From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

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[1] 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.[2]
  • 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.


  1. He is the one who has established Vedic fire.
  2. Purvamīmānsāsutras 11.3.34
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore