By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Svastivacana, SvastivAcana, Svastivaacana
Before beginning any auspicious religious rite, some brāhmaṇas, elders and sumaṅgalis are invited. They honored and then requested to say ‘May it be auspicious!’ This is called svastivācana or svastyayana. This is a custom prevalent even now.
- Sumaṅgalis are the married women whose husbands are alive.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore