- How long will it take to get my Agnihotra Kit ?
It take on average 10-21 days from time of placing your order. If you have not received your order within 28 days of placing your order, please contact us.
- What forms of payment are accepted ?
We currently accept payments via Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard and AmEx) and for European and South African shoppers we accept direct bank deposits or Internet Banking transfers. All prices for AMRITDIRECT.COM are in US Dollars (currency symbol = $).
We also accept Paypal.
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- What do I need to perform Agnihotra ?
To perform Agnihotra you need a pure copper pyramid of specific proportions which has been made specially for Agnihotra. This is included in our Agnihotra Kit. Then you will need dry cow dung cakes, some ghee (clarified butter) and a little pure rice (we reccomend organic brown rice).
Once you have all the physical materials you will need to get the sunrise and sunset timings for the place where you live. You can mail our team at [email protected] and we will be most delighted to provide you with sunrise and sunset timings for your location. Please let us know your city or longitude and lattitude as well as your timezone.
Once you have all these items, Agnihotra can be performed and the magical healing effects of the fire can be experienced.
- Is it safe to enter my credit card details online ?
When you enter your credit card details online via our checkout page they are encrypted with SSL which means that the details you enter arrive us without the possibility of a 3rd party accessing this information. Industry standard 128-bit encryption is used. We use Worldpay as our payment processor, Worldpay are owned by the Royal Bank of Scottland and are one of the largest and most reputable online merchants in the world.
- Which countries do you ship to ?
We can ship to any country that has a postal service. All orders are despatched directly from our offices in India to your postal address so shipping is available worldwide. We send Agnihotra Kits via the India Postal service using registered airmail parcels. We can send any quantity of kits as per your requirements. If your order is very large we might split it into multiple parcels. Once your order has been despatched our Customer Care Team will send you your Indian postal receipt details so you may estimate your delivery time.
- What is your refund and returns policy ?
We will gladly refund you in full for any Agnihotra Kits you may have purchased from Agnihotra Direct that you are not completely satisfied with. Simply contact our customer care department and they will advise you how to return your product. Once received we will refund your card in full less the shipping charges you were charged which are non-refundable. Please note that we cannot accept any returns of used Agnihotra pyramids.
- Can you supply dried cow dung, rice and ghee ?
At present we are just providing the Agnihotra Kits as the dried cow dung, rice and ghee are easily available around the world. Look for any organic dairy farm in your area and approach the farmer to get cow dung. We suggest preparing a drying tray from chicken wire and a wooden frame then leaving the dung in the sun for a few days. If you are in a cold and rainy climate then you can dry the dung in an oven or besides a fire. In the sun it takes a few days to dry and in an oven or besides a fire it can be dried within a day.
Ghee is easily prepared at home too and besides using it for Agnihotra, it's an excellent idea to use it to prepare your food in. It has hundreds of medicinal properties and is considered very healthful and auspicious in Ayurvedic Medicine.
To make ghee, simple get some organic (or othewise) unsalted butter from your local dairy or supermarket. Heat it on a low to moderate heat in a thick bottemed pot for some time. After 30-40 minutes of gently boiling, the butter will become golden and separate into the ghee and the residues. You can filter this through a fine sieve or a coffee filter and bottle it for use with Agnihotra.
For the rice offering, we suggest organic brown rice which is easily avaiable. If organic rice is not available where you live then simply use any rice of the finest grade you can find.
- Do you sell gift vouchers ?
Presently our gift voucher system is under development and should be ready in the near future. Sign-up for our Newsletter and you will be the first to know when our gift vouchers are ready!
- Do you have a gift wrap facility ?
At the moment we don't but it is coming soon! You can subscribe to the newsletter and we will announce when it's ready.
- What should I do if I forget my Agnihotra Direct password ?
You can go http://forgotpassword.agnihotradirect.com and you will be issued with a new temporary password via Email. Login with this password and reset your password as you wish.
- Can you sell just the copper pyramids ?
If you need just the copper pyramid we can supply this but we enjoy and prefer to supply you with a complete kit for your convenience. The kit allows for you to perform Agnihotra more easily. If you do though just need pyramids then let us know via the Contact Us page and we can arrange for this.
- How can I get the sunrise and sunet timings for my location ?
Vedic Society have developed a program for calculating timings that runs on any Windows PC, simply download and install the program from www.vedicsociety.org.
- How do I perform Agnihotra ?
How to perform Agnihotra:
It is simple
and easy to perform Agnihotra each day. To perform follow the steps below and in
no time your home and surroundings will be transformed by Agnihotra.
Agnihotra pyramid (pure copper pyramid used for preparing your
2. Dried cow dung cakes
Ghee (clarified butter)
4. Two pinches of pure
5. Exact timings for your locale (if
you don't have then contact
6. Pronunciation of sunrise and sunset
If you do not have any of the items then please
contact us and we
will help you so that you can easily perform Agnihotra each
the appropriate time as per your timing sheet and about 10-15 minutes
before this time prepare your fire with a little liquid (make it warm to liquefy
the ghee) ghee and a few pieces of cow dung cakes. Try to time it that your fire
is strong at the exact time of the offering. You can keep your fire going
strongly by feeding it a little liquid ghee every few minutes.
(Note: when the weather is cool, ghee will solidify and thus
you should keep your ghee in a glass bottle and immerse this in a bowl of
boiling water to liquefy your ghee in a few minutes). In India of course, in
most places the ghee is always liquid.
A good way to ensure your fire burns easily is to soak a piece
of dung in warm liquid ghee. This will light very easily and will allow the
other dung to light the same.
An important note on keeping
As Agnihotra is performed at the exact time of the
transition from day to night or night to day (exact astronomical time of
sunrise/sunset), it is essential to have an accurate timekeeper. For those with
Internet and a phone line, the easiest way to do this is to install Dimension
4 on your computer or activate
the Internet Time Service in Windows XP. There is a window period
of a few minutes before and after the exact time to make the offering but it's
better to make the offering as close to the exact time as possible.
the exact time comes simply make the offering of rice and ghee (a pinch of rice
smeared with ghee is offered each time after saying Swaha which means 'I
Sooryaya Svaha (now offer a pinch of rice smeared in
Sooryaya Idam na mama
Prajapataye Svaha (now offer a pinch of
rice smeared in ghee)
Prajapataye Idam na mama
Click here to
to this mantra.
Agnaye Svaha (now offer a pinch of rice smeared in
Agnaye Idam na mama
Prajapataye Svaha (now offer a pinch of rice
smeared in ghee)
Prajapataye Idam na mama
Click here to listen
to this mantra.
For more information please visit these pages :
to perform Agnihotra (AGNIHOTRAINDIA.COM)
How to perform
If you have any questions please
feel free to contact
- Where can I get dried dung supplies ?
If you prefer not to collect your own dung there are various supplies in the USA and Europe who can provide you with cakes of dried dung for Agnihotra. We will have a complete listing here in the near future.
In the USA you can contact:
Lisa and Richard Powers ([email protected])
We will expand this listing shortly. Feel free to contact us for a specific country.
- What are the dimensions of the Agnihotra Pyramid?
The Agnihotra Pyramid measurements are:
14.5 cms x 14.5 cms at the top, 5.25 x 5.25 cms at the bottom and 6.25 cms in height.