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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Malāvaha literally means ‘that which brings impurity to the mind’; ‘sin’.

Pātakas or sins are of several types. ‘Malāvaha’ is the name given to some minor sins like killing insects, stealing fruits and flowers, eating things which might have come into contact with liquors and so on. Observing the Cāndrāyaṇa for a month expiates such sins.


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