Rituals are part of Indian society even from vedic period. Hawana is one of the most important vedic ritualistic sacrifice which involves lighting fire in a rectangular Homa Kunda using dravyas. In the present scenario these are performed at the beginning of Shubha Karyas to get expected results. The priests conducting the hawanas has been interviewed. Personal observations of eight important forms of hawana were done throughout the study area. A comparative account of plants used in 8 types of hawana have been given. In present communication Botanical identity of 55 taxa, their vernacular name, family, useful part and mode of usage have been documented.
Prasad K, Subrahmanya and K, Raveendran
"Botanical Identity of Plants Used in the Traditional Indian ritual – ‘Hawana’,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2010
, Article 3.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2010/iss6/3