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THE CROWNING OF A KING

mention of the great coronation ceremony, as described in the Aitareya Brahmana:

"He spreads the tiger-skin on the throne in such a manner that the hairs come outside and that part

Rajput - Page 131 - History of India Vol 1 (1906).jpg

A RAJPUT DESCENDANT OF THE KSHATRIYA CASTE.

which covered the neck is turned eastward. The king, when taking his seat on the throne, approaches it from behind, turning his face eastwards, kneels down with crossed legs, so that his right knee touches the earth, and taking hold of the throne with his hands, prays over it an appropriate mantra.