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By Swami Harshananda

pratisṭhāpana (‘establishing’)

This is a technical term used in the consecration of a new temple, chiefly in the sense of infusing the divine presence in the image through appropriate rituals and āvāhanamantras (incantations of invitation and welcome).

See TEMPLES (HINDU) for details.


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