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 17

1[1]. On the Āgrahāyaṇī full moon day he shall redescend,

2. (Or) under (the Nakṣatra) Rohiṇī, or under the Proṣṭhapadās.

3. In the morning, having taken a handfull of Śamī leaves, Madhūka flowers, reeds, Apāmārga plants, and of Śirīṣa, Udumbara, Kuśa shoots, and jujube fruits, and an earth-clod (taken) out of a furrow,

4. Having put (all that) into a water-pot,

5[2]. And, after he has quickly repeated the Mahāvyāhṛtis and the Sāvitrī, having repeatedly immersed (it) therein with this hymn, 'May he burn away from us pain' (Rig-veda I, 97), he shall drive away the evil from the persons standing under his protection, from left to right, and pour out (the water) to the north.

6. A Madhuparka is the fee for the sacrifice.

Footnotes and references:


17, 1. The Pratyavarohaṇa (i.e. redescent) here described is the ceremony performed at the end of the time during which sleeping on high bedsteads is prescribed (chap. 15, 22). Beginning from the Śrāvaṇī full moon till the Pratyavarohaṇa, the offerings to the Serpents mentioned above have to be repeated every day (chap. 15, 19); the Pratyavarohaṇa is the concluding ceremony of these rites devoted to the Serpents.


Saraṇyebhyo gṛhebhyaḥ (read, gṛhyebhyaḥ) sarvebhyaḥ sakāśāt, &c. Nārāyaṇa.

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