Ashvamedha

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit अश्वमेध (áśva-medhá, horse-sacrifice), an oxytonic tatpuruṣa compound of अश्व (áśva, horse) and मेध (médha, animal sacrifice).

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Ashvamedha

  1. (Hinduism) One of the most important Vedic sacrificial rituals, and name of the Rigvedic hymns 1.162-163 which deal with horse sacrifice.
    • 1996, Jayant Gadkari, Society and Religion: From Rugveda to Puranas. p. 32:
      A peculiar verse in the Yajurvedic Ashvamedha tells us that in the sacrifices that were performed by the devas, Agni was the horse, and he conquered the earth (23/17). The idea of using the Ashvamedha horse for extending the rule to the neighbouring territories arose from this.