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Why did Bhagavan Sri Ram Perform Ashwamedha Yagna – Horse Sacrifice?

Ashwamedha Yagna, or Horse Sacrifice, was performed by Bhagvan Sri Ram to do penance for the killing of thousands of humans and other living beings during the Rama Ravana war in the Ramayana. Sri Ram was always unhappy about the war. He wanted to get redemption from the sins committed during war. It was Sage Agasthya who advised Sri Ram to perform the Ashwamedha sacrifice.

King Dilip who was a great grandfather of Sri Rama had performed the Ashwamedha Yagna and attained salvation.

Ashwamedha Yagna was performed on the banks of the Sarayu River.

The horse required for the yajna was selected on the full moon day in the month of Vaishakh (April – May).

The horse then travelled through several countries for one year. Those who captured the horse had to fight the army that followed the horse. The army was led by Shatrughna.