In 2010 the Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala organized
the Prayoga of the Pavitresti
to mark the birth centenary of renowned Vedic Scholar the Late Dr. C. G. Kashikar. That time it was noticed that not only the lay
man but also the students and researchers of the Veda-s found it difficult to
understand, 'what is going on?' There the idea came forth that there should be
such work that will give at least a sketchy idea (- if not the detailed and the
perfect one-) of the isti.
informative book or mere DVD will hardly serve the purpose. Therefore we
decided to bring out such book, the matter in which can be actually
'visualized', as if it is happening and hence decided to prepare a DVD, which
actually can be 'read'. Therefore we have tried to put the subtitles on the DVD
and also to put the time duration of the rites in the book. This is to maintain
the congruity of the DVD with the book.
Pt. Bheemsen Sharma' s Darsapurnama-sapaddhatih
(pub by Pt. Yudhisthir Mimamsaka,
Bahalgad 1982) is used to prepare the skeleton of the
text of this book. The photocopy of the MS of the Pavitresti
given by Agnihotri Sudhakar
Kulkarni (the yajamdna
of this Pavitresti
Prayoga) and a MS of the Hautraprayoga of Pavitresti (Acc.·No. 4656 of the Vaidika
Samshodhana Mandala, Pune), are used to prepare the text. However considering
the pedagogical role of the project, the rites are
internally divided into small actions, each one of which is numbered. E.g havihpesanam
divided into 9 small actions. This will give the impression that this 'action'
havihpesanam can never be performed haphazardly.
It's a chain of small actions, each of them remaining
in its own sequence contributes towards the completion of the rite in entirety.
For almost each action the mantra-s
the details are prescribed. So all these actions serve a
purpose of the links which are well decided and well arranged. In fact
any isti itself is a big chain of small
rites. The titling, numbering, sub-numbering will shed light
on dynamic as well as integrate characteristic of the isti. Since
this book is to be read along with the DVD, we have 'described' the Prayoga' of the Pavitresti
and have not prescribed unlike the Prayogapothi
We have also provided a working translation in
English. It is not word to word translation. One who opts for English
translation would also understand the matter while observing the DVD. Instead
of requoting the complete mantra text in the English translation, sometimes we have just
referred to it with its beginning and end. However we have deliberately not
translated the mantra-s, thinking
that it may interrupt the continuity.
The book is prepared from view point of the
students. The syllabus. for
undergraduate or post- graduate courses in Sanskrit, does contain some portion
from Brahmana texts, Sukla
Yajurveda, Srauta Sutra-s etc. Viewing the performance
would certainly help them to understand the Vedic texts in better-way. The time
duration of each rite will also help one to access
any rite easily. Although we have tried to maintain the accuracy in mentioning
the time duration, it is requested to take into consideration the limitations
of the gadgets also. (Kindly note that plus/minus four
seconds' difference is observed when it was tried on different
During the performance Sudhakar
Guruji explained some points related to the ritual.
He also answered some questions and doubts asked by students. He talked in
Marathi which we have kept as it is in the DVD. However in the book we have
given its Sanskrit and English renderings. This portion is given in the square
under the title (Information by the Agnihotri).
It should be noted that the book and the DVD are not
to be taken as a Prayoga
that prescribes how to perform
the Prayoga of Pavitresti.
Since the present book has the descriptive value, the only purpose of it is, to
facilitate the study of the Srauta ritual for the
students, researchers in particular and to create interest
and curiosity in laymen in
Those who are interested in the details of the Pavitresti ritual from historical and analytical point of
view should refer to the scholarly written book Indian Fire Ritual by Musashi Tachikawa, Shrikant Bahulkar and Madhavi Kolhatkar (2001 Pub
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi).
The organization of the Pavitresti
performance and preparation of a book itself proved a yajna, where the puja (honoring), samgatikarana (coming together) and dana (donating) were actually
The Late Dr. C. G. Kashikar
dedicated himself to the Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala so much so that because of
him the Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala is truly recognized as a Vedic Research
Institute. The Late Dr. R. N. Dandekar also worked
for Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala. He was also related to Vaidika Samshodhana
Mandala in various capacities. Dedicating the performance of the Pavitresti and the book there upon IS really an appropriate way to
pay homage to them.
Many generous donors spontaneously came with the
donations for this isti. The Late Dr..R.
N. Dandekar trust donated the substantial amount of
5, 00, 0001-, the yearly interest of which was utilized for this
isti. We sincerely thank Prof. S. D.
Joshi, the trustee of this trust for this. Agnihotri
with his team was kind enough to perform isti for Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala. Occasionally he also
elucidated some points. We take this opportunity to express our feelings of
deep respect and veneration towards Sudhakar Guruji.
Our thanks are also due to Sun Beam Sound System and
Omkar Studio for preparation of the DVD. Miss Aditi Pandit put great efforts in
DTP and in presenting the matter in this particular layout. Miss Pushpa Mukhedkar prepared the
index. Mr. and Mrs. Bokil, not only donated the
amount but also put their time and energy towards completion of the isti and the book. My colleague Dr. Bhagyashree Bhagwat was always
with me right from the chalking out of the isti , upto
preparation of the book. I sincerely express my heartfelt gratitude towards all
It is actually the inspiration and guidance by Prof.
Dr. Saroja Bhate, the
former Chairperson of Adarsh Sanskrit Shodha Samstha that directed us
to undertake such kind of project. I really have no words to thank Prof. Dr.
Saroja Bhate. I cannot but
mention the kind co-operation of present chairperson Prof. Dr. Jay Prakash Narayan Dwivedi (Dwaraka).
Our thanks are also due' to Vaijanti
Dhole Patil and Surekha Wagle of Step in Services
for prompt and perfect printing.
We sincerely express our deep sense of gratitude
towards the authorities of The Rashtriya Samskrit Samsthan, New Delhi for
substantially funding the entire scheme of Adarsha Sanskrit Shodha
Samstha, under which this work is being
Hoping that the book will succeed in fulfilling the
expectations of the academic world, I conclude this note with humble
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