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1. The spit-ox (sacrificed to Rudra).

2. It procures (to the sacrificer) heavenly rewards, cattle, sons, wealth, renown, long life.

8_3. Having taken the sacred domestic fire to the

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forest, and having performed the 'outspreading,' he should sacrifice the animal to Rudra.

4. One that is not gelded.

5. Or (it may be) a cow, on account of the designation.

6. Having cooked the omentum, a mess of sacrificial food, and the portions cut off (of the victim), he sacrifices the omentum to Rudra, the fat to the Air, and the cut-off portions together with the mess of cooked food to Agni, Rudra, Sarva, Pasupati, Ugra, Asani, Bhava, Mahâdeva, Îsâna.

7. (Then follows a sacrifice to) Vanaspati.

8. (To Agni) Svishtakrit at the end.

9. Then (follows) the sprinkling round to the different quarters (of the horizon).

10 10. After the sprinkling has been performed, they sacrifice the Patnî-samga offerings to Indrânî, Rudrânî, Sarvâni, Bhavânî, and Agni Grihapati.

11 11. The blood he offers in leaves, on (grass-) bunches, as a Bali to Rudra and to his hosts, with (the Mantras),

'The hosts, Rudra, which thou hast to the east, to them this Bali (is given). To them and to thee be adoration!

'The hosts, Rudra, which thou hast to the south . . . to the west . . . to the north . . . upwards . . .

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downwards, to them this Bali (is given). To them and to thee be adoration!'

12 12. The contents of the stomach and of the entrails, besmeared with blood, he throws into the fire or buries them in the earth.

13 13. Having placed the animal so that the wind blows from himself to it, he approaches it with the Rudra hymns, or with the first and last Anuvâka.

14. They do not take anything of that animal to the village.

15 15. Thereby (also) the cow-sacrifice has been declared.

16. (It is combined) with (the offering of) milk-rice; (the rites) not corresponding (to that special occasion) are omitted.

17. The sacrificial fee at that (sacrifice) is a cow of the same age (as the victim).


351:1 8, 1. Âsvalâyana-Grihya IV, 8.

351:2 Âsvalâyana, loc. cit. § 35.

351:8_3 The 'outspreading' is the establishing of the three sacred Srauta fires, so that the Grihya fire is considered as the Gârhapatya, and the Âhavanîya and Dakshinâgni are taken from it.

352:5 On account of the designation of the sacrifice as sûla-gava.

352:6 Âsvalâyana, loc. cit. § 19.

352:9 Gayarâma: disâm vyâghâranam kartavyam iti sûtraseshah. tak ka vasayâ bhavati yathâgnishomîye.

352:10 On the Patnî-samga offerings, so called because they are chiefly directed to the wives of the gods, see Hillebrandt, Neu- und Vollmondsopfer, pp. 151 seqq.

352:11 Âsvalâyana, loc. cit. § 22.

353:12 As to ûvadhya, comp. Âsvalâyana, § 28.

353:13 The Rudra hymns form the sixteenth Adhyâya of the Vâgasaneyi Samhitâ. Either that whole Adhyâya or the first and last Anuvâka of it is recited.

353:15 Gobhila III, 6.

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