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Homa VariationsThe Study of Ritual Change across the Longue Durée$
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Richard K. Payne and Michael Witzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199351572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.001.0001

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The Navarātra Homa

The Navarātra Homa

Liver, Enchantment, and Engendering the Divine Śaktis

Chapter:
(p.314) The Navarātra Homa
Source:
Homa Variations
Author(s):
Nawaraj Chaulagain
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351572.003.0012

The navarātra is a nine-day festival held in the autumn. At the start of this festival, a yantra is consecrated in the same way that images are for the installation of a deity in them. This involves the first of the three kinds of homa included in the festival. This first wakes up the goddess residing within the yantra. The second involves the offering of a goat’s liver into the fire, and the last is used to empower weapons and other royal insignia. While the first opens the festival, the second takes place during the nights of the eighth and ninth days of the festival. This involves the sacrifice of a goat and feeding the goddess by offering the liver into the fire. The third homa is performed daily up to the eighth day of the festival.

Keywords:   Nepal, political ritual, Kālī, navarātra, yantra

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