Definition of yajna in English:


(also yagna)


  • A ritual sacrifice with a specific objective.

    • ‘Their traditional role in mythology was to wreck the sacred sacrifice, the yagna, and wreak havoc on figures of power and authority.’
    • ‘Hundreds of men, women and children participated in the yajna, performed pooja and offered prayers to Lord Indra to seek rain showers.’
    • ‘Directions for performing different types of yajnas are specifically arranged for the highest realization of the Supreme Lord, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita by the Lord Himself.’
    • ‘It is a common practice that the head of the family is the karta of major yajnas and rituals along with his wife.’
    • ‘Drawing on ancient scriptures, content includes learning the proper performance of yagnas, samskaras, puja, Vedic astrology and more.’
    • ‘In most of the Vedic and Tantric rituals the right hand, with which the yajnas, homas and pujas are performed, is purified by wearing a pavithra ring on the ring finger.’


From Sanskrit yajña worship, sacrifice.