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Śulagava is a very ancient sacrifice performed to please Rudra/Śiva<ref>Śiva was called Śulin, the wielder of śula or the spear or the trident.</ref> when cattle were stricken with pests or diseases. It could be performed during the bright half of a month and on an auspicious nakṣatra.
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Śulagava is a very ancient sacrifice performed to please Rudra/Śiva<ref>[[Śiva]] was called Śulin, the wielder of śula or the spear or the trident.</ref> when cattle were stricken with pests or diseases. It could be performed during the bright half of a month and on an auspicious [[nakṣatra]].
  
Though an ox is used for sacrifice in the most ancient period, it was substituted by a goat or even cooked food in the later days due to the repugnance of the people against it. The deity was called īśāna.<ref>He is the same deity Śiva.</ref> The rite soon went out of vogue.
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Though an ox is used for sacrifice in the most ancient period, it was substituted by a goat or even cooked food in the later days due to the repugnance of the people against it. The deity was called īśāna.<ref>He is the same deity [[Śiva]].</ref> The rite soon went out of vogue.
  
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:12, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sulagava, Zulagava, shulagava


Śulagava is a very ancient sacrifice performed to please Rudra/Śiva[1] when cattle were stricken with pests or diseases. It could be performed during the bright half of a month and on an auspicious nakṣatra.

Though an ox is used for sacrifice in the most ancient period, it was substituted by a goat or even cooked food in the later days due to the repugnance of the people against it. The deity was called īśāna.[2] The rite soon went out of vogue.


References

  1. Śiva was called Śulin, the wielder of śula or the spear or the trident.
  2. He is the same deity Śiva.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore