How to Make a Havan Kund: A Step-by-Step Guide with Audio and Video
A havan kund is a sacred fire pit used in Hindu rituals and ceremonies. It is believed to be a portal between the physical and spiritual realms, where offerings are made to the gods and ancestors. A havan kund can be made of various materials, such as bricks, clay, metal, or wood. In this article, we will show you how to make a havan kund using bricks and clay, as well as how to perform a simple havan ceremony. You can also download the mp3 and mp4 files of this guide for your convenience.
What You Will Need
Bricks (about 16)
Clay (about 2 kg)
A flat surface (such as a wooden board or a metal tray)
A small shovel or a trowel
A bowl or a bucket
A cloth or a towel
A matchbox or a lighter
Wooden sticks or twigs (about 1 kg)
Ghee (clarified butter) or oil (about 250 ml)
Cotton wicks (about 16)
Sandalwood powder or paste (about 50 g)
Rice grains (about 100 g)
Turmeric powder (about 10 g)
Kumkum (red vermilion) powder (about 10 g)
A small spoon
A plate or a tray
A mantra book or a device with audio and video files of mantras
How to Make a Havan Kund
Mix some clay with water in a bowl or a bucket until you get a smooth and sticky dough.
Spread the cloth or the towel on the flat surface and place the bricks on it in a square shape, leaving some space between them.
Cover the bricks with a thin layer of clay using your hands or the shovel. Make sure to fill the gaps between the bricks and smooth out the edges.
Let the clay dry for about an hour or until it becomes hard.
Your havan kund is ready. You can decorate it with sandalwood paste, kumkum, flowers, or any other items of your choice.
How to Perform a Havan Ceremony
Place the havan kund on a clean and flat spot, preferably outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Make sure there is no flammable material nearby.
Pour some ghee or oil into the bowl and dip the cotton wicks into it. Place one wick on each brick of the havan kund.
Light the wicks with the matchbox or the lighter. Be careful not to burn yourself or the cloth.
Add some wood sticks or twigs to the fire and let it burn for a few minutes.
Sprinkle some sandalwood powder or paste on the fire and light an incense stick. Wave it around the havan kund and yourself.
Offer some flowers, fruits, sweets, rice grains, turmeric powder, and kumkum to the fire. You can also offer any other items that are relevant to your intention or purpose.
Chant some mantras of your choice or follow along with the audio and video files of this guide. You can download them from here: mp3 and mp4.
When you are done with the chanting, thank the fire and the gods for accepting your offerings and blessings. You can also make some wishes or prayers for yourself and others.
Extinguish the fire by pouring some water over it. Do not touch the ashes until they are completely cool.