Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice?
Yes, the horse in the Ashwamedha is suffocated with a cloth.
Taittiriya Brahmana 3.9.20:
tArpyeNAshvam samjnapayanti | yajno vai tArpyam | yajnenaivainam samardhayanti | yAmena samnA prastotA'nUpatiSThate | yamalokam evainam gamayati
They (the Samitars, the slaughterers) kill ...
Rig Veda X.72.4 says
Earth sprang from the Productive Power the regions from the earth were
born. Dakṣa was born of Aditi, and Aditi was Dakṣa's Child.
That same Person became Pragâpati (lord of generation). And that
Person which became Pragâpati is this very Agni (fire-altar), who is
now (to be) built.
Chaitra Navaratri starts with pAdyami (1st day) of Chaitra month/mAsa.
King Dasaratha wanted to coronate Sri Rama in chaitra month.
चैत्रः श्रीमानयं मासः पुण्यः पुष्पितकाननः | यौवराज्याय रामस्य
सर्वमेवोपकल्प्यताम् || २-३-४ राज्ञस्तूपरते वाक्ये जनघोषो महानभूत् |
"This is the glorious and auspicious month of Chaitra, in which the
forests bloom ...
The following are the excerpts from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Once ‘A’ asked: How can one be worshipful while engaged in daily work?
Sri Bhagavan did not reply. Ten minutes passed. A few girls came for
darsan of Sri Bhagavan. They began to sing and dance. Their song was
to the effect: “We will churn the milk without losing thought of