Vedic ritual: 1 definition


Vedic ritual means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self (h)

Vedic rituals are a coordinated and extended series of ritual actions performed either for the benefit of the patron or sacrificer (yajamāma) or, for the prosperity of the entire world. Such rituals require the assistance of officiants or Brahmin priests. As a general rule, the sacrifice takes place outdoors, and the primary elements, earth, water, air, and space (and their modifications and representatives in the form of natural substances, i.e., wood, milk, clarified butter, fruits, etc.) are what are offered into the sacrificial fire. When the fire consumes these elements, their subtle essence is conveyed thereby to the particular deity that is being invoked.

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