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A ‘one day’ soma sacrifice that culminates in the offering of soma three times in a single day (although the entire ritual normally extends over five days). The ritual, involving a special consecration (dīkṣā) of the śrauta sacrificer (yajamāna), is to be performed each Spring on the new or full moon day; it requires the services of sixteen or seventeen priests, and involves lavish fees (dakṣinās). The agniṣṭoma is a necessary component of, and provides the paradigm (prakṛti (2)) for, all soma sacrifices which take less than twelve days.

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