Ashvayuji, Āśvayujī: 5 definitions


Ashvayuji 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 Āśvayujī can be transliterated into English as Asvayuji or Ashvayuji, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Āśvayujī (आश्वयुजी) is the name of a ceremony of new grains (performed in Āśvayujī) that once common in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Āśvayujī Mahaḥ or Kaumudī is a festival celebrated in commemoration of Nikumbha’s return to Kaśmīra after killing the Piśācas dwelling in the sea of sand and continues for three days. The houses are decorated to welcome Nikumbha.

On the first day, all excepting the sick and the children have to undergo a fast which is broken at night after the worship of various deities and Nikumbha, performance of fire-sacrifice and honouring of the Brāhmaṇas. Vigil at night is observed with singing and dancing around the sacred fire. For the second day are prescribed feasts, sports and fire-worship during the day and sleep at night. On the third day, people have to behave licentiously, using even obscene language and throwing mud upon their fellow beings. In the evening they have to take bath, worship the god Keśava, honour the Brāhmaṇas and feast themselves in the company of friends, servants and relatives. Keeping the fire lit for six months of winter and lighting an oil lamp outside the house for the month of Kārttika are two long-standing features of this festival.

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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)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Āśvayujī (आश्वयुजी) refers to one of the seven Pākasaṃsthās or Pākayajñas (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., Āśvayujī] 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: Shodhganga: Vaikhanasa Grhyasutra Bhasya (Critical Edition and Study)

Āśvayuji (आश्वयुजि) (Āśvayujī?) refers to the ritual of “oblations with rice balls on a full moon day for the sake of obtaining cows” and represents one of the various rituals mentioned in the Vaikhānasagṛhyasūtra (viz., vaikhānasa-gṛhya-sūtra) which belongs to the Taittirīya school of the Black Yajurveda (kṛṣṇayajurveda).—The original Gṛhyasūtra of Vaikhanāsa consists of eleven chapters or “praśnas”. Each praśna is subdivided into sub-divisions called “khaṇḍa”. But only the first seven chapters deal with actual Gṛhyasūtra section. Āśvayuji is one of the seven pākayajñas.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ashvayuji in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Āśvayujī (आश्वयुजी):—[from āśvayuja > āśva] f. (sc. paurṇa-māsī) day of full moon in that month, [Āśvalāyana-gṛhya-sūtra]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Āśvayujī (आश्वयुजी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Assoī, Āsoī, Āsoyā.

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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 (even English!). 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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