By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vratyastoma, VrAtyastoma, Vraatyastoma
Vrātyastoma literally means ‘praise of vrātya’.
This is a special kind of sacrifice to be performed by the vrātyas to be readmitted into the comity of the dvijas. It consists of 4 ekāhas or Soma sacrifices, each spread over one day only. In each of the ekāhas, the Soḍaśastoma are performed. The details of the sacrifice are quite complicated.
- Dvijas are the members of the first three castes.
- Soḍaśastoma are certain Ṛgvedic verses increased up to 16 while chantings
- Tāndyamahābrāhmana 17.1-4
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore