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The formal ‘dismissal’ of the deity that closes a period of worship—one of the sixteen offerings/services (upacāras) which are component parts of pūjā. With permanently consecrated images, in which the deity is thought to be ever-present, this is more of a framing device to close the offering ritual, and a reminder of the unrestricted nature of God, than a real dismissal. With images that are not permanently consecrated, it constitutes an actual dismissal of the deity. See also āvāhana.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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