Agni is the fire god, and he is considered as the Vedic god of Hinduism. He is also the guardian deity of the southeast direction. He is the son of Aditi and Kashyaba, and his wife name is Svaha Devi.
Agni is a major god along with Indra and Chandra. All the offerings of the homams will be made only through him. He resides in the AgniLoka. His name is mentioned in ancient Upanishads, puranas, Vedas and in ancient divine texts. By conducting homams, and by chanting the names of various gods and divine devas, the fire god, carries all these powerful mantras to the respective places of the gods, and give us the benefits. His power is great and cannot be underestimated. He is very gentle and humble. He can be able to burn the entire universe into ashes, but always obeys the orders of the gods like Indra, Shiva,Brahma and Vishnu. He is mainly controlled by Lord Indra.
Lord Agni, the fire god, would burn our bad thoughts and bad karma into ashes, and would make us bright and pure. He is the god, who is present in all the temple rituals, and can be visibly seen by us in our naked eyes. His name is found in the texts of Buddhism and Jainism also. Without fire, we can’t do anything. Agni acts as the life force for a healthy body, and we are able to digest the food only with the help of Agni which is present in our body.
His image can be seen in some Hindu temples, and in Prithyanga Devi temple, Sholinganallur, a separate statue of Lord Agni is erected. In Arunachaleswarar Temple, the Shiva Lingam represents the element fire and is called as Agni Lingam. Fire plays an important role in celebrating Karthigai Deepam festival. Various lamps are lit in every house of the devotees with much joy. Diwali festival is also celebrated by the Children with much interest by bursting crackers by using fire only. And our DAILY food is cooked only with the help for fire. Hence without the use of fire, we can’t sustain in this world. It is also one of the Panchabootha.
Hence, let us worship “THE GREAT FIRE GOD” by chanting his wonderful 108 names, and let us be blessed.