By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Pratisthapana, PratiSThApana, Pratishthaapana
Pratiṣṭhāpana literally means ‘establishing’.
This is a technical term used in the consecration of a new temple, chiefly in the sense of infusing the divine presence in the image through appropriate rituals and āvāhanamantras.
- Āvāhanamantras means incantations of invitation and welcome.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore