yajna

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit यज्ञ (yajñá).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjʌdʒnə/, /jʌdʒnjə/

Noun[edit]

yajna (countable and uncountable, plural yajnas)

  1. (Hinduism) A ritual of sacrifice to the Devas.
    • c. 1700 BCE – 1200 BCE, Ṛgveda 1.1.1
      agním īḷe puróhitaṃ
      yajñásya devám r̥tvíjam
      hótāraṃ ratnadhā́tamam
      Agni do I invoke—the one placed to the fore, god and priest of the sacrifice, the Hotar, most richly conferring treasure.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 501:
      The visit to Pushkar is, however, a little more than the obligatory obeisance done at the site where Brahma carelessly dropped a lotus blossom as he was wondering where to perform a yagnya.