Hayashirshasamhita, Hayaśīrṣasaṃhitā, Hayashirsha-samhita: 2 definitions


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Source: archive.org: A History of Indian Philosophy

The Hayaśīrṣa-saṃhitā consists of four parts; the first part, called the Pratiṣṭhā-kāṇḍa, consists of forty-two chapters; the second, the Saṃkarṣaṇa, of thirty-seven chapters; the third, the Liṅga, of twenty chapters; and the fourth, the Saura-kāṇḍa, of forty-five chapters. All the chapters deal with rituals concerning the installation of images of various minor gods, the methods of making images and various other kinds of rituals.

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The Hayaśīrṣa Saṃhitā is probably an early Pāñcarātra Saṃhitā. It consists of four sections (kāṇḍa). It derives its name from the fact that according to its framestory (ādikāṇḍa 1) it was revealed by God in the form of Hayaśiras, the Horse-Headed One. At the beginning of each chapter of this text, the narrator is identified as Bhagavat.

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