By Swami Harshananda
Among the Vedic sacrifices, those that use the soma juice for offering as oblations are called Somayāgas. Out of the seven Somayāgas, the Soḍaśin is the fourth. It is performed to attain vigor. While extracting the soma juice from the cuttings of the plant, sixteen śastras and sixteen stotras are used. Hence it is named as Soḍaśin.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore