The Homam Fire of Thirumoolar

The Homam Fire of Thirumoolar

By Kyle Brooks
The Homam fire. A standard practice in the Vedic tradition to evoke grace and blessings and to purify Karma. Explore Thirumoolars profound vision on Homam.

Well-versed and trained priests commonly perform Homam, a fire ceremony as per the Vedas. 

Above all, a homam provides benefits for the welfare of the person who performs it as per the procedure. However benefits also go to anyone the priest performs the ceremony for. Maharishi Thirumoolar explains various aspects and the importance of Homa in his book Thirumanthiram.

Consequently, the Homam fire ceremony is a very commonly prescribed form of karmic remedy in the Nadi leaves or palm leaf predictions. It is also highly beneficial in any moment for anyone seeking support in challenging or unclear moments of life.

Offerings prepared for Homam Fire
Offerings for a Homam Fire for a MyPalmLeaf Client

What is a Homam Fire Ceremony?

“Well-versed and trained priests commonly perform Homam, which benefits the welfare of the person who performs it”

Performing a Homam invokes positive vibrations for specific reasons. For instance, health, knowledge, perseverance, longevity, property, progeny, respect, youthful appearance, fame, success, etc.

It is generally considered that there are ‘108 things’ that are beneficial for the soma, the body/mind/soul, (pictured). These 108 beneficial things constitute the offerings made in a homam fire ceremony. Which may be in the form of grains, ghee, milk, incense, and seeds for instance. Importantly, the divine fire consumes the offerings and in turn brings positive vibrations, in accordance with the mantras that are chanted by the priest while this takes place. 

Check out this short video on the Homa Fire Ceremony to see the ceremony being performed for a My Palm Leaf client.

Priest Performing Homam Fire Ceremony
Homa Offerings Shown to MyPalmLeaf Client via Zoom

Sri Thirumoolar on the Homam Fire Ceremony

“Chanting mantras, along with offering to the holy fire, the Vedic priest shares his desire for the welfare of people, the environment, and for salvation (Moksha)”

Maharishi Sri Thirumoolar is one of the Siddhas, (learn more about the siddhas, the originators of the palm leaf Nadi astrology horoscopes in this article) who received divine powers. So, Many believe him to have lived for many hundreds of years. His book, Thirumanthiram, is his exclusive spiritual work containing 3000 Tamil hymns. Every single one of them being a treasure of inspiration and wisdom for the present generation. 

The Thirumanthiram has a set of 10 hymns that explain the Homam from Maharishi Sri Thirumoolar’s point of view. 

Let us look at these in more detail:

Homam, a desire:

A priest who is well-trained and well-versed in the Vedas will perform the Homam. They will put the ghee and any offerings into the divine fire, utilising their training in focussed attention and discipline. Then, chanting the mantras, he makes offerings to the holy fire. Lastly, the Vedic priest shares his desire for the welfare of people, the environment, and for salvation (Moksha).

Charity and Homam Fire:

Performing homam to heavenly angels is a way to attain Moksha, liberation or salvation. Donations and charity are mandatory in Homam.. As well as for a Homam, Thirumoolar says that charity and donations also need to be an integral part of human life.

Family life and Homam:

A perfect Homam brings harmony, unity, and mutual understanding between a husband and wife, just like for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

Human life and Homam:

Chanting mantras and giving offerings in the early mornings and evenings, with donations, is a Homam for the activation of the energetic spiritual chakras inside the human body. Initially, a homam activates the Mooladhara chakra (Root chakra), bringing divine happiness. The opening and activation of this spiritual energy centre invokes inner peace, resulting in people often feeling light in their mind and body.

Intuition and Homam:

The divine fire of a homam creates and spreads a holy light to its surroundings. Anyone who absorbs this sacred light will invoke the light of Ajna chakra, the chakra at the forehead between the eyes. Thirumoolar says that the Ajna chakra will bring clarity to the person and rid them of the darkness inside.

Moksha (Salvation) and Homam:

In a homam, the divine fire accepts various types of offerings (approximately 128 items). Thirumoolar states that as the fire consumes the offerings, it destroys the karmic impacts of human beings.  Thirumoolar also says that the need to be reborn again (be reincarnated to have another life on earth) is sorrow. When the homam fire removes the karmic impacts, that leads the person to Moksha, liberation, salvation or a state of no rebirth.

Wealth and Homam Fire:

According to Thirumoolar, the greatest wealth available in human life is divine bliss. He also says that money, gold, or property are not true wealth. Therefore people perform homam with the desire to attain divine bliss or Moksha. Thus, through homam, people also can attain the wealth of happiness and divine blessings.

Lord Shiva, the chief head of Homam:

According to Thirumoolar, Lord Shiva is the chief of homam. Having graceful divine firelight, he is head of indestructible divine bliss. He is also said to emit a tri light from his 3 eyes. Further, he says that Lord Shiva spreads cool divine light all over the world. Thirumoolar states that homam is a disciplined penance. Yogi (Lord Shiva) being the head of the disciplined penance priests.

Lord Shiva and Soul fire:

Thirumoolar states that Lord Shiva resides inside the holy fire of the homam. In Hindu culture, after a person dies, their body is cremated. Maharishi Thirumoolar sees Lord Shiva in the flames. Therefore, Just as threads are weaved into good clothing, karmic threads are cleared and strength comes to the soul via a Homam fire.


In conclusion, the holy divine homam fire rests a soul, leaving no karmic threads attached. Consequently, the main benefit of homam is to free the soul from its heavy karmic impacts. Learn more about the Karmic traces coming from past lives here Nadi Astrology and Previous Life Curses.

The incredible benefits of the Homam fire ceremony are available to all. Not only those who have had peal leaf readings. Book yours here and see the incredible blessings it can bring to your life.

Kyle Brooks

Kyle Brooks is our trusted blog writer. With many years of experience as a Hridaya teacher, he has a broad experience with and knowledge of spiritual topics. Kyle is a breathwork and meditation specialist.

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