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    These two even though vegetables, are in the mode of ignorance, just like meat. Therefore avoided.

    You are right they are both medicine. They must be used in that capacity only and not as food.



  • from:

    palandu lasunam sigrum alambum grjanam palam
    bhunkte yo vai naro brahman vratam candrayanam caret

    (Padma Purana, Brahma Khanda 19.10, spoken by Suta Gosvami)

    O sages, one who eats garlic, onions, sigrum (a kind of plant), turnips, bottle gourd and meat, that person should observe a candrayana fast.

    vrntakam jalisakam kusumbha smantakam tatha
    palandu lasunam suklam niryasan caiva varjayet
    grjanam kinsukan caiva kukundanca tathaiva ca
    udumbaram alavun ca jagdhva patati vai dvijah

    (Hari Bhakti Vilasa 8.158,159, from Kurma Purana)

    One should not eat eggplant, banana leaves, sunflower leaves and asmantaka leaves, onions, garlic. One should not eat sour gruel (a thin watery pouriage) or the juice of the tree. One should also give up turnips and beetroots, carrots, kinsuka, forest figs, and white pumpkin. If the twice born persons eat these things, they all become fallen.

    (This translation of gr.n~jana seems to be questionable. Capeller dictionary says that it refers to garlic.)

    By eating garlic and onion one becomes sinful and as atonement one should perform Candrayana. (Garuda Purana 1.97.3 (68-71))

    Onion, shit-thriving pigs, Selu, garlic, Goplyusa (milk of a cow before the lapse of ten days from calving), Tanduliya (a grain growing in faecal rubbish) and mushrooms— all these are to be avoided. (Skanda Purana 40.9)

    The householder taking the rite shall avoid heavy indigestible pulses like Nispava, Masurika etc., stale food, defiled food, brinjals, gourds, cocoa-nuts, garlic, onion, intoxicating beverages and all kinds of meat. (Siva Purana 7.10-12)

    (But) he should avoid stalks of lotuses, safflower, gold or silver, onion, garlic, sour gruel, a thick fluid substance; so also chatraka (a kind of mushroom), vidvaraha, greasy milk of a cow during the first seven days of calving, vilaya (a particular product of milk) and mushrooms. By eating the small red variety of garlic, blossoms of kimsuka, a gourd, so also udumbara, bottle-gourd, a twice-born becomes fallen. (Padma Purana Vol. 42, 4.56.19b -24)

    I shall now mention those things that should always be avoided in Sraddha. Garlic, onions, globular radish and Karambha (groats or flour mixed with curds), and other articles devoid of smell and with no taste should be avoided in Sraddha.The reason is also mentioned (as follows): Formerly in the fight between devas and asuras, Bali was defeated by suras. From his wounds drops of blood gushed out and from them these articles grew up - hence they are avoided in the Sraddha rite. (Varaha Purana 16.11b-15)

    The expiation for having eaten the prohibited food is fasting. One should do the stiuka(?) expiation (tisucandrayana(?)) for having eaten bhustma (a kind of fragrant grass) and garlic. (Agni Purana 173.37)

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  • Hare Krishna Prabhuji:


    See detailed essay on "Why no onions and garlic?" here:



    Why no Onions and Garlic?
    • Thank you Prabhuji! Your reply cleared all my doubt regarding non-consumption of onion and garlic.

      Hare Krishna!

  • These vegetables are not offered to krishna and so we cannot have them as prasadam ,


    Hare Krishna

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