In ancient times, simple yajnas used to play an important role in inner refinement and self-purification. The mahayagyas used to be performed to purify the social life. But, when the need for complete renovation of the nation (Rashtra)
and that of the environment was felt, there was a tradition of Ashvamedha yagyas at the universal level. Thus, the yagyas have been classified into three categories; viz, yagya, mahayagya and Ashvamedha yagya. The magnitude of their results also increases in the same order.The rewards of Ashvamedha yagya are far more purifying. In the medieval period, Ashvamedha was thought to be the war for the expansion of the empire, whereas it used to be a special mahayagya performed for the benefit of the society and the nation, in the earlier ages.
The pages of Vedas, Upanishads, Darshans and Puranas are filled with the description of the importance of these Ashvamedha yagyas. In ancient times, they were performed to achieve ecological balance, to seek the grace of God and to unite the nation. The writer of a scripture says that one gets... See More
The Hindu Dharma Kosha states —“Three Istisa (worships) of Savita (the Sun) used to be performed daily in the morning, afternoon and evening from the day the horse of Ashvamedha used to be sent for global conquest. Savita used to be worshipped by the name of Satya-prasava in the morning,... See More
Rashtram va Ashvamedhah Viryam va ashvah - Satapatha Brahmana 13/1/6The aim of Ashvamedha is to increase the power and strength of the habitants of the nation, and the nations at large.... See More
Oh dear ! The sacred reward of participating in that Ashwamedh yajana is matchless, in which the body of Nakul (a mongoose) became golden after it rolled its body in the water left over after eating by —tvijas (priests) who came to conduct the Ashwamedh yajana there. -Mahabharata... See More