Agni: Ruler of the South-East

Why the Kitchen is the most important room

Agni, the Fire-god, represents the fire-element in everything that exists. Through this element, the Fire-god performs several benevolent functions that ensure the survival of not only human beings but the entire universe. For the living beings, the Fire-god provides the necessary heat to ensure survival, and to enable several metabolic functions in the body to proceed without hindrance. In the human body, the Fire-god acts through seven different ‘fires’ or ‘energies’ which perform varied functions. The first of these ‘fires’ helps in digestion of food and its absorption in a liquid form. The second converts the absorbed liquid food into blood. The third ‘fire’ converts blood into flesh. The fourth, acting on the flesh, creates lipid (fat). From the fat, the fifth ‘fire’ creates the skeleton. The sixth ‘fire’ produces the marrow inside the skeleton. And the seventh ‘fire’generates from the marrow the seminal fluid. The same ‘fire’ in different forms thus conducts different body functions to help life go on.

Agni was born out of the Ksheera-Saagara, the Celestial Ocean of Milk. This happened as a result of Lord Brahma depositing his seminal fluid in the ‘Ocean’. Soon after the incident, a child come out of the Ocean and sat in the lap of lord Brahma who accepted him as His son. Almost immediately, lord Varuna, the god of ‘Waters’ reached there and claimed the child to be his, since the child had emerged from the Ocean waters. There was thus an argument between Lord Brahma and Lord Varuna about who the real father of this child was. Lord Vishnu commented that Brahma was no doubt the father of the child but the right of fatherhood could not be denied to Varuna as well since the child had emerged from the body of the Ocean. Lord Shiva finally settled the dispute. “Brahma is no doubt the father of this child Agni,” said He. “Let Varuna grant this child learning and knowledge of the Mantras and thus accept the child as his disciple. Scriptures declare that a disciple is equivalent to the son too. May lord Vishnu grant him brilliance.. This Agni will be able to burn anything and everything, and lord Varuna will be able to pacify him.”

Sage Bhrigu once cursed Agni thus: “May you become all-devouring.” This annoyed Agni because he happens to be the mouth of the gods and the Pitras and carries to them the nutrients from the sacrificial rituals. So he retracted himself from all yajnas, fire rituals and earthly functions. As a result, the three worlds went into chaos and misery. Lord Brahma finally pacified Lord Agni and persuaded him to resume his usual functions.

Best for: kitchen; reversely proportional to health. Kitchen should not be below bedroom or bathroom as it affects the health of occupants. Perfect place for pujas and vedic agnihotras.

Dominated aspects: Living room, bedroom of parents, outbuildings, kitchen, heating and electrical systems, fridges, fire places.

Life areas: Love, beauty, luxury, enjoyment, wealth, women, children especially the second son.

Organs: Liver, Eyes, sexual organs, skin, neck, chin, cheeks, kidneys.

Enhances: Harmony, art, desires, sexuality, happiness, looks, generosity.

Good position will lead to: dynamic energy levels, , a good marriage, a pleasant personality, attention, generosity, an artistic nature, and popularity.

Bad position will lead to: Lethargy, eccentric behavior, lack of emotional control.

Diseases fostered: Liver problems, Eye infection, problems with the ovaries, skin
diseases, swellings, anaemia.

Best placement in the office: staircase, manufacture of goods, processing offices

Negative effects of Dosh in the south east: Insufficient money, drawnout transactions, banking n property transactions, slumping of stock or shares

Mantra: Om namo bhagavate parashuramaya.

A word of caution: water and fire not compatible therefore there should be no water storage in south east and no bathroom over the kitchen. Also if people sleep in the South East it leads to undue anger and quarrels, poor immune and skin infections.