Consecration of the idol ||58||
1-3The lord said: The priest should get ready a pit (for sacrificial fire) in the north-east. The fire relating to Vishnu should be kindled with (the recitation) of gayatri one hundred and eight times. Having cleansed the pitchers thoroughly and established (the priest) he should go to the shed where the image has been made ready accompanied by the sculptors and custodians of the idol and along with music of (the instrument) turya. The woollen thread containing mustard seeds should be tied on the right arm (of the idol) with the syllables Visnave Sipivistaya, etc. The priest should also have a piece of silk cloth tied (to his arm).
4-5Having placed the idol in the pavilion and having adored and worshipped the dressed idol (one has to say) “I bow to you the sovereign lady of celestials who has been made (ready) by Visvakarman (the divine architect).” I make obeisance to you who is resplendent and is the sustainer of the entire universe. I worship in you the healthy Lord Narayana.
6Be thou always prosperous (goddess) devoid of defects due to the sculptors. Having submitted thus that idol should be carried to the bathing pavilion.
7The sculptor should be satisfied by offering articles (of present). A cow should be given as gift to the priest. Then the eyes of the idol should be made open with (the recitation of) the syllable citram deva.
8The sight should be endowed with (the recitation of the syllable) agnir jyoti Then white flowers, ghee and mustard s seeds should be placed on the pedestal.
9The priest should place durva grass and tips of kusa grass on the head of the deity. Then the priest should anoint the eyes (of the deity) with the syllables madhu vdta.
10The syllables hiranyagarbha and imam me should be recited. Then the idol should be anointed with ghee reciting (the hymn) ghritavati.
11The flour paste of masura (a variety of grain) should be rubbed on the deity reciting (the hymn) ate deva. Then the priest should wash (the deity) with hot water with the recitation of) sapta te agne.
12It should be anointed with (the syllables) Urupadddiva. (The image) should be bathed with (the waters of) the rivers and sacred places with (the syllables) apo hi shtha and with the (waters containing) gems (with the) pavamana.
13(The image) (should be bathed) with the waters of an earthern pot with (the syllable) samudram gaccha. It should be consecrated with Sanno devi and bathed with hot water (consecrated) by gayatri,
14The supreme god should be bathed with five (kinds of) earth with (the syllable) hiranya. With pot made of earth of an anthill and sand waters and (the syllable) imam me (it should be bathed).
15(The image should be bathed) with herbal waters (with the syllable) tadvisnohi and ya osadhi with herbal decoctions (with the syllable) yajna-yajna and then with the panccagavya (the five things got from a cow).
16(The image should be bathed) with the waters containing fruits (with the syllables) payahi prithivyam and yahi phalini and with (the contents of) the pitchers (kept in) the north and east with (the syllables) visvatasaksuhi.
17The cleansing (of the image) of Hari (Vishnu) should be done with (the recitation of the syllables somam rajanam, vishno raratamasi from the right and with hamsahi suci on the west.
18One should offer the dhatri and mamsi (herbs) on the head with the sacred syllables murdhdnam diva. (One should bathe the image) with perfumes with the syllables gandhadvara and ma nas toka.
19(One has to pour over its head the contents of the pitchers) placed in the eighty-one squares (with the syllables) idam apahi, O Lord Vishnu! the bestower of grace on the universe! you come.
20(You) accept this share in the sacrificial offerings. O Vasudeva! Salutations to you! Having invoked the lord in this way, the wrist thread (on the hand of the image) should be unfastened.
21The wrist thread on (the hand of) the priest should also be unfastened with the hymn muncami tva? The water for washing the feet should be offered with (the syllable) hiranmaya and the offering with ato deva.
22The madhuparka (should be offered) with (the syllables) madhuvata and the acamana (the ceremonial sipping of waters at the commencement of any rite) should be done with mayi grihnami? The learned (priest) should scatter the unbroken rice with (the syllable) akshannamimadanta.
23The image should be rubbed part by part and perfumes (should be offered) with (the syllable) gandhavat, garland with (the syllable) unnayami and the sacred thread with (the syllable) idam Vishnu.
24Pair of cloth pieces (should be offered) (with the syllable) brihaspate (and) the upper cloth (with the syllable) vedaham. The herbs and the flower of concluding worship should be placed with the mahavrata.
25Incense should be offered with dhurasi and the collyrium (to the eyes of the image) with the hymn (called) vibhrat. The mark on the forehead (should be made) with (the syllable) yunjanti and the garland (should be offered) with dirghayustva.
26(One should offer) an umbrella with (the syllable) indra cchatra, mirror with viraja, the chowrie with vikarna and the ornaments with rathantara.
27(One should offer) the fan with (the syllable) vaiu daivatya and flowers with muncami tva. One should sing in praise of (Lord) Hari (Vishnu) with vedic hymns and (the hymn called) purusastikta.
28All these rites should be performed similarly relating to pedestals of Hara (Siva) and other gods. The hymn (called) sauparna should be recited at the time of raising (the image of) the deity.
29(The image) having been raised (by reciting) (the syllable) uttistha, the lord should be led to the bed in the pavilion with (the recitation of) the hymn sakuna and with (the syllable) brahmaratha.
30Then the image and the pedestal (should be laid) in the bed with the hymn ate deva. With the (recitation of) srisukta the rite for Vishnu is completed.
31The eight auspicious things are: the lion, bull, serpent, fan, pitcher, banner, trumpet and lamp.
32-33(The priest) should show (these) at the foot with the hymn (called) asvasukta and the tripad (gayatri). One should submit a cooking vessel, covering pan, ladle, pestle, crushing stone, grinding stone, groomstick, utensils for eating and other household things should be given to the goddess.
34A pitcher known as nidra provided with clothes and gems and filled with edibles (should be placed) at the head-side (of the image). This is the mode of bathing (the image).