Mode of installation of the linga ||95||
1The Lord said: I shall describe the mode of installation of a linga in temple which yields enjoyment and emancipation. One should always do it for the purpose of enjoyment and emancipation on the day of the god.
2The installation ceremony should be performed in the five months commencing with magha (February-March) except (the month of) caitra (April-May) and in the first three karanas (one of the eleven divisions of the day) at the rising of the Jupiter and Venus.
3(The ceremony should be undertaken) especially in the bright fortnight or in the dark fortnight omitting the fifth, fourth, ninth, eighth and fourteenth days (of the fortnight).
4-5(All) the other days are auspicious except those falling on the days of inauspicious planets. Commencement during (the rule of) the stable stars of satabhisak, dhanista, ardra, anuradha, the three uttara (uttara, uttaraphdlguni and uttarabhadrapada), rohini and Havana yield good results. (The days fixed for the rite should possess) the rising points of aquarius, leo, scorpion, libra, virgo, taurus and Sagittarius.
6Jupiter is always commendable in the above nine stars and seven constellations. Mercury (is commendable) in the sixth, eighth, tenth, seventh and fourth, from the lagna (rising point in the east), while Venus (is commendable) in all the places except the fourth.
7The Moon is always strengthening if located in seventh, fourth, third or tenth, the sun in the tenth, third, and sixth places and Rahu (ascending node of the Moon) in the third, tenth and sixth places.
8The Saturn, Mars, Sun and Ketu (the descending node of the Moon) are commendable in the sixth, and third places. Both the good and bad (planets) in the eleventh place are cruel.
9Their aspect full in the seventh place, half in the ninth and fifth places, one fourth in the first and tenth places and one fourth less in the fourth and eighth places.
10(The two constellations) pisces and aries have a duration of three and three-fourth nadis (two and a half ndis are equal to one hour). The (constellations) taurus and acquariou have a duration of three and three-fourth nadis.
11Capricorn and gemini have a duration of five (nadis), Sagittarius, scorpion, leo and cancer have a duration of five and three-fourth (naris’) and libra and virgo have a duration of five and a half ghatikas (synonym of nadi).
12(The constellations) leo, taurus and acquarius are stationary and yield success. (The constellations) Sagittarius, libra and aries are movables. The third (constellations) have both the characteristics.
13-14The constellations aspected by auspicious planets or associated with them are auspicious and are commendable. Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in the lagna confers abundant strength, long life, sovereignty, valour, strength, progeny, fame and virtue. The first, fourth, seventh and tenth (places from lagna) are known as the kendras.
15Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in these (houses) yield all perfections. The presence of wicked planets in the third, fourth and eleventh houses from the lagna are beneficial.
16-17The learned should combine these with the tithis (the days reckoned by the phases of the Moon) for good performances. (The preceptor) should raise a square shed in front of (the temple) leaving a space equal to or five times that (of its measurement) at twelve cubits from the flight of steps with four entrances. (The shed) for (sacrificial bathing) should be half the size of that shed).
18The shed should be constructed) in the north-cast, east or north, (measuring) one or ten or twelve cubits respectively and having a single entrance or four entrances.
19The remaining eight sheds should be measuring two cubits more than that (shed). The sacrificial altar (should measure) four kara lengths in the middle and should have pillars at the angular points.
20Leaving apart a quarter of the platform nine or five fire pits or a single pit (should be dug up) in the north-east or east. (The digging of one pit) is done only in the case of the worship of the preceptor.
21-24(The fire pits) should be a span, anaratni (a cubit of the middle length, from the elbow to the tip of the little finger), a cubit, a yard, four cubits and eight cubits respectively depending on fifty, hundred, thousand, hundred thousand, lakh or a crore oblations (are offered in the pits). (The pit) in the southeast (should be of) the shape of the female generative organ, in the south (of the shape of) the crescent moon, in the south-west (of the shape of) a triangle, in the north-west (of the shape of) a hexagon, in the north (of the shape of) a lotus, in the northeast (of the shape of) an octagon. The pit made at an inclined angle with a border above is auspicious. There should be three borders around that respectively measuring four, three and two fingers in breadth. Alternatively, there should be a single border measuring six fingers in breadth or the borders (should be) of the shape of sacrificial pit.
25The aperture should be above that. It should resemble the leaf of the holy fig tree in its shape. (The aperture should be) an angula in height and eight angulas in breadth.
26Its length (should be) half the length of the pit and (should be) in the same level as the neck. The apertures of the fire pits on the east, south-east and south should face the north.
27It should face the east (if the fire pits have been located) in other directions, while those situated at the other points of compass should have their outlets turned towards the northeast. The twenty-fourth of the fire receptacles is called the angula (finger breadth).
28The four entrances (to the sacrificial shed) on the east etc. should be made of (woods of) plaksa, udumbara, asvattha and vata (trees) which duly (stand for) peace, prosperity, strength and health.
29(The sheds) should be eighteen cubits in length, one cubit high and half (the lengthen breadth and should be decorated with mango leaves.
