Lustration Ceremony ||44||
1When Lord Narayana opens his eyes, viz., the Moon and the Sun with the eyelashes, viz., clouds (i.e., when he wakes up from his Yogic sleep in autumn), lustration should be performed for horses elephants and men (warriors) .
2The expiatory ceremony called lustration should be performed on the 8th, the 12th, or the 15th day of the bright half of Kartika or Aswayuja.
3To the north-east of the town on an auspicious spot, there should be erected a triumphal arch of excellent timber, sixteen cubits in height and ten in extent.
4lt is also necessary to have a holy house (where the expiatory ceremony will take place), made of the branches of Sarja (Sala), Udumbara—Indian Fig tree—or the Kakubha tree fully strewn with Darbha grass and equipped with a door adorned with fishes, flags and discuses made of bamboo.
5With a string dipped in saffron paste Bhallataka nuts, rice, costus and white mustard seeds should be tied to the necks of the horses brought into the holy house for the sake of their prosperity.
6With the hymns addressed to the Sun God, Varuna, Visvedevas, Brahman, Indra and Vishnu, an expiatory ceremony should be gone through for the horses for a week in the Holy House.
7The horses that are worshipped thus ought not to be spoken to harshly or beaten. Their fears must be dispelled through the sounds of Punyaha hymns, conchs, musical instruments and songs.
8When the 8th day has dawned, a hermitage strewn with holy grass and tree barks should be constructed to the south of the arch and facing the north. In front of this hermitage, lire should be made on a sacrificial altar .
9-11Sandalwood, costus, madder, orpiment, red arsenic, Priyangu, Vacha, Danti, Amrita creepers Saubhanjana, turmeric, Suvarna pushpa, Agni-mantha (Premua Spinosa), Girikarnika, Purnakosa, Katambara, Trayamana, Sahadevi, Nagapushpa, Kapikacchu, Satavari and Somarajee—these sacrificial materials are put into full pots and then the collection is to be offered in due form to the fire along with edibles of various kinds, mostly consisting of honey, Payasa and barley preparations.
12The sacrificial twigs required are of Khadira, Palasa, Indian fig tree, Kasmari and Aswattha. One who wishes for prosperity similarly should make the sacrificial ladle of gold or silver.
13The King who is in the height of glory and accompanied by a veterinary surgeon and an astrologer, should take his seat on a tiger-skin facing the East in front of the fire.
14The symptoms of the altar, priest and fire given in my work Yatra in connection with sacrifices to the planets and Indra’s Banner should be noted carefully here too.
15-16A horse with good features and an excellent elephant, after being consecrated, bathed and honoured with new white cloths, perfumes, garlands and incense, should be brought slowly with coaxing words under the arch of the hermitage, with the quarters resounding with the noise of musical instruments, conchs and Punyaha hymns.
17-18If the horse or elephant brought into the Holy House should stand with its right leg uplifted, then the King would soon vanquish his foes without difficulty; if it stands frightened, it augurs ill to the King. The activities of elephants and horses betokening good and bad results, which have been dealt with at length in the Yatra, should be applied to lustration also according to the circumstances.
19The priest should give the horse a rice ball duly sanctified with holy hymns; if it should smell or eat it, the King would come out victorious; and in the contrary circumstance, it would lead to the King’s defeat.
20The priest should dip a branch of the Indian Fig tree in the holy waters of the pots and touch therewith the horses along with hymns expiatory and propitiatory. The same thing should be done for the army, the King and the elephants.
21Again, after going through the expiatory ceremony, for the prosperity of the kingdom, the priest should pierce the heart of the enemy made of clay with a spike, chanting the hymns used in Black magic.
22Then the priest gives the sanctified bits to the horse. Thereupon, the King mounting the horse after receiving lustration should proceed northward with his army.
23-26The King should proceed in the following manner. The breeze should be scented by the dripping ichor of elephants that are gladdened by the sounds of tabors and conchs. The King shines like the Sun in autumn owing to the mass of glittering rays issuing from his crest jewels. His beautiful garlands and clothes are shaken by white chowries disseminating waves of fine fragrance just as the Himalayas is surrounded by the rows of swans flying hither and thither. The King adorned with jewels of various colours, diamonds, crown, earrings and armlets and brightened by the rays of numerous gems, creates the lustre of a rainbow. The King is accompanied by horses springing up to the sky, as it were, by elephants tearing up as it were the earth and by warriors who have defeated their enemies just as Indra is attended upon by the Gods who have defeated their foes.
27Or, he should proceed being adorned with diamonds and pearls, having garlands, head-dress, ointment and clothes, all white, an umbrella held over his head, and mounting an elephant, just as Venus does on a cloud’ having the Moon above him.
28One whose army consists of soldiers, horses and elephants in a jolly mood, who shines with the lustre of glittering weapons, is free from all unnatural mental dispositions and appears dreadful to the hosts of his enemies, will soon conquer the whole earth.