Lakshmyadipanigrahanavimanadipratishtha, Lakṣmyādipāṇigrahaṇavimānādipratiṣṭhā, Lakshmyadipanigrahana-vimanadipratishtha: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Lakṣmyādipāṇigrahaṇavimānādipratiṣṭhā can be transliterated into English as Laksmyadipanigrahanavimanadipratistha or Lakshmyadipanigrahanavimanadipratishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Lakṣmyādipāṇigrahaṇavimānādipratiṣṭhā (लक्ष्म्यादिपाणिग्रहणविमानादिप्रतिष्ठा) (lit. “the marriage of Lakṣmī et. al”) is the name of chapter 30 (Kriyāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.

Description of the chapter [lakṣmyādipāṇigrahaṇavimānādipratiṣṭhā]: As prescribed (locally) the ceremonies celebrating the marriage between Śrī and the other Goddesses to the Lord are to be observed in order to please the devotees. How the celebrations are to take place is given—along with rules for processions, order of goddesses to be married, various rituals, etc. In general, the rites are analogous to domestic marriage customs. At the end of the five-day marriage festival the Lord is given an oil bath (1-378).

The special marriage maṇḍapa [vivāhamaṇḍapa] should be dedicated [pratiṣṭhā] in a particular way-which way also may be taken as pattern for establishing other maṇḍapas as well. [Actually, more attention is given in this passage (37b-47) to the appointments to be found in the maṇḍapa than to the manner in which the dedicatory rituals are to be conducted].

Just as the temple compound is the structural analogy to the human body, so the Yajamāna should meditate on these parts of his own body during the various pratiṣṭhā ceremonies. The Jīva pervades the whole structure, and throughout, the following structural elements have their corresponding anatomical analogy in the main human body; foundation stones, feet; the upper foundations, calf; the sanctuary, the stomach; pillars, the mekhalā-belt ornament; the vimāna-tower, the tongue, ears and eyes; the water trough, anus; the nāsikā-gable, the nose; the window-recesses and the other recesses on the super-structure, the shoulders and neck and cheeks; the kalaśa-pot on top, the head; the cement-and-plaster coating, the flesh; the stone structure underneath, the skeletal structure; the flag-pole and the darbha-grass, the male organ and genital hairs (48-53).

Each and every part of the temple should be invested with power [śaktinyāsa] in the form of a god petitioned to reside there (54-61). Then 1000 Brahmins should be fed to celebrate this part of the ceremonies’ conclusion. Then, after kautukabandha has been done to the kalaśa-pot (on top of the vimāna), waters are poured over the vimāna and this ends the sanctification of the vimāna (62-75).

Similar rules for sanctifying the roof-superstructure of maṇḍapas are given (76-86). For maṇḍapas in the outer prākāras, like the maṇḍapa housing the Lord's vehicle and those of other lesser deities and for gopuras, the balipīṭha, etc.—directions are given for the prokṣaṇa-sprinklings as the essential part of their sanctification (87-127). Special instructions are given for the mahāpīṭha (128-144b), with additional remarks also devoted to the description of balipīṭha (145-173). The kitchen, store rooms, treasury, water tank, etc., are then discussed, along with the rewards realised by him who builds them. These are to be sanctified in a procedure similar to the other buildings (174-186).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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