Agnihotra for Healing the Atmosphere.


What is Agnihotra?

Agnihotra Meditation


Agnihotra for Healing the Atmosphere. Agnihotra is an Ayurveda Homa (fire) practice that purifies and heals the atmosphere. It has been scientifically proven to reverse pollution. Agnihotra also heals people. Word meaning:(Agni) is a Sanskrit word that means fire, (Hotra) means offering.

Check out part 2 of my article here with Sanskrit mantra meanings and YouTube videos.

*Please note that I post updates to this page for new students or anyone interested in learning more information*


My Path to Agnihotra

Most of you already know that meditation is a priority in my daily life. I  teach meditation, do healing meditations, and teach environmental awareness classes; as the caretaker of Shanti Atlanta in Conyers, GA.  Traveling to teach Agnihotra in other states  is something I will be doing this year. It’s very important to connect with as many people as possible, especially those in at-risk and low income neighborhoods, who have limited access to climate change information and community resources. I also am a certified Ayurveda Stress Therapist and run Shanti Atlanta Ayurveda Stress Clinic . I received my certification from Shanti Villa Institute.

I learned this ancient Vedic Science practice from my teacher, Sri Charles Davis. He’s the  founder of Shanti Villa Institute and The Heal Atmosphere Association  in Tuskegee, AL. Shanti Villa Institute is an eco-Center, Homa farm, and Ayurveda medicine school. Sri Charles has been teaching Agnihotra, Homa Therapy, and environmental stewardship since the 1970’s. His mission is to teach people how to preserve and heal the environment. Shanti Atlanta is an extension of Shanti Villa Institute.


Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere

My teacher Sri Charles. Me and another student presented him with sacred geometry gift


I regularly attend  training sessions with Sri Charles at his 15 acre farm in Tuskegee, AL, to learn as much as I can about Agnihotra, Homa Therapy, and other Ayurveda medicine practices . He’s an excellent teacher: wise, humble, and very knowledgeable about many scientific, spiritual, and environmental subjects.

I love Agnihotra because not only is there a deep spiritual element to it but also there is scientific evidence that it heals the atmosphere! So my geek side gets fed as much as my spiritual side. Scroll down for more details and links to scientific studies.


Learn more about Agnihotra at Vishwa Foundation  and this Agnihotra info site:

 The Vishwa Foundation. It’s a nonprofit medical, health and wellness center, and Homa farm located in Solapur, India that teaches environmental awareness and Agnihotra. Dr. Purushottam who runs the foundation is the grandson of Guru Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj, a Yogi that revived Agnihotra to the modern world and the U.S. The Guru, Paramsadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj was Shree Vasant Paranjpe’s teacher. And Shree Vasant was Shree Charles’ teacher. I was fortunate to attend a teaching of Dr. Purushottam when he visited Atlanta recently. My spiritual group plans on visiting the ashram and his center soon.


Do Agnihotra in Five Easy Steps:

Agnihotra Meditation Preparation

Cow dung spread with ghee

Agnihotra Ceremony Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere

Agnihotra ceremony

Dee Doanes Tree Hugger in High Heels After Agnihotra (2)

Ashes from after Agnihotra Practice


  1. Agnihotra is done precisely at sunrise and sunset.
  2. Smear ghee on cow dung and place in an inverted copper pyramid.
  3. Light cow dung (BTW, dried cow dung doesn’t smell.)
  4. Recite a Sanskrit mantra exactly at sunset and/or sunrise.
  5. Throw a little bit of rice mixed with ghee into the fire, as the offering at a specific point of reciting the mantra.
  6. Sit in silence until the fire goes out.



What Agnihotra Has Done For Me

Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere


Adding this to my meditation practice has been very beneficial spiritually and physically. I have increased energy, clearer thinking, healed a health condition, and the trees in my yard have grown more. My friends that practice Agnihotra report similar experiences.

I can’t begin to convey how much that Agnihotra has changed my life for the best. I feel like a new woman and  more connected to The Creator and to nature than ever before. The energy of nature has tapped deeply into my spirit and I am humbled to be an active spiritual part of the circle of healing and renewal of the Earth.


Agnihotra Scientific Studies: Vedic Scientific Solution to Pollution

As an environmentalist, I’m happy to be practicing Agnihotra since it’ a natural and powerful way to combat pollution. Knowing that there is a simple solution to climate change that I do every day is empowering. I’m directly involved with resetting nature to its proper order.  The Vedic science of Agnihotra and Homa Therapy conclusively shows through scientific studies that the atmosphere is cleansed with this practice.

The ashes from the Agnihotra is extremely beneficial for crops and plants, and reverses plant disease. A portion of the Amazon Rain Forest was restored after being  riddled with Black Sigatoka plant disease, through the performance of Agnihotra and Homa Farming, (farming using the ashes of Agnihotra practice.)

Five types of gases are produced from Agnihotra. They are:

  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Propylene Oxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Butapropiolactone
  • Acetylene


Video of how a part of the Amazon Rain Forest was restored by Agnihotra!


