[Advaita-l] Vishnu is abhimani devata for the organ 'paada', leg - Bodhayana Grihya Sutra

Raghav Kumar Dwivedula raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 30 06:28:17 EST 2022

Thank you Subbuji for sharing these details as also help from Shri Aravinda
Rao that the Bodhayana Grihya Sutra is the source of the popular rudra
laghu nyaasa.

I downloaded one large non-searchable 480 page pdf and am trying to
manually see if laghu nyaasa mantras are there. If any specific Sutra
numbers are there, kindly share them.


On Thu, 27 Jan, 2022, 12:29 pm V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> During the Sri Rudra Parayana there is the practice of chanting the Laghu
> Nyasa. The passages chanted in the present day dates back to the Bodhayana
> Girhya Sutra, of estimated 5th Century BCE. There occurs the expression
> 'paadayoH vishnuH tiShThatu' (Leg Vishnu preside over the legs). This shows
> that Vishnu is the presiding deity for the organ leg. See image below.
> This has been stated by Shankara too in the Taittiriya Bhashya while
> commenting on the Shanti mantra 'shan no vishnururukramaH'. The
> Srimadbhagavatam too specifies that Hari is the abhimani devata for the
> leg.
> In this article one can see many other interesting aspects of the Bodhayana
> Grihya Sutra:
> https://adbhutam.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/selections-from-bodhayana-gruhya-sutras.pdf
> In the Kannada book 'Saswara Veda mantraah' (of the Ramakrishna Mutt), the
> laghu nyasa part occurs on p.115. This is what is followed widely today.
> Here for the hands the presiding deity is Indra while in the Grihya sutra
> version it is Rudra.
> I thank Sri K.Aravinda Rao for reminding me of the Bodhayana resource.
> warm regards
> subbu
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