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The ritual for consecrating an image (mūrti), thus ‘activating’ the presence of the deity, and making it a living presence available for pūjā. When this coincides with the opening of a new temple, it is often accompanied by a prolonged festival (pratiṣṭhā mahotsava) with elaborate rituals. See also prāṇapratiṣṭhā.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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