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According to the Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita the couple desirous of a child should avoid the first three days from the onset of menstruation. For a male child, they should have intercourse on the even days of the cycle and for a female child, the odd days. Soon after the intercourse, the woman should not lie on her sides or face down. The woman should avoid overeating, staying hungry or thirsty, fear, depression, anger, scorn, excessive passion, or desire for another man.

What is the meaning of Ashwamedha Yaga?

Ashwamedha Yaga (or Ashwamedha sacrifice) is a Vedic ritual performed by ancient Indian kings to demonstrate their power and authority over neighboring kingdoms. The word 'Ashwamedha' is derived from two Sanskrit words - 'ashwa' meaning horse and 'medha' meaning sacrifice. In this ritual, a specially chosen horse is released to wander freely through neighboring kingdoms, accompanied by a large army. If the horse is captured by another kingdom, it is seen as a challenge to the king's power, and the capturing king must either submit to the king who initiated the Ashwamedha Yaga or face war. If the horse returns safely after a year of wandering, the king who initiated the ritual is declared victorious and is believed to have gained control over all the kingdoms through which the horse passed.

Quiz

Shweta Arka ( Calotropis gigantea ) is associated with which deity ?

HYMN I. Agni.
11 Laud Agni, the chosen Priest, God, minister of sacrifice,
The hotar, lavishest of wealth.
2 Worthy is Agni to be praised by living as by ancient seers.
He shall bring. hitherward the Gods.
3 Through Agni man obtaineth wealth, yea, plenty waxing day by day. Most rich in heroes, glorious.
4 Agni, the perfect sacrifice which thou encompassest about
Verily goeth to the Gods.
5 May Agni, sapient-minded Priest, truthful, most gloriously great, The God, come hither with the Gods.
6 Whatever blessing. Agni, thou wilt grant unto thy worshipper, That, Angiras, is indeed thy truth.
7 To thee, dispeller of the night, O Agni, day by day with prayer Bringing thee reverence, we come
8 Ruler of sacrifices, guard of Law eternal, radiant One, Increasing in thine own abode.
9 Be to us easy of approach, even as a father to his son: Agni, be with us for our weal.
HYMN II. Vayu.
1 BEAUTIFUL Vayu, come, for thee these Soma drops have been prepared:
Drink of them, hearken to our call.
2 Knowing the days, with Soma juice poured forth, the singers glorify Thee, Vayu, with their hymns of praise.
3 Vayu, thy penetrating stream goes forth unto the worshipper.
Far-spreading for the Soma draught.
4 These, Indra-Vayu, have been shed; come for our offered dainties' sake: The drops are yearning for you both.
5 Well do ye mark libations, ye Vayu and Indra, rich in spoil
So come ye swiftly hitherward.
6 Vayu and Indra, come to what the Soma, presser hath prepared:
Soon, Heroes, thus I make my prayer.
7 Mitra, of holy strength, I call, and foe-destroying Varuna,
Who make the oil-fed rite complete.
8 Mitra and Varuna, through Law, lovers and cherishers of Law, Have ye obtained your might power
9 Our Sages, Mitra-Varuna, wide dominion, strong by birth, Vouchsafe us strength that worketh well.
HYMN III. Asvins
I YE Asvins, rich in treasure, Lords of splendour, having nimble hands,
Accept the sacrificial food.
2 Ye Asvins, rich in wondrous deeds, ye heroes worthy of our praise, Accept our songs with mighty thought.
3 Nisatyas, wonder-workers, yours are these libations with clipt grass: Come ye whose paths are red with flame.
40 Indra marvellously bright, come, these libations long for thee. Thus by fine fingers purified.
5 Urged by the holy singer, sped by song, come, Indra, to the prayers, Of the libation-pouring priest.
6 Approach, O Indra, hasting thee, Lord of Bay Horses, to the prayers. In our libation take delight.
7 Ye Visvedevas, who protect, reward, and cherish men, approach Your worshipper's drink-offering.
8 Ye Visvedevas, swift at work, come hither quickly to the draught, As milch-kine hasten to their stalls.
9 The Visvedevas, changing shape like serpents, fearless, void of guile, Bearers, accept the sacred draught
10 Wealthy in spoil, enriched with hymns, may bright Sarsavad desire, With eager love, our sacrifice.
11 Inciter of all pleasant songs, inspirer o all gracious thought.
Sarasvati accept our rite
12 Sarasvati, the mighty flood, she with be light illuminates, She brightens every pi ous thought.
HYMN IV. Indri
1 As a good cow to him who milks, we call the doer of fair deeds,
To our assistance day by day.
2 Come thou to our libations, drink of Soma; Soma-drinker thou! The rich One's rapture giveth kine.
3 So may we be acquainted with thine innermost benevolence: Neglect us not, come hitherward.
4 Go to the wise unconquered One, ask thou of Indra, skilled in song. Him who is better than thy friends.
5 Whether the men who mock us say. Depart unto another place.
Ye who serve Indra and none else;
6 Or whether, God of wondrous deeds, all our true people call us blest, Still may we dwell in Indra's care.
7 Unto the swift One bring the swift, man-cheering, grace of sacrifice, That to the Friend gives wings and joy.
8 Thou, Satakratu, drankest this and wast the Vrtras' slayer; thou
Helpest the warrior in the fray.
9 We strengthen, Satakratu, thee, yea, thee the powerful in fight,
That, Indra, we may win us wealth.
10 To him the mighty stream of wealth, prompt friend of him who pours the juice.
HYMN V. Indra.
IO COME ye hither, sit ye down: to Indra sing ye forth, your song, companions, bringing hymns of praise.
2 To him the richest of the rich, the Lord of treasures excellent,
Indra, with Soma juice outpoured.
3 May he stand by us in our need and in abundance for our wealth:
May he come nigh us with his strength.
4 Whose pair of tawny horses yoked in battles foemen challenge not:
To him, to Indra sing your song.
5 Nigh to the Soma-drinker come, for his enjoyment, these pure drops, The Somas mingled with the curd.
6 Thou, grown at once to perfect strength, wast born to drink the Soma juice, Strong Indra, for preeminence.
70 Indra, lover of the song, may these quick Somas enter thee:
May they bring bliss to thee the Sage.
8 Our chants of praise have strengthened thee, O Satakratu, and our lauds So strengthen thee the songs we sing.
9 Indra, whose succour never fails, accept these viands thousandfold, Wherein all manly powers abide.
10 O Indra, thou who lovest song, let no man hurt our bodies, keep Slaughter far from us, for thou canst.
HYMN VI. Indra.
I They who stand round him as he moves harness the bright, the ruddy Steed The lights are shining in the sky.
2 On both sides to the car they yoke the two bay coursers dear to him,
Bold, tawny, bearers of the Chief.
3 Thou, making light where no light was, and form, O men: where form was not, Wast born together with the Dawns.
4 Thereafter they, as is their wont, threw off the state of babes unborn, Assuming sacrificial names.
5 Thou, Indra, with the Tempest-Gods, the breakers down of what is firm Foundest the kine even in the cave.
6 Worshipping even as they list, singers laud him who findeth wealth,
The far-renowned, the mighty One.
7 Mayest thou verily be seen coming by fearless Indra's side:
Both joyous, equal in your sheen.
8 With Indra's well beloved hosts, the blameless, hastening to heaven,
The sacrificer cries aloud.
9 Come from this place, O Wanderer, or downward from the light of heaven: Our songs of praise all yearn for this.
10 Indra we seek to give us help, from here, from heaven above the earth, Or from the spacious firmament.

Ramaswamy Sastry and Vighnesh Ghanapaathi

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