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The Function And Meaning Of The Garbhanyasa, The Prathamestakanyasa And The Murdhestakanyasa As Expressed

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The principal function of the Garbhanyāāsa as revealed by the textual sources is to bring prosperity and welfare to human beings in general and to those who perform the ritual in particular. According to several works, those who perform the ceremony will obtain success and all their wishes will be fulfilled. The Kāśyapaśilpa, moreover, warns that one should not stay in a house without a garbha and assures that no god will ever commit such a deed. The merits of performing the Mūrdheṭṣakānyāsa are even more rarely enumerated than those of placing the first bricks. It should also be noted that the passage warning against the danger of demons shows that the Prathameṭṣakānyāsa should be regarded as a part of the numerous ritual activities. The last function of the placing of the first bricks is shared with many other construction rites described by the Sanskrit sources.

Keywords: construction rites; Garbhanyāsa; Kāśyapaśilpa; Mūrdheṭṣakānyāsa; Prathameṭṣakānyāsa; textual sources



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