Sanjay: Radhe Shyam. Can we do proper HAWAN during PITHAR PAKSH? If you could please explain. Thank you. Sanjay.
Swami Ram Swarup: Yes, please you may perform hawan in all situations as regard pitar paksh this matter does not exist in Vedas.
Alok: Pranam shradhey, I am pleasantly surprised to get my answers so quickly. Please tell me in detail about maha gayatri mantra and hawan vidhi by this mantra. Pranam.
Swami Ram Swarup: Alok beta there is only Gayatri mantra in Vedas and no other maha gayati mantra. Hawan for gayatri mantra is performed as under :-
HOW TO DO HAVAN
Please sit in the morning to perform havan. Havan must be in sunlight then it is more beneficial. Then half a bowl of fresh water with a tablespoon must be with you with small twigs especially of mango tree if possible, havan samagri, ghee, camphor and match box must be there with you. Please sit on sukh asan on four times folded blanket and blanket must be on mat.
Sukh asan i.e., sit on duly folded feet in comfortable position. Then first close your eyes and concentrate between two eyebrows and chant Gayatri mantra three times within heart and not by mouth. Then open your eyes.
Take one spoon of water in right palm. Chant this mantra, OM AMRITO UPASTRANMASI SWAHA and drink the water which you have put in your palm. Then again take the spoon of water in right palm then chant the next mantra, OM AMRITA APIDHANMASI SWAHA, and drink the water. Then again take the water in right palm and chant the mantra, OM SATYAM YASHAH SHRI MAYI SHRI SHRAYTAAM SWAHA, and drink the water. Then wash the right palm while sitting, with the same water kept in bowl.
Then put the twigs into havan kund with one piece of camphor and burn it. During this process chant the Gayatri mantra again and again till such time the fire is lighted sufficiently. Then chant the Gayatri mantra and at the last add the word Swaha and offer ghee with tablespoon, quantity equivalent to 4 to 5 drops. And if you are alone then also offer in fire pinch of havan samagri from your right hand’s finger and thumb avoiding forefinger. So this offering may be of 11 times, 21 times or 51 times as the time suits. It is the simplest way and I have not quoted the complete method of Yajna. The havan with Ved mantras are always offered as the best worship of God only please. Do havan daily and both times.
In the end of hawan, please pray to God to fulfill your desires. I hope God will sure listen to you.
Alok: Pranam guruji, I want to read ved and learn vedic sanskrit to read rudraashtadhyayee but no body is around me to teach. Pranam.
Swami Ram Swarup: You are advised to make contact with local Arya Samaj mandir. They will advise you properly.