Sukhasuptika, Sukhasuptikā, Sukha-suptika: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Sukhasuptikā (सुखसुप्तिका) is the name of a ceremony that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The component parts of the Sukha Suptikā festival are: Fasting at day time on Kārttikī Amāvasyā by all excepting the sick and the children; worship of Karīṣiṇī (Lakṣmī) in the evening; placing lamp-trees in temples, crossings of roads, burning grounds, rivers, hills, houses, shops, pastures etc.; decoration of shops with clothes; dining with friends, relatives, the Brāhmaṇas and the subordinates after wearing new clothes; playing at dice on the secand day; dining again with friends etc.; listening to musical concerts; decoration of the bed rooms with lights, perfumes, clothes, jewels etc; passsing the night with beloved women, and honouring of the Brāhmaṇas, the friends, the relatives and the servants, next morning, with new clothes.

Note: The term Sukha Suptikā as well as the description of the festival are important for tracing the history of Dīpamālā. Vātsyāyana’s Kāmasūtra mentions Yakṣarātri. Varṣakriyākaumudī, Kṛtyatattva and Dharmasindhu give the term Sukharātri for Dīpamālā. Hemacandra, in his Deśīnāmamālā, equates Jakkkharatti with Divālī, i.e. Dīpamālā. Hemādri, in some verses wrongly ascribed to the Āditya Purāṇa, gives the name Sukha Suptikā. All this indicates that Vātsyāyana’s Yakṣarātri and Hemacandra’s Jakkharatti is the same as Sukha Suptikā or Dīpamālā of the Nīlamata.

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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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