Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 18: Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.18.49

nocchiṣṭaḿ caṇḍikānnaḿ ca

sāmiṣaḿ vṛṣalāhṛtam

bhuñjītodakyayā dṛṣṭaḿ

piben nāñjalinā tv apaḥ


na — not; ucchiṣṭam — leftover food; caṇḍikā-annam — food offered to the goddess Kālī; ca — and; sa-āmiṣam — mixed with flesh; vṛṣala-āhṛtam — brought by a śūdra; bhuñjīta — must eat; udakyayā — by a woman in her menstrual period; dṛṣṭam — seen; pibet na — must not drink; añjalinā — by joining and cupping the two palms; tu — also; apaḥ — water.


Never eat leftover food, never eat prasāda offered to the goddess Kālī [Durgā], and do not eat anything contaminated by flesh or fish. Do not eat anything brought or touched by a śūdra nor anything seen by a woman in her menstrual period. Do not drink water by joining your palms.


Generally the goddess Kālī is offered food containing meat and fish, and therefore Kaśyapa Muni strictly forbade his wife to take the remnants of such food. Actually a Vaiṣṇava is not allowed to take any food offered to the demigods. A Vaiṣṇava is always fixed in accepting prasāda offered to Lord Viṣṇu. Through all these instructions, Kaśyapa Muni, in a negative way, instructed his wife Diti how to become a Vaiṣṇavī.

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