Parama Dham’s 45th Anniversary


Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 marked the 45th anniversary of the Parama Dham Fire Temple in Madison, Virginia. Inaugurated by Shree Vasant in 1973, Parama Dham was the first Fire Temple in the world established under Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj’s dispensation of resuscitation of the ancient science of atmospheric purification for the New Age. The name Parama Dham, which means House of Almighty Father, was chosen by Maharaj Shree.

Parama Dham, Madison, Virginia

Sign on the porch of Parama Dham
Sign on the porch of Parama Dham

In a Fire Temple there is no priest and nothing is worshiped. Agnihotra atmospheric purification technique is performed there twice daily at sunrise and sunset. Also, a fixed set of mantras is chanted after Agnihotra. With the exception of the mantras, silence is observed in the Fire Temple at all times. The atmosphere becomes surcharged with healing energies.

In a separate room from the main temple room, four hours of Om Tryambakam Homa are performed daily, and more hours of no moon and full moon Om Tryambakam Homa are also done there. The fires are maintained by the Madison Homa community.

Regarding Fire Temples, Shree Vasant once stated, “Time is coming in a few years when extremely strict disciplines will have to be maintained to keep up the purity of these places and the harmony cycles around them. These places will become special refuge for multitudes. It is preferable that they be situated in a large garden area where food can be grown by the YAJNYA method. We need some places in cities also.”

Thanks to all the people over the years, from many places, who have helped in various ways to keep Parama Dham going.