Agni Purana is at number eight in the list of the Mahapuranas. Agni Puran occupies a special place, on the strength of its literature and knowledge base. Agni Puranam is sometimes referred to as the Encyclopedia of The Indian Culture. Agni Purana contains a detailed description of how to worship gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Suryadev. Besides, Agni Purana also contains a vast description of esoteric disciplines, a brief mention of Mahabharata and Ramayana, the story of Matsya, Koorm, and other incarnations of Lord Vishnu, creation, mantras of gods and goddesses, worship method, and various other useful topics. Let us know more about Agni Puranam.
The Significance of Agni Purana
It is said that Agni Purana describes the various aspects of human learning. Although quite small in size, Agni Purana holds special significance amongst the 18 Puranas in terms of knowledge and learning. The Agni Purana has a total of three hundred thirteen (313) chapters. We also find mention of mythological texts like Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Harivansh Purana, Ramayana. Agni Purana also describes Para-Apara Vidya.
Besides, information about the Matsya and Koorm avatars of Lord Vishnu is also found in the Agni Purana. Other areas described in Agni Purana include the story of the world (Srishti), various puja methods, methods of postures, arrangement inside homes, the rites and rituals of Nirvana-initiation and consecration method, shilanyas method, about god’s (deva) statues, the construction of temples, Vastu rituals & methods, astronomy, astrology, shraddha kalpa, pilgrimage, war or conquest, medical science, varnashrama dharma, charity, veterinary aspects (healing of the horse), siddhi mantra, grammar & rasa-alankar poetic qualities, yoga, heaven-hell narration, Arthashastra (Economics), Brahm Gyan, Nyaya, Suryavansha and Soma dynasties, etc.
Agni Purana Katha
The story of Agni Purana is not limited to any one situation or story. The Agni Purana describes the various genres of wisdom. The knowledge written in this Purana is said to have come out from the Shrimukh of Agnidev himself, so Agni Purana becomes all the more important. According to the 1st chapter of Agni Purana, this Purana was narrated by Surya Dev to Maharishi Vasishta. Agni Purana is divided into two parts. The first part of this Purana holds the essence of theology. If one listens to it, not just the deities but all the beings attain worldly happiness. Also, in the story of Divine Shaktamayi Marisha in Agni Purana, Kashyap describes the family expansion through multiple wives.
Lord Agnidev also tells about the benefits of constructing a temple. The Purana has a detailed description of the fourteen Yoginis. The importance of time calculation has also been highlighted in the Agni Purana. Besides, there is also the description of planets like Rahu along with the mention of mathematics. It also contains information about fasting like Pratipada Vrat, Shikha Vrat, etc. has also been shown. The importance of Dashami fast, Ekadashi fast, etc. has also been told.
The Learning From Agni Purana
This Purana insists on atoning crime with a sincere heart. The Agni Purana offers a very liberal attitude towards women. This also indicates that our mythological civilization has never believed in any kind of discrimination against women. However, with the passage of time, there were some departures from this rule, as some other Puranas and scriptures came up with themes that subordinated womankind in various ways. If we talk about Agni Purana, a woman was allowed to marry a second time if her husband had died due to any reason.
Similarly, if there is any misconduct with a woman and she loses her modesty, then she can wait till her next menstruation and after that, she can be considered pure again. While explaining Rajdharma (the duties of the king) in the Agni Purana, it is said that the king should protect his subjects in the same way that a pregnant woman protects her child in the womb. In matters of health, Agni Purana says that all diseases are caused either by consuming too much food or by not eating at all. Humans should always consume a balanced diet. The Agni Purana mostly prescribes the use of roots & herbs for the treatment of diseases.
The Benefits Of Listening To Agni Puran
Lord Surya (the Sun god) himself has narrated the Agni Purana to Maharishi Vasishta. As per the tradition, by listening to Agni Puran and including its knowledge in daily life, a person can become the master of many disciplines. It has been said that by listening to Agni Purana one can overcome the fear and influence of ghosts, vampires & other evil spirits. By reciting the Agni Purana, all four of them – the Brahman, the Kshatriya, the Vaishya, and the Sudra — are freed of all the sins associated with acquiring a physical human body. In fact, the houses that have Agni Puranam texts should not have any fear of misery, thefts, and other such misfortunes.
The Muhurat for Agni Purana Katha
In order to recite the Agni Puran Katha, one should find out the best Muhurta from a learned Brahmin. Actually, Shravan – Bhadrapada, Ashwin, Agahan, Magha, Phalgun, Vaishakh, and Jyeshtha month have been considered especially auspicious for the Agni Puranam in general. According to some scholars, the most auspicious time for Agni Puran katha should be the day and time when you start the katha.
Where To Organise Agni Purana?
You should choose a very sacred place for reciting the Agni Purana. It is good to recite Agni Purana at your birthplace as it brings good fortune. Besides, you may get good results if you organize Agni Puranam during pilgrimages or at holy places. At the same time, it is said that in context of Agni Puranam, you should recite it at the place where you are most comfortable. It is also believed that wherever Agni Purana is recited, that place becomes auspicious and holy.
The Rules For Performing Agni Purana
The pandit who performs the Agni Purana Katha should have knowledge of the reason & purpose behind this great book. Besides, he should have the necessary knowledge of the scriptures and the Vedas. According to the Agni Puranam, the person reciting it should be virtuous and of good character. While reciting Agni Puran, both the Pandit and Yajaman (the host) should fast for seven days and should eat only one time in the entire day. Besides, there should be an arrangement of good, pure and vegetarian food for your loved ones and family. First, the underprivileged and needy people should take food, only after that, the family members should take food.
Agni Purana describes the Fire God, one of the foremost gods of (Rig) Vedic Hinduism. Indeed, it is one of the very significant Puranas of Hinduism.