30The banners should have (colours) resembling (the colours) of a rainbow (or be) red, black, tawny, (or) of the colour of the moon, (or be) white, golden coloured or resembling that of a crystal.
31(The banner) dedicated to the lotus-born (Brahma) in the east (should be) red (and that) which belongs to Ananta (lord of the serpents) in the south-west (should be) blue. The banners (should be) five cubits long and half as much broad.
32-33The rods should be commensurate with the five cubits of banners being a cubit for every cubit. Twelve kinds of earth from (the places such as) the ant-hill, the tips of the tusk of elephant, horns of the bull, bunch of lotuses, pastures of boars and cows and the cross-ways of roads should be taken in the case (of installation of an image) of Vaikuntha (Vishnu) and eight (kinds) in the case (of installation of an image) ofPinakin (Siva).
34The decoctions made up from the barks of nyagrodha, udumbara, asvattha, cuta and jambu, and eight palas (a measure of weight) of the essence of flowers should be taken.
35-36The waters of the sacred pools, fragrant waters and the waters mixed with the herbs (should be taken). I shall describe the (names of) auspicious flowers (and) fruits (afterwards). Waters mixed with five kinds of gems, cow’s horn and also five things got from a cow should be taken for bathing. A piece of cloth in which the paste has been put should be taken for rubbing.
37A pitcher having thousand holes should be used for bathing and the yellow pigment for decoration. Roots of hundreds of herbs (are needed). Therein (the roots of) vijaya, lakshmana, bala, guduci, atibala, patha, sahadeva, satdvari, riddhi, suvarcala and vriddhi have been prescribed separately for bathing.
38-41(Either) an incessant pouring of waters together with the sesamum and darbha (or) merely the bathing with the sacred ash (has been prescribed) for protection. A wiseman should prepare a paste of powders of barley, wheat, biba (fruit), along with camphor. (He should also make ready) the pitcher and ganda (a small vessel with a narrow tube like outlet for pouring). The bedstead along with two mattresses, pillow bed and cloth should be made ready suited to one’s aim and in accordance with his means. The vessel filled with ghee and honey and a golden brush should be made ready.
42The sacrificial small pitcher, the pitcher (sacred to Lord) Siva, and the pitchers for the guardian deities of the directions, (should be made ready). One pitcher for each of the sacrificial fire-pits, hould be set apart for inducing sleep and for peace.
43-44The pitchers for the attendant deities at the door,, god of virtue, for Praganta (a deity), vastu (presiding deity of the ground), (goddess) Laksmi (consort of Vishnu), (Lord) Ganesa (son of the divine pair Siva and Parvati) and pitchers for others should be placed on heaps of grain along with the cloth and garland and gold should be put and they should be filled with fragrant waters.
45-51They should be supported by vessels filled with (rice), fruits and decorated by tender leaves and should be covered by cloths. White mustard seeds and fried paddy should be brought for scattering. As before the sword of knowledge should be made ready. Sacrificial twigs, the vessel (for cooking) porridge, the sacrificial ladle made of copper and the vessel filled with ghee and honey for anointing the feet, four seats made of three hundred darbhas and of the measure of two cubits long, palasa twigs for enclosure, and vessel for sesamum, vessel for havis (food offering), vessel for water which can respectively hold one, twenty and eight palas and the sacred thread (should be made ready). A pitcher, an incense-burner, sruk and sruva (the two kinds of sacrificial ladle), a box, a seat, a chowrie, dry firewood, flowers, leaves, scented gum resin, lamps with ghee, incense, unbroken rice, sacred thread, clarified butter from the cow’s milk, barley and sesamum stems of kusa, the three sweet things (honey, sugar and clarified butter), sacrificial twigs of the length of ten parva (the interspace between the folds on the fingers) are all needed for appeasement. The sacrificial ladle (sruva) of a length of one cubit is required for the appeasement of the sun and other planets.
52There should be one hundred and eight sticks of arka, palasa, khadira, amarga, pippala, udumbara, Sami, durva as also green kusa.
53-54In their absence barley and sesamun (are used). So also the household articles, a sthali (a kind of vessel), a sacrificial ladle, lid etc. and two pieces of cloth for the gods, coins, crown, apparels, necklaces, ear rags and bracelets should be made ready for the worship of the preceptor. One should avoid making them costly.
55Worship of the. custodians of images should be a quarter less than that stated before and that of those who repeat (the mantra of) the weapon is still a fourth less than that. Worships. of brahmins, astrologers and sculptors are as done for those who repeat (the mantras).
56The diamond, sunstone, sapphire, atinila, pearl, topaz, ruby, lapis lazuli are the eight gems.
57Usira (the fragrant root of a plant), mddhavakranta red sandal, agallochum, sandalwood, sarika, kustha, and sankhini are the (eight) kinds of herbs.
58-60The metals (are) gold, copper, silver, bell-metal, lead and iron. Yellow orpiment, red arsenic, red chalk, suvama mtiksika (honey-like mineral), mercury, vahnigairika, sulphur, and mica are the eight kinds of minerals. The eight kinds of grains are stated to be wheat, sesamum, black gram, green gram, barley, short term paddy, syamaka. All these things should be gathered.