Consecration of doors of the temple and the erection of banner ||61||
1The Lord said: I shall describe the purificatory bathing of Vishnu. The offering to the fire is made (with the mantra) na tova. Having placed eighty-one pitchers (at their respective places) Lord Hari should be invoked and installed.
2He should be worshipped with perfumes and flowers. Having made the offering, the priest should be worshipped. I shall describe the (mode of) consecrating the door. (A piece of) gold should be placed beneath the door (frame).
3The priest should place shoots of udumbara (fig tree) in the (mouth of the) eight pitchers and worship them with perfumes etc. and vedic mantras.
4Twigs, fried paddy and sesamum should be offered unto the fire in the pits. Having offered the bed etc., the supporting energy should be placed underneath.
5Gods Canda and Pracanda should be located at the bottom of the shoots, Goddess Lakshmmi worshipped by the celestials should be placed above (the shoot of) the fig (tree).
6Having assigned the four-faced (Brahman) and duly worshipping (him) (by reciting) the MsQkta1 the fruits of the bilva (tree) should be offered to him and the fees should be paid to the priest.
7(I shall describe) the consecration of the divine edifice the doors of which have been consecrated and wherein the image of Hari has been duly installed. It is in the consecration of the adytum. Listen.
8-9Pitcher made of gold, silver or bell-metal filled with eight kinds of gems, herbs, minerals, seeds of grains, iron and water and covered with a cloth should be placed on the darbha (grass) in a circle to the east of the altar after the sukanasa (the keystone) has been got ready.
10Fallen twigs which have been gathered should be offered into fire with (the mantra of) Nrsimha. Then (the temple) should be enlivened with the principle known as narayanatattva.
11(That lord) who is the life of the temple should be contemplated (as) “O Lord of celestials”. Then a wise man has to imagine the temple as the god himself.
12(A piece of) gold should be placed below the golden pitcher. The priests and others should be paid their fees and the brahmins should be fed.
13-14Threads should be wound round the altar, neck, top and the globe of the temple after that. Then the metallic ring known as the sudarsana disc should be placed. It should be known as the form of (Lord) Vasudeva offering protection from fear.
15Alternatively a pitcher should be placed (in the place of a globe) and the disc above that. O birthless one! eight lords of obstacles (Vighnesvara) should be placed around the altar in the temple.
16Or four images of Garuda (vehicle of Lord Vishnu) should be placed in the four quarters. I shall describe now the erection of the flagstaff which destroys the evil spirits.
17One who performs this remains in the regions of Vishnu for so many thousands of years as the number of atoms in the image of the god in the temple.
18O sinless! It should be known that (a man gets) a crore times more merit by erecting the flagstaff, since it surrounds the neck of the temple and it wafts the wind around the globe, altar and image.
19The flag should be known as the prakrti and the staff as the purusa and you know that the temple is another form of image of Vasudeva (Vishnu).
20(In a temple) the dharanl (earth) is so called from its ability to hold, its internal cavity stands for the sky, the illumination inside represents the fire, and its touch represents the wind.
21The earthly waters found in the stone slabs (of the temple) (represent) the earthly attributes. Its echo stands for the principles of sound. Its touch represents roughness.
22Its colour which may be white or otherwise stands for the subtle principle of colour. The food (and other eatables) offered (to the deity) stand for the sense of taste. The perfumes represent the sense of smell. The sense of speech lies in the down (used in the temple).
23The keystone is the nose (of the temple). The two apertures (on either side) represent the two hands. The arched terrace above is to be taken for its head and the pitcher on the head.
24Its neck should be known as the neck. The platform over the fault is spoken as the shoulder. The outlets for water are the anus and genitals. The lime-plaster is spoken as the skin.
25The door would be the mouth. The image (installed in the temple) is said to be its life. The pedestal should be known as its energy. Its shape should likewise be known as its animation.
26Its cavity is its inertia. Lord Kesava is its controller. In this way Lord Hari Himself remains in the form of the temple.
27God Siva should be known as the shank. God Brahman is located in the shoulder. Lord Vishnu remains in the upper portion of a temple as it is.
28Listen to me. I shall describe the consecration of a temple by means of a banner. The demons were defeated by the celestial gods by erecting banners impressed with the signs of divine weapons.
29The pitcher (shaped part of the temple) should be placed over the top and the flag should be placed over the same. The post should be made to measure a half or one third of the height of the image.
30The flag should have a mark of a circle of eight or twelve radii. (There should be the figure) of the man-lion (form of Vishnu) or the Garuda (Tarksya) (inside the circle) in the middle. The staff of the flag should not have any cut.
31The length of the staff is spoken as the measure of the breadth of edifice. It should be made cither half of the terrace or a third part of it.
32The staff should otherwise be made twice the length of the door. The flag staff should be planted on the north-east or the north-west of the divine edifice.
33The flag should be made of a piece of silk cloth, of a single or variegated colours. It should be adorned with bells, chowries and small bells. (It is said to be) destroyer of sins.
34A flag which touches the ground and measures a cubit in breadth at its extremity or has a breadth equal to one fourth of its length at its base is called a mah&dhvaja. It grants all things when worshipped.
35The banner should measure half (the dimension of) the staff. The breadth should measure twenty fingers.
36All the rites relating to the consecration of an image should be done for (the consecration) of the disc, flag and the staff. They should be bathed in the shed.
37The priest should duly perform all rites described earlier except that of opening the eyes. The consecration should be done in the prescribed manner leaving them in the resting position.
38Then the learned priest should assign (mentally) the hymn (called) sahasrasira in the disc. Then the Sudarshana mantra and the principle of mind should be assigned.
39It is known as imbued with life by mental formation. O excellent among gods, (the different forms of Vishnu such as) Kesava etc. should be assigned to the spokes.
40The priest should assign twenty-five principles at the navel, and each of the arcs of the lotus. The form of Nrsimha (the man-lion form of Vishnu) representing the universe should be assigned to the middle of the lotus.
41The sakala (endowed with parts) forms should be assigned to the staff as the living soul of it. Lord Hari, the supreme being of the nishkala (undivided) form should be contemplated and assigned to the flag.
42The energies Bala and Abala which manifest in the form of the banner should be contemplated. Having placed it in the shed and worshipped it, oblation should be made in the pit.
43Having placed the golden pitcher over the pitcher and putting five (kinds of) gems (at the top of the temple) a golden disc should be placed underneath that with the mantra of the disc.
44The disc should be washed with mercury and covered with the eye-cover. The disc should then be placed. Lord Nrihari (man-lion form of Vishnu) should be imagined there in the middle.
45-46Om, ksaum, salutations to Lord Nrsimha. Lord Hari should be invoked and worshipped. Then the yajamana (the person who has arranged for the consecration) accompanied by his relatives should hold banner and dip the tip of the banner in a vessel full of curd. The banner should be worshipped with the mantra commencing with dhruva and ending with phat.
47Holding that vessel on the head and remembering Lord Narayana (the yajamana) should go around the temple along with auspicious sounds from the turi (a musical instrument).
48The staff should then be placed with (the recitation of) the eight-syllabled mantra. Then the flag should be (hoisted) and unfurled with (the recitation of) the hymn muncami tva by the learned person.
49The twice born (jajamana) should give the priest the vessel, banner and elephant etc. Mode of consecration of the flag has been thus described in general.
50The mark which represents a particular god should be planted with the respective mantra. By the offer of a banner one goes to heaven and becomes a strong monarch on the earth (in the next birth).