Then with the royal chaplains they
Took each his place in long array.
The twice born chiefs, with zealous heed,
Made ready what the rite would need.
"Now about the office of a Purohita (house priest). The gods do not eat the food offered by a king, who has no house-priest (Purohita). Thence the king even when (not) intending to bring a sacrifice, should appoint a Bráhman to the office of house-priest." HAUG'S Autareya Bráhmanam. Vol. II. p. 528.