Devi Havan

Havan - photo from YogaVic

This fire purification ceremony, in the Satyananda Yoga tradition, is performed each
month in Alice Springs. All are welcome to participate.

Havan is a ritual which when performed with faith and conviction can bring us in tune with ourselves and with nature. It purifies the physical, mental, emotional and psychic atmosphere of both our inner personal world and the outer environment.

Havan is both an offering to our world for the benefit of all, and an opportunity for personal transformation. Devi represents Energy or Shakti, which is both infinite cosmic force or luminosity and the energy inherent in all of creation; and she may be personified as the Cosmic or Divine Mother in any of her myriad names and forms.

During the Havan, mantras, ghee, fragrant leaves and herbs are offered to the Devi through the sacred fire, along with nuts fruits and sweet things and our good intent or sankalpa – “for peace, prosperity, and spiritual upliftment for all” – connecting our Central Australian Devi Havan with the Sat Chandi Maha Yagya, the global event begun by Swami Satyananda and which takes place in India every year.