From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

The udgātṛ, the third priest from among the four, in a Soma sacrifice, has three assistants. One of these is the subrahmaṇya. He is the last in the queue. One of his special duties is to recite a litany called ‘subrahmaṇyā,’ which is an āhvāna[1] to Indra, repeated thrice. Recitation of this litany is done on the second and subsequent days of the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice. This litany contains several adjectives of Indra.


  1. Āhhvāna means call.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore