Somayajna, Somayajña, Soma-yajna: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Somayajña (सोमयज्ञ) or Somasaṃsthā 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.

The seven Somayajñas according to Gautama:

  1. Agniṣṭoma,
  2. Atyagniṣṭoma,
  3. Ukthya,
  4. Ṣoḍaśī,
  5. Vājapeya,
  6. Atirātra,
  7. Aptoryāma.

The seven Somayajñas are the same in a commentary on Dhūrtasvāmin's Āpastambasūtrabhāṣya and also according to Satyavrata Sāmāśrami in the Uṣā.

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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Somayajña (सोमयज्ञ).—the Soma sacrifice.

Derivable forms: somayajñaḥ (सोमयज्ञः).

Somayajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms soma and yajña (यज्ञ). See also (synonyms): somayāga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Somayajña (सोमयज्ञ).—[masculine] a Soma-sacrifice.

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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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