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Agnihotra - Reduction of microbial pathogenicity

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Practicing Agnihotra regularly will purify the surrounding environment and nullifies the Nuclear / Air / Water / Soil Pollution to a great extent.

Agnihotra is basically a healing process. ‘Heal the atmosphere and the healed atmosphere will heal you’--- is the Modus Operandi.

The performance of Agnihotra shows the reduction in microbial load in surrounding environment. Reduction of microbes is by direct killing or by inhibiting their growth, this may be due to the production of antimicrobial compounds from burning

material or diffusion of microbes with fumes in upper strata in such a way that residual population is maintained within the tolerable limit in nature. In

vitro experiments on bioenergetics system of S. aureus shows of Agnihotra will not kill pathogenic bacteria but it reduces its pathogenicity by inhibiting production of coagulase.

In vivo experiments conducted on albino mouse revealed that although pathogen treated with Agnihotra is introduced in the mouse it will not produce any lesion or abscess; hence, diseases will not be produced. The pathogenic strain of S. pyogenes become non-pathogenic when kept in the atmosphere of Agnihotra15,33. Ash of Agnihotra shows antimicrobial properties by controlling the growth of many pathogenic bacteria.

Pathogenicity of bacteria is reduced due to the application of Agnihotra ash; it reduces or stops the production of disease causing factors (e.g. capsule, pigments, hemolytic ability, etc.) in bacteria and not by killing them. Antimicrobial properties of Agnihotra ash also showed in water by killing or inhibiting water pathogens.

Ash of Agnihotra acts as a good organic anti fungal compound. Major fungal pathogens of bell pepper (Capsicum annuum) are killed or suppressed by spreading Agnihotra ash on crops in the fields. Cow urine accelerates anti fungal properties of Agnihotra ash. In vitro experiments on bell pepper suggest that this mixture of cow urine and Agnihotra ash inhibits the growth of fungal hyphae and soil borne pathogens.

While in vivo experiments conducted in the field of bell pepper by spraying Agnihotra ash in cow urine resulted in inhibition of mycelial growth of major fungal pathogens. Comparative study of Agnihotra ash with Panchagavya, fermented cow urine,

fermented buttermilk and vermin-wash, showed that mixture of cow urine and Agnihotra ash acts as good anti fungal agent. This may be achieved due to the

production of antimicrobial compounds by microbes present in raw materials used during Agnihotra. Apart from this Agnihotra ash increases immune response of

plants against fungal pathogens by providing necessary elements required in preparation of enzymes. Organic inputs (e.g. Agnihotra ash and related products) have a potential to act as an alternative for artificial or chemically synthesized anti fungal agents. Benefits of use of ash in fields are

  1. they are nontoxic to human, plants as well as to pet animals

  2. can safely and easily handled

  3. although amount required is high, they can be made easily available

  4. eco-friendly

  5. dispose in environment is nontoxic and easily degradable

  6. cost effective.

Fumigation by using chemicals like formaldehyde has hazardous effects on the body, but by using Agnihotra fumes for fumigation it not only control microbial load but also heals the atmosphere and purifies the air. Aeromicroflora containing bacteria and fungi can be controlled by using Agnihotra fumes. The reduction in microbial load might be due to volatile organic compounds released during the burning of Yajnyas material. Apart from these medicinal volatiles, there might be antimicrobial nanoparticles which are released during burning of Agnihotra materials which acts as fumigants.

Medicinal smoke produced by the burning natural substances has been used from immemorial time to purify the environment. The addition of complex mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs during Agnihotra significantly reduces microbial load in the surrounding environment. This complex mixture contains dried twigs, seeds, fruits of many medicinal plants also sugars, honey, milk and its derived products, which together contributes to Yajnya for control of microbial load in the surrounding air. Medicinal smoke control aerial bacterial population by killing or inhibiting the growth of mainly pathogenic human as well as plant bacteria within less time.

Also, it is a simple inexpensive way of extraction of certain volatile organic compounds to control microbial load in the surrounding air. This method of diagnosis of bacterial infections is highly effective and shows rapid pharmacological reactions. Dynamic biological reactions in the atmosphere are highly correlated with dynamic chemical reactions within provided space in the atmosphere. Use of medicinal smoke (i.e., use of different plant derived materials during Agnihotra) can balance individual dynamic biological as well as chemical reactions and also their interactive reaction within the atmosphere.

Fumes show antimicrobial activities and remove microbes and insects nearby Yajnya; this may be due to vaporize secondary metabolites of Samidha used during Yajnya which contain mainly volatile organic compounds. Agnihotra cleans the pollutants and helps in the better growth and productivity of plants.


Experiment : Microbial count in the surrounding air

- Medium (nutrient agar) plates were open in room before and after Agnihotra and incubated for 24 hr at room temperature to grow bacterial colonies.

- Also plates were opened 0, 10, 20, 30, 40 feet apart from Agnihotra and colony count was taken after 24 hr incubation at room temperature.

Known amount of air sample is collected in sterile 35 ml nutrient medium, before and after Agnihotra. Sample was diluted as undiluted, 1:1, 1:5 and 1:10. Diluted sample were spread on nutrient agar plates and incubated for 30 hr. to grow bacterial colonies.

Conclusion- As per results obtained, Agnihotra fumes decreases microbial load in air. Up to 30 feet microbial load in the air can be control by performing Agnihotra.

Experiment : Effect of Agnihotra ash on bacteria.

The Bacteria selected were Pathogenic as well as some commensal and non pathogenic, were exposed to Agnihotra Ash and observed for changes in the properties like

Pigment production ability of Pseudomonas aeruginosa was reduced upon exposure ( use direct bacteria and also exposed to Agnihotra ash for 1 hr)to Agnihotra Ash.

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|| Hari OM ||

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