Nyasamantra, Nyāsamantra, Nyasa-Mantra: 1 definition



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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Nyasamantra in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nyāsamantra (न्यासमन्त्र).—In connection with the installation of an image; eg. ratnanyāsa for the eight directions: diamond, pearl, vaiḍūrya, conch, spaṭika, puṣparāga, indranīla and nīla; pastes of eight kinds: tālaka, śilāvajra, collyrium, śyāma, kañji, kāśi, mākṣikam, and gairikam; grains of eight kinds: wheat, barley, seasamum, mudga, nīvāra, śyāmaka, sarṣapa, and vrīhirice, scents like sandal, red sandal, agaru, añjanam, uśīram, vaiṣṇavī sahadevī, and Lakṣmaṇa; metals of eight kinds: gold, vidruma, copper, bronze, ārakūṭaka, silver, puṣpam and iron. Then the worship of the Lokhapālas with nyāsamantras.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 266. 9-29.
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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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