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Evolution of yajñas and yāgas (Vedic sacrifices) gradually needed the involvement of more and more people including those from the lower varṇas or castes. In return for their valuable services, some of them like the rathakāras and niṣādas, had to be accorded certain privileges.
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So, in course of time, the rathakāras (‘makers of chariots,’ the carpenters) and the niṣādasthapati (chieftain of the niṣādas) were given the privilege of undergoing the sacrament of upanayana and keeping the Vedic fires in which they could offer oblations. They were permitted to perform Raudraiṣṭi, Agnihotra and the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifices (vide Satyāsādha Kalpasutras 3.1).
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
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Revision as of 09:19, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Nisadasthapati, NiSAdasthapati, Nishaadasthapati


niṣādasthapati

Every society has its own rules to regulate the lives of its members both at

the personal and at the social levels. As the society evolves in its civilisation and

culture, these rules also, often, undergo change.

Evolution of yajñas and yāgas (Vedic sacrifices) gradually needed the involvement of more and more people including those from the lower varṇas or castes. In return for their valuable services, some of them like the rathakāras and niṣādas, had to be accorded certain privileges.

So, in course of time, the rathakāras (‘makers of chariots,’ the carpenters) and the niṣādasthapati (chieftain of the niṣādas) were given the privilege of undergoing the sacrament of upanayana and keeping the Vedic fires in which they could offer oblations. They were permitted to perform Raudraiṣṭi, Agnihotra and the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifices (vide Satyāsādha Kalpasutras 3.1).


References

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

OLD CONTENT

niṣādasthapati Every society has its own rules to regulate the lives of its members both at the personal and at the social levels. As the society evolves in its civilisation and culture, these rules also, often, undergo change. Evolution of yajñas and yāgas (Vedic sacrifices) gradually needed the involve¬ment of more and more people including those from the lower varṇas or castes. In return for their valuable services, some of them like the rathakāras and niṣādas, had to be accorded certain privileges. So, in course of time, the rathakāras (‘makers of chariots,’ the carpenters) and the niṣādasthapati (chieftain of the niṣādas) were given the privilege of undergoing the sacrament of upanayana and keeping the Vedic fires in which they could offer oblations. They were permitted to perform Raudraiṣṭi, Agnihotra and the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifices (vide Satyāsādha Kalpasutras 3.1).