The Agni Purana

by N. Gangadharan | 1954 | 360,691 words | ISBN-10: 8120803590 | ISBN-13: 9788120803596

This page describes Rites of consecration of doors of a temple (dvara-pratishtha) which is chapter 100 of the English translation of the Agni Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas dealing with all topics concerning ancient Indian culture, tradition and sciences. Containing roughly 15,000 Sanskrit metrical verses, subjects contained in the Agni-Purana include cosmology, philosophy, architecture, iconography, economics, diplomacy, pilgrimage guides, ancient geography, gemology, ayurveda, etc.

Chapter 100 - Rites of consecration of doors of a temple (dvāra-pratiṣṭhā)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

The Lord said:

1. Then I shall describe the mode of consecrating the doors (of a temple) [dvāra]. After having washed the door frames with decoctions of herbs, they should be laid on the bed.

2-3. The three fundamental principles—the soul etc. together with their lords should be located in the lower, middle and upper parts. After having offered oblations, and repeated the rūpa mantras, the vāstu (the presiding spirit of the place) should be worshipped there itself with the mantra of Ananta (an important serpent chief). After having placed the five things gem etc., the rite of appeasement should be done.

4-5. Barley, white mustard, krāntā, ṛddhi, vṛddhi, mahātila, gomṛt [gomṛd?], mustard, rājendra, mohanī, lakṣmaṇā, amṛtā, rocanā, rug, vacā, dūrvā and pāṭalī should be placed on the threshold under the temple in their natural form for the sake of protection after the recitation of (the syllable) oṃ.

6. The northern door should be consecrated after sprinkling water. The fundamental principle of the soul should be located under that and the principle of knowledge on the sides.

7. The principle of bliss (should be located) in the region of the sky as permeating the entire region. Then (lord) Maheśanātha (Śiva) should be installed with (the recitation of) the principal mantra.

8. The turrets etc. resting on the door [i.e., dvāra] (should be located) with their respective names appended. Oblation to fire should be made hundred times or half the number of times or twice that or according to one’s ability.

9. One hundred oblations should be made with the mantra of the weapons to ward off defects of omission etc. After having offered oblations for the quarters, the fees etc. should be paid.

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