Odp: Mistakes in carrying out Vedic sacrifices
nasti at ASTERCITY.NET
Sun Aug 29 17:27:01 UTC 1999
You may find some references in:
1. "Sacrifice in the Brahmana Texts", by Ganesh Umakant Thite, ed. by
University of Poona, 1975
2. "PrajApati and PrAyazcitta", by J. Gonda - printed in one of the JAOS
University Of Warsaw
Od: Toke Lindegaard Knudsen <tlk at MATH.KU.DK>
Do: INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK <INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK>
Data: 28 sierpnia 1999 19:41
Temat: Mistakes in carrying out Vedic sacrifices
Dear Indology members,
>âFrom the Puranas we know the story of how Tvasta performed a
sacrifice after Indra had killed his son Visvarupa. The purpose of
the sacrifice was to create an enemy of Indra. However, due a
mistake in the prononciation of a mantra the sacrifice had a
I am curious about other stories from the Vedas or puranas
concerning sacrifices that "went wrong" - particularly if the fault
was due to a mistake in the construction of the altar (wrong
dimensions, wrong area, etc.) or in the orientation of the altar.
I am aware of one story from the Mahabharata (Adi, LXI, 9ff) where
a king, desiring to perform a sacrifice, employs priests to measure
the measure the arena of the sacrifice and construct the altar.
However, these priests could not really get it together and finally
the errors in the construction was detected by a mason who was
knowledgeable in the science of architecture (vastu-vidya).
If anyone knows of references to such stories I would be happy to
Thank you very much.
Toke Lindegaard Knudsen
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