[INDOLOGY] Atirātra and Agniṣṭoma rituals in Kerala, March and April

George Thompson gthomgt at gmail.com
Tue Feb 17 17:42:12 EST 2015


Dear Michael and TP,

Thank you for this news.  May I mention it in our forthcoming volume in
honor of Frits?  I am in the midst of writing an introduction to it.  I
would like to spread the word.

Best wishes to you both.  We all look forward to your reports on recent
Vedic ritual activity.

George

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Michael Witzel <witzel at fas.harvard.edu>
wrote:

> *Dear All,*
>
> *we hear from Kerala that in March and April another two Vedic rituals
> will be performed by local Nambudiri Brahmins.*
>
> *We must thank the late Frits Staal for having drawn international
> attention to them in 1975 and for having spurred local interest as well.*
> *Now we have one such major ritual almost every year. As he himself said
> shortly before his passing: *
>
> *"Atiratrams cannot be stopped now so let us celebrate that as well." *
>
> *This year there will be a 12 day Atirātra Agnicayana  ("Athiraathram"),
> at Edappal in Central Kerala, starting March 20th.*
> *Different from the 2011 Panjal one it will be in the Āśvalāyana
> tradition. *
>
> *Then there will be an Agniṣṭoma (Soma) ritual, again at  Edappal, on
> April 20. However it will be celebrated in the Kauṣītaki style.*
>
> *Please direct any inquiries to  T. P. Mahadevan, teepee43 at yahoo.com
> <teepee43 at yahoo.com>.*
>
> *Jayantu yajñakarmāṇi !*
>
> *Michael*
>
> ============
>
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