By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Subrahmanya, SubrahmaNyA, Subrahmanyaa
The udgātṛ, the third priest from among the four, in a Soma sacrifice, has three assistants. One of these is the subrahmaṇya. He is the last in the queue. One of his special duties is to recite a litany called ‘subrahmaṇyā,’ which is an āhvāna to Indra, repeated thrice. Recitation of this litany is done on the second and subsequent days of the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice. This litany contains several adjectives of Indra.
- Āhhvāna means call.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore