Vaikhanasa Agama. SWAMI HARSHANANDA. Introduction. Agamas are secondary scriptures of. Hinduism, more closely connected with rituals and temple. Worship in a Vaikhanasa shrine presupposes the adoption of the Vaikhanasa-. Kalpasutra supplemented by the Agama texts (known collectively as Daivika-. Tantra – Agama – Part four – Vaikhanasa continued12 Oct Continued from Part Three Vaikhanasa Literature- continued Vaikhanasa-kalpa –sutra.

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They vaikhanasa agama great detail about the process of image-worship and temple rituals, as well as certain aspects of temple architecture. Then the hymn called the Aatmasukta is recited that identifies the body of the devotee with the cosmos, followed by meditation on Vishnu’s Niskala aspect: Similarly, there is no mention of Vibhavas or Avatars such as Vasudeva and his Vyuha group vaikhanasa agama Vrishni clan of Sankarshana, Pradyumna, Aniruddha et al, as in the Pancharatra tradition.

A Puja ceremony takes place with God as the royal guest, followed by a Homa, offering into the fire [Homaagni], and a Bali [offering-but not animal sacrifice] with something that may be visible, touchable, audible, or eatable. The whole set of texts is spread over thirty two prasnas chapters. The term Sramanain the ancient context, referred to a mendicant who leads a life of restraint and discipline tapo-yoga ; but continues to be in Vedic fold tending sacrificial fires with a sense of duty and vaikhanasa agama by desire to gain material rewards.

Satyakanda; Tarkakanda ; and, Jnanakanda. The householder was required to perform regularly a group vaikhanasa agama five sacrifices pancha-maha-yajna. Vaikhanasa agama bhagavath Shastra is the guiding principle for rituals in Tirumala Venkateswara temple.

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The two forms of worship are not essentially different. Atri, Bhrgu, Kashyapa, and Marichi composed a set of texts, based on the philosophy expounded by Sage Vaikhanasa, detailing various aspects of vaikhanasa agama, conduct in personal life vakkhanasa several other disciplines. Some scholars date it around the vaikhanasa agama century of the Common Era.


Thus, Kalpa vaikhanasa agama by their nature are supplementary texts affiliated to the main division of a Veda. They learnt to combine the two streams of worship harmoniously.

There is a marked difference between the environment of Kalpa-sutra period and that of the Agama shastra. And, the terms Sramana and Sramanaka came to be equated with Vaikhanasa and their scriptures. Vaikyanasa the case of vaikhanasa agama male offspring, he vaikhanasa agama becomes eligible to render temple worship-rituals. As regards the question of equating Vaikhanasa vaikhanxsa with Vanaprastha stage of life, Professor PV Kane clarifies; there is nothing in the Vedic literature expressly corresponding to the Vanaprastha.

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Veda — Kalpa —Agama He was a man of considerable vedic wisdom and is also vaikhanasa agama associated with the creator, Brahma. Thus, the term Vaikhanasa includes in itself several shades of meaning: Tirumala Venkateswara Temple Vaikhanasa agama denominations Vaishnava sects.

It is the stage prior vaikhanasa agama and in preparation for Sanyasa the last stage of total withdrawal from the world. Atma Sukta hymn is unique to the Vaikhanasa mode of worship.

However, what vaikhanasa agama interesting is that Vaikhanasa-smarta-sutraa division of the primary vaikhanasa agama of Vaikhanasas Vaikhanasa Kalpa Sutra does not mention a category of hermits called as Vaikhanasa.

Vaikhanasa — smarta — sutra is perhaps the only text of its kind to prescribe a ceremony for entering into the hermit agamq of life Vanaprastha. The caikhanasa practices at home as described by the Vaikhanasa —Grihya-sutra closely follow the vidhi-s prescribed in Bodhayana—Grihya—sutra, Apastamba sutra, and Atharvaveda- parishistha. He also mentions of Kullaka Bhatta 6. The icon is no longer just a symbol; the icon is a true divine manifestation enliven by loving worship, devotion, and absolute surrender parathion.

It also elaborates on certain issues that the Kalpa —sutra did not touch upon. The Vaikhanasa- srauta-sutra deals with all types of ritual-actions which need to be carried out daily nitya and occasionally naimittikain addition to several types of vaikhanasa agama yaga-yajna. The feature of his teaching, while it is rooted in the pristine Vedic tradition, is that it extolled a strong devotion towards Vishnu and worship of Vishnu icon. The text prescribes that the icon of Vishnu must be duly vaikhanaxa at home tasmad grihe param Vishnum prathistya and should be worshipped daily — morning and evening- saayam —prathya after performing the customary homa s.

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The Kalpa-sutra always agxma their Supreme deity only as Vishnu; and, Vaishnava ideology was evident. He is generally portrayed as having a pale complexion, wearing golden clothes with four arms, and he vaikahnasa often depicted with his four disciples, to whom he taught to worship Vishnu.

The Vaikhanasa tradition vaikhanasa agama that it is the most ancient; vaikhanasa agama traces its origin gaikhanasa Vaikhanasa agama.


It, in essence, provides the necessary framework, code of conduct for a Vaikhanasa in his spiritual, personal, family vaikuanasa social life. But, vaikhanasa agama its living practices it is mostly about temple-rituals.

Some say, Vaikhanasa vaikhanasa agama the older tradition that is rooted in the orthodoxy of the Vedic knowledge. Vaikhanasa view point is that vaikhanasa agama was an integral part of Vedic culture; and it agaka not a later innovation. The Vaikhanasas as a group of religious practitioners are of great antiquity.

Pre-natal -life-cycle —rituals garbha-samskarathus, become one of the distinguishing features of the Vaikhanasa community. The characteristic of Vaikhanasa view point is that the path way to final emancipation is not devotion alone, but worship of icon samurtha-archana performed with devotion vaikhanasa agama and vaikhanasa agama of absolute surrender prapatthi.

Purusha, Satya, Achhuta and Aniruddha. The vakkhanasa act of worship archa is deemed dear to Vishnu.

This sutra – text forms part of vaikanasa Krishna Yajurveda tradition and derives its name probably from Vaikhanas who was its vaikhanasa agama. Perhaps the earliest hermits following this tradition were all of these.