[Advaita-l] Vishnu is abhimani devata for the organ 'paada', leg - Bodhayana Grihya Sutra
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Sun Jan 30 08:30:35 EST 2022
The stated part appears on p. 255 of the printed book (pdf page number 252)
of the Mysore Oriental Library Series edited by Srinivasacharya. The
chapter is बोधायनगृह्यशेषे द्वितीयप्रश्ने अष्टादशोऽध्यायः | In this
chapter, the (sutra) no.1 is the one that concerns the laghu nyasa, though
it is not named so. It might be strange to think of a sutra of such a
great length😊 but there are such cases in other sutra literature too. For
example in Gautama Dharma Sutras we have such large paragraphs numbered as
On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 4:58 PM Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> 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
> > Girhya Sutra, of estimated 5th Century BCE. There occurs the expression
> > 'paadayoH vishnuH tiShThatu' (Leg Vishnu preside over the legs). This
> > 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
> > Grihya Sutra:
> > In the Kannada book 'Saswara Veda mantraah' (of the Ramakrishna Mutt),
> > 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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