baliharaṇa

(‘distributing the balis or offerings’)

‘Baliharaṇa’ is the same as ‘bhūta-yajña’, one of the pañcayajñas or five daily sacrifices to be performed by every householder. The balis or offerings of cooked rice are kept on the ground, properly cleaned, to be accepted by the domestic deities, by the deities of water, of herbs and others. As part of this rite, food is to be offered to other human beings in need of the same, as also animals, out of compassion.

See also VAIŚVADEVA.