Paṅktipāvanas

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Panktipavanas, PaGktipAvanas, Panktipaavanas


paṅktipāvanas (‘those who purify the entire line of persons’)

Feeding the brāhmaṇas, especially at the time of śrāddhas or obsequial rites, was considered a holy act earning a lot of merit for the host. However, only the pañktipāvana-types of brāhmaṇas had to be invited.

A paṅktipāvana is one who purifies (= pāvana) the entire line (= paṅkti) in which he sits. Being a person of great self-control and pure character as also high spiritual attainments, his power of personality is so potent that it can effect the purification of all the persons sitting in the same line.

The epics and the purāṇas give the descriptions of such paṅktipāvanas. See Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva. 90.25 to 38.


References

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

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paṅktipāvanas (‘those who purify the entire line of persons’) Feeding the brāhmaṇas, especially at the time of śrāddhas or obsequial rites, was considered a holy act earning a lot of merit for the host. However, only the pañktipāvana-types of brāhmaṇas had to be invited. A paṅktipāvana is one who purifies (= pāvana) the entire line (= paṅkti) in which he sits. Being a person of great self-control and pure character as also high spiritual attainments, his power of personality is so potent that it can effect the purification of all the persons sitting in the same line. The epics and the purāṇas give the descriptions of such paṅktipāvanas. See Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva. 90.25 to 38.