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Construction of Hindu temples is a highly evolved science. At each step and
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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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See ANKURĀRPANA also.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
murdhesṭakā (‘topmost brick’)
 
murdhesṭakā (‘topmost brick’)
 
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.
 
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.
 
See ANKURĀRPANA also.
 
See ANKURĀRPANA also.

Revision as of 09:19, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Murdhestaka, MurdhesTakA, Murdhestakaa


murdhesṭakā (‘topmost brick’)

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.

See ANKURĀRPANA also.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

murdhesṭakā (‘topmost brick’) 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. See ANKURĀRPANA also.