Mode of worshipping the presiding deity of a ground ||93||
1The Lord said: Strings should be laid in the sacrificial shed so as to enclose it. The ground should be divided into sixty-four squares of equal measurements.
2Two bamboo poles should be fixed at each one of the four corners. Strings (should be laid down) across the eight angular points. They should enclose two squares and six squares. The presiding deity of the ground should be worshipped therein.
3At the time of worship, one should meditate on the presiding deity of the ground in the fire-pit, as the form of a demon with curled locks and head held raised up from the ground and facing north.
4The knees, knee-joints and thighs (of the deity) should be taken as lying in the directions of north-west and south-east, the two soles of feet in the south, the head in the north and the two folded palms in the heart.
5The auspicious gods located in the body of this person are worshipped. The presiding deities of the eight angular points, situated in the eight half chambers of the angular points (should also be worshipped).
6The sages Marici etc. should be located in the six squares commencing with the east, Brahma in the four squares at the centre. The rest of the gods are known to occupy one square each.
7-8The twelve joints such as the trident, svastika (a kind of figure), thunderbolt, mahasvastika, samputa, trikatu, manibandha and the pure square among all the joints of the presiding deity of the ground should be left in the walls etc.
9Oblations of unbroken rice along with clarified butter, for (lord) Isa, offering of water with lotus flowers for lord Parjanya (god of rain), and a bright saffron-coloured banner should be offered for Jayanta (son of Indra).
10Gems (should be offered) to Mahendra (lord of the celestials), smoke-coloured canopy for the Sun, wheat and ghee for (the god of) truth and clarified butter alone for (lord) Bhrisa.
11Unclean meat (should be offered) to (the lord of the sky) and the flour of barley (first fried and then ground) for all those gods commencing with the east. A ladleful of honey, milk and clarified butter should be given to the fire-god.
12Fried paddy put in golden waters should be offered to (god of) untruth. Honey should be offered to the destroyer of the house and palaudana for Yamaraja (god of death).
13Perfumes (should be given) for the lord of the gandharvas (semi-divine beings), a bird’s tongue for Bhringa (one who wards) and lotus leaves for the beast on the south. Thus the eight deities (should be offered offerings).
14Sesamum mixed water and milk (should be given) for the manes. Sticks from the trees for cleansing the teeth should be given to the lord of the entrance by showing the dhenumudra, (posture with fingers indicating a cow).
15Cakes should be offered to Sugriva, darbha to Puspadanta (a yaksha) red lotus flowers to Pracetas (lord of waters) (and) wines to demon.
16Ghee and rice mixed with jaggery (should be given) to Sesha (serpent-god), ghee mixed with baked flour or fried paddy to disease. Thus the mode of offering for gods in the western direction has been told.
17A yellow banner (should be offered) to Maruta (wind god), nigakesara (a kind of fragrant flower) to serpent-god and eatables and well-cooked gruel of green gram to Mukhya.
18Sweet gruel mixed with clarified butter should De given to Soma, root of lily flower to (goddess) Dawn, lopi to Aditi, and puri to Diti. These are the gods placed in the northern direction.
19Sweet meats (should be offered) to Brahma on the east and to (sage) Marici in the six squares. Red flowers (should be offered) to (god) Savitra situated below the angular square (assigned to) the fire-god.
20Waters along with the kusa should be presented to goddess Savitri below that square. Red sandal should be offered to (god) Vivasvan occupying six squares on the south.
21Turmeric mixed rice (should be offered) to lord Indra in the corner square below that of the demon. Mixed rice should be presented to Indrajaya below that of Indra.
22Rice mixed with jaggery (should be offered) to (lord) Mitra occupying six squares on the west. Rice cooked with ghee should be offered to (lord) Rudra at the square below the angular point in the north-west.
23Meat (should be offered) to the servant of Rudra below that. An offering of black-gram should be offered to the mountain (god) occupying the six squares on the north.
24One should duly offer curd and milk to apas and its progeny below the angular point (dedicated to lord) Siva after worshipping in the proper way.
25Brahma located at the four squares in the middle of the place should be presented gruel along with clarified butter and the five things got from a cow.
26Outside the sacrificial ground the four demonesses Caraki etc. should be worshipped in the angular points commencing with the north-east and ending with the north-west in order.
27Meat with ghee should be offered to Caraki, curd with lotus flowers to (demoness) Vidari and meat, bile and blood to (demoness) Putana.
28Bones, blood, biles and meat (should be offered) to demoness sin. Lord Skanda should be offered rice mixed with black gram on the east.
29Sweet cakes along with krisara (rice and peas boiled together) (should be offered) to (lord)Aryaman in the southern direction), meat along with blood to Jambhaka in the western direction.
30Rice mixed with blood and flowers (should be presented) to Pilipinja (monster-maiden) on the north. Otherwise all the presiding deities of the ground should be worshipped with water along with unbroken rice and kuia.
31In the case of a residential building or town, worship should be done in eighty-one squares. The lines (drawn across the cardinal points of the diagram) should be made to occupy (the breadth of) three squares and comprise (the breadth of) six such squares at the other angular points.
32The gods Isa and others should occupy one square each in that (diagram), the serpents and others two squares each, (sages) Marici and others six squares each, Brahma is known to occupy nine squares.
33The above diagram may comprise hundred squares in the case of a city, village or hamlet. Two bamboo poles (are known) as ‘invincible’ and irresistible always.
34The location (of the deities) in the hundred squares is commended if the rite is done as in the case of a divine edifice. The planets and gods such as (lord) Skanda are known to occupy six squares in that (diagram).
35Demoness Caraki and others should be located in five squares. The lines and bamboo should occupy spaces as described earlier. In the case of a sacrificial ground relating to the founding of a country, it should comprise one hundred and thirty-four squares.
36(In that diagram) Brahma occupies sixty-four squares, as also (sages) Marici and others. The eight gods, Upas etc. should occupy fifty-four squares.
37(Gods) Isana and others should occupy nine squares. (The gods) Skanda and others should occupy eight squares. (Demonesses) Caraki and others, lines, bamboo should also be located as before.
38In a sacrificial ground comprising twenty-thousand squares, the location of the deities should be such that they occupy nine times more than what has been enjoined in the founding on country.
39The diagram which is divided into twenty-five squares is known as the vaitala. The other diagrams are known to have nine squares and sixteen sub-divisions.
40There may be a square figure inscribed in a sexagon or triangle. The location (of the gods) in the case of excavation around should be done as in the case of (the stone slab known as) brahmasila.
41An offering of sweet gruel to all gods should be made at the installation of the image of a deity or the burial of a dead body.
42In the absence of any specified measurement, the sacrificial ground should measure five cubits. The sacrificial ground proportional to the measure of the house or divine edifice is always held as excellent.