From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Mahāsāntapana literally means ‘the great expiation that burns’.

The topic of sins and their expiation[1] has been widely discussed in the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas. Types of the expiation are:

  1. Sāntapana
  2. Mahāsāntapana
  3. Atisāntapana


  1. Expiation means prāyaścitta.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore