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Hinduism - Who Is A Yajamana?

 


("sacrifice's patron"). The yajamana was the person who commissioned the sacrifice and paid for its fulfillment, and therefore stood to profit from its expected benefits, according to the Vedas, the earliest Hindu religious literature.

This word distinguishes the connection between the priest and the patron: the former were erudite men and ritual technologists who understood how to execute elaborate sacrificial rituals, but they were reliant on the patronage of their sponsors for their subsistence.


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Hinduism - What Is A Homa Or Yajna Or Devayajna Or Pancha-Mahayajna?

 

In its most particular sense, homa refers to the "devayajna," or "sacrifice to the gods," which is one of the Five Great Sacrifices (panchamahayajna) specified in the dharma literature, or religious obligation writings.

Homa is a ceremony that involves putting offerings of clarified butter into a sacrificial fire in order to appease the gods.

Today, the term homa has a far broader connotation, referring to any religious ceremony in which gifts are deposited in the holy fire.

 

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