From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ayacita, AyAcita, Ayaacita

Ayācita literally means ‘got unasked’.

Fasting on ekādaśī days (the eleventh day in the fortnight as per the lunar calendar) is an important religious discipline followed by the dvijas.[1] 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.


  1. The twice- born, i. e., brāhmaṇas, kṣattriyas and vaiśyas
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore