Mode of performing consecration ||41||

1The Lord said: I shall narrate the mode of consecration of the foundation and (the rites relating to) the laying down of the foundation stone. A shed is erected at first and four (sacrificial) pits (are made).
2The placing of pitchers (of water) and bricks, the erection of the doors and pillars (are finished). The dug-up pit is filled to a quarter (of its depth) and the presiding deity is worshipped at the same time.
3The bricks should be of twelve fingers in length, with a breadth and width of four fingers respectively, and well-burnt.
4-8Stones measuring a cubit (in length) would be best in the case of stone slabs. Nine copper pitchers and bricks should be placed. The pitchers (should be filled) with water, substance known as pancakasaya waters of all herbs and fragrant waters. Then with the pitchers filled well with waters (and containing gold and rice and anointed by fragrant sandal, and having placed the stones along with (the recitation of) the mystic syllables —the three-footed apo hi stha, sanno devi, tarat sa mandihi, pavamani, uduttaman varuna, kaya nahi, varunasya, amasahi sucisat, srisukta.
9Hari should be worshipped in a bed in the shed in the eastern part of the (drawn) diagram. Then having kindled the fire twelve twigs should be offered (as oblation).
10The primary offering and the offering with clarified butter should be done with the syllable om. Then subsequently eight offerings and again eight offerings with clarified butter (should be offered) with the syllables (known as) vyaritis duly.
11After that offer oblation (in the fire) to the gods, Agni, Soma and Purusottama separately with vyahrtis.
12-13The preceptor (officiating at the rite) should do the expiatory rite facing the eastern quarter offering to the image, meat, and sesamum along with ghee separately in the pitchers with the vedic syllables or the mystic formula of twelve syllables. Having scattered (sesamum) in the eight directions a stone and a pitcher should be placed at the centre and the following divinities (should be invoked) in order.
14Padma, mahapadma, makara, kacchapa, kumuda, nanda, padma, sankha and padmini (are the divinities).
15The pitchers should not be moved. Eight bricks should be placed in them duly beginning with the eastern direction and ending with the north-east.
16The female energies Vimala and others, the presiding deities of these bricks, should be invoked in their proper pitchers. The energy Anugraha should be invoked at the central pitcher.
17“O perfect, unbroken, full-bodied brick, the* daughter of the sage Angiras, I am establishing you. You grant me the desired thing.”
18-20The preceptor, having placed the brick with this mystic syllable should do garbhddhana . Having invoked the goddess Padmini at the central pitcher, earth, flowers, minerals, gems, and iron pieces as well as the weapons of deities of quarters (should be placed) in the hole of twelve fingers’ width and four fingers’ depth.
21-22The goddess earth should be worshipped in a copper vessel of the shape of a lotus. “O the exclusive mistress of all beings, abound with the summits of mountains as the seats, one surrounded by oceans, O goddess! You resort to this hole. O rejoicer! born of sage Vasishtha! you rejoice with the Vasus and the progeny.
23O Victorious! related to Bhargava (Parasurama) Maker of thine subjects victorious! the perfect! the relative of Ahgiras! fulfil all my desires.
24O Auspicious one! related to sage Kasyapa! Make my intellect good. One who is accomplished with all seeds! One vWio possesses all gems and herbs!
25May you be victorious! O beautiful one! O rejoicer! Related to Vasishtha! The daughter of the creator! O Goddess! O handsome one! Stay on here in bliss—O majestic one!
26Stay thou in this house! O beautiful and brilliant one! the daughter of Kaiyapa! The honoured, most wonderful and bedecked with scents and garlands!
27O Goddess! Stay in bliss in this room! O Bhargavi (daughter of Sukra)! Bestower of worldly prosperities! Possessed by the gods, kings, and masters of the house!
28May you become the multiplier of animals for the happiness of men and others. Having said in this way one should then sprinkle cow’s urine on the pit.
29Having done so, one should place in the pit (such that) the impregnation would take place in the night. One should give away cows and clothes to the preceptor (the officiating priest), and food to other people.
30Having filled the hole and placing the bricks in the hole, the hole is completely filled. Then one should construct the base of the deity proportionate to the edifice of the deity.
31An excellent base is that where it is more than half the breadth of the edifice, while a quarter lesser than that would be mediocre and that which is half of the excellent base (aforesaid) would be the lowest (in merit).
32After completing the base, the rite for the presiding deity (of the ground) should be done again. One who performs the consecration of the base would enjoy in heavens free from sin.
33One who would mentally think that “I am going to build a temple”, the sins which had stuck to his body would get destroyed that day itself.
34-35No need to speak (about the merits) of one who has built a temple in the prescribed manner. It is impossible for anyone to describe the merits one would accrue by building a temple with eight bricks alone. One should indeed infer from this the (proportionate) fruits (accrued) (from the building) of temples of greater dimensions.
36The door of the temple at the centre of the village or on the eastern part should face the west, while in other directions the door should be facing the west and in the southern, northern and western parts (the door) should face the east.