Vratanushthanakrama, Vratanushthana-krama, Vratānuṣṭhānakrama: 1 definition


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The Sanskrit term Vratānuṣṭhānakrama can be transliterated into English as Vratanusthanakrama or Vratanushthanakrama, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: archive.org: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Vratānuṣṭhānakrama (व्रतानुष्ठानक्रम) (lit. “steps for performing supererogatory vows”) is the name of chapter 15 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—Description of the chapter [vratānuṣṭhānakrama]: This chapter is divided into sections corresponding to the various months, and in each section the supererogatory activities customary to that month are given. In the first month treated (but the tenth month of the year), bhādrapada (September/October), the vrata connected with Varāha is to be done (1-2). In (the eleventh) āśvayuja month (October/November), snapana should be performed (3a). In kārtika month (November/December), on the twelfth day of the bright fortnight, God is to be celebrated as having awakened from His sleep (3b-7). Also during this period is the kṛttikādīpotsava-festival of lights (8-24). In mārgaśīrṣa month (December/January), the eleventh day and twelfth day fast-and-feast are to be observed (25-46). With pauṣa-month (January/February) begins the second half of the year (uttarāyaṇa), during which months certain vratas are to be done: puṣyamāsavrata (57b-58a), tilapadmavrata (58b-73a), śrīkāmavrata (73b-115a), ārogyakāmavrata (115b-119a), and dinapañcakavrata (1196-1212). The closing section gives general remarks concerning all the twelve months-in each of which a special day is designated during which devotion is to be given to one of the twelve names of Viṣṇu, one by one; on each such/special day, moreover, a fast is observed (121b-136a).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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