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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Annamaya-kosa, Annamaya-koZa, Annamaya-kosha

Annamaya-kośa literally means ‘the food-sheath’.

It is the physical body born out of anna or food and nourished by food. Like a kośa or sheath, it covers the self and prevents the experience of its true nature. It is the first of the five such kośas (pañcakośas). It is destroyed when a person dies. It is also called sthula-śarīra or the gross body, the first of a series of three śarīras.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore