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Ucchisṭa literally means ‘the leftover’.
 
Ucchisṭa literally means ‘the leftover’.
  
In the most general sense, it means anything left over after a rite or action. For instance, oblation materials like ghee leftover after a homa or a yajña<ref>Yajña means sacrifice.</ref> is ucchiṣṭa. However it is more commonly used with regard to the food leftover in the plate after a person has eaten. Though some dharmaśāstras like the Baudhāyana-dharmasutras<ref>Baudhāyana-dharmasutras 1.2.34</ref><ref>Baudhāyana-dharmasutras 1.2.37</ref> allow a disciple to eat the ucchiṣṭa of his guru. This practice was discouraged later.
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In the most general sense, it means anything left over after a rite or action. For instance, oblation materials like ghee leftover after a [[homa]] or a yajña<ref>Yajña means sacrifice.</ref> is ucchiṣṭa. However it is more commonly used with regard to the food leftover in the plate after a person has eaten. Though some dharmaśāstras like the [[Baudhāyana]]-[[dharmasutras]]<ref>[[Baudhāyana]]-[[dharmasutras]] 1.2.34</ref><ref>Baudhāyana-dharmasutras 1.2.37</ref> allow a disciple to eat the ucchiṣṭa of his guru. This practice was discouraged later.
  
  
 
==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

Latest revision as of 02:07, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ucchista, UcchisTa, Ucchista


Ucchisṭa literally means ‘the leftover’.

In the most general sense, it means anything left over after a rite or action. For instance, oblation materials like ghee leftover after a homa or a yajña[1] is ucchiṣṭa. However it is more commonly used with regard to the food leftover in the plate after a person has eaten. Though some dharmaśāstras like the Baudhāyana-dharmasutras[2][3] allow a disciple to eat the ucchiṣṭa of his guru. This practice was discouraged later.


References

  1. Yajña means sacrifice.
  2. Baudhāyana-dharmasutras 1.2.34
  3. Baudhāyana-dharmasutras 1.2.37
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore