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Lord Agni (Hindu God)

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Lord Agni is the god of fire and sacrifice among Hindus. The universe is believed to be composed of five elements of which Agni is one. The other four are: water, earth, ether (akasha) and air.

Lord Agni stands next to Indra in importance in the Vedas, being addressed in at least two hundred hymns.

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Lord Agni is more closely associated with human life than any other deity. He is called Grihapati (Lord of house) and atithi, a guest in human dwellings. The priest while pouring butter on the sacrificial fire summons “Svaha”, the consort of Agni, by name.

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The main job of Agni is to receive oblations when a yajna or sacrifice is conducted and carry them to respective deities. He is thus characteristically a ‘duta’ or messenger appointed by gods and men to be an ‘oblation-bearer’.

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