Śarabha vidhi

The account of this rite continues from the prefatory narrative.

Lootika: “There are several ways in which Rudra is worshipped as Śarabha conceived as the great dinosaur. We shall follow the way which is appropriate for us brāhmaṇa-s who observe the śruti as our supreme religious authority rather than the āgama-s, even though we accept the latter as specific authorities. The purely āgamika methods are practiced by śaiva-s, śivabhakta-s and liṅgin-s.”

sharabha2Somakhya then rolled out a canvas and showed Jhilleeka and Prachetas a picture of Śarabha: “One shall accordingly visualizing Śarabheśāna as having five dinosaur-like heads each with with 3 eyes and a heavy, sharp beak. He has 12 arms two of which will be wings. I shall talk of the weapons and other objects held in the arms later. Enclosed in his two wings are the goddesses Pratikriyā-śūlinī and Pratyaṅgirā. In his heart we visualize the fierce Bhairava of the Dakṣiṇasrotas, Svacchanda, associated with the pada ghora-ghoratrebhyaḥ of the bahurūpin. In his belly we visualize the seven-flamed Agni Vaḍavānala. In this two dinosaur-like feet we visualize Jvareśvara and the ferocious lion-headed Haribhadra, even as they were emitted by Rudra to slay Dakṣa.

One begins by invoking Rudra the lord of animals thus:
rudraḥ paśūnām adhyakṣaḥ
sa māvatv asmin brahmaṇy
asmin karmaṇy asyāṃ purodhāyām
asyāṃ devahūtyām asyām ākūtyām
asyām āśiṣi svāhā ॥

Make an offering in the aupāsana fire at the svāhā.

Having visualized Śarabha as stated earlier you shall first perform the worship the five faces conjoining the Brahma-mantra-s thus:

oṃ hauṃ tatpuruṣāya pakṣirājāya namaḥ । tatpuruṣaya vidmahe…||
oṃ hauṃ vāmadevāya gauryai gāndhāryai garuḍyai namaḥ । vāmadevāya namo… ||”
oṃ hauṃ sadyojātāya śālvāya namaḥ । sadyojātaṃ prapadyāmi… ||
oṃ hauṃ aghorāya ākāśabhairavāya namaḥ । aghorebhyo’tha… ||
oṃ hauṃ īśānāya Śarabheśānāya namaḥ । īśānaḥ sarva-bhūtānām… ||

Then you shall practice the japa of the mūlamantra:
vāsudeva ṛṣiḥ । triṣṭubh chandaḥ । kālāgnirudraḥ Śarabheśāno devatā ॥
khaṃ bījam । khaṃ śaktiḥ । khaṃ kīlakam ॥
khaṃ Śarabheśānāya khaṃ śālvāya khaṃ pakṣirājāya hum phaṇ namaḥ ॥

Then you pacifies the deity with:
oṃ Śarabhaṃ tarpayāmi ।
oṃ śālvaṃ tarpayāmi ।
oṃ pakṣirājaṃ tarpayāmi ॥

Thereafter one worships the aṅga-devatā with their mantra-s. Lootika will give you those mantra-s of the śakti-s. Hearing it from her mouth you stand the chance of instantaneous success.”

Lootika: First one should worship Pratikriyā-śūlinī with the mighty Vairocanī-ṛk: tām agnivarnāṃ tapasā… closing one’s eyes. If the image of a Durgā riding a lion holding a trident in her hand appears while uttering the mantra then it is a sign of success. She has six-arms and it colored like a flame with a bluish tinge. You pacify her with the mantra:
oṃ maheśānīṃ mahāŚarabhaśūlinīṃ tarpayāmi ॥

Then you worship Atharvaṇabhadrakālī-Pratyaṅgirā with the mantra:
oṃ hrīṃ pratyaṅgire dhāma dhāma jyotir jyotir bhūr-bhuvas-suvar-mahar-vṛdhat karad ruhan mahat tac cham oṃ lakṣmyai namo vaḥ ॥ She is fourteen-armed, black-colored, with dense free-flowing hair, wearing bright osseous ornaments and evoking erotic sentiments. She is Lakṣmī because she is Siddhilakṣmī. The special vyāhṛti-s of the mantra are from the Gopatha-brāhmaṇa of the veda of our ancestors the Bhṛgu-s and the Añgirasa-es. If when uttering the mantra with closed eyes she appears before you with a hallow like an eclipsed moon around her head then it is a sign that you might be on the path of success. You must see her upraised sword. If erotic sentiments arise in you at that point it is a good sign. But you must not get lost in them. Instead you should take in a breath with the oṃ hrīṃ and retaining it even as you slowly utter the rest of the mantra till the vyāhṛti-s you must locate your mūlādhāra-cakra and perform the jālandhara and mūla-bandha. You pacify her with the mantra:
oṃ pratyaṅgirāṃ viśvalakśmīṃ somaguptāṃ mahāŚarabhīṃ tarpayāmī ॥

Now Somakhya would impart to you the remaining male devatā-s.”

