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Birthday Havan is India's first community Birthday celebration. Birthday Havan is a modern incarnation of the traditional Ayush Havan which has being conducted since the Vedic period. A free social website initiated this for children and grownups of Mumbai and Thane and it was held in March 2016 for first time in Mumbai.
The main purpose is to celebrate birthdays in an ancient Vedic way. People having birthdays in a particular month perform this homa, on the first Sunday of their birthday month.
The ritual starts with invoking Lord Ganesha and Kuladevi and concludes with purnahauti. Birthday Havan is an ancient Hindu way of reaching one prayers to Paramatman with vedic mantras. Ingredients like cereal, ghee etc. are offered to Agni and it reaches the Parmatma to fulfill the desired object of Havan or Yagna. Another important aspect is giving one's Nakshatra(Birth Star) to the priest conducting the Havan.
There is a taboo about blowing candles off on birthday cakes, as an extinguishing lamp is considered to be equivalent to the soul leaving body after death. The fire of birthday homa signifies health and long life. This auspicious Havan fire is worshiped and Agni is invoked to carry the offerings to Ishwara. Birthday Havan is done for in order to live a healthier, longer, and successful life. The event is open for people of all ages, sex, economic background, jati.
Many parents bring along chocolates and distribute it among families present at the community birthday celebration. It is currently being held at Sri Ayyappa Vishnu Temple, Hiranandani, Powai, Mumbai. There is a policy of first come can sit where they want and there is no yajamana here. The organisers of the initiative see around 25 people registering either themselves or their family members, every month.
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- "'Birthday Havan' App launched on Google Play Store at Sri Ayyappa Vishnu Temple, Powai - POWAI INFO". POWAI INFO. 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
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