Description of investing a phallic emblem with sacred thread (Siva-pavitrarohanam) ||42||

1Hari said: -I will now describe the eternal rite of Siva called Pavitrarohana which, O Hara, a priest a worshipper or his son or a person, observant of a vow, should perform.
2Having performed the adoration extending over full one year one should perform this rite in the month of Asada, Sravana, Magha or Bhadrapada.
3He should first of all procure a thread made of gold, silver, copper or of cotton spun by a maiden.
4Having made nine folds of this thread he should perform the rite of Pavitrakam. With the Vamadeva mantram he should make the Granthis (knots).
5-7With the Satya mantram, O Siva, he should wash the thread, with the Aghora man tram he should purify it, with the Tatpurusa mantram he should tie it and with Isa mantram he should place incense. The following are known as Tantudevas or deities of the thread viz., Omkara, Candrama, Vanhi, Brahma, Naga, Sikhidhvaja,
Ravi, Vishnu and Siva. The length of the sacrificial thread, O Rudra, should be either one hundred and eight fingers in length or fifty or twenty-five. There are ten Granthis” or knots.
8-11And the interstice between one Granthi and the other should be four fingers; or it may be two fingers or one. The names of the ten Granthis are: -Prakriti, Pourusi, Vira, Aparajita, Jaya, Vijaya, Rudra, Manonmani and Sarvatamukhi. On the seventh or the thirteenth day of the light fortnight one should dye it with saffron and perform the Pavitraka rite with scents. Having sprinkled the phallic emblem with thickened milk he should rub it with scents and dedicate the sacred perfumeries to the selfthe Brahmana.
12He should place scented flowers at the foot of the image of Isana, sticks for cleansing teeth in the east and fruits of embolic myrobalan in the north.
13-14He should place earth in the west and ashes in the south. One, conversant with mantrams, should place, with Sikha mantram, Aguru in the south-east comer and sesamum seeds with the Kavaca mantram, O bull-emblemed deity. Having encircled the house with a thread he should offer sacred scents.
15Then after offering oblations of fire he should place offerings for pernicious spirits. O king of goods. O Mahesvara, thou hast been invited with thy Ganas (goblins).
16-17Do thou come near; I will adore thee in the morning. Having thus invited the deity he should the night in singing and place, by the side of the image, sacred articles inspired with mantrams. Having sprinkled the sun with water on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight he should adore Rudra.
18He should first meditate on self in the form of the universe, as being stationed on the forehead and then adore it. He should sprinkle it with water with the astra mantram and adore it with the Hrdaya mantram.
19-20He should next dedicate incense inspired with mantrams. He should first of all adore Siva Tattva, then Vidya Tattva and next Atma Tattva. Om, Houm, salutation unto Siva Tattva (essence of Siva). Om, Him. salutation unto the essential spirit of learning.
21-23Om, Ham, salutation unto the essence of self. Om. Ham, Him. Hain, Koshum salutation unto the essence of all. O God! O Sambhu! whatever, thou, identical with time, hast seen in me, whatever I have done, have offered as oblations to fire. whatever I have created, have all been done by me, by the will, for the rite of Pavitrakam. Om fulfil my vow of sacrifice. Om, Ham, Him, Hum. Haim, Houm, salutation unto Siva, the lord of observances, identical with all essences and the cause of all.
24-25With this mantram the four offerings of a Pavitraka rite should be made. Having offered Pavitrakam to the fire one should make presents unto the preceptor, offer food, feed the Brahmanas, worship Canda and then perform the Visarjana (life-destroying) rite.