[INDOLOGY] Crowning a new king

Howard Resnick hr at ivs.edu
Sat Jan 20 05:01:09 UTC 2024

Dear Scholars,

Do we have reliable, consistent information regarding an ancient ceremony, rite, or process by which a retiring Bhārata king establishes a son as the new king? Or was this done by brāhmaṇas, as would seem to be method in the case of a slain king?

I am especially concerned about the older periods of Mahābahrata composition, and specifically within the Mahābhārata heartland in north central India.

Sorry for all the parameters! I will be grateful for any help with this.

Best wishes,

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