Somasamstha, aka: Somasaṃstha, Somasaṃsthā, Soma-samstha; 4 Definition(s)
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Dharmashastra (religious law)
Somasaṃsthā (सोमसंस्था) or Somayajña refers to a group of seven sacrifices.—Hārīta says: “Let a man offer the Pākayajñas always, always also the Haviryajñas, and the Somayajñas (Soma sacrifices), according to rule, if he wishes for eternal merit”.—The object of these sacrifices is eternal happiness, and hence they have to be performed during life at certain seasons, without any special occasion (nimitta), and without any special object (kāma). According to most authorities, however, they have to be performed during thirty years only. After that the Agnihotra only has to be kept up.Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)
Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Somasaṃstha (सोमसंस्थ).—A kind of rituals for house-holders.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 11. 24.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
There are seven soma samsthā:
- āptoryāma and
Soma yajña is the soul of the Ṛgveda (ātmā yajñasya: RV. IX. 2,10; 6,8). Within soma, amśu which is a component, is ātmā yajñasyaSource: Yahoo Groups: India Archaeology
Languages of India and abroad
Somasaṃsthā (सोमसंस्था).—a form of the Soma-sacrifice; (these are seven:agniṣṭoma, atyagniṣṭoma, uktha, ṣoḍhaśī, atirātra, āptoryāma and vājapeya).
Somasaṃsthā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms soma and saṃsthā (संस्था).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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The Markandeya Purana (by Frederick Eden Pargiter)
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