Yatrotsava, aka: Yātrotsava, Yatra-utsava; 2 Definition(s)
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Yātrotsava (यात्रोत्सव) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa. Yātrotsava proceeds as follows: As the ceremonies of pilgrimages to the temples of different deities are similar, the Nīlamata describes them together though prescribing different dates for different pilgrimages.
The dates are:
- 4th for visiting the abodes of Vināyaka, Dhanada and Mahādeva.
- 5th for visiting the abodes of Varuṇa and Śrī.
- 6th for visiting the abode of Kumāra.
- 7th for visiting the abode of the Sun.
- 8th for visiting the abodes of Mahādeva and Śakra.
- 15th for visiting the abode of the Moon.
- 5th, 12th and 15th for visiting the abode of the Nāgas.
- 15th of the bright half for visiting the abode of all gods.
The guest houses may be visited on all days.
Seven days preceding any Yātrotsava are prescribed for the worship of Vināyaka, the Gandharvas, the Piśācas, the Nāgas, the Brāhmaṇas and the poor. The temple of the deity concerned is to be whitewashed and decorated. The image of the deity is to be bathed with the water brought from a sacred place by the citizens with a procession leading them. The image, thereafter, is to be placed in a nicely decorated conveyance which is to be carried around the city in a procession attended by the king or the president. Arrangements for dramatic performances and for honouring the spectators are also to be made.Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study
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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Yātrotsava (यात्रोत्सव).—a festive procession.
Derivable forms: yātrotsavaḥ (यात्रोत्सवः).
Yātrotsava is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yātrā and utsava (उत्सव).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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