From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Prājāpatya literally means ‘related to Prajāpati'.

Listed among the kṛcchras,[1] the prājāpatya is spread over four periods of three days each. The person observing it has to eat once only by day during the first period, once only by night during the second period, eat only that food which may be got unasked during the third period and fast completely on the last three days. This order may also be reversed.

While prescribing a kṛcchra, if no particular name such as taptakṛcchra or parṇakṛcchra is mentioned, then it is to be understood that it is the prājāpatya that is referred to. The word also means the brāhmī-muhurta[2] and a form of marriage.[3]


  1. Kṛcchras means a kind of expiation for sins.
  2. Brāhmī-muhurta means a 45 minutes before sunrise.
  3. It is one of the eight varieties.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore