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Ms. Coll. 390 Halaṣaṣṭivratakathā

Title

Halaṣaṣṭivratakathā

Call number

Ms. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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Publisher

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Language

In Sanskrit

Summary

Text describes a set of rites (the halaṣaṣṭi) dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Balrāma, the elder brother of the deity Kṛṣṇa, observed on the sixth day dark phase of moon during the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). Balarāma is especially known as the deity holding a plow (hala) from which the text receives its name. Rites prescribed include the performance of breath exercises, fasting, paying obeyances to other deities such as Śiva and Umā, and bathing for the purpose of prosperity and offspring. Especially important for unmarried or newly married women.

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Extent

1 11 x 25 cm

Support

Paper

Colophon

Colophon: iti śrībrahmā[ṃ]ḍapurāṇe hala[ṣa]ṣṭivratakathāsamāptaḥ // saṃvat 1897 śāke 1762 vīrodhīnāmakṛtatasaṃvatsare āśvīnaśuk[la]paṃcamībadhavārilakṣamaṇamadhumatyeyācīpothīlīkhītaṃ // halaṣṭīvratapūjākathāsaṃpūrṇaṃ // umāmaheśvaraprasannostu // (f. 4r).

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