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Sadāvrata literally means ‘the religious vow of always giving food’.
 
Sadāvrata literally means ‘the religious vow of always giving food’.
  
Vratas or religious rites with certain vows attached to it are a part of popular religion. Sadāvrata is also called as Annadānamāhātmya. It is one of them. Giving food to hungry persons is highly eulogized even in the Upaniṣads.<ref>Kathā Upaniṣad 1.8</ref><ref>Taittiriya Upaniṣad 2.2</ref> There are no fixed days and times for this gift of food. Interesting stories in the purāṇas describe the evil effects of not feeding hungry souls when they come to one’s house. The free kitchens in places of pilgrimage are also called by this name.
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Vratas or religious rites with certain vows attached to it are a part of popular religion. Sadāvrata is also called as Annadānamāhātmya. It is one of them. Giving food to hungry persons is highly eulogized even in the Upaniṣads.<ref>Kathā Upaniṣad 1.8</ref><ref>[[Taittiriya Upaniṣad]] 2.2</ref> There are no fixed days and times for this gift of food. Interesting stories in the [[purāṇas]] describe the evil effects of not feeding hungry souls when they come to one’s [[house]]. The free kitchens in places of pilgrimage are also called by this name.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 04:56, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sadavrata, SadAvrata, Sadaavrata


Sadāvrata literally means ‘the religious vow of always giving food’.

Vratas or religious rites with certain vows attached to it are a part of popular religion. Sadāvrata is also called as Annadānamāhātmya. It is one of them. Giving food to hungry persons is highly eulogized even in the Upaniṣads.[1][2] There are no fixed days and times for this gift of food. Interesting stories in the purāṇas describe the evil effects of not feeding hungry souls when they come to one’s house. The free kitchens in places of pilgrimage are also called by this name.


References

  1. Kathā Upaniṣad 1.8
  2. Taittiriya Upaniṣad 2.2
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore