HUKAM CHAND PATYAL T H E L U S T R A T I O N C E R E M O N Y Inscribed to the Sacred M e m o r y o f Professor Jan Gonda on the First Anniversary o f his Death on 28th July, 1992 1.0. The purpose of this paper is to describe the lustration ceremony (popularly called nirdjana-vidhi). This is basically a propitiatory (~dnti) rite intended for a t o n e m e n t of certain ill effects on the kings, on h u m a n beings in general or on animals like horses and elephants etc. This is both a military and (public) religious ceremony. The sole aim of the c e r e m o n y is to provide overall well-being, prosperity to the p e r f o r m e r and his entourage. 1.1. It is quite interesting to note that this lustration c e r e m o n y is mainly attested in the late Vedic period and also in the Classical H i n d u period. This c e r e m o n y was completely
Indo-Iranian Journal – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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