From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mahsahara, MAhsAhara, Maahsaahara

Māsāhara literally means ‘meat as food’.

The food that a human being consumes may be of two types. They are:

  1. Sasyāhāra - vegetarian food
  2. Mārhsāhāra - non-vegetarian food, flesh or meat

Though mārhsāhāra was quite com¬mon in the earlier ages, it was gradually superseded by sasyāhāra because the latter came to be considered as more sāttvik and hence more conducive to spiritual pursuits. The spread of Vedāntic ideas as also Jainism and Buddhism contributed not a little to this trend.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore