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==Origin of Śunāsiriya==
 
==Origin of Śunāsiriya==
Śunāsiriya is the last of the four Vedic sacrifices grouped under the cāturmāsyas. It is referred to even in the Ṛgveda.<ref>Ṛgveda 4.57.5 and 8</ref> The word Sunā-sīra may refer to any of the following deities:
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Śunāsiriya is the last of the four [[Vedic Sacrifices|Vedic sacrifices]] grouped under the cāturmāsyas. It is referred to even in the [[Ṛgveda]].<ref>[[Ṛgveda]] 4.57.5 and 8</ref> The word Sunā-sīra may refer to any of the following [[deities]]:
# Vāyu and Surya
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# Vāyu and [[Surya]]
# Surya and Indra
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# [[Surya]] and Indra
# Indra and two forms of Agni
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# Indra and two forms of [[Agni]]
  
 
==Rituals of Śunāsiriya==
 
==Rituals of Śunāsiriya==
Offering havis<ref>Havis means special oblations.</ref> in this sacrifice is considered as very important. It consists of puroḍāśa<ref>Puroḍāśa means rice.</ref> cakes in twelve mud plates and also milk. This sacrifice can be performed at any time during the year. There is no uttaravedi.<ref>Uttarvedi means high alter erected in the east.</ref> The fire is not produced by araṇis. Attaining wealth and success in life are the twin purposes of performing this sacrifice.
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Offering [[havis]]<ref>[[Havis]] means special oblations.</ref> in this sacrifice is considered as very important. It consists of puroḍāśa<ref>Puroḍāśa means rice.</ref> cakes in twelve mud plates and also milk. This sacrifice can be performed at any time during the year. There is no [[uttaravedi]].<ref>Uttarvedi means high alter erected in the east.</ref> The fire is not produced by araṇis. Attaining wealth and success in life are the twin purposes of performing this sacrifice.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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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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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 16:12, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sunasiriya, ZunAsiriya, shunaasiriya


Śunāsiriya literally means ‘guide of plough’.

Origin of Śunāsiriya

Śunāsiriya is the last of the four Vedic sacrifices grouped under the cāturmāsyas. It is referred to even in the Ṛgveda.[1] The word Sunā-sīra may refer to any of the following deities:

  1. Vāyu and Surya
  2. Surya and Indra
  3. Indra and two forms of Agni

Rituals of Śunāsiriya

Offering havis[2] in this sacrifice is considered as very important. It consists of puroḍāśa[3] cakes in twelve mud plates and also milk. This sacrifice can be performed at any time during the year. There is no uttaravedi.[4] The fire is not produced by araṇis. Attaining wealth and success in life are the twin purposes of performing this sacrifice.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 4.57.5 and 8
  2. Havis means special oblations.
  3. Puroḍāśa means rice.
  4. Uttarvedi means high alter erected in the east.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore