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Bhiksha is a Sanskrit term for the act of begging or asking. In indigenous Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, bhiksha most commonly refers to food obtained by asking for alms.
Bhiksha signifies a Hindu tradition of begging for alms with the purpose of self-effacement or ego-conquering. Other forms of giving and asking include dakshina (offering a gift to the guru) and dan (an unreciprocated gift to someone in need).
Usually, bhiksha is the meal served to a sadhu or monk when that person visits a devout Hindu household. Occasionally, bhiksha has also referred to donations of gold, cattle, and even land, given to Brahmins in exchange for Karmkand.