(‘besprinkling’).—The Vedic king was consecrated after his election with an elaborate ritual, which is fully described in the Taittirīya, Pañcavimśa,śatapatha, and Aitareya Brāhmanas, and for which the Mantras are given in the Samhitās. The consecration took place by sprinkling with water (abhisecanīyā āpah).6 Only kings could be consecrated, the people not being worthy of it (anabhisecanīyāh). The sprinkler (abhisektr) is mentioned in the list of victims at the Purusamedha. The Abhiseka is an essential part of the Rājasūya, or sacrifice of royal inauguration, being the second of its component members.
noun (masculine) ablution (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
anointing (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
bathing of the divinity to whom worship is offered (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
inaugurating or consecrating (by sprinkling water) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
inauguration of a king (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
religious bathing (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
royal unction (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
the water or liquid used at an inauguration (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
throwing water to a molten metal when it is on the fire Frequency rank 2222/72933
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