Monday, February 18, 2013

What to do with pratimas received in daanam.

A brahmin receives in daanam a pratima of God (say, Vishnu) or that of Cow. Doubt arises as to what he should do with it. Take home and worship ?

दानकालेषु देवत्वं प्रतिमानां प्रकीर्तितम् |
धेनूनामपि धेनुत्वं श्रुत्युक्तं दानयोगतः ||
दातुर्वै दानकाले तु धेनवः परिकीर्तिताः |
विप्रस्य व्ययकाले तु द्रव्यं तदिति निश्चय इति || ब्रह्मवैवर्ते

The divinity exists in these pratimas only at the time of daanam. He is free to sell it just like ordinary material.

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