Pandits chanting the Rudrabhishek yagya in one of the older yagya halls.

Vedic Life Foundation Pandits chanting the Rudrabhishek, 2008

This is a view of the New Yagya Hall on the grounds of the Vedic Life Foundation. It was dedicated in 2007.

Vedic Life Foundation Pandits in the new yagya hall, 2008

This is a view of the other end of the New Yagya Hall. There were about 100 pandits chanting in the Hall when this image was taken. The atmosphere is very Sattvic with this many pandits chanting. The room starts out bright, cheery, and expansive. Add so many focused on their holy dharma and the atmosphere becomes divine.

The picture hanging high on the back wall is of a renowned saint of 19th century. His name is Satya Sai Baba of Shirdi. Hundreds of thousands of people of Europe, Japan and America are his followers and visit his Ashram frequently.

Vedic Life Foundation Pandits, 2008

A Homam being performed in the traditional Homa hut. Pandit Dixit is just to the left of the center of the picture. The fire pit is surrounded by Pandits.

Vedic Life Foundation Pandits, with Pandit Dixit at the center, performing a Homam, 2008

The next image shows two pandits in the front row of the New Yagya Hall.
The Pandit on the left wears a red sash. The sash is part of traditional Vedic dress and an indication that he is a Pandit. The Sanskrit writing on the red sash is the mantra of lord Krishna.
The pandit on the right has his sash in his lap.
The white material on the foreheads of the pandits is sandal wood paste. They wear it to awaken their 3rd eye (called agnyachakra) the abode of Guru.
The Pandits each have their right hands inside a bag. The bag contains their Mala on which they count their repetitions of the mantra. Traditionally the mantras are chanted in the bags so that the energy generated by the chanting is not diffused and is preserved in the bag.
Most of the Pandits have the book called Durga Saptshati (Seven Hundred Verses to Sri Durga) on their tables.
The small cup and dish contain lotus seeds. When the Pandit finishes chanting a complete mala, he transfers one seed to the dish. At the end of his day, he counts the seeds and knows how many times he repeated the mantra. He is able to maintain a perfect accounting of his chanting in this simple way.

Vedic Life Foundation Pandits at work, 2008