Scientific studies show that Agnihotra heals the atmosphere and planet.  Go to Google Scholar to see a long list of scientific studies conducted by scientists from all over the world. Here are a few listed here:

Scientific Study of Vedic Knowledge Agnihotra by the Department of Biotechnology, Fergusson College, Pune.  Bharatiya Bouddhik Sampada A Quarterly Science Research Journal of Vijnana Bharati 43rd – 44th Issue, February – June 2014

BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF AGNIHOTRA ON ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE by the Department of Biotechnology, Fergusson College, Pune, Maharashtra, India and Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India International Journal of Agricultural Science and Research (IJASR) ISSN(P): 2250-0057; ISSN(E): 2321-0087 Vol. 5, Issue 2, Apr 2015, 111-120

Effect of Agnihotra Energy Field on Water Purification by the AIMS College. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 1 (1), January 2015, pp. 63-68  (Click on the indicated section on this link to download the PDF of the study) 

Agnihotra Ashes Effect on Soil. Journal of American Science by.  Jan. 12 2012


Scientific Studies Show Agnihotra and Homa Farming:

  • Decreases microbes in the air
  • Reduces SO2 air pollution
  • Kills bacteria
  • Purifies water
  • Makes plants grow faster(excellent natural fertilizer)
  • Reduces skin diseases in animals and humans.
  • Increases plant yield
  • Cuts harvest time in half


*Studies also show the effectiveness of using for treatment of addiction and PTSD. * 


There are a lot of other environmental benefits!


  Agnihotra: Cleaning the Atmosphere, Climate Change, and Global Warming

 Agnihotra Meditation for Healing the Atmosphere

It’s important to perform Agnihotra while also:

  • Recycling and repurposing waste
  • Reducing waste generated
  • Reducing use of fossil fuels
  • Reducing the use of plastics, esp. single use plastic
  • Eliminating toxins produced from conventional agricultural farming

And there is a long list of other green environmental activities to adopt. But none oft his will make a big difference on healing the environment if everyone around the world doesn’t work together to heal the planet.  The planet is off it’s tilt. Earth’s biorhythm–the rhythm of nature based on the scientific principle of: man, microbes, flora, fauna; has been severely tampered with. When one of these things I listed is off, then it it effects everything else. This makes sense, since everything is connected.

U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment





























The condition of our planet has been studied extensively by the U.S. government. Just read the 2018 Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment Study conducted by NASA, The EPA, The Dept. of Interior, The Dept. of Agriculture, The Department of Energy, The Smithsonian Institute, and more than 300 public and private organizations.

The 2014 Climate Assessment study where I link to below quotes, multiple lines of independent evidence confirm that human activities are the primary cause of the global warming of the past 50 years.”  The 2014 and the 2018 reports are based on scientific peer reviewed research.  U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment pg 103 Vulnerable Populations

Quotes from the 2018 study, page 103,  pictured above:

Communities of Color

“Some communities of color living in risk-prone areas face cumulative exposure to multiple pollutants.”

Low Income Communities

“Low income families are at risk of physical and mental illnesses during flooding and in crowded shelter conditions.” 

Older Adults

” Older adults are vulnerable to extreme events that cause power outages or require evacuation.”


“Children have higher risk of heat stroke and illness than adults.”


Not sure why the seriousness of the climate issues isn’t on breaking news every night and declared as a national emergency.  To all the folks out there that say humans aren’t causing climate change: YOU ARE VERY MUCH MISTAKEN.

Download the FREE 2014 Third National U.S. National Climate Assessment report here

Note: FYI, Monsanto was one of the committee members for the 2104 study.


 How to Perform Agnihotra:

In this video I talk to a yoga group about the items used for Agnihotra

In this video I’m teaching Agnihotra with my teacher, Sri Charles, at Decatur healing Arts. I’m laughing and having a good time while I teach! You can see me chant the Sanskrit mantra and light the fire.



Items Needed for Agnihotra

  • Inverted copper pyramid
  • Copper spoon
  • Small copper holding tray and/or small copper cup
  • Small copper tongs (You can get a kit with copper the items from me)
  • Dried cow dung from healthy cows that only eat grass and have not been artificially inseminated. (I get mine from Shanti Villa)
  • Unbroken rice–either unpolished rice or brown rice. (Preferably organic)
  • Ghee- (Clarified butter–unsalted butter.) You can make yourself, just boil unsalted butter twice. Or  get from Whole Foods or an Indian grocery store
  • Matches (You can’t use lighters to start the fire)


Agnihotra Mantras

You recite a mantra during Agnihotra. There is a morning mantra and an evening mantra. Learn mantra meanings and pronunciations by checking out part two of my article here


Attend Agnihotra Meetings happening in Atlanta and other states

Click here to get more info for local Atlanta meetings and the Agnihotra and Homa Therapy National Directory



I work closely with my teacher, Sri Charles Davis of Shanti Villa Institute. and The Heal The Atmosphere Association.  He and his organization have received Resolutions from both the Georgia House of Representatives and Alabama State Senate for being an expert in Agnihotra (Homa Therapy).

Alabama Senate Resolution for Sri Charles

Alabama Senate Resolution for Sri Charles Davis

Sri Charles GA Representatives resolution

Georgia House of Representatives Resolution for Sri Charles Davis