Yagashala, Yāgaśālā, Yaga-shala: 2 definitions


Yagashala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

The Sanskrit term Yāgaśālā can be transliterated into English as Yagasala or Yagashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: archive.org: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Yāgaśālā (यागशाला) refers to the “fire-ritual hall” (i.e., the hall in which bali-offerings are made), as discussed in the eleventh chapter of the Īśvarasaṃhitā (printed edition), a Pāñcarātra work in 8200 verses and 24 chapters dealing with topics such as routines of temple worship, major and minor festivals, temple-building and initiation.—Description of the chapter [mahotsavavidhi]: On the second day, after having arranged for a musical prologue (1-36) the necessary bali-procession is made with balibera-icon (37-93), whereupon the utsavabera-icon is taken to the yāgaśālā-hall for a fire-ritual [homa] which is described in all its details, and the fire of which is not to be extinguished for nine days (94-179). [...]

2) Yāgaśālā (यागशाला) refers to the “hall for sacerdotal offerings”, as discussed in chapter 11 of the Puruṣottamasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra text consisting of more than 1800 verses devoted to temple-building and the practical concerns of the Pāñcarātra priestly community.—Description of the chapter [yāgaśālā-kuṇḍa-toraṇa-ādi-lakṣaṇa]: Brahmā asks about some of the items needed for the sacrificial aspects of the pratiṣṭhā-ceremonies (1). The Lord tells him first about the location, size and shape of the yāgamaṇḍapa (2-5a), with special attention given to the kuṇḍa-firepits (5b-20a). The hall [yāgaśālā] may also be furnished with wooden decorative toraṇa-arches (20b-33). [...]

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Yāga-śālā.—(SITI), same as yāga-maṇḍapa (q. v.). Note: yāga-śālā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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