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Messenger of the Gods
After finishing their ritual bath and offering prayers to the gods, the devotees crowd a fire prepared by the men attendants. According to ancient Hindu texts the god of fire, Agni, is conceptualized as existing on three levels: on earth as fire, in the atmosphere as lightning, and in the sky as the sun. Agni is considered the mouth of the gods.
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||Nov. 30, 2016, 3:22 a.m.