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Āhāva literally means  ‘calling’.
 
Āhāva literally means  ‘calling’.
  
Derived from the root ‘hve’ (‘to call’), āhāva is the technical name of [[a]] formula of summons pronounced loudly by the hotṛ (chief of the priests representing the [[Rgveda]]) in [[a]] Soma sacrifice before starting the ś[[astra]] (laudatory recitation). It is usually in the form of ś[[om]] 3*<ref name="three">The numeral 3 indicates that the syllable is to be chanted for 3 unites of time, called a 'pluta' as against 1 unit of time ('hrasva') or 2 units of time ([[dīrgha]]').</ref> sāvom or śoṃsāvo 3<ref name="three"/> (a corrupt form of śarṃsāva).
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Derived from the root ‘hve’ (‘to call’), āhāva is the technical name of [[a]] formula of summons pronounced loudly by the [[hotṛ]] (chief of the priests representing the [[Rgveda]]) in [[a]] [[Soma]] sacrifice before starting the ś[[astra]] (laudatory recitation). It is usually in the form of ś[[om]] 3*<ref name="three">The numeral 3 indicates that the syllable is to be chanted for 3 unites of time, called a 'pluta' as against 1 unit of time ('hrasva') or 2 units of time ([[dīrgha]]').</ref> sāvom or śoṃsāvo 3<ref name="three"/> (a corrupt form of śarṃsāva).
  
Soma juice is extracted (savana) three times during the day :  
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[[Soma]] juice is extracted ([[savana]]) three times during the day :  
 
* Morning - prātasavana  
 
* Morning - prātasavana  
 
* Noon - mādhyandinasavana
 
* Noon - mādhyandinasavana

Latest revision as of 13:32, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ahava, AhAva, AAhaava


Āhāva literally means ‘calling’.

Derived from the root ‘hve’ (‘to call’), āhāva is the technical name of a formula of summons pronounced loudly by the hotṛ (chief of the priests representing the Rgveda) in a Soma sacrifice before starting the śastra (laudatory recitation). It is usually in the form of śom 3*[1] sāvom or śoṃsāvo 3[1] (a corrupt form of śarṃsāva).

Soma juice is extracted (savana) three times during the day :

  • Morning - prātasavana
  • Noon - mādhyandinasavana
  • Evening - tṛtīyasavana

During all these three savanas āhāva is done 4 times in the first, 5 times in the second and again 4 times in the third.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The numeral 3 indicates that the syllable is to be chanted for 3 unites of time, called a 'pluta' as against 1 unit of time ('hrasva') or 2 units of time (dīrgha').
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore