the service, the term Yagna is linguistically (but not functionally) cognate with Zorastrian (Ahura) Yasna. Unlike Vedic Yajna, Zoroastrian Yasna has „to do with water rather than fire“ . Read More: > HERE <

The Yagya Group was formed by Ben Collins and Sri Narasimha Bhattar following a trip to India in 1998. After enjoying several weeks of traditional Hindu yagya ceremonies, we returned and found that a surprising number of people in America were interested in access to effective and affordable yagyas. So we began offering them monthly, sharing the costs amoung the sponsors and donating the proceeds to the Venkateshwara temple in Malibu, California.

As the group expanded we wanted to be able to offer a wider variety of yagyas and use more priests. So we were fortunate enough to purchase a facility in Kanchipuram, a wonderful temple town south of Madras. With that, we were able to offer a greatly expanded variety of yagya services. Seetharam was planning to move to India and so we were fortunate to be able to have him manage all the yagyas in person.

With the new facility and Seetharam’s on-site presence, we currently offer yagyas every single day of the month in Kanchipuram!

Not surprisingly, the group has expanded to include participants from around the world; US, Europe, Scandanavia, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The group continues to grow on the basis of the consistent results that the yagya performances bring.

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Our mission is to make yagyas available in a way that is as close to the timeless traditions of the Vedas as is possible. With that in mind, our mission standards are: