A dhuni is a place where ancient vedic fire ceremonies are performed. Concentration, perception, prayers, awareness, respect, reverence and patience are learnt here. Fire ceremony is a process during which delving into the essence of one’s real being takes place. The deeper meaning of the fire ceremony reveals itself to practitioners in over time.
The dhuni consists of the following parts:
- the altar, on which sacred pictures are placed
- lingam and yoni, which symbolize the God – the primary source of all that exists, formless and omnipresent Consciousness, also called the aspect of the Father; and the Creator – the movements and forms originating from that primary source, also called the aspect of the Mother
- the hearth (kund), symbolizing the „Mother’s mouth“
- both the metal trident in the hearth and the same symbol on the roofs of the temple and the dhunis symbolize the three phases of creation (guna): creation, preservation and destruction..
The person conducting the ceremony performs the service (puja) to the altar and to the aspects of the Mother and the Father. After that, common activities begin.
After the light offering ceremony, mantras can be sung or the participants can meditate.