The importance of yagya has been described in detail in Srimad Bhagwat Purana. Several such events have been described in this scripture, which acquaint us fully with the enormous power of yagya. According to this Purana, the universe was created with the help of yagya. This phenomenon has been described as follows.
In an answer to a query, Brahmaji describes the form of yagya as follows —
“Yadsya nabhyam …………… caturhortram ca sattam
” - Bhagwat, Skandha 2, Addhyaya 6, slokas 22,23,24.Meaning
— “When I was born from the navel of the all-pervading Brahm, I did not see any articles for oblation except the body of the Purush (the male God).
Therefore, I created the animals, vegetables, Kusa (a sacred grass),
the sacred land where gods can perform yagya and the time, which is full of virtues (meaning the time in which the virtues are worshipped )
. Then I created all the ingredients of yagya, herbs, milk fats, sweetmeats, metals like gold, clay (earth), water, four Vedas (Rig, Yaju, Sama and Atharva)
, four Brahmans, and such procedures too by which the yagya may be performed.”
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