by Hermann Oldenberg | 1892 | 37,649 words
Hiranyakeshin (Hiranyakeshi) was the founder of a ritual and scholastic tradition belonging to the Taittiriya branch of the Black Yajurveda. Alternative titles: Hiraṇyakeśin-gṛhya-sūtra (हिरण्यकेशिन्-गृह्य-सूत्र), Hiranyakeshin, Hiraṇyakeśī (हिरण्यकेशी), Hiranyakeshi, Hiranyakesin, Grhya, Hiraṇyakeśīgṛhyasūtra (हिरण्यकेशीगृह्यसूत्र), Hiranyakesigr...
1. If he will have a house built, he should during the northerly course of the sun, in the time of the increasing moon, under the constellation Rohiṇī and under the three constellations designated as Uttara (Uttara-Phalgunī, Uttara-Aṣāḍhā, Uttara-Proṣṭhapadāḥ) put wood on the fire, perform the rites down to the Vyāhṛti oblations, and should sacrifice with (the verses), 'This, O Varuṇa' (&c.; see I, 2, 8, 16, down to the end of the Sūtra). Then he serves food to the Brāhmaṇas and causes them to say, 'An auspicious day! Hail! Good luck!' he puts on a garment that has not yet been washed, touches water, takes a shovel with (the formula), 'On the impulse of the god Savitṛ' (Taitt. Saṃh. I, 3, 1, 1) draws lines thrice from the left to the right round (the places where the pits for the posts shall be dug) with (the formula), 'A line has been drawn' (Taitt. Saṃh. I, 3, 1, 1), digs the pits (in which the posts shall be erected) as it is fit, and casts the earth (dug out of those pits) towards the inside (of the building-ground).
2. He erects the southern door-post with (the verse), 'Here I erect a firm house; it stands in peace, streaming ghee. Thus may we walk in thee, O house, blessed with heroes, with all heroes, with unharmed heroes;'
3. The northern (door-post) with (the verse), 'Stand here firmly, O house, rich in horses and cows, rich in delight; rich in sap, overflowing with milk be set up, for the sake of great happiness.'
4. With (the verse), 'To thee (may) the young child (go), to thee the calf with its companion, to thee the golden cup; to thee may they go with pots of curds'he touches the two posts, after they have been erected.
5. In the same way (Sūtras 2. 3) he erects the two chief posts,
6. And touches them as above (Sūtra 4).
7. He fixes the beam of the roof on the posts with (the formula), 'Rightly ascend the post, O beam, erect, shining, drive off the enemies. Give us treasures and valiant sons.'
8. When the house has got its roof, he touches it with (the verse),
'The consort of honour, a blissful refuge, a goddess, thou hast been erected by the gods in the beginning; clothed in grass, cheerful thou art; bring us bliss, to men and animals.'
9. Then, under the constellation Anurādhā, the ground (on which the house stands) is expiated (in the following way).
10. By night he puts wood on the fire in an inner room (of the house), performs the rites down to the Vyāhṛti oblations, and sacrifices (with the following Mantras):
: 27, 4. The text has the reading jagatā saha; comp. the note on Śāṅkhāyana III, 2, 9. : Comp. Atharva-veda III, 11, 5; this text shows the way to correct the blunders of the Hiraṇyakeśin MSS.
Footnotes and references:
27, 4. The text has the reading jagatā saha; comp. the note on Śāṅkhāyana III, 2, 9.
Comp. Atharva-veda III, 11, 5; this text shows the way to correct the blunders of the Hiraṇyakeśin MSS.