The ṛṣis (men of knowledge and wisdom), who were the spiritual leaders of the Hindu society, kept before it the supreme ideal of mokṣa, liberation from the transmigratory existence. However, they never forgot that man has a constitutional inclination towards the enjoyment of pleasures got through artha (wealth) and kāma (desires of the flesh). While recognising this, they also stressed the need to confine them within limits through dharma (righteousness), and instituted the system of yajña or sacrifice through which man could achieve the desired ends. Abhiplava is one of the sacrifices included under the Soma group of sacrifices and forms part of a bigger one called Gavāmayana. It is spread over six days and includes four ukthyas (a small Soma sacrifice) and two Agniṣṭomas (another Soma sacrifice with hymns of praise on Agni, the fire-god) and the singing of some Sāma hymns.