Mode of consecration of other gods ||66||
1-2The Lord said: I shall describe the mode of consecration (of images) of all gods—the Adityas (the suns, twelve in number), Vasus (eight), Rudrah (eleven), Sadhyah, Viivedevah, Alvins and the sages etc. It is like (the consecration of the image of) Vasudeva. I shall describe special features (of ceremonies). The first letter of the name of particular deity should be taken.
3It should be split into syllables. The longer vowels should be split. The mystical letter (of the deity) is first formed by adding a nasal and the pranava.
4(The images of) all gods as well as those who had led a disciplined life and had observed austerities and atonements and those who had lived in the monasteries should be worshipped and installed with their respective principal mantra.
5I shall describe the mode of fasting for a month and that which concludes on the twelfth day (of a fortnight). One should place a stone slab and pitchers made of bell metal filled with the articles (described earlier).
6After having collected the brahmakurca (grass), the worshipper should prepare the gruel made of barley and milk of tawny (coloured) cow with (the mantra) tadvisnoh.
7It should be stirred with the ladle holding it with (the recitation of) pranava [om). Having got it ready and bringing it down lord Visnu should be worshipped and the offering made.
8The oblation should be done with the vyadhriti [bhuh, bhuvah, svah), the vedic mantras such as gayatri [mantra), tadviprasa, visvatascakshuhi and bhuragnaye.
9Oblations should be given to Surya, Prajapati (the creator), (the lord of) the ethereal region. Oblation to sky! Oblations to Brahman! (Oblations should be given upto) the earth and the great king.
10Oblations should be done with (the mantras) tasmai, somarh ca, rajdnamidam. Having offered the remaining part of the gruel as oblation, digbali (offerings to the quarters) should be done with due respect.
11Having made oblation of one hundred and eight twigs of the palasa (tree) along with clarified butter, oblations should be done eight times with sesamum and water along with the purusasukta.
12-13Having offered oblations for Brahman, Vishnu, Isa (Siva), the attendant gods, the planets and the presiding deities of different worlds, oblations should be offered for the mountains, rivers, and oceans. Sacrificial spoon full of clarified butter should be offered thrice as the final oblation with the (recitation of) vyahrtis (bhuh, bhuvah, svah).
14-15O Brahman after having sipped the gruel along with the pancaganya (five things got from a cow) with the vaisnava mantra and the syllable vausat, the priest should be paid fees, vessel containing sesamum along with gold, cloth and a cow well-adorned. The wise man should complete the austerity with (the utterance of) “May lord Vishnu be pleased!”
16-17I shall describe in full about another mode of consecration other than that of fasting for a month. The lord of the celestials (Vishnu) should be worshipped and the gruel pertaining to Vishnu should be prepared out of sesamum, rice, nivara grains (rice growing unsown), syamaka or barley. After adding clarified butter and lifting it up, oblation should be made with that with the mantras relating to that form of the lord.
18Oblation should be made to Vishnu and other gods who are the lords of different months then. Om! oblations for Visnu! Oblations to lord Vishnu, the ornament! Oblations to Lord Vishnu, the tipivista (pervaded by rays) (an epithet of Vishnu)! Om! oblations to Narasimha (man-lion form of Vishnu). Om! oblations to Purusottama (the foremost) (an epithet of Visnu)! Twelve twigs of the holy fig tree dipped in the clarified butter should be given as oblation.
19Twelve oblations (should be made) with the mantra visno rarata. Twelve oblations with the gruel should be made with (the mantras) idam Vishnu, iravati.
20Similarly, oblations should be made with clarified butter with (the mantra) tadviprasa Having done the remaining oblation, three concluding oblations should be made.
21Having repeated the hymn yunjate the gruel should be partaken. With the pranava (syllable om) repeated at the end of the respective name the gruel should be placed in a vessel made of holy fig tree.
22Then twelve brahmins (representing) the twelve presiding deities of the months should be fed. The priest (would be) the thirteenth. The thirteenth place should be offered to him.
23Thirteen pitchers containing sweet water along with umbrellas, shoes, clothes, gold and garlands should be given to them for the sake of conclusion of the rite.
24A path-way should be laid out (for the cattle) saying, “May the cows get pleased! May they move happily!” Then the sacrificial post should be planted there.
25-26A watershed in the pleasure grove, monastery and pathway should be often cubits. Having done the oblation etc. in the house duly in the prescribed way, the householder should enter the house according to the earlier injunctions. Offering of food etc. without any restrictions should be made on all these (occasions).
27Fees should be paid by wise men to the brahmins according to one’s capacity. Whoever causes to set up a pleasure grove stays eternally in the garden of Indra.
28One who builds a monastery goes to heaven and remains in the world of Indra. One who sets up a watershed (lives) with Lord Varuna. By (the construction of) a pathway one remains in the heaven.
29One who builds a bridge of bricks and who constructs a pathway for cows in the cattle stall and one who observes the austerities in the prescribed way dwells in the region of Vishnu. One who performs atonements gets rid of all sins.
30Having constructed a house (for the god) one dwells in heaven so long as the universe exists. The installation and consecration of Lord Siva etc., the lords of their edifices (have been described).