Mother in the flames!
with 50 people chanting powerful mantras, it's not surprising that within a very few minutes, the Mother's energy was perceptible in the fire. this is the power and brilliance of the fire element in action -- doing homas, or yagyams, is a high divine expression of the god's energy and blessings in this world.
I've heard it said that attending one high-powered fire homa is the equivalent, to the soul, of a person meditating about 10 hours a day for more than a month.
it bring that much purification and high divine shakti, energy, to a person's soul.