ayācita

(‘got unasked’)

Fasting on ekādaśī days (the eleventh day in the fortnight as per the lunar calendar) is an important religious discipline enjoined on the dvijas (‘the twice-born,’ i. e., brāhmaṇas, kṣattriyas and vaiśyas). It is of four types, of which ‘ayācita’ is one.

The word literally means ‘that which is got without asking.’ A person who is observing a fast of this type is permitted to eat food got without asking. But even this can be accepted and eaten only once.

See EKĀDAŚĪ and UPAVĀSA.