Somakhya: “Having worshiped the śakti-s you shall invoke in the heart of Śarabheśāna the fierce Bhairava with the following mantra:
aiṃ kṣāṃ kṣīṃ kṣūṃ kṣaḥ kṣmlvryūṃ svacchandabhairavāya sphuratātmane huṃ phaṇ namaḥ ॥
He appears as five-headed and ten-armed riding a white bull.

Then you worships the fierce Agni Vaḍavānala with his seven tongues which correspond to the heptagon of the Śarabha-yantra with this mantra:
oṃ raṃ hiraṇyāyai kanakāyai raktāyai kṛṣṇāyai suprabhāyai atiraktāyai bahurūpāyai namaḥ kṛṇuśva pājaḥ prasitiṃ…||
The terminal of the mantra is the rakṣohā-ṛk of Vāmadeva Gautama.

Then you worship jvareśa or the jvarāstra of triadic form, which Rudra hurled at Kṛṣṇa Devakīputra with this mantra:
oṃ namo bhagavate rudrāya jvararūpāya trikāyarūpāya vo namaḥ ॥

You then worship Haribhadra accompanied by a hundred Rudra-s of blue-hued necks as has been described in the śruti with the mantra: “nilagrīvāḥ śitikaṇṭhāḥ…”. He is worshiped by the mantra combining the utterance from the Skandam and Acintya-viśva-sādākhyam:
oṃ jaya jaya rudra mahāraudra bhadrāvatāra oṃ śrīṃ hrīṃ mṛgendrāya haribhadrāya namaḥ । oṃ jūṃ saḥ oṃ ॥
Now Lootika shall impart to you the worship of the zoocephalous āvaraṇa-yoginī-s.”

Lootika: “First in the four directions having completed the worship of Śarabheśāna and his aṅga-s you shall worship the following yoginī-s thus starting east in pradakṣiṇa order:
oṃ gajānanāṃ pūjayāmi tarpayāmi namaḥ । elephant-headed.
oṃ siṃhamukhīṃ pūjayāmi tarpayāmi namaḥ । lion-headed
oṃ gṛdhrāsyāṃ pūjayāmi tarpayāmi namaḥ । vulture-headed
oṃ kākatuṇḍīṃ pūjayāmi tarpayāmi namaḥ । crow-headed.

Then you shall worship the mighty maṇḍala-yoginī with the following mantra:
namāmi mahāyoginīṃ sarvaśatruvidāraṇīṃ ।
aṣṭavaktrīṃ koṭarākṣīṃ vakrāṃ vikaṭalocanām ।
uṣṭragrīvāṃ hayagrīvāṃ vārāhīṃ Śarabhānanām ।
ulūkīṃ ca śivārāvāṃ mayūrīṃ vikaṭānanām ॥

She bears the following 8 heads: 1) camel, 2) horse, 3) sow, 4) dinosaur, 5) owl, 6) jackal, 7) peacock, 8) lion. She is the guardian of the Śarabha-maṇḍala.

Then you pacify her:
aṣṭavaktrīṃ tarpayāmi pujayāmi namaḥ ।

Now Somakhya would take you through the concluding pacifications.”

Somakhya: “The concluding part of the worship is conducted with the mantra of the Bhṛgu-s of yore:
tubhyam āraṇyāḥ paśavo
mṛtyā vane hitās tubhyaṃ
vayāṃsi śakunāḥ patatriṇaḥ ।
tava yakṣaṃ paśupate ‘psv antas
tubhyaṃ kṣaranti divyā āpo vṛdhe ॥

You tie a rakṣa with the mantra:
śune kroṣṭre mā śarīrāṇi
kartam ariklavebhyo gṛddhrebhyo
ye ca kṛṣṇā aviṣyavaḥ ।
makṣikās te paśupate vayāṃsi
te vighase mā vidanta ॥

Then worship his weapons:
triśulaṃ tarpayāmi ।
daṇḍaṃ tarpayāmi ।
pinākaṃ tarpayāmi ।
pāṣupataṃ tarpayāmi ।
kuliśaṃ tarpayāmi ।
cakraṃ tarpayāmi ।
musalaṃ tarpayāmi ।
khaḍgaṃ tarpayāmi ।
khaṭvāṅgaṃ tarpayāmi ।
paraśuṃ tarpayāmi ॥

i.e. the trident, rod, pināka bow, pāśupata missile, thunderbolt, discus, pestle, sword, skull-brand and axe.

Then he concludes by reciting the mantra-s:
tasmai prācāyā diśi antardeśād bhavam iṣvāsam anuṣṭhātāram akurvan ।…ya evaṃ veda॥

Thus the rite is concluded.”

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~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on April 9, 2017.

 
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