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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mahasantapana, MahAsAntapana, Mahaasaantapana

Mahāsāntapana literally means ‘the great expiation that burns’.

The topic of sins and their expiation[1] has been widely discussed in the dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas. Types of the expiation are:

  1. Sāntapana
  2. Mahāsāntapana
  3. Atisāntapana


  1. Expiation means prāyaścitta.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore