In 1973, a Vedic temple was established by H.D. Sri Swami
Omkarananda, in the Omkarananda Ashram Switzerland, Winterthur,
independently of any religion, faith or system of thought, to radiate
the Love and Light of the Divine Mother Sri Mahatripurasundari by
performing Pujas and Havanas, special prayers for everyone in need, and
conducting different kinds of ceremonies for the welfare of the whole
The first Havana, or Yagna, was performed in March 1974 by an Indian priest, in the presence of Sri Swami Omkarananda himself.
On 16th February 1976 an Indian Pandit performed the instalment
rites for the first Shivalingam, named Omkareshwar, and since then
daily Abhisheka is performed. Following this, the Omkarananda Order of
Sannyasa was established, and the Akhanda-Havana was started.
Soon after on the ground-floor of the house, another Temple,
Veda-Mandir, has been built. In this Temple two spacious Havana-Kundas
were installed. Special Pujas, Havanas as well as Bhajans and Kirtans
are regularly performed in this Temple.
For many years Akhanda-Mahamrityunjaya-Mantra-Japa has been performed in this place.
In the year 2000 the Veda-Mandir has also become the Mahasamadhi-Shrine of our Gurudev, Sri Swami Omkarananda. Veda-Mandir is a place of deep inspiration and silent, unbroken communication with God and Guru.
Swamiji describes yagna in his own words:
The devotee, with every mantra enters into a state of consciousness
where the mind is not.
The physical fire has a subtle body, even as you have a subtle body.
In the subtle body there is a centre of consciousness: Agni Devata.
Through our special Vedic mantras we introduce prana into this fire,
into this consciousness of the Divine in the fire, and we use the
services of the Fire God to transmit our meditation to the Divine
Mother’s Heart and finally we experience that the Divine Mother’s
heart, our heart and the heart of the fire all are one and the same.
Everyone must be benefited. Every vedic Yagna has a selfless
function. There is no selfish interest here. That is the precondition
of performance of the yagna. All vedic yagnas are cosmic, universal,
selfless, are for the welfare, vishvakalyana, that is welfare of the
world, welfare of mankind, welfare of the cosmos, welfare of the stars,
welfare of the whole universe, welfare of all universes, welfare of all
manifestation. That is the first and primary aim and function of these
Yagnas. All the yagnas are Vedic yagnas. Vedic yagnas have this
That is the meaning of havana.»