Pratipattikarma

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By Swami Harshananda

pratipattikarma (‘action done intentionally’)

This word has been used in various senses.

The most general sense is abandoning something after its use is over. For instance, when an āhitāgni (one who has established Vedic fires) dies, all the wooden vessels and implements he was using in performing sacrifices, are disposed off, by keeping them on the various parts of his body during its cremation (vide the Purvamīmāmsāsutras (11.3.34).

After a sacrifice had been completed, the horn of a stag that was being used for scratching (one’s limbs when necessary), had to be abandoned in a pit called cātvāla, near the sacrificial shed. This too was called pratipattikarma.

The immersing of a clay image in water, after duly worshipping it (as in the worship of Gaṇeśa or Durgā) is also a pratipattikarma.


References

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

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pratipattikarma (‘action done intentionally’) This word has been used in various senses. The most general sense is abandoning something after its use is over. For instance, when an āhitāgni (one who has established Vedic fires) dies, all the wooden vessels and implements he was using in performing sacrifices, are disposed off, by keeping them on the various parts of his body during its cremation (vide the Purvamīmāmsāsutras (11.3.34). After a sacrifice had been completed, the horn of a stag that was being used for scratching (one’s limbs when neces¬sary), had to be abandoned in a pit called cātvāla, near the sacrificial shed. This too was called pratipattikarma. The immersing of a clay image in water, after duly worshipping it (as in the worship of Gaṇeśa or Durgā) is also a pratipattikarma.