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This section of the book Temple Consecration Rituals in Ancient India contains three tables. The first table illustrates the distribution of vowels in the compartments of the deposit casket according to Kāśyapaśilpa Garbhanyāsa. The second table explains the distribution of the items in the garbha casket according to Kāśyapaśilpa Garbhanyāsa. The final table presents an analysis of the ritual structure of the prathameṣṭakā, garbhanyāsa, and mūrdheṣṭakā on the basis of the Kāśyapaśilpa. The book focuses on three important construction rituals of the Hindu tradition: the laying of the first stones, the placing of the consecration deposit and the placing of the crowning bricks. These rituals are described in numerous Sanskrit texts on architecture and religion, which date from ca. 7th to 16th centuries AD.

Keywords: garbhanyāsa; Kāśyapaśilpa; mūrdheṣṭakā; prathameṣṭakā



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