Garbhanyasa, aka: Garbhanyāsa, Garbha-nyasa; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

[Garbhanyasa in Hinduism glossaries]

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

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Garbhanyasa in Sanskrit glossaries]

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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