Patanjali scientists prove antimicrobial effects of yagya, hawan: Balkrishna
08/01/2022: A team of scientists from Patanjali Research Institute through an ingenious study has proved the antimicrobial effects of yagya and hawan on various pathogenic bacteria and fungi, which are present in the environment.
Acharya Balkrishna has said that this is the first scientific proof for the ancient practice of Yagya and Hawan being a way of purifying the environment. He co-related these scientific findings to the ancient Indian daily practice of conducting Yagya/Hawan as a routine environmental decontamination protocol. Acharya Jee has emphasized that Yagya/ Hawan is not only a spiritual way to attaining mental peace, but also, for holistic physical health.
According to the scientific details shared by Dr Anurag Varshney, the Vice-President of Patanjali Research Institute, the pathogenic microbes were exposed to the fumes arising from combustion of a Hawan samagri called Vishaghn Dhoop, and its effect on their growth was monitored. The growth of these pathogens were found to inhibited by Vishaghn Dhoop fume treatment in a time dependent manner. On further investigation through an advanced technique, called Scanning Electron Microscopy, the Vishaghn Dhoop fumes were actually found to be comprised of nanoscale particles. Another state-of-art analytical chemistry technique, Gas Chromatography coupled Mass Spectrometry (GS-MS), showed that these particles were indeed loaded with anti-microbial phytocompounds such as p-Cyanoaniline, Eucalyptol, Drimenol, and endo-Borneol. Patanjali scientists also verified the practical feasibility of Yagya and Hawan in environmental sterilization.
Dr Varshney interprets that these observations not only affirm the rich scientific rationale of Ayurveda but also open a whole new possibility of developing Yagya/Hawan in to a sustainable, eco-friendly and non-toxic option of environmental sterilization.
Acharya Jee believes that the uniqueness of this study by Patanjali Research Institute has come from the scientific prowess and inventiveness of the research team that was reflected in the designing and overall execution of the experiments. He emphasizes that this accomplishment also exemplifies the excellence that can be achieved if modern technologies and ancient knowledge are in the right symphony. Acharya Jee believes that more of such orchestrations are required for global recognition of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge base. He mentions that the scientific staff of Patanjali Research Institute is whole-heartedly up for this challenge and trusts that outcomes of those collective endeavours would be on its prime in times to come.