To begin using Agnihotra for Windows you need to first download and install the software on your PC.
(Version 2.0.3 for Windows - 4.24 MB)
Windows Operating System
128MB of RAM
5MB of disk space
Internet Connection (if you wish to use the city lookup feature)
GPS (very handy if you want to know your exact location or live remotely)
Agnihotra Pyramid (Available from http://www.agnihotradirect.com)
Dried Cow Dung
INSTALL AGNIHOTRA FOR WINDOWS
Run the file after you have downloaded it and the installer will begin. After completing the installation Agnihotra for Windows will run for the 1st time and ask you to set you present location.
Select first your country and then your city. If you can not find your city use the optional lookup facility. Take care to set your timezone using the following format.
How to enter timezones:
For all timezones EAST of GMT enter them as a postive number e.g.
South Africa is GMT +2 so simply enter "2"
For all timezones WEST of GMT enter them as a negative number e.g.
New York is GMT -5 so simply enter "-5"
Note: If you presently are observing daylight saving, check the box but it will apply to the entire year so take care of this setting. Use it just for the months that are appropriate then set it back.
Once you have set your timezone the software will calculate your Agnihotra timings for your unique location.
Using the Program
Once the calculations are made you will be able to use the information in a variety of ways.
Right click on the little Agnihotra Pyramid to get the main menu.
My City shows you your present location both your country and your location. Click it to change it if you are traveling or wish to calculate the Agnihotra timings for a different location anywhere on earth.
Sunrise and Sunset show you the time of Agnihotra today in your location. If you click on this option you will hear the sunrise or sunset mantras chanted for you in case you need to refresh to correct pronounciation and words of these beautiful Sanskrit mantras.
My Agnihotra Calendar
Click this and it will open a dynamic calendar of sunrise and sunset timings for your location. You can e-mail and print either a month or a year at a time.
Print Month will print the selected month, E-mail Month will allow you to send it to anyone using your mail client.
Print Year will print the selected year, E-mail Year will allow you to send it to anyone using your mail client.
Use the drop-down selector at the top of the screen to jump to a year or month of your choice.
Let us continue now with the main menu options.
Change Location will take you to the location screen where you can set your present location. After setting it select save and the software will automatically recalculate your Agnihotra timings.
Next Agnihotra shows you the time to go of the next Agnihotra. You can also see the next Agnihotra times by simply hovering the mouse over the Agnihotra Pyramid in the Windows system tray.
The program has various user configurable options.
1. Change My Location we've already covered above.
2. Reminder Settings
(a) Show Agnihotra Reminder
Enable this setting if you want your computer to have popup reminders before and during Agnihotra (this is an aid to remembering to prepare for and do Agnihotra as well as a training system for those new to it.
(b) Reminder Time
Select from 1 - 60 minutes before Agnihotra for your reminder popup time based on what is good for you. The default is 30 minutes giving you ample time to prepare and get ready for the beautiful practice of Agnihotra.
(c) Reminder Type
Select if you wish an audio and visual reminder or both audio and visual. The default is both audio and visual.
3. Run at Windows Startup
This is the default setting for Agnihotra for Windows and when it is enabled it is running in your system tray each time you restart your computer. It allows the popup reminder system to work nicely if your computer is near the place you do Agnihotra. If you wish to use Agnihotra for Windows just as a calendar tool and for sending calculations to people but not for it's reminder features, you can consider disabling this option.
Explore the various options here. You have a range of learning tools and feedback tools. You can Learn the Agnihotra Mantras, Learn how to do Agnihotra, send us suggestions, get Agnihotra supplies directly from India and find out about the team who made Agnihotra for Windows.
Special Note on Time
For Agnihotra for Windows to work correctly in terms of reminding you at the exact times of sunrise and sunset, it is important that your system clock is set with the correct time at the moment. If you have an Internet connection and are running Windows XP or Windows 2000 this feature is built in to Windows. Simply click on your system clock and enable the Windows time syncronization feature.
If your computer is keeping good time you only need to update your clock once in a while as most computers keep good time for many months at a time. If you have a good Internet connection you can do it every day to be sure. Actually Windows does it automatically when updated.
If you are running an older version of Windows, we highly reccomend Dimension 4 which is a Freeware time sync software.
If you are without an Internet connection please use your local radio or TV channel to sync your clock with an accurate source.
Agnihotra for Windows is free software, you are free to use and distribute it. It has been created by Vedic Society for a better world through environmental and individual healing through Yagya.
(Version 2.0.3 for Windows - 4.24 MB)
This software is 100% Spyware, Adware etc. free. It is released as Freeware for all to use and enjoy.
If you find it has helped you and you wish to contribute to support it's ongoing development and other similar Vedic Society projects you are welcome to donate via Paypal.
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