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I think the horse in the Ashwamedha was killed with knives. The Somavajapeya involves suffocating the sacrificial animal if I am not mistaken.

  • Do you mean what tools were used to kill the animals? – Just_Do_It May 11 '18 at 20:26
  • At first please provide some references/basis to your claims/thinking – zaxebo1 May 11 '18 at 21:14
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The Kings does Ashwamedha Yagya and after that they release that Horse, and till where the Horse goes that land is claimed by the King if anyone opposed he has to fight with the Army of the King who did Ashwamedha Yagya.

the translation of the word 'medha' is often not interpreted as sacrifice. There are words like 'purushamedha' and 'sarvamedha'. Sarvamedha definitely doesn't mean sacrificing everyone.

Please see the second answer of this question, which is very correct and it related directly to Dharm.

What is the significance of Ashwamedha Yagna?

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Please see more details on why Ashwamedha does not mean killing

You can take a look at this link on Google Books.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=iYMwDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT41&lpg=PT41&dq=medha+does+not+mean+killing&source=bl&ots=vTqm_imTMe&sig=Il9hP0X47tph7DWOA2VkQRb4rIg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXgu296_7aAhXBebwKHddvBScQ6AEIYDAJ#v=onepage&q=medha%20does%20not%20mean%20killing&f=false

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    Its not true.... hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/8882/7853 goat and other animals are used in yajnas... – Rakesh Joshi May 12 '18 at 1:12
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    @RakeshJoshi This text you are linking is by Max Muller, who has does more harm than another person to break the Strong roots of Dharm in our country. The Aryan Invasion theory was highly debunked again and again. – user3743777 May 13 '18 at 23:54
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    @RakeshJoshi Also Max Muller converted a commentaries on Vedas by Sayana Acharya, so he selected the highly controversial commentary available at that time. If you have really any will to know about our culture, I will request you to read " Satyarth Prakash " – user3743777 May 14 '18 at 0:04
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    i am not the one who wrote those texts but i am familiar with arya samaj texts. But even many vedangas like shrauta and grhya sutras talk of animal related stuff. Ramayana also has such mention. You can discuss more in chat room on this subject. – Rakesh Joshi May 14 '18 at 0:14
  • Please don't say you are aware about arya samaj text, If you were you would never fall in Max Muller Trap and I hope you do not believe in Aryan Invasion theory as well. Yes scriptures would talk about animal related stuff. Yes Ramayana also has such mention but it was in order to complete the incidents and relate one incident to the another, I am a new user and thus does not have privilege for chat room and in order to get that privilege I to have answer as per Max Muller and many other western sources which do not understand the fundamental of Dharma. – user3743777 May 15 '18 at 5:35
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Yes, scriptures specify how animals should be killed during sacrifice. The Manu-samhita supports animal sacrifice by saying

The svayambhu Himslef has created the animals for yajnas. So killing an animal in a yajna is NOT killing. It is Ahimsa (5/39-44).

According to Tantra scriptures, sattvik aspirants should never offer animals.But the rajasika and the common people should worship Devi with animal sacrifice (Matsya-sukta).

An animal (like goat, deer etc) with good signs and features (sulakshana) should be chosen for sacrifice. The animal should be placed in front ot Devi. Then BhutApasArana should be done with mantras and white mustards as per norm, and the animal should be sanctified by purified water (arghyajala). Then the priest should cover show the avagunthana mudra by chanting 'Hum' mantra and do amritikarana by showing dhenu mudra. (Vrihat-TantrasAra, 10th edition, page 616).

The Gandharva-Tantra gives the mantra for prokhana or sanctiication (35/22-23) which says

O animal! be awakened. You are Shiva and none else. Your body is to be cut by Shiva. Being slayed, may you attain your (original) Shiva form (again).

Then the paashavimochini pashugayatri has to be chanted to the right year of the animal

pashu-pShaya vidmahe visvakarmaNe dhimahi tanno jivah prachodyAt.(Mahanirvana-Tantra).

Then the sword or kharga has to be worshipped by the mantra

hrim kAli kAli vajresvari lauhadaNdAya namah. The top of the sword should be worshipped by the mantra: Hum vAgisvari-brahmAbhyAm namah. The middle should be worshipped by the mantra: Hum lakshmi-narayanAbhyAm namah. The base should be worshipped by the mantra : Hum UmA-maheswarAya namah. Then the entire kharga should be worshipped by the mantra : Om Brahma-vishnu-shiva-shakti-yuktAya khdgAya namah (Vrihat-Tantrasaara, 10th edition, page 616).

Then the priest should offer pranama to kharga by the mantra

khadgAya kharashAnAya shaktikAryArtha-tatparah/ pashuchchhedas tvayA shigram kharganAtha namo'stu te//(Ibid. page 616).

Then the priest should chant the sankalpa-vachana mentioning the tithi, the day, the year, the position of the Sun in thevrashi, the gotra of the priest/yajamana, the purpose of offering vali (like fulfilling some particular desires that has to be mentioned explicitly. This mantra offers the animal to the deity.(Mahanirvana-Tantra,tika 6/114).

Then thinking the self as Devi, the animal should be slayed by a very forceful SINGLE hit. (Ibid.6/115).

Then a long hymn from MahakAla-samhita is to be chanted to Devi.

The head of the animal is often placed before Devi in an earthen pot with two dipas burning on its two horns.

This completes the process.

Tantra bans eating of meat which is not sacrificed and condemns slaying of animals for eating(Kularnava-Tantra,5/45-46)

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