bhoga

(‘eating, enjoying’)

Derived from the verbal root ‘bhuj’ (‘to eat, to enjoy’) the word ‘bhoga’ is commonly used to denote enjoyment or experience of pleasure and pain. In a more technical sense, it denotes such experience brought about by karma or action done in earlier lives.

In temple rituals, the food offerings made to the deity through the image, are called ‘bhoga’.

In Hindu astronomy, a part of the ecliptic, occupied by each of the 27 nakṣatras or asterisms, is known as ‘bhoga’.