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Construction of the temples is a highly evolved science. At each step and stage, some kind of religious observance is performed before proceeding further. Laying of the last and topmost brick<ref>Iṣṭakā means brick.</ref> is one such, done before starting the work on the finial. This brick is called ‘murdheṣṭakā’. Over this comes the kalaśa or the finial. Aṅkurārpaṇa is the rite performed on this occasion.
 
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stage, some kind of religious observance is performed before proceeding further. Laying of the last and topmost brick (iṣṭakā = brick) is one such, done before starting the work on the finial. This brick is called ‘murdheṣṭakā’. Over this comes the kalaśa or the finial. Aṅkurārpaṇa is the rite performed on this occasion.
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Construction of Hindu temples is a highly evolved science. At each step and stage, some kind of religious observance is performed before proceeding further. Laying of the last and topmost brick (iṣṭakā = brick) is one such, done before starting the work on the finial. This brick is called ‘murdheṣṭakā’. Over this comes the kalaśa or the finial. Aṅkurārpaṇa is the rite performed on this occasion.
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Revision as of 08:50, 24 June 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Murdhestaka, MurdhesTakA, Murdhestakaa


Murdhesṭakā literally means ‘topmost brick’.

Construction of the temples is a highly evolved science. At each step and stage, some kind of religious observance is performed before proceeding further. Laying of the last and topmost brick[1] is one such, done before starting the work on the finial. This brick is called ‘murdheṣṭakā’. Over this comes the kalaśa or the finial. Aṅkurārpaṇa is the rite performed on this occasion.


References

  1. Iṣṭakā means brick.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore