What exactly is the Ashwamedha Yagna/ Horse Sacrifice?

Hare Krishna,

Congratulations on the new look of the Forums and Connect!

I have a doubt as follows:

Recently I have started reading the Ramayana and I came across the concept of ‘Ashwamedha Yagna/ Horse Sacrifice’ that King Dasharath is supposed to have performed.

Not being aware of what it means, I turned to the Internet and was horrified at the absolute preposterous bilge (!!!) :O that is written to describe the same, even on reputed websites like Wikipedia!


Hare Krishna,

Congratulations on the new look of the Forums and Connect!

I have a doubt as follows:

Recently I have started reading the Ramayana and I came across the concept of ‘Ashwamedha Yagna/ Horse Sacrifice’ that King Dasharath is supposed to have performed.

Not being aware of what it means, I turned to the Internet and was horrified at the absolute preposterous bilge (!!!) :O that is written to describe the same, even on reputed websites like Wikipedia!

I would be very greatly obliged if any well-read, senior devotee could detail what it actually means and what was done at the ritual.

It is supposed to have been mentioned in the Rig-Veda but being as ignorant as I am, I would never understand it, even if I read it!

Your eternal servant
eternal muser