By Swami Harshananda
Hayagrivasamhitā literally means ‘scripture of Hayagriva’.
The Pāṅcarātra Āgamas are basic works of the Viṣṇu-Nārāyaṇa sects. The Hayagrivasamhitā is one of the less known treatises of this group. It does not seem to have been printed yet. One of the manuscripts discovered has the following contents:
- Pratisthākānda - 42 paṭalas or chapters
- Samskārakānda - 37 paṭalas
- Liṅgakānda - 25 paṭalas
- Saurakānda - 45 paṭalas
The whole work deals with the rituals concerning the installation of images of various minor gods, methods of preparing the images and various kinds of rituals. The third section, the Liṅgakānda, is śaivite in character.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore