Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Ms. Coll. 390 Halaṣaṣṭivratakathā
Call numberMs. Coll. 390
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 5778409
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
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.
- Title from colophon (f. 4r); alternate title Halaṣṭīvratapūjākathā from colophon.
- Written in 12-14 lines per leaf.
- 4 leaves foliated 1-4, upper left and lower right verso.
- Dated saṃvat 1897 and śaka 1762 (1840) (f. 4r).
- Mistakes blacked out.
- Non-Latin script record.
Extent1 11 x 25 cm
ColophonColophon: iti śrībrahmā[ṃ]ḍapurāṇe hala[ṣa]ṣṭivratakathāsamāptaḥ // saṃvat 1897 śāke 1762 vīrodhīnāmakṛtatasaṃvatsare āśvīnaśuk[la]paṃcamībadhavārilakṣamaṇamadhumatyeyācīpothīlīkhītaṃ // halaṣṭīvratapūjākathāsaṃpūrṇaṃ // umāmaheśvaraprasannostu // (f. 4r).
- Balarāma (Hindu deity)
- Siva (Hindu deity)
- Hindu women--Religious life
- Rites and ceremonies--India
- Devotional literature, Sanskrit
- Bathing customs--India
- Puja (Hinduism)
- Manuscripts, Sanskrit--19th century
- Manuscripts--India--19th century