Mode of installation of the image of Vasudeva ||60||
1The Lord said: One should divide the length of adytum into seven parts for the installation of the pedestal. The wise man should fix the image on the part of Brahman.
2-3(One should) never (fix it) in the parts (presided over) by the celestials, mortals and goblins, leaving out the part (presided over by) Brahman. The pedestal should be carefully fixed off the regions of celestials and mortals. Gems should be imbedded in the case of a hermaphrodite stone.
4-5Having performed oblation with (the mantra sacred to) Narasimha (the man-lion form of Vishnu), the gems should be placed with (the repetition of) the same (mantra). Rice grains, gems, three (kinds of) minerals, iron and other metallic substances, sandal wood etc., should be placed in the nine holes commencing with the east at the centre as one likes. Then the holes should be filled with the guggulu (a kind of fragrant gum resin) with (the recitation of) the mantras—indra etc.
6After having performed the insertion of gems, the preceptor should rub the image with sticks of sahadeva (tree) and bunches of darbha (grass).
7The outer and inner surface (of the image) should be cleansed and then purified with the pahcagavya (the five things got from a cow). Water should be sprinkled with the darbha grass as well as with the waters of the river.
8The ground for kindling the sacrificial fire should be made ready with sand. An excellent site should be of the measure of a. cubit and a half on all sides.
9The pitchers also should be placed in the eight directions commencing with the east. The consecrated fire should be brought in uttering the eight letters (described already).
10The twigs should be offered into the fire with (the mantras)—tvam agne dyubhihi and gayatri. Clarified butter should be offered with (the recitation of) eight letters, eight hundred times.
11The appeasing water sanctified hundred times by the principal mantra should be sprinkled on the head of the image with (the recitation of) the hymn srisca te.
12The image should be lifted up with (the mantra) brahmajajnana and should be led to the temple with the mantra uttishtha brahmanaspate and tadvishnohi.
13Lord Hari should be placed in a palanquin and carried towards the divine edifice accompanied by songs and vedic hymns. He should be held at the gates of the temple.
14Lord Hari should be bathed with waters from eight auspicious pitchers by women and brahmins. Then the priest should worship the image with perfumes etc. and with the principal mantra.
15Then the dress, the devotional offerings of eight kinds should be offered with (the mantra) ato deva. (The image) should be fixed on the pedestal at the fixed moment with (the recitation of) devasya tva.
16The learned (priest) should fix the image on the pedestal (with the recitation of the following mantra). “O Conqueror of three spaces! Om! salutations to you who surpassed the three regions.
17The image should be bathed with the pahcagavya (five things got from a cow) with (the recitation of) the mantra dhruva dyauhi and vitvatascakshuhi and bathed again with perfumed water.
18Lord Hari should be worshipped along with the attendants and paraphernalia. The heavens should be contemplated as his form and the earth as the seat.
19His body should be imagined as composed of lustrous minute particles. (One should say), “lam invoking his spirit pervading the twenty-five principles.”
20-21O Supreme Lord! you become firmly established in the image. I invoke you, the spirit of supreme happiness, one devoid of (three states) waking, dreaming and deep sleep, one who is devoid of a body, sense-organs, intellect, life and egoism, and one who resides in the hearts of all beings beginning with Brahman and ending with a dump of grass.
22You make the image imbued with your soul both inside and outside. You have taken your abode in this image (of the size of) a thumb with attributes.
23Having invoked (the god in the image), the supreme brahman, lustrous form of knowledge and who is one without a second, that is deemed as alive by the use of (the mantra) Om.
24The act of bringing the god near consists in uttering (the mantra) and touching the heart (of the image). (The priest) should recite the purusasukta and should recite the following (mantra) in secret.
25-27Salutations to the Lord of celestials who is of the form of happiness and fortune, of the form of knowledge and wisdom and who attends on the lustre of the supreme brahman. (Salutations to) the one who is beyond properties, the great being, devoid of decay, old age. O Vishnu, you be present here. Whichever is the supreme principle in you and that which is your form verily (made up) of knowledge, all that be present here in this form. May you awake!
28Stationing oneself in front of the deity, (the priest) should establish Brahman and other attendant gods as well as the respective weapons (by showing) the mudra (different postures shown with the hand).
29-30(The priest) should infer the presence of the god from the jatra and varsa. Having saluted and sung the glories and recited the mantras of eight syllables, etc., the priest should come out and worship Canda and Pracanda (the two guardians) at the gate. (The priest) should go to the place of sacrificial fire, install the image of Garuda (the vehicle bird of Lord Vishnu) and worship.
31Having installed and worshipped (the images) of different presiding deities of the quarters in their respective a quarters, the priest should install the image of Lord Vijvaksena and. worship the conch, disc etc.
32Offerings should be made to the attendant gods and to the goblins. The priest should be given the fees— (which may be of the form of) proprietary right over a village, clothes and gold.
33The materials required for (the performance of) sacrificial ceremony should be given to the principal priest. The attendant priests should be paid fees half of what was paid to the* principal priest.
34The other priests should be paid their fees. The brahmins should then be fed. Without any restraint the benefits of sacrifice should be extended to the patron-employer by the principal priest.
35The consecrator of the image of Vishnu leads the self, as well as his entire family (to the region of the god). This is the general mode of performance for all gods. Only the principal mantra would be different. The other formalities are the same.