by Hermann Oldenberg | 1886 | 27,910 words

The Grihya-sutra of Paraskara, which belongs to the White Yajurveda and forms an appendix to Katyayana's Shrauta-sutra, has been edited, with a German translation. Alternative titles: Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra (पारस्कर-गृह्य-सूत्र), Grhya, Pāraskaragṛhyasūtra (पारस्करगृह्यसूत्र), Paraskaragrihyasutra, Paraskaragrhyasutra....

Adhyāya I, Kaṇḍikā 19

1. In the sixth month the Annaprāśana (or first feeding with solid food).

2[1]. Having cooked a mess of sacrificial food, and sacrificed the two Ājyabhāgas, he offers two Ājya oblations, (the first with the verse,) 'The gods have generated the goddess Speech; manifold animals speak her forth. May she, the sweet-sounding, the cow that (for milk) gives sap and juice to us, Speech, the highly-praised one, come to us. Svāhā!'

3. And the second (oblation) with (the verse), 'May vigour us to-day' (Vāj. Saṃhitā XVIII, 33).

4. He then sacrifices (four oblations) of cooked food with (the formulas),

'Through up-breathing may I enjoy food. Svāhā!

'Through down-breathing may I enjoy smells. Svāhā!

'Through my eye may I enjoy visible things. Svāhā!

'Through my ear may I enjoy renown. Svāhā!'

5. After he has eaten (himself), he should set apart food of all kinds, and of all different sorts of flavour, and should give it to him (i.e. to his son) to eat,

6[2]. Silently or with (the word), 'Hanta' (i.e. Well!). For it is said in the Śruti, 'Men (live on) the word hanta.'

7. (He feeds the child) with flesh of (the bird called) Bhāradvājī, if he wishes (to the child) fluency of speech,

8. With flesh of partridge, if abundance of nouṛṣment,

9. With fish, if swiftness,

10. (With flesh) of (the bird) Kṛkaṣā, if long life,

11. (With flesh) of (the bird) Āṭi, if desirous of holy lustre,

12. With all, if desirous of all.

13. Or each (sort of) food one by one. Then (follows) feeding of the Brāhmaṇas, or each (sort of) food one by one. Then feeding of the Brāhmaṇas.

End of the First Kāṇḍa.

Footnotes and references:


Rig-veda VIII 100, 11.


Bṛhad Āraṇyaka V, 8.

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