Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Havis - Sacrificial Offerings


The oblations offered during sacrificial rites to the gods are known as Havis. Havis is usually poured into the sacrificial fire, where Agni acts as the messenger and takes them up to the gods as smoke. The Devas need these sacrificial offerings to maintain their power. When mortals stop offering sacrifices, the strength of the Gods wanes. For this reason, whenever the Asuras grow in strength, their first act is to disrupt the sacrifices performed by the sages, and cut the Devas off from Havis.

Last Modified At: Wed Oct 20 00:25:03 2004