From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Aharya literally means ‘that which is brought’.

During Vedic sacrifices, the first fire is normally produced by churning the araṇis. Subsequent fires can be generated by taking the embers from the fire that is already lighted, like the gārhapatya. Such fire ‘that is brought’ is called āhārya.


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

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