From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Avesti is a minor Vedic sacrifice belonging to the ‘īṣti’ group (sacrifices having four priests, and distinguished from the Somayāgas) performed as a minor rite in the much bigger Rājasuya sacrifice. It may also be performed as an independent rite.

In this sacrifice, puroḍāśas (rice- cakes) are offered to propitiate Agni and other deities who supervise over the quarters. The fee is of various kinds, gold being an important item.


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