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By Swami Harshananda

Pratiṣṭhāpana literally means ‘establishing’.

This is a technical term used in the consecration of a new temple, chiefly in the sense of infusing the divine presence in the image through appropriate rituals and āvāhanamantras.[1]


  1. Āvāhanamantras means incantations of invitation and welcome.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore