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Asvalayana Grhya Sutram / Sharma, N.N.
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Asvalayana Grhya Sutram
Sharma, N.N.
 
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  Book ID : 36857
  ISBN-10 : 81-7854-181-5 / 8178541815
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-7854-181-5 / 9788178541815
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2010
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  Language : English
  242p.., Gloss., Index, 23 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-

Chap. I:
1. Sacrifices for the Householder
2. Sacrifices' and Oblations
3. Details of Sacrifice
4. Marrigeable Age
5. Selection of Bride. Examination of the Family etc.
6. Marriage Ceremony
7. Local Customs and General Practice
8. Departure of Marriage Party
9. Establishment of Domestic Fire
10. Oblations of Cooked Food on the New and Full Moon Days
11. Animal Sacrifice
12. Caitya Offerings (through a leaf messenger)
13. Rites for Seeking the Conception of a Child Rites for Seeking the Male Issue Rites for Protecting the Embryo
14. Rite of Parting the Hair
15. Birth ceremonies
16. Feeding the Child with the Solid Food
17. Tonsure Ceremony
18. The Ceremony of Shaving the Beard
19-22. Initiation
23. Selection of Priests
24. Offerings of Honey-mixture

Chap. II:
1. Sravana Ceremony
2. Asvayuji Ceremony
3. Rite of Redescent
4. Rite of Astaka
5. The Ceremony Following the Astakas
6. Mounting the Chariot
7-8. Examination of the Ground Where House is to be Built
9. Laying-in of the Middle-post
10. Entering the House

Chap. III:
1. Five Sacrifices
2-3. Rules for Reciting the Vedic Texts
4. Satiation of Deities, Sages and Manes
5. Opening the Annual Course of Study
6. Sacrifices for the Attainment of Wishes
7. Twilight Worship
8-10. The End of Studentship
11. Return Home. Warding off Danger
12. Consecration of Royal Armour on the Eve of War

Chap. IV:
1. Resort to the Forest for Curing Disease Return Home After Curt: Digging the Grave
2. Funeral Procession
3-4. Cremation and Days of Mourning
5. Gathering Bones
6. Pacificatory Rites for the Living
7. Offerings to the Dead
8. Gifts to the Brahmanas in the Pinda-sacrifice to the Manes
9. Spit-Ox Sacrifice for Propitiating Rudra Errata

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This book of Asvalayana, the pupil of Saunaka, pertains to the Vedic Samskaras that are obligatory for man's purification. The elaborate ritual and the manner it is performed indicate the extent to which the life of a Vedic Aryan was involved in ceremonial acts.

The book is arranged into four chapters.

Ch. I consists of 24 sections. It enjoins rites obligatory for the house-holder, the period and tenure of rites such as Initiation, Tonsure, Marriage etc. it elaborates on the establishment of domestic fire, on the offering of oblation son the new and full moon days, on the ritual of animal and Caitya sacrifices. It dwells upon securing the conception of a male child or preventing disturbances likely to endanger the embryo. It deals with the ceremonies of parting the hair, the birth of a child, his nomenclature, his first partaking of the solid food or the Tonsure of his head.

Ch. II is arranged into 10 sections and is primarily concerned with the rites of the full moon day in the months of Sravana, Asvayuj, Margasirsa and the Astaka rites on the eighth days of the four dark fortnights of Hemanta and Sisira seasons. It describes the anvastakya ceremony following the astakas. The ceremony of mounting a chariot or building a house.

Ch. III is divided into 12 sections. It deals with miscellaneous topics, such as the fire sacrifices, the recitation of Vedic texts, satiating the deities and sages, the rite by which the annual course of study opens and the ceremony of attaining to one's desires.

Ch. IV contains 9 sections and deals with the funereal rites of the deceased person.

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