From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Jyotiṣṭoma literally means ‘praise of light’.
Origin of Jyotiṣṭoma
Jyotiṣṭoma is one of the several types of Vedic sacrifices. It belongs to the Soma group. Its standard form is termed as agniṣṭoma.
Stoma means praise. It is a form of chanting the stotras in which the verses are increased by repetition to a certain number. So a stoma is known by a number. For example: trivṛt-stoma which means three fold or nine fold.
Chantings in Jyotiṣṭoma Sacrifice
In the Jyotiṣṭoma sacrifice, the four stomas that are chanted are:
These are called four jyotis or lights. Hence it is named as Jyotiṣṭoma.
- ↑ Stotras means Ṛgvedic chants.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore