Rajasuya (Imperial Sacrifice or the king's inauguration sacrifice) is
Śrauta ritual of the Vedic religion. It is a consecration of a
Rajasuya is a
Śrauta ritual of the Vedic religion. It is a
consecration of a king. It is described in the Taittiriya corpus,
including Apastamba Srauta Sutra 18.8–25.22. It involves soma
pressing, a chariot drive, the king shooting arrows from his bow, and
a brief cattle “raid.” There is a telling of the tale of
Shunahshepa, a boy who was nearly sacrificed to
Varuna on behalf of
the sonless king Harishchandra. Also included is a game of throwing
dice by which the king is enthroned and the cosmos is regenerated.
^ a b c d e f Knipe 2015, p. 237.
Knipe, David M. (2015), Vedic Voices: Intimate Narratives of a Living
Andhra Tradition, Oxford: Oxford Univ