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A ritual of sacrifice to the Devas.
Origin: From यज्ञ.
In Hinduism, yajña or yagam, is a ritual of offerings accompanied by chanting of Vedic mantras derived from the practice in Vedic times. Yajna is an ancient ritual of offering and sublimating the havana sámagri in the fire. The sublime meaning of the word yajna is derived from the Sanskrit verb yaj, which has a three-fold meaning of worship of deities, unity and charity. An essential element is the ritual fire – the divine Agni – into which oblations are poured, as everything that is offered into the fire is believed to reach God. The term yajna is linguistically cognate with Zoroastrian Yasna. Unlike Vedic Yajna, Zoroastrian Yasna has "to do with water rather than fire". Rituals associated with temple worship in Hinduism are called agamic, while those involving communication with divinity through Agni are considered to be Vedic. Temple rites in modern-day Hinduism are a combination of both Vedic and agamic rituals. The ritualistic portion of the Hindu scriptures is called Karma-Kanda. Parts of Vedas which describe or discuss Yajnas fall into this portion.
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