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By Swami Harshananda
Pratipattikarma literally means ‘action done intentionally’.
The word Pratipattikarma has been used in various senses.
- The most general sense is abandoning something after its use is over. For instance, when an āhitāgni dies, all the wooden vessels and implements he was using in performing sacrifices, are disposed off by keeping them on the various parts of his body during its cremation.
- After a sacrifice had been completed, the horn of a stag that was being used for scratching one’s limbs when necessary, had to be abandoned in a pit called cātvāla, near the sacrificial shed. This too was called pratipattikarma.
- The immersing of a clay image in water after duly worshiping it just as in the worship of Gaṇeśa or Durgā, is also a pratipattikarma.
- He is the one who has established Vedic fire.
- Purvamīmānsāsutras 11.3.34
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore