Agnishtoma, aka: Agniṣṭoma, Agni-shtoma; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Agniṣṭoma can be transliterated into English as Agnistoma or Agnishtoma, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम) is a sacrificial rite extending over several days in spring and forming an essential part of the Jyotiṣṭoma.

Agniṣṭoma according to the Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya 1.16-17, “by listening to this Purāṇa of Śiva a man becomes sinless. After enjoying all extensive worldly pleasures he will attain the region of Śiva. Merely by listening to the story of Śiva a man secures that merit which results from the performance of Rājasūya and a hundred Agniṣṭomas”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम).—(See AGNIṢṬU).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम).—A son of Manu Cākṣuṣa and Naḍvalā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 13. 16: Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 13. 5.

1b) Origin of, from the first face of Brahmā;1 performing Agniṣṭomam is equal to honouring pitṛs; done by Vāli.2 Here the sacrifice of paśu is involved.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 8. 50; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 49; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 5. 53.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 268; 11, 43; 15. 11.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 53. 33; 58. 53; 239. 30.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम) is the name of a sacrifice mentioned in the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“the Agniṣṭoma is prescribed by all”. Commentary:—“y saying all, the Atharva-veda is supposed to be included, at least according to one commentator. The Agniṣṭoma requires sixteen priests, the Paśu sacrifices six, the Cāturmāsyas five, the Darśa-pūrṇamāsas four”.

Agniṣṭoma refers to one of the seven Somasaṃsthās or Somayajñas (groups of seven sacrifices).—Hārīta says: “Let a man offer the Pākayajñas always, always also the Haviryajñas, and the Somayajñas (Soma sacrifices), according to rule, if he wishes for eternal merit”.—The object of these sacrifices [viz., Agniṣṭoma] is eternal happiness, and hence they have to be performed during life at certain seasons, without any special occasion (nimitta), and without any special object (kāma). According to most authorities, however, they have to be performed during thirty years only. After that the Agnihotra only has to be kept up.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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India history and geogprahy

Agniṣṭoma.—(CII 3), a particular sacrifice. Note: agniṣṭoma is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम).—&c. see ° स्तुत्, °स्तुभ् (stut, °stubh) &c.

Agniṣṭoma is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agni and ṣṭoma (ष्टोम). See also (synonyms): agniṣṭut, agniṣṭubha.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Agniṣṭoma (अग्निष्टोम).—m.

(-maḥ) A sacrifice, or rather a series of offerings to fire for five days to be celebrated in the spring. E. agni and loma oblation, burnt-offering.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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