The mode of making the respectful offering to the god ||40||
1The Lord said: In days, of yore that material principle was dreadful among all principles. It being placed on the earth it was known to be the lord of that place.
2At a place (divided) into sixty-four compartments Isha occupying a half of the comer square is worshipped with ghee and unbroken rice. Then the (god) Parjanya (the rain god) occupying a square (is worshipped).
3The god Jayanta, who occupies two squares (is worshipped) with lotus (flowers) and water, and the lord Mahendra, who remains in one square (is worshipped) with a banner. The Sun god (is worshipped) in a square with all red things.
4The (god of) truth occupying half a square at the bottom is worshipped with canopy and profuse offering of ghee. The lord of the sky occupying half the angular Square (is propitiated) with the bird’s flesh.
5The fire-god in half a square (is worshipped) with the sacrificial ladle and the god Pushan in a square with fried grains, the lord of untruth in two squares with gold, churning rod and unbroken rice in the house.
6The lord Dharmesha stationed in two squares is worshipped) with meat and cooked food, the Gandharva in two squares with incense and the tongue of a bird.
7Mriga occupying one upper (square) (is) then (worshipped) with blue cloth. The manes (are worshipped) with a dish composed of milk, sesamum and rice in half a square and sticks of toothbrush in another square.
8The (two) door-keepers Sugriva and Pushpadanta occupying two squares (are worshipped) with barley grains and a clump of grass respectively, and Varuna with lotus flowers in a square.
9The asura (demon) in two squares (is propitiated) with wine, (the serpent) Sesha in a square with ghee and water, the sin in half a square with barley grains, the disease in half a square with mandaka (a kind of baked flour).
10The Naga (serpent) (is worshipped) in a square with the naga flowers and the chief serpent in two squares with edibles The Bhallata (a kind of superhuman being) (is worshipped) in a single square with rice mixed with kidney-bean, and the moon (with the same offering) in the next square.
11The sage placed in two squares (is worshipped) with honey, sweat gruel and nutmeg, Diti in a square with anointments and Aditi in one and a half squares.
12Apas (is propitiated) in a square below in the northeast with milk and cake and then Apavatsa remaining in a square below with curd.
13Marici (is propitiated) in four squares in the east with balls of sweet-meat and for (the god) Savitr, the red flowers (arc placed) in the lower angular square.
14In the square below that, water along with kuia grass is offered to Savitr, red sandal paste is offered to Aruna in four squares.
15Respectful offering along with turmeric (is made) to Indra in the lower square in the south-west and rice mixed with ghee (is offered) in the corner square below Indrajaya.
16Sweet gruel (mixed) with jaggery (is offered) to Indra in four squares and cooked meat (is offered) to Rudra in the corner square in the north-west.
17In the corner square below that wet fruit (is offered) to Yaksa, rice meat and black-gram (are offered) to Mahidhara in four squares.
18Rice and sesamum should be placed in the central square for Brahma. Caraki (is worshipped) with black-gram and clarified butter and Skanda with a dish composed of milk, sesamum and rice and a garland.
19Vidari (a demoness) (is worshipped) with red lotuses, Kandarpa (god of love) with cooked rice and meat, Putana (a demoness) with meat and bile and Jambaka (a demon) with meat and blood.
20The Isa (is appeased) with bile, blood and bones, Pilipinja (a demon) with a garland and blood. Other deities are worshipped with blood and meat and in their absence with unbroken rice.
21Sacrificial offerings are made to demons, divine mothers, manes and guardian deities of the ground in due order.
22One should not build temples and other things without offering to these (deities) or appeasing them. Hari, Lakshmi, Gana (the attendant deity of Siva) should be worshipped at the place (set apart) for Brahma.
23-24The final offering is then made to Brahma in the central pitcher and to Brahma and other deities as well as Mahesvara, the presiding deity of the ground with a pitcher together with a small vessel. After having made benediction and holding well the water-jar with small holes at the bottom an auspicious circumambulation is made.
25O Brahman! the drop of water is rotated (to fall) in a line. As before in the same line seven kinds of seeds are sown.
26The excavation should begin in the same way. Then a hole of the measure of a hand should be dug at the centre.
27Then having made (the pit) smooth to a depth of four fingers’ breadth and having contemplated on the four-armed Vishnu (waters of adoration) should be offered from the pitcher.
28Then the hole is filled (with water) from the water-jar having holes at the bottom, white flowers are placed. The excellent conch-shell (known as the) Dakshinavarta (curved to the right) has to be filled with seeds and earth.
29After having performed the offering of water, one should present the preceptor of cows, clothes and other things and honour the sculptor, and the vaisnavas who know the proper time.
30One should then dig carefully till water is found. The substance lying below the presiding deity under the building would not have any beneful influence.
31The bone or substance below if broken, the broken thing forebodes baneful influence for the inmate. Whatever kind of sound one would hear, (it is to be known) as due to the substance lying below.