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      The performance of a Yaga requires the participation of individuals learned in the Vedas for example Adhvayu ,usally lerned in Yajurveda and Udgata in Samaveda. The hymns from each of the Vedas are applied in different aspects of the Yaga. The number of officials required in a Yaga depends upon its complexity. The complex rituals require the participation of a large number of officials, each having a different expertise.

 

         YAJAMANA: The Yajamana is the individual on whose behalf the Yaga is conducted. Traditionally, the Yajamana is a male, and cannot perform the Yaga in the absence of his wife, the yajamana-patni.

 

         ADHVARYU : The adhvaryu is usually learned in the Yajurveda and is therefore an expert in ritual. The adhvaryu is the central official in the conduction of the Yaga.

 

         HOTA: The hota is a Rgvedin, and is necessary for the chanting of the invocatory hymns, which are primarily from the RgVeda.

          

         UDGATA : The udgata is an expert Samavedin, who sings the saman chants that are part of the soma sacrifices.

 

         BRAHMA : The brahman is the overseer of the sacrifice. Although supposed to be affiliated to the Atharvaveda, the brahman is often an adherent of one of the three other Vedas. This substitution is unavoidable given the few Atharva vedis remaining in India.

 

The more complex yagas require a complete battery of 12 more experts to assist the above 4. These are listed below according to their vedic affiliation:

 

1.       RG VEDA :

         maitravaruna

         acchavaka

         gravastut

 

2.       YAJUR VEDA :

         pratiprasthata

         neshaa

         unneta

 

3.       SAMA VEDA :

         prastota

         pratiharta

         subrahmanya

 

4.       ATHARVA VEDA :

         brahmanacchamsin

         Agnidhra

         Pota

 

In the Agnichayana at Panjal, in 1975 was according to Samaveda tradition and the following personalities were the priests.

 

Yajamana

 

Yajamnapatni

 

Brahman

 

 

Udgata

 

 

Prastota

 

 

Prathihartha

 

 

Subramanya

 

 

Hota

 

 

Brchmanacchamsin

 

 

Maitravaruna

 

 

Pota

 

 

Nesta

 

 

Acchavaka

 

 

 

Agnidhara or Agnidh

 

 

Gravastut

 

 

Adhvarya

 

 

Pratiprasthota

 

 

Unneta

 

 

Sadasya

Cherumukku Vaidikan Nilakanthan Akkithiripad

Parvathi,Mrs

 

Muthedam Sankara Naryanan Namboothiri

 

Muttathukkattu M .Itti Ravi Namboothiri

 

Tottam Narayanan Namboothiri

 

Nellikattu Vasudevan Namboothiri

 

Thottam Aryan Namboothiri

 

Narana Mangalathu .N . Namboothiri

 

Tekkeparampathu Narayanan Namboothiri

 

C.V. Sridharan Namboothiri

 

C.V. Vallabhan Namboothiri

 

C.V Vasudevan Namboothiri

 

Tekku Cherumukku Parameswaran Namboothiri

 

Kunnam Padmanabhan Namboothiri

 

Murtiedam Sankaran Namboothiri

 

C.V krishnan Namboothiri

 

Kavapra Marath S.N Namboothiri

 

Kavapra Marath Nilakanthan Namboothiri

 

Erkkara Raman Namboothiri

 

 

In Agnichayana at Panjal, in 2011 is according to Samaveda tradition and the following personalities were the priests.

 

Yajamana

 

 

Yajamnapatni

 

 

Brahman

 

 

Udgata

 

 

Prastota

 

 

Prathihartha

 

 

Subramanya

 

 

Hota

 

 

Brchmanacchamsi

 

 

Maitravaruna

 

 

 

Pota

 

 

Nesta

 

 

 

Acchavaka

 

 

 

Agnidhara

 

 

 

 

Gravastut

 

 

Adhvarya

 

 

 

Pratiprasthata

 

 

Unneta

 

 

Sadasya

Bhatti Puthillthu Ramanjun Somayajippad

Mrs. Dhanya Pathanadi

Errkara Shankaran Namboothiri

 

Thottam Krishnan Namboothiri

Thottam Shivakaran namboothiri

Thottam Gatheyan Namboothiri

Thottam Cheriya Shivakaran Namboothiri

Naraas Parameshwaran Namboothiri

Kookampara Narayanan Namboothiri

Kavapra Achuthan Namboothiri

 

Kaapra Mahesh Namboothiri

Cherumukku Vaidhikan Sreejith Vallbhan Namboothiri

Paandam Subhrahmanian Namboothiri

Thaykattu Vaidikan Shankara Naryanan Namboothiri

 

Neddam Subrahmanian Namboothiri

Kavapramath Shankaranarayanan Akkithirippad

Puthillam Jayaraman Namboothiri

Putthillam Krishnan Namboothiri

Cherumukku Vaidhikan Vallabhan Somayajipppad

 

 

 

 

 

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