Ashvadiksha, Aśvadīkṣā, Ashva-diksha: 1 definition



Ashvadiksha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Aśvadīkṣā can be transliterated into English as Asvadiksa or Ashvadiksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ashvadiksha in Purana glossary
Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Aśvadīkṣā (अश्वदीक्षा) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa. Aśvadīkṣā proceeds as follows: Worship of Uccaiḥśravāḥ is prescribed when the moon is united with Svāti constellation in the bright half of Āśvayuk and that of horses in general if that union takes place on the 9th. Pacificatory rites are to be performed and threads coloured in five colours are to be tied round horses’ necks. Beating of horses and horse-riding are prohibited.

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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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