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The sacrifices performed by the Brahmanical sacrificer and his wife on the gṛhyāgni. These rituals are a simplified form of the śrauta sacrifices: a twice daily agnihotra with grains (not milk), and fortnightly new and full moon sacrifices, for instance. They function to protect the family and the home, and to secure domestic prosperity. By the time of Manusmṛti, domestic ritualism has been further reduced or concentrated into the five ‘great sacrifices’ (mahā-yajñas).

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