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http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2103881.ece

A 4,000 year old fire ritual conducted in the remote village in Kerala in April this year has a positive impact on the atmosphere, soil and other environment effects, according to scientists who are now ready with their findings.

The “Athirathram” ritual held on April 4— 15 at Panjal village in Thrissur district was the focus of a detailed study by a team of scientists led by Prof V P N Nampoori, former director of the International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology.

The scientists had focused on the fire ritual’s scientific dimensions and impact on the atmosphere, soil and its micro—organisms and other potential environmental effects.

The yagna seems to have accelerated the process of seed germination and also the microbial presence in air, water and soil in and around the region of the fire ritual is vastly diminished, according to a statement released by the Varthathe Trust, who organised the ritual.

The team had planted three types of seeds — cowpea, green gram and Bengal gram — on all four sides of the ritual venue at varying distances. They found that the growth was better in case of pots kept closer to the fire altar.

This effect, the study says, was more pronounced in the case of Bengal gram with growth about 2,000 times faster than in other places.

According to Nampoori, sound is a vibration and continuous positive vibrations through chanting, accelerates the process of germination.

“The findings would not only help dispel superstitious notions associated with Vedic rituals but also help in continuation of such tradition for the betterment of nature and the environment,” says Nampoori.

He added that further research on the phenomenon were on which could prove that some bio—amplifier generated in the atmosphere because of the ritual, had a selective effect on Bengal gram.

The study focused on counting bacterial colonies at three locations — within the yagnashala, 500 metres and 1.5 kilometres from the yagnasala. Microbial analysis made before, during and four days after the yagna revealed that the air in the vicinity of the yagnashala was pure and had very low count of microbe colonies.

The research team also found that microbial activities in the soil and water around the yagnashala were remarkably less compared to normal ground.

The “Athirathram” ritual which literally means “building up of the fireplace and performed overnight” and usually held to propagate universal peace and harmony, was first documented 35 years ago by US—based Indologist Frits Staal.

Staal, currently Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley had in 1975 organised and recorded the ritual in detail with the help of grants and donations from the Universities of Havard, Berkely and Finland”s Helsinki University.

The research team conducted tests near the fire altars of the 1918 and 1956 Athirathram, still preserved in the backyards of Namboothiri homes, reveal that the bricks continue to be free of microbial presence.

“It’s an indication that the effect of the ritual is long—lasting. Studies are on to find out if other positive changes on the atmosphere are transitional or permanent,” say researchers.

An analysis conducted on the dimensions of temperature from the flames of the pravargya by Prof A K Saxena, head of photonics division, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, found that the fire ball that formed during the ritual had a particular wavelength with an unusually high intensity similar to what is observed in typical laser beams at about 3,870 degree centigrade.

It may be possible to have stimulated emission at this wavelength (700 nm) and gain from plasma recombination. It needs to be studied further, he says.

The members of the team of scientists’ team at the Panjal Athirathram 2011 included experts from various disciplines and included Dr Rajalakshmy Subrahmanian (Cusat), Dr Parvathi Menon (M G College, Thiruvanathapuram), Dr Maya R Nair (Pattambi Government College), Prof Saxena ( Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore) and Prof. Rao (Andhra University).

The scientific team members were supported by Zarina (Research Scholar, CUSAT), Ramkumar (Biotechnologist), Asulabha (Biotechnologist) and a number of postgraduate, graduate and school students.

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Re: Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 05:56:19 PM »


My dear Prasanth
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 :)

This is an interesting information. But it is not available in the Hindu newspaper of today.
May be in the e-posting. In this context, I remember one story about Bhopal Gas
Tragedy.  My cousin was actually living there in Bhopal at that time. However, he
and his friends rushed out of Bhopal in a car for about 100 miles and stayed in a hotel.

Now the important story is: There was one Vedic pandit in Bhopal. He was a dwivedi, that
is he knew 2 of the 4 Vedas thoroughly.  When the news of leakage of methyl icocyanide
gas came to the town, he immediately opened all the doors and windows of his house,
started a fire sacrifice with a lot of dried cowdungs, ghee, and other materials like plain rice
and cooked rice, new silk sari etc., People thronged his house and also the outer portals,
and watched the proceedings for about 6 hours.  Then he gave them all a bit of Homa prasadam and the holy ash from the haven.  NONE OF THEM INCLUDING THE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE AFFECTED BY THE EVIL EFFECTS OF THE GAS LEAKAGE.  This news came in papers in those days.



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Re: Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 06:34:07 PM »
Dear sir,


In the same way, some classical ragas give energy to the plants, in the same, cows also give lots of milk. People experimented by asking the artists to sing in front of the plants and cows.  The correct verbal sound creats lots of positive energy. All veda mantra has this energy to bring down rain too so whenever there is drought they do Varuna japam. It came on today's news paper where pandits are doing varuna japam in Gujrat.


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Re: Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 07:22:16 PM »


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Dear Ramanaduli,

Yes. I read about the Varuna Japam details and also the photograph
of Gujarat in news paper.  It is seen there that pandits are sitting in
a vessel containing water and flower petals and doing that japam.
It is quite interesting.



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Re: Ancient fire ritual has positive impact on environment: Scientists
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 10:16:36 AM »
Thanks a  lot Subramanian and ramanadulai garu for your additional information.

Subramanian garu,

this article which i shared came in hindu paper on jun 14th sir. You can read online version in below link,

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/article2103881.ece