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Tapas or austerity ia a must before embarking on any important venture or even for self-purification.
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Tapas or austerity is a must before embarking on any important venture or even for self-purification. One such tapas is pañcatapas or pañcāgnitapas. In this mode of austerity, the aspirant is to sit in the midst of four blazing agnis or fires in an open place, with the sun burning above his head as the fifth fire. He has to sit in their midst from dawn to dusk, for a specified period, after preparing himself ceremonially as per the prescribed rules. According to some, this is a substitute for the performance of Vedic sacrifices, while maintaining the duly consecrated Vedic fires. Śrī Sāradā Devi,<ref>She lived in A. D. 1853-1920.</ref> the consort of Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahansa<ref>He lived in A.D. 1836-1886.</ref> is known to have performed this tapas in A. D. 1893.
 
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One such tapas is pañcatapas or pañcāgnitapas. In this mode of austerity, the aspirant is to sit in the midst of four blazing agnis or fires in an open place, with the sun burning above his head as the fifth fire. He has to sit in their midst from dawn to dusk, for a specified period, after preparing himself ceremonially as per the prescribed rules.
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According to some, this is a substitute for the performance of Vedic sacrifices, while maintaining the duly consecrated Vedic fires.
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Śrī Sāradā Devi (A. D. 1853-1920) the consort of Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahaiiisa (A.D. 1836-1886) is known to have performed this tapas in A. D. 1893.
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Tapas or austerity ia a must before embarking on any important venture or even for self-purification.
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One such tapas is pañcatapas or pañcāgnitapas. In this mode of austerity, the aspirant is to sit in the midst of four blazing agnis or fires in an open place, with the sun burning above his head as the fifth fire. He has to sit in their midst from dawn to dusk, for a specified period, after preparing himself ceremonially as per the prescribed rules.
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According to some, this is a substitute for the performance of Vedic sacrifices, while maintaining the duly consecrated Vedic fires.
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Śrī Sāradā Devi (A. D. 1853-1920) the consort of Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahaiiisa (A.D. 1836-1886) is known to have performed this tapas in A. D. 1893.
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Revision as of 12:27, 21 June 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pancatapas, PaJcatapas, Paycatapas


Pañcatapas literally means ‘austerity involving five fires'.

Tapas or austerity is a must before embarking on any important venture or even for self-purification. One such tapas is pañcatapas or pañcāgnitapas. In this mode of austerity, the aspirant is to sit in the midst of four blazing agnis or fires in an open place, with the sun burning above his head as the fifth fire. He has to sit in their midst from dawn to dusk, for a specified period, after preparing himself ceremonially as per the prescribed rules. According to some, this is a substitute for the performance of Vedic sacrifices, while maintaining the duly consecrated Vedic fires. Śrī Sāradā Devi,[1] the consort of Rāmakṛṣṇa Paramahansa[2] is known to have performed this tapas in A. D. 1893.


References

  1. She lived in A. D. 1853-1920.
  2. He lived in A.D. 1836-1886.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore