From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Svastivacana, SvastivAcana, Svastivaacana

Before beginning any auspicious religious rite, some brāhmaṇas, elders and sumaṅgalis[1] are invited. They honored and then requested to say ‘May it be auspicious!’ This is called svastivācana or svastyayana. This is a custom prevalent even now.


  1. Sumaṅgalis are the married women whose husbands are alive.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore