By Swami Harshananda
Jyotiṣṭoma literally means ‘praise of light’.
Origin of Jyotiṣṭoma
Stoma means praise. It is a form of chanting the stotras in which the verses are increased by repetition to a certain number. So a stoma is known by a number. For example: trivṛt-stoma which means three fold or nine fold.
Chantings in Jyotiṣṭoma Sacrifice
In the Jyotiṣṭoma sacrifice, the four stomas that are chanted are:
These are called four jyotis or lights. Hence it is named as Jyotiṣṭoma.
- Stotras means Ṛgvedic chants.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore