Putrakāmeṣṭi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
Revision as of 09:20, 12 October 2014 by HindupediaSysop (Talk | contribs) (upload missing article from Harshananda)

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Putrakamesti, PutrakAmeSTi, Putrakaameshti


Putrakāmeṣṭi (‘a [Vedic] sacrifice [to be performed by] one desiring for a son’)

The desire for a worthy son is a natural phenomenon in all the societies of the world; more so in the ancient Hindu society. Understanding this, the ṛṣis of yore had prescribed a particular Vedic sacrifice called ‘Putrakāmeṣṭi’ or ‘Putreṣṭi’ for the fulfilment of this desire.

King Daśaratha is said to have performed it on the advice of the sage Rṣya-śṛṅga (vide Rāmāyana, Bālakānda 15).

The king performed the Aśvamedha-yāga first, to purify himself and then only the Putrakāmeṣṭi.

The Rāmāyana says that the mantras were taken from the Atharvaśiras (vide Bālakānda 15.2 and 3). The Āśvalāyana Śrautasutras also describes it.

However, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get the details.


References

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

OLD CONTENT

Putrakāmeṣṭi (‘a [Vedic] sacrifice [to be performed by] one desiring for a son’) The desire for a worthy son is a natural phenomenon in all the societies of the world; more so in the ancient Hindu society. Understanding this, the ṛsis of yore had prescribed a particular Vedic sacrifice called ‘Putrakāmeṣṭi’ or ‘Putreṣṭi’ for the fulfilment of this desire. King Daśaratha is said to have per¬formed it on the advice of the sage Rṣya- śṛṅga (vide Rāmāyana, Bālakānda 15). The king performed the Aśvamedha- yāga first, to purify himself and then only the Putrakāmeṣṭi. The Rāmāyana says that the mantras were taken from the Atharvaśiras (vide Bālakānda 15.2 and 3). The Āśvalāyana Śrautasutras also describes it. However, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get the details.