[Advaita-l] Jayaadi Homam (was: Veda Vyasa Ashtothara)
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Jul 29 23:30:27 CDT 2007
On Sun, 29 Jul 2007, Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian wrote:
> Here's some info on the jayaadi homam.
> Apastamba says in his gR^ihya-sUtra 1.2.7:
> yathA-upadeshaM pradhAna-AhutIh hutvA jaya-abhyAtAnAn-rAShTrabhR^itaH
> prAjApatyAM vyAhR^itIh vihR^itAH sauviShTakR^itIM iti upajuhoti
> "yadasya-karmaNaH ..."
> [After offering the chief oblations as per instructions, the
> sacrificer performs the additional sacrifices; jaya, abhyAtAna,
> rAShTrabhR^it, prajApati,the vyAhR^itis separated, and the
The pAraskara gR^ihya sUtra also mentions these homas but interestingly
only in the context of the marriage vidhi. The Shuklayajurveda prayoga
books include them but you are right that most shastris don't know about
them or omit them.
> This defines the contents of the so-called jayAdi homam. It basically
> consists of:
> 1. The jaya group
> 2. abhyAtAna group
> 3. rAShTrabhR^it group
> 4. One for prajApati with prajApate na tva, etc
> 5. Three, one each for bhUH, bhuvaH and suvaH.
> 6. One finally to agni with yadasya karmaNaH etc.
PGS puts 3 first and 4,5, and 6 are replaced by 5 ahutis to Agni.
> The jaya group consists of 13 offerings starting with citta~nca svAhA
> up to prajApatir jayAnindrAya ... svAhA. This is from taittirIya
> samhitA 3.4.4.
The information I have matches your description. But interestingly it
doesn't say these mantras are from TS. Indeed they are given without
svaras at all so until your article I thought they were sutrokta not
> The abhyAtAna group consists of 18 offerings beginning with
> agnirbhutAnAm and ending with pitaraH pitAmahAH, etc. All the mantras
> end with asmin brahman ... devahUtyAM svAhA. This is from TS 3.4.5.
Same in PGS though once again they are given without svaras.
> The rAshTrabhR^it group consists of 13 offerings beginning with
> R^itAShADR^itatAmAgnir, etc. This is from TS 3.4.7. Note that this
> group comes in the udakashAnti also.
As I mentioned before the PGS puts it first. Also the Shuklayajurvedic
tradition thinks there are only 12 ahutis.
It is interesting that the Shuklayajurveda was supposed to have broken off
from the Krshnayajurveda but it seems even afterward they did "borrow"
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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