by Hermann Oldenberg | 1886 | 37,785 words

The Grihya-sutra ascribed to Shankhayana, which has been edited and translated into German in the XVth volume of the "Indische Studien", is based on the first of the four Vedas, the Rig-veda in the Bashkala recension, and among the Brahmana texts, on the Kaushitaka. Alternative titles: Śāṅkhāyana-gṛhya-sūtra (शाङ्खायन-गृह्य-सूत्र), Shank...

Adhyāya IV, Khaṇḍa 6

1[1]. On the first day of the bright fortnight of Māgha,

2. To the north-east,

3. In a place covered with herbs,

4. Having murmured the hymns sacred to the Sun, 'Upwards that Jātavedas' (Rig-veda I, 50), 'The bright face of the gods' (I, 115), Adoration to Mitra's (eye)' (X, 37), 'From the sky (where he dwells) may Sūrya protect us' (X, 158),

5. And having thrown clods of earth (on the ground) to the different quarters (of the horizon), from the left to the right, with the hymn, 'A ruler indeed' (Rig-veda X, 152), verse by verse,

6[2]. And having satiated (with water) the Ṛṣis, the metres, the deities, faith and insight, and the fathers man by man,

7. They interrupt (the study of) the hymns for six months and a half,

8. Or for five and a half.

9. But if they (wish to) recite them (nevertheless), let the recitation go on after a pause of one day and one night.

Footnotes and references:


6, 1. This Khaṇḍa treats of the Utsarga, i.e. the ceremony performed at the end of the term.


On the tarpaṇa, comp. chaps. 9 and 10.

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