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garbhādhāna


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1 According to Dharmaśāstra, the saṃskāra to be performed after menstruation, and before and after sexual intercourse, to ensure the conception and proper embryonic development of a child. Its origins appear to be ancient, the equivalent rite appearing in the Atharva Veda. Manusmṛti and some other dharma texts refer to niṣeka, a synonym of garbhādhāna.

2 (garbhadhāna) A rite performed during the building of a temple in which the priest ‘implants’ the‘seed’ of the temple in the garbhagṛha, in the form of a small box. Symbolically, this seed grows through the śikhara, directly above it, to the heavens above, on a line representing the axis mundi.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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