Forbidden food for brahmins



Ramaswamy Sastry

The Rigvidhanam of Saunaka rishi mentions about different categories of bhojanam that would make a brahmin to incur sin and also the prayaschitha or penance to be performed in such cases. 

They are as below : 

1. Kundannam – food given by fools 


2. Soothakannam – food from a house where soothaka for 10 days is being observed after a baby is born 


3. Rajasvalannam – food prepared or offered by women during their menstrual cycle 


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4. Pathithannam – food from people who have fallen from their spiritual status. 


5. Kushtaynnam – food offered by lepers 


6. Varnatheethannam – food offered by person belonging to a different varna 


7. Vidhurannam - food offered by widower 


8. Paryayannam – food offered by wanderers 


9. Jarinyannam – food offered by unchaste women 


10. Sraadhhannam – food offered in various sraadhas 


11. Golakannam – food from son born to a widow 


12. Divadvirbhojanam – to eat twice during day 


13. Bharyayuktabhojanam – to have food along with wife 


14. Panchayajnaviheenasya gruhe – food in the house of a person not performing the panchayajna 


15. Haste dathannam – food given in hand (buffet) 


16. Yathyannam – food from Sanyasis 


17. Bahavascha ekapatre bhojanam – many people eating from one plate 


18. Uchhishtabhojanam – to eat the leftover of another person 


19. Vrudhisraadhabhojanam – food offered in naandi sraaddha 


20. Seemanthabhojanam – food offered during seemantha ceremony 


21. Abhisasthe bhojanam – food offered by a sinner


22. Suthyahani bhojanam – food offered on the day of delivery of a child 


23. Ashtamyam va chaturdashyam diva bhojanam – to have food during the day on ashtami and chaturdashi 


24. Parvadvaye bhanuvare rathrou bhojanam – to have food at night during amavasya, purnima or Sunday


25. Ekadasyam ahoratram bhojanam – to have food either on day or night during Ekadashi 


26. Vatsareshu manvadishu yugeshu rathrou bhojanam – to have food at night during Vishu, Yugadi etc. 


27. Sthenabhunkthe sraadhakartha – the performer of sraadha having taken food secretly 


28. Oupasanam vina bhojanam – to have food without performing oupasanam 


29. Suryagrhe, chandragrahe cha – to have food during solar and lunar eclipses 


30. Athivikrayinogehe – to have food from one who trades in wool 


31. Vaisvadevam vina – food taken without performing vaisvadevam 


32. Sraadhakartha punarbhunkte – if performer of sraadha takes food two times 


33. Kruthaghnannam – food from thankless people 


34. Svamidroheegruhe – from the house of one who has deceived his employer or lord 


35. Mithradrohee gruhe – from one who has done wrong to his friend 


36. Deergharogee gruhe – from one who is chronically sick 


37. Pisunasya gruhe – food from a miser 


38. Asuyakasya gruhe – food from the jealous 


39. Ganannam – food offered as charity to public 


40. Akaryadigruhe – from one who performs wrong deeds 


41. Dveshyabhaktam – food from enemy 


42. Kunjaraghna gruhe – food from one who has killed elephant 


43. Hayaghnasya gruhe – from one who has killed horse 


44. Goghnasya gruhe – from one who has killed cow 


45. Brahmaghnasya gruhe – from one who has caused harm to brahmins 


46. Svarnastheyasya gruhe – from one who has stolen gold 


47. Talpagasya gruhe – from one who has slept with his guru’s wife 


48. Tatsamyogigruhe – from one who associates with the above kind of sinners 


49. Asvavikrayinogruhe – from one who sells horses 


50. Rasavikrayinogruhe – from one who sells chemicals 


51. Ushtravikrayinogruhe – from one who sells camels


 

 

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