By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Udyapana, UdyApana, Udyaapana
Udyāpana literally means ‘concluding’.
Any religious vrata or rite has to be concluded with the rite prescribed for it generally called as udyāpana or pāraṇā. It involves taking food after the fasting involved in the vrata and giving gifts to the needy.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore