Garbhanyasa, aka: Garbha-nyasa, Garbhanyāsa; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Garbhanyāsa (गर्भन्यास) refers to a certain ceremony performed by Ādiśaiva priests (Ācāryas), as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—The Ācāryas were honoured with dakṣiṇā on the occasion of [various] ritual ceremonies. Besides that, they received a share of the naivedya and nirmālya each day. [...] After garbhanyāsa, the Āgama prescribes that the Ācārya should be honoured with new clothes and rings and at least 5 niṣka of dakṣiṇā. Twice that (10 niṣka) is said to be madhyama and thrice that (15 niṣka) is declared uttama. It is also considered auspicious to give cattle, land, servants, food-grain and other household material to the deśikas.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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General definition (in Hinduism)

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The principal function of the garbhanyāsa as revealed by the textual sources is to bring prosperity and welfare to human bein gs in general and to those who perform the ritual in particular. According to several works, those who perform the ceremony will obtain success and all their wishes will be fulfilled. Surprisingly, the positive influence of garbhanyāsa for the building (here: a temple) in which the deposit is installed is only explicitly mentioned by one text and the protection offered by the deposit to the settlement (in which a deposit is installed) is promised by no more than two texts

Failing to perform the ritual leads to destruction: of the house and land, of the patron or, simply, ‘of everything’. The Kāśyapaśilpa, moreover, warns that one should not stay in a house without a garbha and assures that no god will ever commit such a deed.

The fertility aspect of garbhanyāsa is reflected in the very term by which the ritual is referred to, which means ‘the depositing (nyāsa) of the embryo (garbha)’. The term garbha might be translated as ‘embryo’, ‘womb’ or ‘interior’, ‘middle’, but it is the first interpretation, namely embryo, which seems to be the most appropriate here.

Source: Leiden Repository: Chapter 6 The function and meaning of the garbhanyāsa

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Garbhanyāsa (गर्भन्यास).—

1) laying the foundation.

2) the foundations.

Derivable forms: garbhanyāsaḥ (गर्भन्यासः).

Garbhanyāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms garbha and nyāsa (न्यास).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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